The best thing about mothers day in my opinion is receiving a home-made card from your little one. OK, I am biased, I love cards. If I were buying one for my Mum & Mum-in-law, I would buy the beautiful designer numbers not from the newsagent or Target, but from the boutique gift stores or craft markets. BUT it is so much better, more fun and less costly to make your own. If you need a starting point, these templates are really easy to print out, and get the kids to decorate them however they like. Use glitter, jewels, feathers, textas, crayons, paints …anything! Little kids will probably need you to cut them out and fold them together but they are all very simple and big kids should be able to do it by themselves. I have created printable templates for all of them and most have an example of a finished version by 4 year old Miss R, who was only too happy to help!
Please note there is a downloadable pdf of each card at the end of the short explanation and pics. Simply click download and then print from your computer. You are free to use these templates for non-commercial and personal use only.
Heart shaped barn-door opening card
My daughter wanted to make several of these, simply cut out and fold outside flaps inwards. You can tie it with a bow or use velcro circle stickers to stick them down.
For Printable Template click here: heart_shaped_card
Lady bug card with moving wings
This is one of the cards I made with my kids for their grandmas last year. I kept the template and have made a quick example myself. I have stuck to the traditional lady bug colours of red and black but that doesn’t mean you have to For the spots you could use diamontes, circle stickers, a marker or whatever. If you keep the body black write your message with a silver or gold pen. The grandmas loved these cards last year! Note – there are 2 pages to the template, body & wings.
For printable template click here: lady_bug_card
Tea cup card
Cut the teacup shape out making sure to keep it joined at the fold, fold in half and cut a small slit in the top of the cup to attach the tea bag. You could use a ribbon, a piece of string or even (gasp!) a real tea bag by taping the tea bag to the inside of the card and sliding the paper tag & string through the slit. Kids will love making the teacup look just right for their Mum.
For printable template click here: Tea_cup_card
These handbags are so cute and they go very well with jewel stickers & ribbon. Simply cut out the shape, tie on a ribbon or pipe cleaner handle and tie the flap down with a bow. My youngest loves these. We also made these for their grandmothers last year (the kids made one each of a lady bug and handbag) and when we left their Nana’s house she picked it up and took it back out with her! No amount of patient explanations about how “we made these for Nana” could convince her to give it back. Priceless.
Flower window card
I didn’t get up to making an example of this card, but the idea was originally to make it a “stained glass window” style of card. Use cellophane, or contact with tissue paper cut up really small stuck on in a collage way. Alternatively, it might make a nice frame for a pre-school artwork or abstract painting (many of ours are abstract). A grown up will need to cut the flower from the centre with a craft knife.
For printable template click here: flower_template_card
Rainbow pop-up card
Who doesn’t love a pop-up card? When I was a kid I spent hours and hours making pop-ups. This one is very simple, just remember that once you have cut out the shape and folded it to make a card the rainbow image needs to be folded inwards at a 45 degree angle and it will work beautifully.
Hope these ideas help you on your quest for child-friendly mothers day cards. Of course, they need not be for mothers day. We will be keeping our extras aside for future birthdays and gift-giving occasions. Miss R really had a blast making these :-). Visit my earlier post this week onpaint stamping bugs and butterflies or Paper Butterflies for more arty card ideas (yes, we just can’t get enough of lady bugs and butterflies!). For extra home-made gifts we have made these stained glass window bookmarks.