20+ Handmade Card Ideas for Mother’s Day

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Are you wondering what to do for your mom, grandma, or other loved one this Mother’s Day? A handmade card with a personal message puts a lot of love into a very small and convenient package.

You don’t have to start from scratch! This is a list of some of our favorite Mother’s Day card and papercraft ideas, ranging from beginner-friendly to more complex. We tried to include a wide range of styles and some different types of cards to suit any recipient. We hope you can find some inspiration!

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Easy cards for beginners or last minute crafting

This is our selection of cards you can make with confidence if you are a Cricut beginner or if you are running late but still need something pretty and heartfelt. Also great for making large batches of cards.

Easy insert cards for Mom and Grandma by Snip to It!

These cards are super easy for a beginner to make, but turn out so pretty! Our designs are for Mom, Grandma, or whoever else you’re celebrating for Mother’s Day. All you need is cardstock and a pen.

photo of finished "far from the tree" mothers day card featuring black ink sentiment written on pale yellow cardstock with a bright pink insert card
photo of finished "love you mom" mothers day insert card, cut out of fuchsia cardstock with a holographic sparkle insert card

Easy Filled pen Mom/Mama cards by Snip to It

These cards are simple to make out of layered cardstock and pen. We use our filled letter technique that fills in bubble letters with an inset, and combined with a groovy 60s style font, this card is perfect for your cool, fun loving Mom.

finished mom card in white, purple, and pink cardstock
finished mama card, white purple and pink cardstock

Stencil cutout Mother’s Day card by Inside Outlined

Byrd from Inside Outlined designed this beautiful stencil card that is perfect for beginners. Using just cardstock and adhesive, this card is easy to make but still lovely and handmade. Finish it with your own sentiment on the inside, either by hand or with your Cricut.

Printable Mother’s Day Coloring Card by Artsy Fartsy Mama

Get the kids involved and no machine required! We love these printable coloring cards, perfect for kids to add their own special touch. Lindsay from Artsy Fartsy Mama also has another great Mother’s Day card featuring a questionnaire for a child to complete that any mom is sure to treasure.

“When Mother’s Day is Hard” emotional support card from Minor DIY

There are a lot of people who are facing a really tough Mother’s Day. Maybe you know someone who has lost a child or a parent, or who has a complicated relationship with their mother; this is a kind and thoughtful way to reach out. Emily at MinorDIY specializes in tackling some very tricky subjects in greeting cards, we thought this was a beautiful way to let someone know they’re not alone.

Intermediate-level Mother’s Day cards

This selection of cards is perfect for crafters looking for new challenges in cardmaking. You can still make these cards in less than an afternoon, and the results are priceless.

Retro-Inspired Mother’s Day card – Snip to It!

We love the trend towards retro serif fonts in soft colors, so we used it for a Mother’s Day design. You can download the SVG from our Resource Library. The file includes the card base and 2 matching panels (one for the front, one for the inside), along with the main design cut file.

The card shown was made with 80lb Cricut cardstock in yellow, white, and pink, Cricut True Brushed vinyl in Teal (rainbow), and Cricut Premium Vinyl in Stone Yellow (stars). Happy Mother’s Day is cut out of 2 layers of cardstock and stacked to achieve some dimensionality (we recommend Art Glitter glue for stacking cardstock text).

photo of a retro style mother's day card

Pretty Mom cutout cards by the Bearded Housewife

Nick (the Bearded Housewife) has a great layered cardstock card that combines pen and cut shapes to create a colorful, dimensional card for your mom. This free file also includes a custom envelope you can make, as well as step by step instructions for setting up the file in Design Space and constructing the cut pieces.

We love so many of Nick’s cute cards – if you become a subscriber to his site, you can access many more of his wonderful designs.

Easy Mother’s Day Shaker card by Crafting a Lovely Life

If you are looking for more of a challenge, these cute shaker cards from Morgan at Crafting a Lovely Life are so much fun! The tutorial shows you how to layer cardstock and acetate with foam tape to create a little celebration for the mother in your life. These are sure to impress!

photo of Mothers Day shaker card made by crafting a lovely life

Flower Bouquet holder by Gina C. Creates

Gina has gifted us with a lovely way to wrap up a bouquet of flowers, chocolate, or anything else, really! Why not create a pretty handmade touch for a fun and personal gift? Her tutorial walks you through setting up the file in Design Space and constructing the holder with cardstock and glue.

Elegant Butterfly card by Miss Mandee

Check out Miss Mandee’s gorgeous butterfly gatefold card! Wow your mom with this lovely card and matching envelope. Paper selection is key for this one.

photo of the Elegant Butterfly Mothers Day card by Miss Mandee

Advanced technique Mother’s Day Cards

If you have a little more confidence and want to incorporate some dimensionality to your Mother’s Day makes, this is a selection of more advanced technique tutorials you can try. All of them are well explained and you’ll be so pleased with the results!

Pop-up flower bouquet from Abbi Kirsten Collections

Mother’s Day is the ultimate floral occasion, so we had to feature a papercraft by Abbi Kirsten, the paper flower queen! This beautiful bouquet of pop-up print then cut flowers folds flat and is a great gift for Mom, Grandma, or any other mother figure in your life.

Flower box card by the Crazy Cricut Lady

Carmel at The Crazy Cricut Lady has a huge number of cards with all kinds of interesting card bases, so it was tough to pick just one to feature here. We love this box card design featuring a beautiful metallic butterfly and flowers, and you can add any number of your own embellishments.

Pop-up flower bouquet from A Piece of Rainbow

Ananda from A Piece of Rainbow designed this pretty pop-up flower card which combines print then cut leaves with a 5-layer paper flower. You can make the card with a Cricut or just cut out the pieces by hand, and combine it with whatever you want on the front of the card.

Cricut Access Mother’s Day cards

If you are a Cricut Access subscriber, there are tons of ready-made options for Mother’s Day cards. We wanted to include some of our favorites in our roundup because Cricut has a lot of cards designed for step-moms, adoptive moms and other people who have been important in that maternal, caregiving role. They also have plenty of funny and off-beat options. Sometimes you want a card from outside the big part of the bell curve!

Mama and Baby elephant

If you’re looking to make a clear statement without using words, this one is perfect. Elephants are superior mothers for biological and adopted family, nature’s caring and formidable matriarchs. Bears got nothin’ on these ladies!

Mama and Baby ducklings

Love you mom cutout hearts & flowers by contributing artist Almesdesign

Mother’s Day Flower Card

Always Been Like a Mother Card

Thanks, Mom. I Turned Out Awesome Card

You Don’t Have Ugly Children Card

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