You can’t let Mother’s Day come and go without a heartfelt card, and in our minds homemade is always best. We’ve gathered up a bunch of DIY cards that will make her heart melt, all of which are easy and quick for kids to make. Read on to get the scoop.

1. Bouquet of Hearts

Break out the construction paper and ribbon to craft this colorful card from Make and Takes. We love the cool 3D effect of this one—to find out how it’s done, click here.

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2. Her Biggest Fan

Inspired by Squirrelly Minds, make mom a pretty fan that expands to show her some of the reasons why you love her. Kiddos can go to town decorating each heart with crayons. To get the full instructions, click here.

3. A Pretty Printable

If you’re not the crafty type, go for this printable from Weekend Craft. It’s as easy as getting some cardstock, cutting it down to size and adding a personal note inside. Click here to get the printable.

4. Paper Flowers

We’re obsessed with this card from Lovely Clusters, and chances are mom will be too. Kids can cut out different shapes and colors of flowers, then you can lend a hand gluing everything on if needed. To get all the details on how it’s made, click here.

5. A Map to Her Heart

We heart this rainbow painting project aspiring artists can make for mom on her special day. The Artful Parent is where you’ll find out how to create this card that’s meant to be treasured.

6. Pull at Mom’s Heartstrings

You don’t have to be a crafting genius to stitch together these lovable cards for mom, found on Hello Wonderful. In fact, it’s a perfect preschooler activity. String, card stock and little helping hands are what it takes to wind up this Mother’s Day project without breaking a sweat.

7. Paint by Mother

Easy as 1-2-3! Dandee Designs has everything you need to help your petite Picasso create a card that's as colorful as mom. Simply download and leave the rest of the work to the little ones, so she'll know it's made with love.

8. Pictures for Your Words

Even if mom's not a bookworm, she can still find a special place for this photo collage in disguise. Use a photo booth fave, or crop some silly selfies to take center stage on the front,  then follow the tutorial at Make and Takes so your card will really make its mark!

9. Easy Answers

This quick and easy free printable will make you look like a star. But what’ll really shine through is your kidlet’s humor and love for mom in his thoughtful questionnaire answers. Get the links you need to make it happen at Lil’ Luna.

10. Special Delivery

Finally! A card big enough to match your little’s love for mom. Find out how to put together this larger-than-life and undeniably stylish option at The Merry Thought.

11. Counting Qualities

How do I love thee, mom? Let me count the ways. Let your Little choose her top five, and then include them on this DIY fave that beats a store-bought option any day. Follow the detailed steps from The Bird Feed NYC to create this mess-terpiece.

12. Picture Perfect

Those pics of your sidekick, goofy grin and all, that are taking up space on your device? Why not print off a few and use them to make this cut-and-paste creation, designed by Kelley at the Teacher Idea Factory. And just like that, a new fridge fave is born!

13. A (Hand)made Card

No matter how many kiddos are part of your crew (one, two, three or more) this classic paint and press will come in handy. Have each kiddo make his or her own card or combine handprints of different sizes and colors into one beautiful bouquet. Get the deets at The Trendy Treehouse.

photo: Nicole Hill Gerulat for Real Simple

14. Time Crunch

Just because you're short on time doesn't mean you can't be creative. We love this punny card that pays homage to all mom does. And the fact that you can throw it together lickety-split makes it twice as appealing. What a clever (and sweet!) way to thank the master matriarch for everything she does!

15. A Rose by Another Name

Let your veggies pull double duty this Mother’s Day with a creative rose print card designed by Jen from Mum in the Madhouse. Whether your mini-me pairs this beauty with a sweet smelling bouquet to match, or pens flowery best-mom-ever sentiments inside, it’s an easy option mom is sure to love.

16. Turtle Power

Like "turtley!" With just a few items you probably already have in your pantry, you can create this turtle themed Mother's Day Card that'll make mom smile. A few cuts and a few important deets from Coffee Cups and Crayons will help you get it done.

 

Do you think you’ll make one of these for mom this Mother’s Day? Which one sparks your creativity? Share it in a comment.

— Allison Sutcliffe & Aimee Della Bitta

16 Homemade Mother's Day Cards Every Kid Can Make