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Mother's Day Pop-Up Card

Mother's Day card with heart pop-up
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What you will make:

Learn how to make a special Mother's Day card with a pop-up inside. When the card is opened, a heart or butterfly will spring out! The project includes black & white and colored patterns for two Mother's Day card designs, with matching envelope, and printable patterns for separate heart pop-ups that can be added to any handmade or commercial card.

The pop-ups are simple and easy enough for children to make and offer flexibility for the the creativity of teen and adult crafters.

Related crafts: Make a gift for Mom that goes with the pop-up card—see Gifts Kids Can Make for Mom.

Related crafts: For more pop-up cards and easy to make greeting cards, see the projects listed in Greeting Cards Kids Can Make. Or for adult card crafting, see the Greeting Card Class tutorials.

Here's what you need:
  • White computer paper or cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Bone folder or empty ballpoint pen
  • Optional: Colored pencils or markers, craft knife, ruler and cutting mat

This project is rated EASY to do.

How to Make Mother's Day Pop-Up Cards

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It

Choose the card you want to make and download the pattern. Each card pattern has two pieces: the top piece is the outside of the card, and the bottom piece is the inside of the card. Print the pattern on white paper or cardstock. The card will be sturdier if it is made using cardstock. Note: The butterfly pop-up is more difficult to cut than the heart pop-up. If you like, download and print the matching envelope for your pop-up card. Follow the instructions on the pattern for making the envelope.

Related craft: See the Envelopes to Make craft project for another style of envelope that fits these cards.

Tip: You can also add a heart pop-up to any handmade or commercial card using the Separate Pop-Ups pattern below. This pattern includes heart pop-ups in four sizes; the largest size fits the cards made in Aunt Annie's greeting card tutorials, and the smaller sizes fit the Heart-Shaped Cards. To use these pop-ups, pick one that fits inside your card and follow the directions below for making the pop-up and gluing it inside a card.

Heart Pop-Up Card
HappyMother's Day heart pop-up card - colored
Colored •  B&W
Butterfly Pop-Up Card
Happy Mother's Day butterfly pop-up card - colored
Colored •  B&W
Plain Heart Pop-Ups
Mother's Day plain heart pop-up
Colored •  B&W
Heart Envelope
Matching heart envelope - colored
Colored •  B&W
Butterfly Envelope
Matching butterfly envelope - colored
Colored •  B&W
Separate Heart Pop-Ups
Separate pop-ups for handmade or commercial cards - colored
Colored •  B&W

Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The Adobe Reader is available for free.

All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4). When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.

Step 2: Color (optional)

If you printed a black & white pattern, color it with markers or colored pencils. Pick any colors you like to color the card. Pick red for the heart, maybe black and yellow for the butterfly, or do something wild! How about zigzag stripes? Use your imagination!

Tip: Stripes are an easy way to color a heart pop-up.

Tip: You may want to write a message on the inside of the card now.

Step 3: Cut Cut out outside and inside card pieces

Cut out each pattern piece on the solid black line. Try to make your cuts very straight. The card will look better and fit together more easily with straight edges.

Tip: It is easier to make straight cuts with a craft knife and ruler. Protect the table with thick cardboard or a cutting mat. Place the ruler along the line being cut, then carefully draw the craft knife along the ruler's edge. Be sure to keep your fingertips away from the knife. Kids, be sure to get adult help when using a craft knife!

Fold both card pieces in half Step 4: Fold

Fold both pieces in half on the center line. Fold them so that the marks are on the outside. If you are using cardstock, score the fold lines first.

To score: Turn the card with the printed side up. Score along the center fold line using the bone folder or empty ballpoint pen to make an indent, not a cut.

Tip: Make a sharp crease by running your thumbnail firmly along the fold.

Step 5: Cut Pop-Up Cut pop-up and fold on uncut edge

The pop-up is on the inside card piece and is folded in half. Cut around the heart or butterfly on the solid line, leaving the unmarked edge of the pop-up uncut. Fold the pop-up back and forth along this uncut edge.

Tip: The unmarked edge on the butterfly pop-up is on the outside of the upper part of the wing.

Step 6: Refold Pop-Up

Unfold the card's inside piece, and refold it the opposite way. Open the card and pull the pop-up toward you. Change the pop-up from a valley fold to a mountain fold. Fold the card in half and press to sharpen the creases.

Refold inside card piece
Step 7: Glue Card Pieces Together

Put glue on one half of the inside piece, and then slide the two card parts together. That is, put the pop-up piece inside of the card's outside piece. Press. Turn the card over, and put glue on the other half of the inside piece. Press again. Be careful not to get any glue on the pop-up.

Glue card pieces together

Your card is now complete! Open it to see the pop-up.
Mother's Day card with heart pop-up

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Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Fronts of Mother's Day pop-up cards

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Tip: Cards can be made with paper or cardstock.

Matching envelopes for pop-up cards

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Tip: Make matching envelopes for your pop-up cards using the printable patterns.

Plain heart pop-ups

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Tip: Print the Plain Heart Pop-Ups on white or colored paper. Decorate the card with your own ideas!

Add separate heart pop-ups to your handmade cards

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Tip: Add the separate heart pop-ups to pocket cards, quilled cards and Heart-Shaped Cards.

Message ideas for your card…

Wishing you all the love and happiness you so richly deserve!

• • •

There is no blessing
quite so dear
as a Mom like you
to love year after year!

• • •

It's nice to have
someone like you
to turn to
someone like you
to love!

Mother's Day card colored with markers

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Tip: Print the black & white patterns and color them any way you like.

Heart pop-up backed with decorative paper

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Tip: To back the heart pop-up cutout with decorative paper, glue a square of fancy paper between the card's outside and inside pieces.

One of Aunt Annie's bright dots ePapers was used to back this pop-up.

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