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12 DIY Mother’s Day Gifts That Show You Really Care

Gather the kids and create one of these easy, adorable, and affordable Mother's Day crafts with supplies you already have on hand.

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Homemade presents mean the most

They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and some tasty treats, but the way to a mom’s heart is definitely with a homemade present. Making a special DIY Mother’s Day gift just for her shows that you’ve taken the extra time to really think about her and what would make her smile. Not sure where to start and not particularly crafty? No worries! We rounded up the sweetest, easiest crafts that you can make with items you probably already have in your house. So, rummage through your craft cabinet, raid your recycling bin, and have some fun! If you’d like to buy her something amazing, too, check out these 75 gifts that will really spoil Mom on Mother’s Day.

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Teacup Mother’s Day card

If mom always has a cup of tea in hand or you can’t resist a good pun and want to tell her that she’s “tea-riffic,” this is the card for her. Using an egg carton for the cup, this teacup card is a cinch to whip together with cardstock and leftover pattern or scrapbook paper. Raid the pantry for her favorite teabag to pop in the cup. Don’t forget to write the perfect sentiment inside as well. Need some inspiration? Check out these 29 beautiful Mother’s Day quotes that will express your love for her perfectly.

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Succulent planters

Transform plastic recyclables into a lovely collection of rustic succulent planters, courtesy of Pink Fortitude. You just need twine and decoupage glue for this DIY Mother’s Day gift. No decoupage glue on hand? Make your own by mixing three parts of school glue to one part water. One important note: Before you pot your plants, make adequate drainage holes at the bottom of the containers—succulents grow better in well-drained soil. Your mom can display them on a sunny windowsill, desk, or bedside table, and she’ll think of you every time she looks at them. Even better? Succulents are among the houseplants anyone can grow.

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“I Whaley Love You” plaque

Kids will have a whale of a good time creating this adorable sea-themed sign. To start, you’ll need a scrap piece of wood or a pre-stretched canvas. Use acrylic craft paint to color the background with Mom’s favorite color, then use craft paper to create the cute little whale. Paint the message above the whale with paint, or use paint pens to make it even easier.

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Love book

What better way to make a mother (or grandmother) smile than with a love book? All you need is some cardstock or craft paper for the “pages” and a metal ring or even some pretty ribbon to hold it all together. If you want to make it extra durable, laminate the paper before cutting it into squares. Simply have your little ones write down or tell you what they love about the recipient and decorate the pages if they’d like—and that’s pretty much it! This DIY gift isn’t only great for Mother’s Day. You can also use this idea for Father’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries, and more. The person who receives this keepsake will treasure it for years to come.

Don’t miss these other Mother’s Day ideas that don’t require a trip to the store.

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Craft stick Mother’s Day sign

Popsicle or craft sticks are a versatile and inexpensive crafting medium. Use them to make a sweet sign to let a mom know how much you appreciate everything she does. To save time on painting, you can even pick up colorful craft sticks. For more ideas, check out these simple kids crafts that are easy to make and great to gift.

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Upcycled Mother’s Day vase

Mom will marvel at just how resourceful you are when you hand over this custom vase—since it’s made from an upcycled plastic jar! To create this homemade Mother’s Day gift, all you have to do is paint a clean plastic jar in her favorite color. Once it’s dry, use washi tape to create a label that spells out “mom,” and glue decorative ribbon around the rim. Pop in some pretty flowers for the perfect touch. If you really want to go the extra mile, place the vase on the tray along with one of these easy Mother’s Day brunch ideas you can make in 30 minutes or less.

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Handprint bouquet

Capture a moment in time with this beautiful handprint bouquet that she can keep forever. The kids will love creating it, too. The “flowers” are made by painting little hands, stamping them onto paper, and then cutting them out. The handprint flowers are held up by wood dowels and embellished with pipe cleaners. This homemade Mother’s Day gift is easy and fun for kids of all ages.

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Rose-filled heart card

It’s a fact: Moms love homemade cards. This particular one is adorned with perfect paper roses, and even though it looks elegant and professional, it’s super easy to make. All you need is colored craft paper, scissors, and glue. Ottowa Mommy Club provides a handy template to help make the roses. Once all the roses are assembled, glue them onto a folded sheet of paper. Voilà—your card is ready to be filled with a Mother’s Day sentiment. Try one of these Mother’s Day poems that will melt her heart.

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Flower box

Flower gardens make great Mother’s Day gifts, but one that requires no maintenance at all could be even better. Using pom-poms, craft sticks, and skill sticks, you can create this adorable flower box that she’ll adore The craft-stick flowers are cleverly inserted into craft foam, but you can always use floral foam or styrofoam for the soil in a pinch. This Mother’s Day craft is perfect for young children, and it makes a wonderful hands-on activity for them. Just remember that adult supervision is needed when handling the hot glue.

If you want to get her the real deal, these are the best flowers (and plants) to send her this Mother’s Day.

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Recipe holder

Use the ever-so-versatile craft stick to make a recipe holder. This craft comes together quickly with craft glue and paint. Present this DIY gift to Mom along with some of her favorite recipes printed on four-by-six-inch cards. The recipes can be childhood favorites or new ones that you think she’ll love. Need some ideas? Check out these 70 secret family recipes that are requested again and again.

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Pasta card

Dried pasta is another multipurpose crafting material that you already have in your pantry. Use multicolored bow-tie pasta to make a fun, colorful Mother’s Day card. If you only have plain pasta, don’t worry—you can dye it! Put 2 cups of dried pasta into a plastic zipper bag. Then, mix 1/8 cup of white vinegar and 20 to 30 drops of food coloring in a cup and stir. Add the dye to the pasta bag, and shake until the pasta is covered in color. Lay the pasta out on a paper bag until it’s dry. Glue the colorful pasta onto cardstock, and make the vase out of paper or a piece of burlap.

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Bedazzled pots

For this DIY Mother’s Day gift, give an old pot a makeover with chalk paint and adhesive sticker gems. First, wash and dry the pot thoroughly. Then, add a couple of coats of chalk paint. Once the paint dries, decorate the pot with gem stickers in a mosaic pattern or however you’d like. There is no right or wrong here—have fun! Just note that these pots are only for decorative purposes; you should not plant directly in them since they’re not weatherproof. Instead, slip a potted plant inside of the bedazzled pot. Make a “mom” gift label on a die-cut wood heart or a paper heart, and glue it onto a clothespin to put the finishing touches on this planter.

Next, check out these 8 moving Mother’s Day traditions from around the world.

Debbie Wolfe
Debbie Wolfe is an author and freelance writer specializing in home, garden, DIY, and lifestyle topics. She covers lifestyle, culture, and craft content for Reader's Digest and contributes regularly to HGTV, The Home Depot, Walmart, Family Handyman, Realtor, Bob Vila, and more. Her book, Do-It-Yourself Garden Projects and Crafts (Skyhorse Publishing), features a variety of practical DIY projects to beautify your garden and home. Debbie holds a degree in Creative Writing and Earth Science from Northland College.