DIY: Pop-Up Bouquet Card

With Mother's Day just around the corner, an extra-lovely handmade card seemed like the perfect thing to share.

Here's a little peek at what's blooming inside that oh-so simple exterior! A washi tape version of this gorgeous 7 flower pop-up card.

Start by spelling out your message in washi tape letters - apply your tape to parchment or waxed paper, cut out the desired letters and stick to the front of a blank card. Fiddly work but oh so worth the effort!

Cut seven squares of plain paper - each should be approximately 4" (10cm). I just used regular printer paper.

Grab a selection of washi tape and cover each square with the tape.

Take a washi-tape covered square. Fold in half. Fold in half again. Fold on the diagonal. Repeat with each square.

Cut one of the folded squares into a petal shape. Unfold - you should have an 8-petal flower. Cut out and remove one of the petals. Use this petal as your template for the remaining 6 flowers.

Once all seven flowers are cut and eighth petals removed, use additional washi tape to create the centres of the flowers. Then overlap and glue the two end petals together to form a cup-shaped flower. Your final flowers will have 6-petals. Repeat with all seven flowers. Allow glue to dry then fold each flower flat.

Here's where it gets a bit tricky (what? You thought it was tricky before?) as we glue the various flowers together to make the pop-up bouquet. Rather than reinventing the wheel, I'm going to recommend you pop over to Extreme Cards for a really great diagram on how to glue the pieces together. Find it here.

If desired, add washi-tape covered leaves before gluing the flowers to your card.

Attach the bouquet to the inside of the blank card using just a dab of glue (or glue dot) on the centre petal as per indicated on the final diagram over on Extreme Cards. Allow to dry thoroughly.

Then open up your card to find an instant bouquet in your favourite shades of washi tape.

The perfect way to say "Happy Mother's Day" or "Thank You" or for any day which calls for an explosion of flowers!