Finding the right sentiment, verse or greeting for a handmade birthday card can sometimes be a challenge! When you have spent a lot of time creating a special handmade birthday card it seems a shame to finish the card without a special greeting to match.
Sentiments and greetings can also provide inspiration for card designs. Print a suitable sentiment or greeting onto a card and add decorations with appropriate rubber stamps and other embellishments.
Your Favorite Sentiments and Verses
If you have a favorite sentiment or verse that you like to include in handmade greeting cards then you are welcome to share this with others - Reader's Sentiments for Handmade Cards. Don't forget that if you have a photo of a card that you have made that you'd like to share with others then you can submit it here - Reader's Handmade Cards.
Poems make interesting and effective sentiments and greetings for birthday cards. There are plenty to choose from and many of these are far removed from the pun-laden poems and verses in commercially produced birthday cards.
- Poem Source - a selection of original birthday themed poems
- Imag-e-Nation - verses and poems which are particularly well suited to birthday cards
- Special Birthday Poems - an extensive range of birthday poems, categorized into ages and themes
- Verses 4 Cards - birthday poems broken down by section
- Poems for Free - these poems by Nicholas Gordan are free for non-commercial use
- Crafty Co - birthday poems that are free for personal use
Quotations are ideal for use as sentiments and greetings for birthday cards. Quotations are often witty or thought provoking and can be used with a wide variety of card designs.
- About.com Quotations - an extensive library of birthday quotes, broken down by category and theme
- Quote Garden - a wide range of birthday themed quotes
- Think Exist - birthday themed quotations
Birthday Toasts and Blessings
A birthday toast or blessing is a short and meaningful sentiment to add to birthday cards.
- Think Exist - birthday blessings
- Celebrations - birthday toasts
- Irish Celtic Jewels - Irish birthday toasts
If you are making an amusing or funny birthday card then a joke may be a good alternative to a traditional verse or greeting. Here are some clean jokes that are ideal for adding to handmade birthday cards.
- Coolest Kid Birthday Party - child-friendly birthday themed jokes
- Scatty - clean birthday jokes
- Famous Birthdays - birthday jokes and one liners
On This Day
On this day themes can make an interesting variation from traditional birthday greetings and sentiments. A simple heading saying 'On This Day' followed by a list of interesting events and ending with 'and your birthday' will make a thoughtful card.
- Wikipedia - type in a date and you will find a list of special events that happened on that particular date, however do remember that Wikipedia is not always accurate
- New York Times - headlines from this date from previous years
- On This Day - lists of events from history, notable birthdays and other useful information
More Birthday Ideas
Here are some more ideas:
- Activity Village - kid's themed birthday puzzles that are ideal for printing and adding to a birthday card to make an unusual card
- Birthday Celebrations - Happy Birthday in different languages
- Go Mexico About.com - the words to Las Mañanitas, which is a traditional Mexican song that is sung on birthdays
Tips for Using Birthday Sentiments, Greetings and Verses
- Match the sentiment, verse or greeting to the design of your card. A traditional design is complemented by a traditional or classic verse or greeting.
- Alphabet rubber stamps are useful for stamping short greetings. Print text to add to handmade cards if you are worried about your writing or don't have access to alphabet stamps.