Are you strapped for cash this Mother’s Day?
If , like me, you’re not making big bucks blogging this spring, then the card below can be made from paper and fabric scraps some might consider more trash than art supplies. This potential trash can be assembled into a card your mother will treasure this coming Sunday.
I promise, if you can cut and paste, you can make the card below. Sasha and Malia Obama are competing to see which first daughter can make the best Mother’s Day card. If they can do, so can you.
What you will need:
Glue small rectangle of scrap fabric to a piece of paper. Allow glue to dry. Cut fabric to 1 and 1/2 by 1 and 7/8 inch rectangle. Attach fabric rectangle to slightly larger white paper rectangle (1 and 7/8 inch by 2 and 1/4 inch).
Attach small quarter-inch white flower to assembled white, orange, and pink circles. I use paper punches to create these pieces, but a small circle stencil would work just as well. If you don’t have a punch to create the small white flower, use a quarter-inch, white, paper circle instead. If you don’t have a punch to create the large white circle with the zig-zag edge, you can cut them into the circle, or you can simply use the white, paper circle without the special edge. You don’t need it. You mother will like the card just as well without that detail.
Attach the circle assemblage from step 2 to the rectangle assemblage from step 1.
Attach completed assemblage from step 3 to a pink, paper rectangle that is 1 and 1/2 by 3 inches.
Attach assemblage from step 4 to an orange, paper rectangle that is 3 inches by 4 and 5/8 inches.
Assemble “Happy Mother’s Day” labels. I use a label-maker to print out “Happy” and “Mother’s Day,” and then I attach the words to two, pink, paper oblongs. If you don’t have a label-maker simply write the text on the pink oblongs with a black pen or marker. Then glue the pink oblongs to the white, paper oblongs.
Attach the text oblongs created in step 6 to the rectangle assemblage completed in step 5.
Fold a large, piece of white cardstock (8 inches by 5 and 1/2 inches) in half to form the body of your card. Then glue the orange rectangle assemblage completed in step 7 to the front of your card.
Personalize the inside of the card with a note your mom will appreciate. Tell her how much she means to you, or, perhaps, share your fondest memory of her when you were a child.
When’s the last time you created a home-made card? How will you celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday?
Note: I hope you will stop back by on Friday, when I’ll share the link to a guest post I’m doing for Deb Bryan’s (“A Monster in Your Closet“) series “For this I am Thankful.” My piece, called “The Far Side of Sanity and Back Again: An Evolution in Thank You,” shares my long-time struggle with bipolar disorder and is written in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month.
Happy Mother’s Day!