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2 easy, DIY Mother’s Day Cards

Rule #3: Cutting up kid’s artwork for crafts is OKAY! Your kid will not be scarred for life.

Mother’s Day is THIS Sunday, which means you only have a few days to find the perfect gift for the most important woman in your life. Ahem.. no pressure.

So, I am dedicating this week to all things Mom. The week-long series will include:

– Store-bought gifts for every budget

– Easy DIY gifts

– Yummy breakfast recipes

– Plus, much more!

Whether you decide to buy a gift or make it yourself, a homemade card is always a nice touch. It is easy and much cheaper than a store bought card. Plus, it’s made with love by you, which all moms adore! I have 2 easy, DIY cards to share with you today. Both are simple and totally gorgeous!

DIY Mother's Day Cards

The flowerΒ card on the left is made from my daughter’s watercolor paintings, while the hearts card is made from cut up tissue paper.If you don’t have a little one, you can certainly still make these beautiful cards!

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This is our usual painting set up. I tape a small piece of paper inside a disposable plate. Classy, I know

I’ll start with the flower card, because it’s my favorite!

DIY Flower Card

Materials:

Watercolor paintings (or crayon or marker scribbles)

The Materials: Blank card, brads, glue, cardstock, yarn or ribbon, pen

The Materials: Blank card, brads, glue, cardstock, yarn or ribbon, pen, paintings or drawings

Cardstock

Pen

Glue

Blank Card (or a piece of cardstock folded in half)

Brad (or large button)

Scissors

My cardstock stencils. The left is the leaf and the right is the flower petal.

My cardstock stencils. The left is the leaf and the right is the flower petal.

Step 1. Make sure any drawings/paintings you will be using are completely dry. (see Rule #2) Draw out a stencil for the leaf and flower petal on the cardstock. You can make these any shape you like. I made mine about a 1/2 inch long, but my card was small (3×5′). Carefully cut out the stencils.

Step 2. Copy the stencil onto the paintings/drawings. I traced 2 leaves and 8-10 flower petals. You may need more if your card is large. Take a deep breathe and carefully cut up your kid’s artwork. (I know that some parents may find it terrible to cut up their child’s artwork, but I promise your child will make more. I would not, however, recommend doing this in front of your child)

Step 3. Arrange the flower petals on the card . Don’t worry if they don’t meet exactly in the

Arrange and glue the flower petals down. It's okay if they don't meet in the center.

Arrange and glue the flower petals down. It’s okay if they don’t meet in the center.

center. Glue them down.

Step 4. Attach the brad or button to the center of the flower.

Step 5. Cut a short length of yarn or ribbon. Arrange the yarn, tucking the end slightly under the flower and glue it down.

Step 6. Glue down the leaves and add a cute little message!

DIY Mother's Day Card

The second card is so simple even my 18-month old helped!

DIY Heart Card

Materials:

Sharpie

Materials:Blank card, ribbon (or yarn), Sharpie, contact paper, scissors, glue, tissue paper, tape

Materials:Blank card, ribbon (or yarn), Sharpie, contact paper, scissors, glue, tissue paper, tape

Clear Contact Paper

Tissue paper (in multiple colors)

Blank Card (or cardstock folded in half)

Glue

Ribbon (or yarn)

Scrapbook sticker letters (example)

Tape

Step 1: Cut 2 equal-sized pieces of contact paper. Draw a shape on the shiny side of one piece. Leave the other piece blank.

How colorful!

Cut the tissue paper up into small squares.

Step 2: While that dries (it will take a few minutes), cut the tissue paper into small squares. It doesn’t need to be perfect. (I like to put them a in small tupperware container to contain the mess).

Step 3: Peel the white backing paper off the piece of contact paper that you drew on.

Step 4: Assemble your minions kids. Have them stick the small bits of tissue paper onto the contact paper.

My 18 month old, Z, helping stick the tissue paper on.

My 18 month old, Z, helping stick the tissue paper on.

Step 5: Once they are done covering up your drawing with tissue paper, remove the paper backing from the remaining piece of contact paper.DIY Mother's Day Card

Step 6: Place the sticky side down onto the tissue paper and press it down firmly.

Step 7: Flip the project over and cut out your drawing.

Glue the heart to the ribbon

Glue the heart to the ribbon

Step 8: Cut out a length of yarn or ribbon.Β Glue the heart to the end of the ribbon. Allow the glue to dry completely. (Now you have a sun catcher!)

Step 9: Open the card and tape the other end of the ribbon to the inside of the card. That way the recipient can easily remove the sun catcher from the card and attach it to their window. (You may want to write a short note explaining the intent to the recipient).

Step 10: Close the card and write a short message on the outside. Cover your message with the heart.

Step 11: Place a small piece of tape under the heart to keep it in place.

Step 12: Write a short message on the hearts using the scrapbook letter.

DIY Mother's Day Card

What are you planning on doing for your mom for Mother’s Day? I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below.

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “2 easy, DIY Mother’s Day Cards

  1. My daughter is 20mo and I want to introduce her to art supplies other than crayons, but have been so scared! Thanks for sharing your paper inside a plate trick!! Going to try that!

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    • Thanks! Sometimes I have my 3 year old wear a smock (the colored ones that are available at Ikea) and that helps. I always use washable art supplies. I’m too scared to use anything permanent!

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