Handmade Mother’s Day Cards: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

May 2, 2011

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY:  Flower Garden by Eve Bunting

Why we love this book:

This is a beautifully illustrated story, told through a simple repetitive rhyme, about a young girl and father who plant a colorful window box as a birthday surprise for mother. We especially appreciate the city setting as the daughter and father walk through the city streets, travel by bus, carry the flowers up many flights of stairs and plant the window box right on the middle of the floor in their apartment.  This book reminds us that we don’t have to plant a “farm” with our children. We simply need a window box or a couple of flower pots.

This weekend is Mother’s Day (Yes, this weekend!).And while this is technically not a “Mother’s Day” story it protrays an intimate and loving relationship between the family members. It is the perfect read aloud before making a little special surprise for Mommy this Mother’s Day. She might even enjoy a little potted flower.

Handmade Mother’s Day Cards

Our Mother loves flowers and gardening.She can spend all day, every day, digging in the dirt! So when the children and I stumbled upon this gorgeous bougainvillea, we knew we had found our Mother’s Day gift for Grandma.  

I don’t know about you, but I haven’t bought a card in years. The kiddos make all of our cards. This weekend we sat down to make Mother’s Day cards for Grandma. We brainstormed a few ideas and decided to make tissue paper collage bougainvillea cards.


  • white paper
  • markers
  • tissue paper
  • glue

Miss Enigma, age 4

Step One: fold paper

  • We folded our 8 1/2 x 11 paper in-half twice, creating a A2 size.
  •  I always have on hand a box of A2 envelopes (4-3/8″ x 5-3/4″), designed to accommodate a quarter-folded sheet of paper. You can find these envelopes at your local office supply store.

Step Two: study the bougainvillea plant

  • The children studied the bougainvilla plant and made a plan to draw the stems with green markers.

Step Three: dot paper with glue

  • Anyone who has worked with four-year-olds knows why this is a step! “Just a little. Just a little. Just a little. Great that’s enough glue!”

MacGyver, age 7

Step Four: tear tissue paper leaves and flowers and glue to stems

  • MacGyver decided to roll his tissue paper a bit in order to make it look more like the bougainvilla flowers.

Miss Enigma, Handmade Tissue Paper Mother’s Day Card, age 4

MacGyver, Handmade Tissue Paper Mother’s Day Card, age 7


We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of  Flower Garden by Eve Bunting

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

What are you giving your Mother this Mother’s Day? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, May 5, 2011

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, May 6, 2011. Check back it might be you!

Tomorrow we’re gardening with the Children . . .

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Cammie Talley May 2, 2011 at 8:17 pm


Tara May 3, 2011 at 9:50 am

I got my mom a cutsie little bitty one egg frying pan with a cutsie little bitty spatula. :)

maryanne May 3, 2011 at 12:15 pm

My mom gets a card and a phone call – she’s not very into gifts, although she would LOVE a visit. Too bad plane tickets to Austria are out of our budget – I would love a visit with her too!

Robin May 3, 2011 at 4:19 pm

My mother will get a hand painted polk-a-dotted pot with a beautiful plant that has polk-a-dot looking flowers, a new cutting board and lot’s of love as always. I will stop after church to pick up some sandwiches and go over to her house to have lunch.

JDaniel4's Mom May 3, 2011 at 5:14 pm

This is a beautiful book!

Michelle May 3, 2011 at 5:21 pm

we need need need this awesome book for the geckos class!!

Jackie May 3, 2011 at 8:33 pm

A ceramic egg that can be used as a planter that has seeds and dirt inside. My oldest decorated it with stickers… and we still need to get going on those Mother’s day cards but I think I have a cute handprint card in mind… we’ll definitely add tissue paper though after seeing how gorgeous your cards are!

Alice May 3, 2011 at 9:50 pm


Brandy May 4, 2011 at 10:41 pm

A handwritten letter!

Merelyn - Real Kid Friendly May 5, 2011 at 1:48 pm


Dianne April 16, 2013 at 1:56 am

I made a pottery Lamp for my Mother for Mother’s Day.

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