Mother’s Day may still be some time away, but the last thing you want to do is to be frozen in your tracks on the day itself when you realize that you are going to show up to your mom’s house empty-handed! Of course, you could always stop on your way and get a card from the store, but the personalized nature of making a card yourself is sure to make it even more special.
Even if you are not an “artsy” type, fear not — there are still great greeting card tutorials that you can follow to surprising results.
Mum’s the Word Play On Words
Who doesn’t like puns? If there’s one audience that has a true appreciation for them, it would be moms. After all, how else would they be able to put up with all of those “dad jokes”? You can put your mom’s love of puns to the test by making her this beautiful floral “mum’s the word” card.
Love You Bunches Thrumbprint Card
This card may look like it is made of grapes, but it is actually made using thumbprints! We love this unique idea that provides a modern take on the standard handprint card. Get the idea over at Crafty Morning.
Washi Tape Mother’s Day Card
Are you familiar with washi tape? While it’s been beloved by scrapbookers and bullet journalers alike for years, it’s only recently become a staple of all general crafters. And it happens to make one heck of a birthday card, too! This card idea from Rosyscription uses Washi tape to make a card design that looks store bought in the best of ways.
Flower Pot Card
We love any kind of card that adds an extra layer or dimension! While these may be intimidating on the surface, they are actually easier to make than you might anticipate. This tutorial from Karewares will show you how to make an adorable mother’s day card in the form of a flower pot with flowers that pull out.
Yawn String Hearts
Sometimes, when we are making a birthday card, it can be hard to think beyond the regular paper and coloured pencils! However, if you are looking to make something a bit more tactile, take a look at this tutorial from Hello Wonderful. Its clever use of yarn is sure to awe whomever is the recipient of this card.
I Whaley Love You
You didn’t think we would just include one pun in this article, did you? This card from Crafty Morning adorably proclaims “I whaley love you” and features a very cute drawing of a whale. Although this can be made by a child, it is equally as compelling coming from an adult.
Ha-Pea Mother’s Day
Okay, fine. This one is another pun. But we would have never thought of the phrase “ha-pea” by ourselves! We got it here from Crafty Morning. Not only is this pun original and endearing, but it is also very easy to make and can be successfully put together with only simple construction paper and markers.
Washi Tape Lettering
Remember how we mentioned above that washi tape can make for a great mother’s day card? Well, there’s more than one way to put washi tape to good use! This creative solution from Omiyage shows you how you can make a lovely two layer card with washi tape.
Olive You Mom
We have to admit that there is just something about puns and mother’s day cards that go together so perfectly! This cute example shows how you can draw some olives using colored pencils, but you could achieve a similar look with construction paper or watercolor, too.
This cute handprint cupcake design can easily be made by toddlers and makes for a fantastic mother’s day card! We love how creative this design idea is, and the way that the fingers of the handprint are used to represent the cupcake. Adding a cupcake holder to the bottom is a way to add an interesting texture to the card.
Flowers in a Mug
Here is another example of a three-dimensional card! We love the way that this one makes use of different items that you likely already have around the house, like cupcake holders for the flowers and buttons for their seeds.
Mothers are like Buttons Card
Here’s more proof that buttons make wonderful greeting cards! We love the way that this card idea takes a very literal interpretation of the common phrase “mothers are like buttons”. Not only will your mother be touched by the sentiment, but the card will also make for a conversation-starting display piece on her fireplace mantel.
Watercolor Mother’s Day Card
Watercolor painting is relatively easy to do, and can be picked up quickly by even the most inexperienced beginner! This is especially true if you follow a tutorial to a tee. This example will show you that it is possible to paint a watercolor mother’s day card that is both vibrant and unique.
Easy Paper Flower
This paper flower card looks complicated, but it’s actually easier to make than you might think! It just requires some proper cutting. It’s a good option for kids—with adult supervision, of course.
If we are going to really commit ourselves to the puns, then we need to make sure that we have all different kinds of food preferences represented! In this card, you can show the mom in your life that you love her “from my head tomatoes!”
This card is similar to the paper flower example above—just with hyacinths! The perfect option for any mom whose favorite flower is the hyacinth. Get the details from I Heart Crafty Things.
Mommy’s Little Butterfly
Here is another great option for any adult who is making a card with toddlers. Not only will a print of the toddler’s handprint work as a kind of time capsule or keepsake for years to come, but the butterfly is also a nice touch for the present. Get the idea from Easy Peasy and Fun.
There is nothing conventional about this mother’s day card from Sarah Hearts! Not only does it come in the shape of a flower, but it also pulls out as an accordion instead of opening like a regular greeting card. Definitely an option for anyone who is looking for an uncommon card option.
Mother’s Day Trading Cards
If you are sick of giving your mom a simple greeting card every year on mother’s day, then this next option is ideal for you. We love this creative “trading card” idea which will treat your mom to not just one card, but many! Get the idea at Design Improvised.
Nail Polish Card
Even if your mom said that she “didn’t want anything” for mother’s day, you could always get around this by sneaking a little gift in the card. This cute idea from Smart School House can show you how to make a nail polish-themed card that even comes with a nail polish as part of the design!
Speaking of cards that also come with a practical gift, this innovative card also from Smart School House comes with all of the toppings that your mom will need to make herself a sundae! Genius!
Free Printable Cards
Not all of us are the type to sit down with some glue and construction paper and get to work — and that is completely okay! You can still make a homemade mother’s day card by using a printable. Some of our favorite printable mother’s day cards are available from Studio DIY.
Here is another example of a creative thing that you can do with a handprint! If you make the handprint using green paint, you can easily make it look like a cactus by adding in just a few extra details. See the tutorial at Simple Everyday Mom.
We hope that you found a card idea that inspires you among the above choices! And remember: the thing that your mom will love most about her card is the fact that it came from (and was made by) you, so don’t worry too much about making it perfect! Feel free to take any of the ideas on this list and make it your own — that will make it even more special for both you and your mom.