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DIY Mother's Day Special Fold Card

Updated on October 01, 2015
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Peachpurple loves to spend some time to handmade greeting cards and gifts at home. She always reduce trash by reusing them.

Reasons to celebrate this month of May

Of all the 12 months in the year, the month of May is my favorite month of all. Every year, I look forward for this month as there are 4 special reasons for me to celebrate by getting ready my craft project materials.

First of all, it would be Labor Day which falls on 1st of May, secondly is Mother's Day which happens to be on the 12th May this year (2013) , thirdly is my hubby's birthday which I shouldn't disclose his birth date as men are prone to be very sensitive to personal issues and fourthly, my ex-schoolmate birthday. Many cards to create, aren't they?

Half folded front card, unique isn't it?
Half folded front card, unique isn't it? | Source

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Why you should handmade a Mother's Day Card

In this hub, I will be sharing with you how to make an easy homemade Mother's Day card which is half folded.

Whether you had purchased a store bought gift or completed a handmade gift for your mom, remember that a mother’s Day gift is never complete without a handmade Mother’s Day card.

Some people may prefer to purchase a store bought card to cut the hassle but I believe that any mom would genuinely appreciate a homemade Mother’s Day card especially made by her child’s own hands which is full with bundle of love, efforts to produce a creative card that is one of its’ kind and it doesn’t matter whether it is printed or handwritten either.

There are a vast range of Mother’s Day card ideas that can be found in Google websites when you key in the word “Mother’s Day card” in the Google images. I was awed by the beautifully taken photos.Nevertheless, majority of the cards require special color cards, laces and card making tools such as Cricut that may cost you spending unnecessary money.

If you are looking for a unique card that cost you nothing and gives you the opportunity to reuse your previous craft project supplies and materials, do consider making this easy handmade Mother’s Day Half Fold card that is definitely different from others.

This card celebrates Happy Mother’s Day to any mom from a mother-to-be, new mom, already sick and tired of the kids’ mom, getting old mom and a happy grandmother. It feels special and touched to receive a handmade card which is the one and only type, no one could ever have it.

Have a happy card making day!

Materials Photos

assorted gift wrappers and pink color construction paper
assorted gift wrappers and pink color construction paper | Source

Materials You Need:

  • White matte card or 120gm white paper - 1 piece
  • Pink construction paper or your mom's favorite color- 1 piece
  • Assorted gift wrapper
  • Print" Happy Mother's Day" on a darker pink paper- cut out the shape
  • A pair of scissors or penknife
  • A bottle of white glue
  • Dark pink paper ( or your mom's favorite color) and print out a Mother's Day quote


Step 1

  • Firstly, use a pencil and a ruler to draw the out line of the white card 9” x 6.5” and cut it out with a penknife or a pair of scissors.
  • If you don’t have a white card in hand, you could substitute it with an A4 paper which weighs 120gm, a little heavier than the normal A4 paper that weighs 70gm-80gm.
  • It is compulsory for the front card to be heavier as it does not tear apart easily and could at least stand on its own compare to light weight card which is rather flimsy.
  • Next, fold the white card into 1/2.
  • Thereto, fold the front card into 1/2. face inwards, using your thumb and index finger to make a permanent crease horizontally.
  • Hence, you will have a half fold card for a start.

Step-by-step photos

fold into half
fold into half | Source
fold front card into 1/2 again
fold front card into 1/2 again
pink paper inside the card
pink paper inside the card | Source

Step 2

  • Next,choose your mom’s favorite color.
  • My mom likes pink and red, indicate the feminine side of most ladies.
  • I chose light pink for the background of the inside card as I will need to use the darker pink later on.
  • Again, draw the outline of the pink construction paper measuring 4.5” x 6.5” and cut it out.
  • Apply a little glue along the four sides of the pink paper and paste it in the middle of the inner card.
  • Make sure that you paste the pink paper nicely in the middle as you will create 4 white borders.
  • Use your ruler to spread even the pink paper so that there aren't any air bubbles beneath it.

paste the hexagon gift wrapper onto the pink paper
paste the hexagon gift wrapper onto the pink paper | Source
cut out the hexagon shapes
cut out the hexagon shapes
nicely done designs and a little thicker than before.
nicely done designs and a little thicker than before.

Step 3

  • From your left-over gift wrapper, choose 3 different patterns or designs that matches the background of the inner card.
  • Since mine is light pink, I chose fluttery heart shapes and flowers of pink-red flowers that contrast well with pink.
  • I had purposely chose a gift wrapper with the wordings " I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY LOVE" but it isn't compulsory if you can't find any.
  • Use the pencil to draw any shape that you like around the chosen gift wrappers.
  • I prefer hexagon shape which is broad and spacious.
  • After I had drawn the hexagon shapes on 3 different designs of gift wrapper, snip off the hexagon sides.
  • The hexagon size vary upon your size preference.
  • Next, paste each hexagon gift wrapper on top of the excess pink paper.
  • Cut the pink paper along the hexagon sides.
  • Remember to leave some space in between them.
  • Once you have cut them out, you will notice that each of the hexagon gift wrapper is a little thicker, not too flimsy, right?

Step 4

  • Choose one hexagon design paper and flip it over ( the pink paper will be facing upwards)
  • Apply a little white glue on the right hand side only. Do not spread it all over.
  • Flip it back again. Now the hexagon design is facing upwards.
  • Paste the hexagon at the edge of the front card, just along the creased side. ( See photo for better understanding )
  • Noticed that half of the hexagon is left hanging in the air? I purposely left it this way in order to resemble the Oscar nominee card that you usually see celebrities held in their hands during Oscar awards. Brilliant, isn’t it?
  • Choose another hexagon design and apply some white glue behind it.
  • This time, spread it out generously.
  • Flip it over and paste it on the left hand side of the front card, parallel to the 1st hexagon.
  • Repeat the same procedure for the other hexagon design on the right hand side, on the light pink paper.

Paste it on the creased paper
Paste it on the creased paper | Source
paste 3 different hexagon design papers across
paste 3 different hexagon design papers across

Step 5

  • Use a pencil to draw heart, depending on the size that you prefer, onto the front card, just at the bottom edge, right hand side of the card.
  • Flip open the front card so that it will spread out to full size.
  • Use a pair of sharp scissors or penknife to cut out the heart shape.
  • Hence, you won't cut the other side which you will need later to seal up the hole.

draw the heart shape
draw the heart shape | Source
flip open the front card
flip open the front card
cut out the heart
cut out the heart
paste the gift wrapper, facing down
paste the gift wrapper, facing down | Source
See the heart shape with the gift wrapper, Pretty isn't it?
See the heart shape with the gift wrapper, Pretty isn't it?
Use red marker or color pencil to draw the sides
Use red marker or color pencil to draw the sides

Step 6

  • Choose another gift wrapper with different design and cut out a heart shape which is larger than the hole.
  • Press down the front card where you can see the cut out heart shape behind the card.
  • Apply a little white glue around the side of the cut out heart.
  • Paste the gift wrapper over the hole. Make sure that the design is facing down while the plain side is facing upwards.


  • Hence, when you flip over the front card, you could see the heart is filled with gift wrapper design.





  • Use a marker of any color to draw the heart shape along the cut out heart.








  • Apply some white glue along the sides behind the card.
  • Press down the creased card so that it will form a half fold card.
  • There, the first part of the half fold card is done !

Step 7

  • Print out the words “ Happy Mother’s Day “ on a darker pink construction paper or your mom’s favorite color.
  • Test out different fonts and the font size on the Wordpad before printing. You could choose the Italic, Freestyle Script and Bradley hand ITC fonts for creativity. If you mom prefer plain text, go for Verdana, Arial or Comic Sans which are commonly used for clearer text and tidy format.
  • Use the scissors to cut out the words but don’t separate them.
  • Cut the three words together, leaving some space in between them.
  • If you have a color printer, use different font color or background to add more bright and contrast color to the card.
  • Arrange the location of the “Happy Mother’s Day” on the pink paper.
  • Make sure that the word “Happy” is well hidden so that “Mother’s Day” could only be seen.
  • Apply some white glue behind the wordings and paste it well.
  • Try flip open the front card. can you see the word "Happy"? Well hidden, right?

print out "Happy Mother's Day" and cut it out
print out "Happy Mother's Day" and cut it out | Source
Arrange the suitable location. Make sure the word "Happy" is hidden
Arrange the suitable location. Make sure the word "Happy" is hidden
Flip open, the word "Happy "can be seen
Flip open, the word "Happy "can be seen
well hidden quote
well hidden quote | Source

Step 8

  • Choose a Mother's Day quote that suits your mom.
  • My mother is not highly educated but could read some simple English. So, I chose this Mother's Day quote to show her how much I care and love her no matter what happen to her.
  • On the same dark pink construction paper, print out the Mother's Day quote. Use any font that you prefer.
  • I would suggest that you try the simple font, non cursive type as it will be much clearer for your mom to read if she is shortsighted. I used Verdana, simple and clear.
  • Cut out a rectangle shape or any shape that you like along the sides of the quote.
  • However, make sure that the size is well hidden behind the front card as the main purpose is to hide the Mother's Day quote.
  • Apply generously the white glue behind the paper, along 4 sides of the rectangle.
  • Aim properly the location before pasting it. Locate it on the left hand side of the inside card. Make sure it is well hidden behind the front card.
  • It wouldn't look nice to unstuck the paper and repaste it again.
  • Use the ruler to spread across the quote.
  • Make sure there isn't any "bubbles' underneath it.

apply glue
apply glue | Source
paste on the left hand side
paste on the left hand side

Final picture... this is how the card looks from inside

Choose a Mother's Day quote that suits your mom
Choose a Mother's Day quote that suits your mom | Source

A Mother's Day Song

© 2013 peachy

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      Annie Miller 3 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      It's a lovely idea and I much prefer to receive something homemade rather than store bought. Your card is pretty and the directions are easy to follow. Great photos, too.

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Wow. Great hub on making cards at home. I will surely try to make this and give it to my mother this mothers day. Thank you for sharing this great hub. Voted up.

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      Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

      This is a detailed and creative hub on making your own Mother's Day card. You have great, lovely images and it's good that you have images for each of the steps so readers can see exactly what they're supposed to do. The finished card looked really nice. Mothers will surely appreciate whatever gift they get from their children if it came from the heart.

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      Sid Kemp 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Lovely - I agree handmade is best. Thanks for the step-by-step instructions.

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      Lesley Daunt 3 years ago from Covington, Georgia

      found this just in time! gonna have to get started right away :)

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Very nice wishing card for Kother's Day! Even better because it's hand made! Great explanations with pictures :-)

      Thank you for sharing Peachpurple!

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      mr-veg 3 years ago from Colorado United States

      Peach , You got it , yes the most creative person award out here on HP :) You are so creative , every time I read your hub I am amazed to see the craftsmanship hidden inside you !! Great Job !!

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @mrveg

      gosh...you are making me blush... (red cheeks)...appreciated my friend. My next art project would be teacher's day and father's day.

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      Rpenafiel 3 years ago from United States

      Great hub peach! This will definitely put a smile on her face. I agree with Annie, homemade gift is always appreciated deeper than those that are bought from the store. It’s just priceless, with the added unique and personal touch! I have read that DIY memorabilia’s are well appreciated too, got it from here: http://www.just5.com/blog_new_content.php?id=15 .

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @rpen

      thanks for reading. Yeah. I gave to my mom this card today. She was happy. Kept thanking me.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @annie

      thanks for yr kind comments

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @vacation

      thanks for reading. Hope that you enjoy crafting

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @ceres

      thanks for yr kind comments. Glad that the step by step photos help. Sorry for the blur photos taken coz my handset pixel are low.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @avneet

      thanks for the vote and such kind comments

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @sid

      thanks for reading.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @Lesley

      hope that you enjoy crafting

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @kid

      thanks for reading. Hope that you enjoy crafting this card

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A beautiful and creative idea for a special day in a mothers life

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      Celeste Wilson 3 years ago

      So simple and easy thank you very much. Since Mother's day is past I am going to try this one for Farther's Day. What a relief I don't have to rack my brain on what card to make any more. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Voted useful

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @thanks for reading. I just made a father;s Day Card too. Not publish yet. hope to get it done soon.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I agree, handmade cards are the best. This is a great hub. Thanks for the reminders. They are so cool.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @rebecca

      thanks for reading my hub.

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      Rebecca 3 years ago from USA

      what a thoughtful and creative idea, the hub is very well formatted and easy to follow! How do you do those pretty purple page break lines? I love how that separates the sections. Great job.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @bishop55

      thanks for reading. Maybe i could send you the pagedivider image file to your email?

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      Shadaan Alam 3 years ago from India

      what a creative hub and i just loved the way you explained it all.

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      Paula 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      I like the idea of making cards, and hope to get back to that some day! I have some supplies, but haven't used them in a while, which is a shame. I like the idea you gave, thank you so much.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Younghopes,

      Thanks, i hope you can make this card for yr mom

      Oceansnsunset

      Oh you should make a good use of those leftover crafts, good thing you kept them

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You just gave an excellent tutorial on how to make a homemade Mother's Day card like this. You seem to be very creative! Nice job! Pinning this to my crafts board.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Peggy W

      thanks for your pins, i love making any cards as long it is not for sale

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