Making Birthday Cards from Origami Cupcake


Who doesn’t like cupcakes? This origami cupcake greeting card is the perfect way to send good wishes to birthday people of all ages!

This project is simple enough for a child to complete with minimal mature help, so it is an ideal project if your son or daughter has been invited to a friend’s birthday and you need a last-minute greeting card.


For this simple origami model, you will need one sheet of square origami paper measuring 6 by 6 inches. Your paper should be colored on one side and white on the other. The colored side will be the base for the cupcake, and the white side will be the icing for the cupcake. Free origami paper drawings for printing are suitable if you find a pattern that you like.

In addition, you will need one sheet of 8 1/2 by 11 inches paper for the base of your postcard and one sheet of 12 by 12 inches square scrapbooking paper to create an envelope for your postcard. These larger sheets of paper should be in harmony with the color you have chosen for your origami cupcake.

Initial folds

Start with the white side of your paper face up. Fold the paper in half along one of the diagonals to make a large triangle. Fold the top point of the top layer of paper down, as shown in the photo. This fold should be about 1/2 inch from the bottom horizontal edge of the paper.

Accordion Pleats

Make the folds into an accordion by bending the bottom point of the triangle up and then down, as shown in the photo. Thus, the edge of the glaze is formed on the finished cupcake.


Turn over your piece of paper. Fold the top layer of paper so that you get a small triangle. Fold the left and right sides towards the central fold, as shown in the figure. This will form the corner part of your cupcake mold.

Finishing touches

Turn the paper over again to return to its original position. Swipe the tip of the triangle created in the previous step over the paper to make the icing for the icing cake.

If desired, you can add texture and realism to your design by making light accordion folds along the bottom of the colored part of the cupcake lining paper. Do not fold into the white glazed part of the cake. Note: This part of the project can simply be skipped if you are working with a very young child.

Create a card

Fold a piece of paper measuring 8 1/2 by 11 inches in four to form the basis for your postcard. Attach the origami cupcake to your postcard with a glue stick or several adhesive squares. If desired, use a colored vasya ribbon to create a festive candle and a table stand for the decoration of your postcard. You can also use thin-tipped markers to draw along the fold lines created in step 5 and add a multicolored sprinkle to the white cupcake glaze. To give the card a feminine touch, think about decorating it with a small amount of shiny glue or small self-adhesive rhinestones used as a sprinkle for cupcakes.

Add the desired statement to the inside of your postcard using letter stickers, stencils or rubbed letters for scrapbooking. If you’re having trouble finding the right expression, check this out if you need great sayings on a greeting card.

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