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Pop-Up Card

Show your affection with a heartfelt, handmade Mother's Day card featuring everlasting flowers.




For moms near and far, this gorgeous greeting card makes for a special flower delivery. A flat card blooms into a three-dimensional arrangement that's much more unexpected than a vase of roses. It looks intricate but takes only some snippets of paper and cleverly placed tape to create.

This project may seem complicated at first glance, but once you follow the instructions here, you'll realize just how easy it is to re-create.

Watch the Pop-Up Mother's Day Card Video


  • Text-weight paper
  • Glue stick
  • Double-sided tape
  • Card stock
  • Petal Template


  1. Step 1

    Cut seven 4-inch squares of paper in desired colors. Fold a square into quarters. Fold down 1 flap diagonally; flip the square of paper over and fold down the other flap, forming a triangle as shown. Print petal template; trace it onto the triangle, and cut out. Unfold, and cut 1 petal from flower; close gap by overlapping petals on either side and securing with glue stick. Repeat with other squares.

  2. Step 2

    Attach pieces of double-sided tape to petals, as indicated by dots. Start sticking flowers to one another: Flowers B and C each overlap a petal with A; then flower D goes on top, completely overlapping A.

  3. Step 3

    Attach flowers E and F to the stack to overlap B and C.

  4. Step 4

    Attach G to the top, overlapping D. Cut out some freehand leaves from green paper, place double-sided tape on the bottom, and attach them to the flowers.

  5. Step 5

    Cut a piece of card stock into a 10-by-6-inch rectangle, and fold in half to form a card. Place the folded flower stack inside of the opened card as shown. Place a piece of double-sided tape as shown; close card, and press firmly to adhere. Open card and repeat, attaching the other side of the flower stack to the inside of the card. 



Reviews (10)

  • Stephanie McDonnell 6 May, 2014

    This is really cute, but the directions are unclear. I cut numerous times as stated, all to no avail. I found better directions on Youtube. Perfect cut the first time!

  • backstage 21 Apr, 2014

    can't wait to try this! it looks fantastic! thank you!

  • inlovewithmcfloat 2 Aug, 2013

    This is really cute. Thanks for the steps you've given. I'll try it one of these days.

    ways to get more instagram followers

  • 5kaprielians 10 May, 2013

    I tried to print this out twice. Each time 7 sheets were printed with only 2 showing the directions and one of which had one picture of the competed card. Besides the fact that I sucked up a ton of colored ink with unwanted advertisments and nonsense I did notice that many crafters gave this project a not so favorable write-up. I don't think I will be printing anymore of Martha's crafts. I'm so disappointed.

  • Hannahbel 10 May, 2013

    I am a very "crafty" person but I found the directions extremely difficult to follow and the video link for the mother's day fold out card is incorrect. This one needs an overhaul!

  • diflan 10 May, 2013

    I can't read the directions. The pictures are right on top of the text.

  • debellako 10 May, 2013

    After viewing the slide show and watch the video over and over I made this card. Took 2 nights and several trials & errors. Came out cute - not quite as good looking as in the sample. Luckily someone else posted the correct link to the video in the comments and I probably should also have viewed the additional video link posted. It would be helpful if the instructions were a little more detailed.

  • Making It With Danielle 5 May, 2013

    I loved this card but had a hard time following the instructions here, I did a post on my bog with a picture tutorial that might be easier for you guys to follow along with if making this!

  • ImaMes 30 Apr, 2013

    I made these for my mother and daughters-in-law a couple of years ago. For the flowers I used origami paper in colors to suit each mom and glued a bright yellow circle in the center of each flower. All of them loved their cards!

  • smbreau 5 Mar, 2013

    The link to the video is wrong; it is actually here: The video helps A LOT.