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Give Mom an Expandable Hand-Shaped Mother's Day Card

Here’s a sweet variation on the “I love you thiiiiis much” theme: an expandable hand-shaped card for Mother’s Day.

Photography: Aaron Dyer

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2014


  • Card stock

  • Pencil

  • 11-by-17-inch paper

  • Bright string or yarn (optional)


  1. Trace your child’s hand on card stock to create a template and cut it out. Accordion-fold a piece of 11-by-17- inch paper to the width of the template -- you’ll have enough room for about four hands, depending on your child’s size. Trace the template onto the paper and cut it out, leaving a portion of each pinkie and thumb intact to keep the hands connected. Then it’s ready to decorate!

  2. For a longer card, cut several strings of hands and tape each of the ends together on the back. Then tie them into a package with bright string or yarn.

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