What mother doesn't love receiving a cute handmade card from her child to celebrate Mother's Day?
This simple kid-friendly origami project is great for children ages six and up. It can be created using colored construction paper or solid colored origami paper, depending upon what supplies you have available. You can personalize the colors of the card to match Mom's favorite colors.
The card in this tutorial is made using purple construction paper cut to measure 3 inches x 3 inches and green construction paper cut to measure 6 inches x 6 inches. The light blue base for the card is a sheet of 9 inch x 12 inch construction paper folded into fourths.
1. Start Folding the Origami Tulip
To begin making the origami Mother's Day card, fold the purple paper square in half diagonally so it makes a triangle. Bring each corner up about halfway to the middle of the paper.
2. Finish Folding the Origami Tulip
Flip the paper over. Fold the left and right corners in slightly. Blunt the bottom corner as well. Flip the paper over once more to see the completed tulip.
3. Start Folding the Flower Stem
Fold the green paper square in half diagonally, then unfold. Fold each side in so the edges meet along the center crease. In origami, this is what is known as a kite base. Bases are the building blocks of origami, so it's helpful to teach young paper folders the names for the different base forms as soon as possible. See the Types of Origami Bases article for more information.
5. Fold the Bottom Up
Fold the bottom of the paper about two thirds of the way up, creasing well.
6. Finish Folding the Flower Stem
Fold the paper in half down the middle. Show your child how to pull the thin, tall part of the paper out to form the stem for the flower.
7. Assemble the Mother's Day Card
Make the base of the Mother's Day card by folding the sheet of light blue construction paper in half horizontally, then folding it in half vertically. Have your child write "Moms Make Kids Blossom" on the front of the paper using a black marker or small alphabet letter stickers.
Use double sided scrapbooking tape to attach the origami flower stem and tulip to the card.
Write a message inside the card, if desired.
If your child would like to fold an envelope for this handmade Mother's Day card, follow the instructions in the About Origami Easy Origami Envelope Pattern article.
If your child would like to make a small gift for Mom, follow the instructions in the About Origami Origami Picture Frame tutorial. Add a magnetic strip to the back of the folded frame to make a pretty yet practical present.