- Step 1: Project Preparation
Pre-cut the paper. Cut the 9" by 12" colored construction paper
in half to make two 9" by 6" halves. Cut the 9" by 12" white
construction paper or drawing paper in quarters that are 4½" by 6".
Each card requires one of the 9" by 6" colored construction papers
and two of the 4½" by 6" white papers.
Tip: Be sure you have markers, crayons or
colored pencils that coordinate with the colored construction paper.
Keep it simple by using just two or three colors of markers,
including one that is the same color as the paper.
- Step 2: Trim and Fold
Trim 2" off the length of the 9" by 6" colored construction
paper. Set the 2" strip aside for later. Fold the remaining 7" by 6"
piece of colored construction paper in half. This is
your card blank. Set it aside for now.
Tip: This card fits a standard #6¾ envelope,
sometimes called personal size, which is 3 5/8" by 6 1/2"
- Step 3: Make Fancy Paper
Decorate one of the 4½" by 6" white papers with crayons, colored
pencils or markers. One idea is to fill the paper with zigzag or
wavy stripes in three colors that go together with the card's color. First, use your
pencil to draw lines across the paper, spaced ½" or so apart,
then color the stripes with alternating colors.
Of course, you can color your fancy paper creation any way you
like. It's best if you use just two or three colors that look good
together and keep your shapes large and simple.
- Step 4: Cut Paper
Cut a 1½" strip off the side of the fancy paper and another
1½" strip off the top. Do the same for your other 4½" by 6"
piece of white paper. Set the strips aside to make things to put in
your card's pocket or for use inside the card.
Cut the remaining 3" by 4½" piece of fancy paper into two
pieces on a wavy diagonal line that starts about 1/3 from the
- Step 5: Glue and Add Message
Glue the top part of the fancy paper to the top of the card with
equal borders on the left, right and top. Glue the bottom part of
the fancy paper to the bottom of the card as a pocket. To do this,
apply a narrow band of glue to the left, right and bottom. Place the
pocket at the bottom of the card with even borders. Be sure to leave
the top of the pocket open.
In the diagonal space above the pocket, write a Mother's Day
greeting. Something simple, like "I love you!", is best.
- Step 6: Make Stuff for the Pocket
At this point, you will have five pieces of leftover paper—a
strip cut from the colored construction paper, two strips from the
fancy paper and two strips from the white paper. Use these
strips of paper to make things to put inside your card's pocket.
You might make a bookmark from the colored construction paper by
gluing a strip of fancy paper to one side and a strip of white paper
to the other side. Write a message or draw some pictures on the
white strip. It is best to make the bookmark no longer than 5".
You could also fold a strip in half to make a mini-card with a
secret message to your mom. Another idea is to glue a mini-picture
of yourself to a piece of the leftover paper. What are your ideas?
When you are done making stuff for the pocket, slip the items
into the card's pocket.
- Step 7: Inside the Card
Write a message on the 3" by 4½" piece of white paper or draw a picture, if you
like. Try something like, "Happy Mother's Day!" or
"I'm so glad you are my mother!" Just say something that will make
your mom smile.
Glue the paper with your message inside the card. Add any other
decorations that you like.
That's it! Your Mother's Day card is done!