How to Make a Mother's Day Pop-Up Card

Show your affection with a heartfelt, handmade card for Mom, featuring everlasting flowers.

mother's day pop-up card
Photo: Raymond Hom

While every day is an opportunity to celebrate the matriarchs in your family, Mother's Day is an extra-special opportunity to show them just how much they mean to you. Make this gorgeous greeting card to do just that; fill it with words of affection before sending it to moms near and far. Better yet, it makes for a one-of-a-kind flower delivery: The flat card blooms into a three-dimensional arrangement that's much more unexpected than a vase of roses. It looks intricate, but with our petal template, step-by-step instructions, a few snippets paper, and some cleverly placed tape, you'll quickly realize just how easy it is to recreate.

What You'll Need


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


  1. Cut seven 4-inch squares of paper in desired colors. Fold a square into quarters. Fold-down one 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 one petal from the flower; close the gap by overlapping petals on either side and securing with a glue stick. Repeat with other squares.

  2. Attach pieces of double-sided tape to the 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. Attach flowers E and F to the stack to overlap B and C.

  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. Cut a piece of card stock into a 10-by-6-inch rectangle, and fold it 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 the card and repeat, attaching the other side of the flower stack to the inside of the card.

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