DIY Happy Mother’s Day Card with Pop Up Flower

Last year I shared a DIY Happy Mother’s Day card with pop up flowers. Although most of you shared your success, it did require precision to line up all the flowers, and some of you mentioned it was challenging. So I was determined to create a really easy, and equally beautiful pop up card for this year.

Here it is! This handmade Happy Mother’s Day card is FAIL- PROOF even for beginners. I tested it five times ( really ), some cards were cut by hand, some using my favorite crafting machine: the Cricut Maker. Every one of them popped up easily. So yes, you can make it easily!

DIY Happy Mother's Day card with beautiful big pop up flower

I will share with you all the free printable leaves and flowers templates, SVG files, and step by step tutorial with a video on how to make a beautiful DIY Mother’s Day card with a big pop up flower.

If you have a Cricut Maker or Explore, I have a special treat for you. Have you tried the amazing Cricut print then cut feature? You won’t believe how easy it is to cut these hand-drawn leaves I made for the card using this amazing feature. As a first timer, I am able to learn and use it in less than 5 minutes!

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Video tutorial on how to make pop up flower Mother’s Day card

Materials and tools to make the DIY Mother’s Day card with pop up flower:

  • Card stock: Cricut.com has really beautiful quality card stock. I use a pack of mixed blue card stock for the blue flower card, and a pack of pink and ivory card stock for the pink flower card . You can use this white card stock to print the covers and the hand drawn leaves.
  • there are two ways to cut everything: you can use scissors or an Xacto knife to cut, but if you are a DIY and crafts addict like me,  a Cricut Maker ( or Cricut Explore ) is such a joy to use! The smart machine can cut so many materials in no time.
  • a printer to print the cover and the leaves , and craft glue

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Step 1: Cut flowers and leaves

NOTE: If you want only black and white line drawings to print on color paper, you can use this free online tool to trace the png/jpeg files into outlines only, it works great! πŸ™‚
https://online.rapidresizer.com/photograph-to-pattern.php

You can make a gorgeous flower using as few as 3 to 4 flower layers, or use all 5 layers.

If you are cutting everything by hand, tape the flower templates ( free download at the end) to the card stock using double sided tape, and cut using scissors or an Xacto knife.

The Cricut Maker is my favorite little helper on so many crafts and decor projects. I am sharing the SVG file at the end for you to use. Here’s a detailed tutorial on getting started with your first Cricut Maker project in 20 minutes!

To cut the flowers, just upload the SVG flower file in Cricut Design Space, double check and make sure the largest flower measures about 6″ to 6.5″,  and keep the group of flowers together when you resize.

Tip: after resizing, un-group, and select each flower shape with the cut lines on it, and click “attach”. The attach function helps to hold all your cuts in the same position within each flower shape. The Cricut Maker will group the same colors on a cutting mat, and prompt you to change mat when cutting the next sheet of color card stock.

Now the super fun part: print then cut! I couldn’t believe how easy it was. The key is to use a png or pdf file which has transparent background. I made this sheet of hand drawn leaves as a png file you can download.

When you upload it in Cricut Design space, it will ask you to choose whether it’s print then cut, or cut only. Selecting print then cut will tell the machine to print the entire image, and cut along the outlines of each leaf on the transparent background.

First the machine will send the png file to your printer, and it will print out like this: the black lines are registration marks, and each leaf has a little bleed around the edges, this ensures that each leaf is cut precisely to the right size without any white paper left on the edges. So smart!

Keep in mind that currently the maximum image size for Cricut  Print Then Cut is 9.25″ x 6.75″ and the default material to print is 8.5″ x 11″.

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Step 2: Fold and glue flower layers

The key to this step is to carefully match the tabs on each layer, and use just a dot of glue on each tab. I will show detailed photos. You can also watch the video tutorial below to follow along.

Video tutorial on how to make pop up flower Mother’s Day card

Fold flower #1 in half, matching the two tabs, fold in between the petals along the cut lines, glue the two end petals together. Repeat with the other flower layers.

Place flower layer #2 inside layer #1, fold the tabs of each layer so the folding line matches. Glue the tabs of flower layer #1 to layer #1. Repeat with flower layers #3.

IMPORTANT: When it comes to the center layers #4A and #4B, instead of trying to match the folding lines, match the tip of each tab.

Once all the layers are glued together on these tabs, put a dot of glue between the back of the tabs on layer #1 and the back of layer #1 petals, and press together. This will help the flower open to full size.

Step 3: assemble Happy Mother’s Day card with pop up flower.

There are different ways to use the cover for our DIY Happy Mother’s Day card with pop up flower. You can print it out on this white card stock ( like in the pink flower version), or use it with colored card stock to create a layered look (like in the pink flower version).

I love the blue flower on the deep blue background, so I trimmed Happy Mother’s Day card cover, and glued it to the deep blue card stock also trimmed to about 9″x11″, and folded in half.

Center the stack of flowers vertically inside the card, and line it up with the folded line. Put a dot of glue on the back of the tabs and press together the cover and the flower tab. Do this on the front and back cover. Check out the video above if you are unsure of this step.

Add some leaves as final touches. You can glue the leaves to the card or to the back of the flower. It is so much fun playing with these pop up cards. Don’t you think they would make beautiful displays on a shelf or mantel?

To download all free templates for this card and tons of other goodies, join our 100% free community below!

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Happy creating! See you soon!

93 Comments

  1. Incredible cards! I mean wow! And the video really walks you through it perfectly. I’m not a skilled artist but this actually seems like something I could pull off. Thanks!

  2. This is interesting. I donΒ΄t think I have done a DIY project in some time but I will try to do something similar to this for my own mum. Thanks a ton!

  3. I downloaded the template to print out, but it’s already colored. Do you have a version that I can print on colored card stock? So I can pick my own colors for the flowers and leaves, or better yet, color them with my gel pens?

  4. Hi there,

    I’m just wondering if the print then cut leaves was on regular printer paper or if it was on white cardstock. Thanks!

  5. I’m having trouble figuring out where the video tutorial is for DIY Happy Mother’s Day Card with Pop Up Flower that is located on the instructions page.

    • hi debbie! we have a video tutorial at the beginning, and because some had trouble viewing it, we added on in Step 2, same video, just embed from YouTube so it’s easier to view. πŸ™‚

  6. I added to subscribe, but haven’t gotten an email to download the card template. So we have to wait till the end of the week newsletter to download?

  7. I just joined this morning. I cant download anything. The mother’s day card is something I’d like to try with a group of teens that I work with. Problem is, I work with them tomorrow. Any idea if I will have access today? I know, last minute. I need to print the patterns. We will trace, cut and glue, no cricut.

    • hi ginger, did you get the welcome email maybe in promotions folder? a red button takes you to all downloads πŸ™‚ if not , please email us at ananda at apieceofrainbow.com

  8. I had downloaded the project twice, but only get PNG files. Just wondering where to get the SVG for my Cricut. Thanks.

  9. I made the Mother’s Day card with my twin granddaughters for them to give to their mom. They absolutely loved this project. We had so much fun. And can you please tell me the music that is playing on the tutorial? It’s so beautiful.

  10. Hi, I have signed up for the newsletter but still have not received the link. I have added your email to the safelist and checked the spam folder.

  11. Hi, I have signed up for the newsletter a few weeks back but still have not received it. I signed up again last week and again this week. I’ve checked my junk/spam folder and it’s not there either. Is there any other way to access the downloads?

  12. Hi, I have signed up for the newsletter a few weeks back but still have not received it. I signed up again last week and again this week. I’ve checked my junk/spam folder and it’s not there either. Is there any other way to access the downloads?

  13. I’m trying to cut the layers onto different color mats on Cricut but I can’t detach the pages to make each shape separate. Help?

  14. I signed up, got an email and clicked the link, but it just took me to some other website and I still cannot find the download anywhere!

    • hi lexi, did you click the red button? we have hundreds of downloads everyday and have not heard such an issue. what other website is it?

  15. Hi, I just subscribed but if the emails with the links come out on thursdays/fridays, i will have to wait a week for the link! Is there any way to get a link sooner, so I can make my card in time for Mother’s Day? I’m so excited to make this card! Thanks πŸ™‚

  16. I cut these out by hand and the card came out beautiful! The template, however, doesn’t have the very inner part (4B), but it still came out lovely.

  17. Hi, wanted to let you know that the embedded video shows up in the mobile site but no the desktop version, so that’s why people are having trouble finding the video.

  18. There is a mention but no link to the video tutorial. Can you please add the link? I checked the happy birthday version of this card and there is no link to video either. Please help!

  19. Hello!

    These are so beautiful! I’ve tried signing up for the newsletter a few weeks back and again today… but I still haven’t received the email where I can download this (I checked my spam too). Would you be able to forward it, hoping to start these tomorrow!

    Thank you!

  20. Hello,

    I just subscribed but haven’t received a link yet. I’d like to get the templates for the downloads as I showed my grade 5’s what we’ll be (trying to) make for Mother’s Day. They were super excited and I wanted to have the templates for them prior to Art class so they have time to print it out. I’ve checked my junk mail but nothing has appeared.

    Is there any other way to access the templates?

    • hi! maybe try a different browser or unzip with a different tool? hundreds of readers have downloaded the SVG with no issues this month! πŸ™‚

  21. Hello I subscribed but received no email. I checked my spam folder. Can you suggest what search term to use to look for your email in my email account? I’m totally bummed because it’s not working πŸ™

  22. These are beautiful! I would love to make these with my kids and send them to their grandparents to brighten their day! I joined design bundles and got and email, but am having trouble finding the template for these. Any tips on searching?

    • hi trish! not sure what you meant by ‘design bundles’? do you mean our subscriber list? then you would get an email to all downloads! πŸ™‚

  23. Hi! I have been trying to subscribe to you newsletter and I hadn’t received any email. An I doing something wrong?

  24. You’re right! These flowers are fail-proof, they were so easy to make!! I LOVE THEM!! Thank you so much for making the templates available.

  25. I’m adjusting the fold lines into score lines so I can have my machine create the folds. Thanks; this is a beautiful design!

  26. I think you could create a PDF that just had out lines and people without circuit machines could print the outlines onto construction paper from their regular home printer. That’s what I”m going to do!

  27. Hi Ananda, I have all my things lined up and this is only the third project with my Cricut. The leaves printed and cut beautifully. I was able to upload all the png files, but the svg file only has the yellow piece 4b showing – none of the other flower parts. Can I just resize all the png files to the same size and work with that?
    thank you! This is such a gorgeous project.

    • hi kate! so glad you are making this! πŸ™‚ i checked the files and the svg should have all 5 flowers on it. maybe try zooming out? because the yellow one is at the center. if not, then yes you can size the png to cut the outer shape and just hand cut or score the few folding lines. have fun! πŸ™‚

  28. Amanda, I’ve been signed up to receive the newsletter for a while. I hit free downloads in the newsletter, and still can’t do it! I went back & forth multiple times. Can you please help me?

  29. Oh, wow. It looks so sweet. These cards are so beautiful. We with my son will do it for my mom. Oh. Thank you for sharing with this diy. :)) Good luck with your blog!

  30. These cards are so beautiful! I have not convinced my husband that our home needs a cricut yet, but my sister in law has one, so I may have to go over to her house and make one of these for my mom!

  31. OMG! These are absolutely beautiful. These will be great to do with my grandchildren for them to have something special for their mom

  32. These cards are so cute! I love that they are doable without a Cricut, too, since I don’t have one. I have thought about it, it wouldn’t be so great for the current budget, but I know I would end up having so much fun making all the things, so maybe this year I will get one!

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