Create a custom birthday invitation in Canva

With hundreds of free layouts to choose from and a library packed with awesome images, creating the perfect birthday invitation in Canva is ridiculously easy.

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Create the perfect birthday invitation for your special day

Use Canva to create a custom birthday invitation your friends and family will love! Our selection of layouts have been designed to suit every type of birthday celebration – from a family gathering to a cruise or weekend getaway.

Use our drag and drop design tool to add your personal flair. You can change the images, fonts and colors in any of our layouts to create a birthday invitation that suits your event (check out some of our cute birthday card ideas here).

How to make a birthday invitation

  1. Log in or sign up

    Open Canva in desktop or on mobile. If you’re a new user, you can sign up for Canva through your Google or Facebook account. Once logged in, type “birthday invitation” using the search tool to get started on your design.

  2. Find the right template

    Browse through Canva’s library of beautiful and professionally-designed templates to find a template that’s perfect for you. Use the search tool to filter by theme, color, layout or style.

  3. Enjoy a range of features

    Make your invitations more fun by exploring millions of professional stock photos, images, illustrations and other graphics in Canva’s library. Use the handy drag-and-drop tool to move elements to your design.

  4. Personalize your invitation

    It’s your design, so add a personal touch. Upload your own images, photos and art work. Create a unique design by mixing and matching font combinations, color schemes and other graphics.

  5. Share or print

    Once you’re happy with your design, send out your birthday invitations to friends and family through social media, via email, or order high-quality prints through Canva Print. Plus, get free shipping too.

Create a New Birthday Invitation

Browse our image library or upload your own

Our library of images will suit even the most diverse birthday invitation needs. Canva gives you access to over 1 million premium images, graphics and illustrations. Many of these images are free, while the rest are all priced at just $1. From funky to sentimental, there are literally thousands of options for you to choose from.

To add a personal touch, you can also upload your own images for free. Once you have saved them, you can use them as many times as you like.

Print your birthday invitation or create a funky e-invite

If it’s a traditional gesture you’re after, print your birthday invitation and send it in the mail! Click on the “Send to Print” button and let Canva Print take care of your gorgeous, new birthday invites! We’ll even deliver them right to your doorstep.

If you want to share your invitation on Facebook or the web, simply click the Share button and choose whether to send your design via email or post it directly to your social media account.

Collaborative with your friends

Allow your friends and family to add comments and suggestions on your birthday card without the hassle of showing them in person. To allow other people to edit your design, click on the Share button and choose the “Can edit” option. This will give them access to edit your design in their personal Canva account.


Birthday invitations should cover who, what, when and where. Announce whose birthday is being celebrated, what kind of party or event is being planned, the date and time of the event and the location where it’s being held. Include contact information so that guests can RSVP.

Birthday invitations typically fall under the category of bigger-sized invitations, at 4 x 6 inches or 5 x 7 inches. This leaves enough room for photos, images or illustrations as well as party details while balancing it all out with white space.

Birthday invitation cards use a bright color scheme with colors that contrast each other, have an eye catching header, might use a color filter to make text pop out from the background and usually have one image as the focal point.

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