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How to Draw a Happy Birthday Card

Easy, step by step Happy Birthday Card drawing tutorial
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Why do we celebrate birthdays? The history of birthdays dates back to the ancient Egyptians. Pharaohs celebrated their birth or "rebirth" into a god, in accord with their religious beliefs.

The ancient Greeks also celebrated birthdays. They believed that birthdays welcomed evil spirits, but that a good spirit attended each person's birth, and that "this spirit kept watch and had a mystic relation with the god on whose birthday that particular individual was born."

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Candles, noisemakers, and the protection of family and friends were also thought to fend off evil spirits.

Did you know? It seems that celebrating birthdays didn't begin until calendars were created. This makes sense, as calendars allowed for exact record-keeping.

Birthday candles also originated in ancient Greek religion. Sacrifices to the goddess Artemis included moon-shaped cakes with candles. Making a wish and then blowing out the candles sent the wish as a prayer to the gods.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Chocolate Cake, Cherry Pie, and Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Happy Birthday Card

Happy Birthday Card drawing - step 1
happy birthday card step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 01

1. Begin by drawing the cake. Draw two straight lines for the sides of the cake. Connect the lines at the top using a series of connected "U" shaped lines. Connect these at the top using a long curved line. This outlines the icing on top of the cake.

Happy Birthday Card drawing - step 2
happy birthday card step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 02

1. Begin by drawing the cake. Draw two straight lines for the sides of the cake. Connect the lines at the top using a series of connected "U" shaped lines. Connect these at the top using a long curved line. This outlines the icing on top of the cake.

Happy Birthday Card drawing - step 3
happy birthday card step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 03

3. Draw candles on top of the smaller layer, erasing as necessary. For each candle, use two parallel curved lines. Connect them at the bottom with a smaller line and at the top with an irregular shape. This indicates the melting wax. Then, draw a short line to form the wick.

Happy Birthday Card drawing - step 4
happy birthday card step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 04

4. Next, draw a flame on top of each candle. For each flame, draw a small teardrop shape within a slightly larger one. Then, begin drawing a present beside the cake. Use curved lines for the sides of the box, and to sketch the bow - large rounded shapes for the lobes of the box, a smaller one for the knot, and two curved lines that end in a "V" for the ribbon.

Happy Birthday Card drawing - step 5
happy birthday card step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 05

5. Use straight or slightly curved lines to draw the remaining sides of the box and the ribbons wrapped around it. Then, begin the square shape of a second present, and the rounded bow on top.

Happy Birthday Card drawing - step 6
happy birthday card step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 06

6. Complete the sides and the ribbon of the second present, and add more lobes to the bow on top. Then, draw a third present behind the first - the square box and the bow. Finally, draw an oval floating in the air beside the cake. This will become a balloon in the next step.

Happy Birthday Card drawing - step 7
happy birthday card step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 07

7. Complete the balloon by enclosing an irregular shape at the bottom and extending a curved line from it. Then, draw more balloons. For some, start with ovals, and for others, hearts. Draw an irregular shape and a curved line at the bottom of each. Notice that one balloon is wearing a triangular party hat!

Happy Birthday Card drawing - step 8
happy birthday card step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 08

8. Stripe the party hat with curved lines and draw some pennants hanging on the wall. For each set of pennants, draw a curved line for the string and upside-down triangles for the pennants. Decorate the cake with stars.

Happy Birthday Card drawing - step 9
happy birthday card step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 09

9. Write the words "Happy Birthday" on the cake. Draw many small circles in the background to indicate confetti.

Complete Happy Birthday Card drawing
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Color your cartoon birthday card.

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