25 Homemade Mother's Day Gifts That Kids Can Make
By Shar Petit
Flowers are a fairly predictable gift for Mother's Day, but why not give Mom's blooms a personal touch this year with a cool DIY vase, like these featured on Penelope and Pip?
With a few empty glass bottles (blog author Rachael chose to reuse a few sauce bottles), Mod Podge, and some colorful yarn, your kiddos can turn your recyclables into a unique vessel for some gorgeous handpicked flowers! We love that she also used earth-friendly organic wool! Check out the full blog post for handy tips on how to glue the strands evenly and how to add a little sparkle with some glittery wool.
Do you know a mom who is worthy of the title "World's Best Cook"? Let Mom announce her signature dishes daily with this darling DIY chalkboard menu presented on Momtastic. You'll instantly turn your family kitchen into a darling French café!
To get started, you'll need an unfinished wood frame, wood glue, black contact paper (but you could also use chalkboard paint), and paint. If you're using the contact paper option, the kiddos will need help from Dad to get a precise cut. Check out the blog for a full tutorial — your home's top chef is sure to get a kick out future meal planning with this handy sous chef!
We're huge fans of gifts that can multitask. These cork vases featured on the Papernstitch blog pull double duty as a vase for flowers or plants and a place for mom to pin her favorite photos and keepsakes.
Simply made using old cans, spray paint, craft glue, and a roll of cork, the finished product is a lovely desk topper that Mom will treasure long after Mother's Day has passed. The kiddos will need help with the cutting and gluing, but they'll love thinking up ideas of what to put in and around these cork vases for the big reveal!
Our fingers are crossed that Mom will enjoy a sunny day this Mother's Day! These nature-themed sun catchers by The Chocolate Muffin Tree are a great DIY gift that kids of all ages can help make for Mom's special day.
All you'll need is clear contact paper, construction paper, and found nature objects such as leaves and flower petals. Simply "sandwich" the kids' nature finds in between two sheets of contact paper and finish with a heart-shaped frame. The project is so easy and such a great way to highlight your family's creativity (and scavenger-hunting skills!).
Looking for a Mother's Day gift for your favorite gardening Mama? These adorable herb garden boots featured on Homespun with Love are sure to put your little green thumbs to work creating a unique garden addition for Mom!
Start by poking several drainage holes in the bottom of a pair of old or outgrown rain boots, and use the inside of the boot to pot Mom's favorite herbs, like peppermint, sage, or parsley. Then the family will have fresh herbs on hand whenever needed! Check out the full blog for other inspiring (and budget-friendly) DIY gift ideas!
We love this idea for a "6-pack" of DIY flower vases by Creekside Learning! Originally dreamed up by creative Mom Julie as a gift for her 6-year-old daughter, her daughter in turn filled all of the vases with flowers and "spread the love" by delivering them to her siblings and parents — so cute!
This Mother's Day, why not have your tots each make a mini arrangement of flowers for Mom with handmade cards, and hide them throughout the house for her to find all day long? After Dad's help with cleaning and spray-painting the bottles, the kids will have a ball creating their arrangements and special notes for their favorite lady.
It doesn't get much sweeter than receiving homemade jewelry — and this adorable tweet-worthy bird necklace featured on Made by Joel is sure to steal Mom's heart!
Simply made using shaped wire, Dad Joel says that he only had to bend the wire using pliers and then hammer it flat to create this beautiful, delicate birdie. Get ready for the best part: he was able to finish the entire pendant in only 15 minutes! This Mother's Day, have the kids dream up a few whimsical designs that mom might enjoy for her very own sweet pendant. Older kids may be able to bend the wire into shapes by themselves, but younger children can coach Dad into making the shapes they want. Or, have them use pipe cleaners to join the hands-on fun!
Is your refrigerator covered in family photos and vacation magnets too? Consider combining the two this Mother's Day by creating these DIY Polaroid-style photo magnets offered up on Ambrosia Creative!
To get started, simply have your littles help pick out their favorite family photos to shrink to magnet size. To help you with this fun project, creative and crafty Jenn includes a downloadable template for getting your photos sized correctly. Once you've got the batch printed off, you'll need foam board, glue, and magnet tape to finish off the job. You can even have the kids decorate an old jewelry box to wrap them up for a special touch!
We love the idea of turning a "heart mapping" project such as this one from Imagination Soup into a special gift for Mother's Day! All you'll need is paper and drawing tools to create a one-of-a-kind art project for Mom — truly an easy pleaser!
To get your tots going, start with a heart drawn on paper, and then have them write down all of the things they admire about Mom or are thankful for — they can create a space for each item, and even include their favorite memories! The finished product is sure to be one piece of kid art that mom will want to frame. Check out the full blog post for tips and a list of brainstorming questions to get the kids started. Creativity and imagination awaits!
It seems like moms are always prepared for any situation — and that is evident in the size of their handbags! This petite "kit" made from an ordinary potholder (!) featured over at Eighteen25 is a great DIY Mother's Day gift for the Supermom in your life.
To make your own, you'll need a square potholder, a button, ribbon, and snack-sized, zippered plastic bags.Your kids may need a hand with the sewing machine, but they can also focus on finding the perfect small items to include in Mom's new kit (think Band-Aids, gum, cough drops, tweezers — all of the goodies that gather at the bottom of Mom's purse!). Check out the full blog for tips on how to assemble this handy-dandy present.
Talk about a unique gift! We can't get enough of this adorable idea for making a DIY "box of love" featured on Let's Lasso the Moon. All you'll need is a small box (like an old jewelry box, gift box, or other small box from your recycling bin), paints, ribbon, and a little bit of imagination!
What's special about the box is what's inside — love! Creative Mama Zina even offers up a poem that you can include with the box if wanted. The end of the poem reads, "You only have to hold this gift and know I think of you. You never can unwrap it. Please leave the ribbon tied. Just hold the box close to your heart. It’s filled with love inside." Check out the full post for more tips — what a great way to show Mom you care!
Here's another great Mother's Day gift idea for the mom who loves gardening — a handmade harvest basket by Rhythm of the Home. What a creative alternative to a traditional basket!
Resourceful Mom Regina posts her pattern and full tutorial for making the basket shown. While the sewing portions of the project may be too advanced for little hands, there's plenty of opportunities for everyone to be involved in the creative process. The kids can help pick out the fabric (Regina used an old feed bag), find the perfect branches for the handles, and assist in Mom's fancy new harvester's assembly. The optional pocket on the outside can also be personalized with an embroidered design for you overachievers out there!
This sewing kit with a pin-cushion lid featured on FunkyTime is a great Mother's Day gift for the crafty mamas out there. Using a small canning jar, cardboard, batting, a small square of fabric, and glue, you can easily create a useful kit any mom, sister, or grandmother would love.
After all of the pieces are assembled, fill the jar with sewing accessories such as mini spools of thread, buttons, lace, or needles. Decorate the outside of the jar with personal touches like a monogrammed letter or a special sticker. A fun idea that's sure to aid plenty of future crafting adventures!
Talk about a fresh idea! We love these handmade antique handerchief sachets featured on Skip to My Lou. What a great gift Mom will be sure to treasure for years to come!
To make your own, just take a handkerchief (or a square of fabric) and fold it into quarters — after a simple stitch around the edges, the shell is ready to be filled with dried lavender (we're relaxed just thinking about it!). Sew it up, and you've got a simple sachet to freshen up closets and drawers. Check out the full site for a step-by-step tutorial and tips for adding embellishments!
Here's yet another gift idea for the green-thumb mamas out there — cement stepping stones (with a little sparkle!) found over at Pink and Green Mama. You can get all of your kiddos involved, and the finished stepping stones are a great addition to any backyard garden.
To make these sweet mosaics, you'll want to have quick-dry cement, cereal boxes, and any embellishments you'd like to use as decoration (try buttons, marbles, rocks, or shells) on hand. Once the boxes are loaded with cement, it's time for your young artists to take over! Once the bedazzling is all finished, wait for the stones to dry and then tear off the boxes — overall, an easy and budget-friendly Mother's Day gift!
We love this Mother's Day gift idea for a DIY wooden tray found over at Prudent Baby. The finished project will look so great, Mom will surely think it's come straight from her favorite shop!
To start on Mom's new favorite tray, have your kids take a look around the house to identify colors that she's sure to love. You'll need a main paint color for the unfinished wood tray and some accent paper (or fabric) that can be cut to size and Mod Podge-d onto the tray. Your kids will get a kick out of picking out the colors, and Mom is sure to love the custom touches! Why not add a box of tea or coffee to complete the gift?
We came across so many ideas for Mother's Day art, but this idea from Busy Kids Happy Mom was so clever we just had to share! The beautiful painting shown is made up of individual fingerprints (each color representing a different grandchild in this case) painted inside of a large dove stencil.
Happy Mom Kristen thought up the project for her little ones and her nieces and nephews to make as a heartfelt gift for their grandmother. Each child had a different color, and they mailed the canvas back and forth across the country until it was finished! She even sent around several prints so each family could have one in their home. Check out the full post for helpful tips on coordinating this creative family project!
We love these fun modern paper flowers featured over at Made by Joel! Not your typical blooms, all you'll need to make your standing flowers are scissors, colorful paper circles, and stem wire — simplicity at its finest!
Your pint-sized florists can practice their shapes by drawing and cutting out circles and other fun shapes. Attach one circle to the shaped wire stand, and then fold the others to make a small notch in the middle. Align the petals onto the center circle and, voilà! Consider making a baker's dozen for a gorgeous field of freestanding flowers to display around your home!
For the urban mamas out there who have limited garden space to work with, this idea for making a hanging garden found over at Everyday Art is a practical (and beautiful!) Mother's Day gift that will last throughout the spring and summer.
The tutorial features hanging baskets with a combination of bell peppers, tomatoes, and flowers. The #1 tip for a healthy basket? Use good-quality soil. The tomatoes can be tricky, so be sure to check out the full post for handy tips and tricks. The kids will love picking out Mom's favorite plants and getting their hands dirty!
Originally posted as an April Fool's idea, we think this "Jack in the box" photo craft by BKids Crafts would also be just as fun for a Mother's Day gift.
Simply made using a small box, paper accordion, confetti, and a picture of your favorite mini, this surprise photo box is sure to delight Mom and give her a good giggle! After Mother's Day is over, Mom can display the quirky craft on a bookshelf or on her desk for when she needs a smile. Be sure to check out the full post for the complete walkthrough.
We would love to receive these stacking bracelets by Paint Cut Paste for Mother's Day! Right on trend, mom will love mixing and matching these beautiful bangles!
Artsy Mom Jen loves making beaded jewelry alongside her daughter. Using materials such as wooden beads, seed beads, fabric, and charms, her blog is packed full of inspiration and dozens of ideas for unique handmade jewelry. Spread out the beading supplies for your crafty kids, and watch as they string 'em up and personalize them just for Mom. Tie on a special message, and you've got one great Mother's Day gift that can be worn for years to come. What a great activity for a birthday party or sleepover as well!
Candles are an easy gift that can sometimes come across as impersonal, but not these cuties featured over at Come Together Kids! To personalize your own waxy wonders, you'll need a light-colored pillar candle, white tissue paper, acrylic paints, and wax paper on hand.
First, have your tots decorate a piece of cut tissue paper with whatever pattern they choose. Then, they'll need an adult to help use a blow dryer to adhere the design onto the candle (check out the post for foolproof instructions). The finished product has a personalized touch that's sure to light up Mom's big day!
This vacation memory jar featured on Echoes of Laughter is not only a charming gift idea for Mother's Day, but a great learning activity for your kids!
First, have them think of a recent vacation that your family has taken — what sights, sounds, or smells do they remember? They'll enjoy searching for items they can include in the jar along with a family photo, and Mom will love to display the keepsake for everyone to see! To add a special touch, Mom Angie uses scrapbooking embellishments; check out the rest of her tutorial for more tips.
These adorable seed pouches by Curly Birds couldn't be any easier to make, and since you can make a whole batch at once, you'll have enough to give out to all of the special ladies in your family this Mother's Day!
To make these sweet seed pouches, you'll need squares of burlap material, potting soil, seeds, and twine on hand. Your little ones will love getting their hands dirty and choosing which seeds to use. Tie up the little pockets, bury them directly in the ground, and you'll soon have flowers to cheer your family long past Mother's Day!
Get your whole family together to make this sweet list of "Things to Love about Mom" by The Creative Place. Crafty blogger Ashley even includes a printable download you can use to create your own mini-book!
Put your littles to work hunting for patterned paper or other inspiring scraps (like magazine pages or old envelopes) that remind them of Mom — these will add a little color to the mini-book. Then, have the whole family fill out a card or two. What a great idea for showing Mom all of the many reasons why you love her!