When I was a child every Mother’s day I would always make a card for my Mum, I knew that she cherished these cards a little bit more as she knew that time had been spent on them. In fact my Mum still has them stored away in a tin in a cupboard and we sometimes look at them together, I even showed my children them once and they loved looking at them.
This is something that I have encouraged my children to do too. I love that schools make cards with the children when it comes to a special occasion but I also like that they use their own initiative at home to do them too.
I have always made sure that the boys have the crafts so that they can create whatever they want without having to ask me for help. They have a drawer unit that is full of equipment that they call their Mr Maker Unit.
I know that it takes time to make cards at home and some people do struggle with doing crafts so I do actually like to use Moonpig to make them too, this is an online store that you can customise with your own words and give them a personal touch with added photos and names. These cards are also for keeps. My mum made me my 40th birthday card with them and I still have it up on my side, it shows pictures of me throughout the years.
Anyway, back to the Paper Flower card
The flowers do take some time and can get quite fiddly so if making with children i suggest making the flowers bigger.
You will need:
- Coloured card
- And time.
- Cut your chosen coloured card into 8cm squares (go bigger if you want bigger flowers)
- Fold in half from corner to corner to create a triangle, aligning up the edges
- Fold in half again to create another triangle, aligning up the edges
- Open back up and fold the corner up along the centre fold line. Do this for both sides
- Open back up and fold the corner up to the fold that you just created. Do this for both sides
- Open back up and you want to push up along the bottom edge of the triangle so that you create a diamond shape by folding it on the second fold
- Then fold over the over hang from the diamond so that you have a clean straight edge. Do this on both sides
- Fold up the bottom along the first crease on both sides
- Then fold in half and glue down the sides
- So now you should have created your petal. Once the glue has dried, press around the edge to open it up
I have created a video below of how to make a petal. In case my instructions are not easy to follow
Once you have at least 8 petals you need to glue them all together to form the flower
I made 8 petals as mine were quite small but if you are making bigger petals then you may not need as many.
I made three flowers from different colours and then placed them on the front of a card. Once placed into position I then glued them down with a glue gun. I made the vase from a piece of paper but you can also draw this onto the front of the card.
I stuck it down creating a 3D effect.
You now have a 3D flower card ready to give to Mum on Mother’s Day