DIY Mother's Day Cut Out Card

Mother's Day is one of the most personal holidays we celebrate each year. If you choose to give a gift, it really isn't about what you give, but what it means. I think especially when you get older, a handwritten note is especially meaningful, and as a mother now myself I can say handmade is thoughtful and appreciated.

Before I get into the tutorial of this post, I want to tell you about the picture I chose. I was flipping through old childhood photos when I realized: there are basically no photos of just my mom and me. Apparently, she was the one who took all of the pictures in our family, so it's rare to find one of her, and even rarer to see one of both of us. I found this picture of my mom, dad, and me at Christmas in 1987, and I made it work. Hopefully others out there don't have the same problem as I do! (Message to moms: get in those pictures, too!)


  • Card stock cut to fit your photo when folded in half (mine is 5.5” x 4” when folded)
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Eraser
  • Photo
  • Calligraphy pen or marker
  • envelope


1. Hand-draw your tulip design in pencil. Use your photo for reference of where to draw the blossoms.
2. Cut the card along your pencil markings to create a silhouette.
3. Erase any leftover pencil marks.
4. Using a calligraphy pen or marker, write, “Happy Mother's Day”
5. Insert your photo into the card – no need to glue in place!

There is no real need to glue the photo to the front flap – the photo itself is a nice gift, which can be framed. Place your paper cut card in a pretty envelope, to keep the photo from falling out.

Happy Mother's Day to all of you mamas out there!

1 comment :

  1. This card is so beautiful and the photo detail makes is extra special. Thanks for sharing. PS I will take your advice! I realised I don't have much pictures of me and my little boy and makes me sad, I'm trying now on to make sure everyone with a camera capture some special moments for me :)


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