40 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. You may still want to buy her an amazing Mother’s Day gift she’ll love, but pairing it with something that you—or the little ones in her life—have made just for her will truly make her day. Like personalized gifts and perfectly written cards, DIY Mother’s Day gifts show 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’ve rounded up the sweetest, easiest Mother’s Day crafts that you can make with items you might even already have in your house. So, rummage through your craft cabinet, raid your recycling bin, and have some fun! Whatever DIY gift you choose to create will help to make this Mother’s Day one that she’ll never forget. Bonus: You can make all of these quickly and easily. If you also want to buy something but you’re running late, we’ve got ideas for some great last-minute Mother’s Day gifts, too. Now, let’s dive into these gifts for mom!
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 card stock and leftover pattern or scrapbook paper. Writing one of these Mother’s Day quotes inside the card will further show just how much you love her.
Transform plastic recyclables into a lovely collection of rustic succulent planters. You just need twine and decoupage glue for this Mother’s Day gift. Your mom can display her succulents 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.
“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. A sweet gift from the heart might make the mom in your life shed a few tears, as will these sentimental Mother’s Day songs.
What better way to make a mother (or grandmother) smile than with a love book? All you need is some card stock or craft paper for the “pages” and a metal ring or even some pretty ribbon to hold it all together. Simply have your little ones write down or tell you what they love about the recipient and decorate the pages—and that’s pretty much it! Perhaps the best part of this Mother’s Day DIY gift is that it’s one that doesn’t require a trip to the store.
For this DIY Mother’s Day gift, give an old pot a makeover. Add a couple of coats of chalk paint and decorate with gem stickers once the paints dry. There is no right or wrong here—have fun! Just note that these pots are for decorative purposes only; you should not plant directly in them since they’re not weatherproof. Instead, slip a potted plant inside of the bedazzled pot.
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.
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 gift, all you have to do is paint a clean plastic jar in her favorite color and use washi tape and ribbon to add some unique decorations. If you really want to go the extra mile, place the vase on a tray for the perfect Mother’s Day brunch setup.
Send a hug craft
What could possibly be better than getting a hug? How about sending a hug…a hug made out of wrapping paper, that is! For this simple craft, have your child lie down with arms outstretched (as if they’re about to give someone a giant hug) and trace the outline on wrapping paper. While this homemade gift is perfect for a grandmother who lives far away, it can also be a super special in-person delivery. Don’t miss these other Mother’s Day gifts for Grandma.
Capture a moment in time with this beautiful handprint bouquet that she can keep forever. 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 Mother’s Day craft is easy and fun for kids of all ages.
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 and consider adding a Mother’s Day poem inside the card for an extra special touch.
Flower gardens and bouquets make great Mother’s Day gifts, but one that requires no maintenance at all may be even better. Using pom-poms, craft sticks, and skill sticks, you can create this adorable flower box that she’ll adore. This Mother’s Day DIY 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.
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 using an 1/8 cup of white vinegar and 20 to 30 drops of food coloring. Glue the colorful pasta onto card stock, and make the vase out of paper or a piece of burlap. If you don’t know what message to include in the card, here’s what to write in a Mother’s Day card.
Forget conversation hearts. This Mother’s Day, it’s all about conversation rocks. This super easy DIY Mother’s Day gift requires a rock from your backyard, some paint, and a whole lot of creativity and love. Paint a sweet message on the surface of the rock to let her know just how much she means to you.
Cereal bracelet and necklace set
This craft is kid-friendly and crunchy! Little fashionistas will love constructing a jewelry set made out of their favorite cereal. All you’ll need is some string and some circle-shaped treats. What could be easier—or tastier?
DIY floral embroidery
Is the mom in your life the crafty type herself? If so, then she’ll absolutely love this embroidery kit. At just $16.99, you can afford to buy two—one to make for her and one for her to make herself. Choose from a variety of floral patterns perfect for spring days (and also for beginners).
Paper flower bouquet
Kid-ify a Mother’s Day classic with this adorable paper version of a bouquet. First, cut two pieces of construction paper into a kite shape for the bouquet holder. Then, cut one of the kites in half, and staple or glue that half to the full kite in order to make a pocket to hold the paper flowers. From there, create as many flowers as your heart desires. The best part? They’ll never wilt!
Who says ornaments are just for Christmas trees? To craft these M-O-M ornaments, pick up some metal letters and a heart, and string some twine through the loops to create the perfect hanging centerpiece. For some pre-made ideas, check out the 50 best Amazon Mother’s Day gifts for every type of mom.
Let’s be honest—we all secretly (or maybe not-so-secretly) love candles, and we’re guessing your mom is no exception. That’s why this DIY candle-making kit is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. It comes with lavender and vanilla essential oils to create two fragrant candles, but you can always swap those scents with her favorites for an extra personalized gift.
Personalized photo magnets
You can never have too many magnets on the fridge, and this is especially true when those magnets include cute photos of your favorite tot. These magnets are super easy to make with marble accents and stick-on magnets, and the sentimentality of the gift is sure to make Mom happy.
Thank you jar
We all know that moms are superheroes, and Mother’s Day is the perfect time to express our gratitude. What better way to do this than with a DIY thank you jar? All you need for this quick yet meaningful craft is an old Mason jar and some scraps of construction paper. Write what you are most thankful for about your mother, from the little everyday things to the big moments. Feel free to decorate the Mason jar for a spruced-up version of this timeless gift.
String art hearts
The heart is a universal sign for love, and this DIY string art heart kit is the perfect way to symbolize your love for Mom. It’s also customizable (you can choose your string colors), simple, and beautiful—the perfect combination for a Mother’s Day DIY.
Mani-pedi in a jar
Rather than give your mom a gift certificate to the local beauty salon, pamper her in the comfort of her own home by creating a mani-pedi moment in a jar. The simple assembly makes this the perfect DIY Mother’s Day gift even for the craft-challenged. And you’ll certainly get extra brownie points if you throw in a free foot massage with it! Here are a few more things the two of you could use for a relaxing spa day at home.
Kids grow up, but this little penguin will never leave the nest. This adorable little guy will make Mom smile now and throughout the years. The beginner crochet kit includes a step-by-step tutorial, a pattern PDF to download, and all of the materials you need to bring your plushie friend to life.
Get creative with your cards or assorted artwork with this quirky idea. All you’ll need is some card stock, markers, glue, and, of course, buttons. Have the kids make button versions of themselves and Mom, and then decorate everyone as they see fit. It’s a fun twist on a classic craft. And who knows: Maybe this will end up being the best Mother’s Day gift ever.
Personalized rainbow craft kit
Just like a rainbow can brighten a rainy day, a mom can make any day feel that much better. Convey that sentiment with a personalized rainbow craft kit. You can choose the color scheme of your rainbow and even add a name at the wooden base for an extra special touch she won’t forget anytime soon.
This stunning Insta-worthy craft is better suited for older children or even adults, since an X-Acto knife is the best tool to use in order to carve such ornate detailing into card stock. Feel free to follow a template, or, if you’re feeling extra creative, freehand the designs on the butterfly wings.
Stained glass has never been so easy to make! This suncatcher kit will create beautiful stained-glass birds using stencils, tissue paper, and glue. This is a great Mother’s Day craft for grandmothers to do with their grandchildren, or mothers to do with their young kids.
Wooden heart plaque
Create a lovely rustic wooden heart for your special person this Mother’s Day. Michaels sells heart-shaped wood plaques for just $3. From there, you can decide how to decorate it by either painting directly on the heart or attaching the perfect sentiment, like in this example.
This craft is sure to warm the hearts of both kids and mothers alike. Just have your child trace their hand on one side of a folded piece of paper. Cut around the outline, unfold, and watch as one hand becomes two! Then add a special message on the palms of the newly construction-papered hands. So, why do we celebrate this holiday in the first place? Check out the surprising history of Mother’s Day you never knew.
Wreaths in May? Absolutely! Bring some extra springtime cheer into your mom’s house with this pretty springtime rag wreath craft kit, which comes complete with fabric daisies and tassels. You can also add a wooden heart for a little extra sweetness.
This DIY Mother’s Day gift is for any kid with a cute and cuddly side. All you’ll need is some construction paper, markers, and glue to create this beary adorable little buddy. Cut out a long strip using the brown construction paper for the body of your newest furry friend. From there, glue add-ons (think eyes, nose, and ears), as well as hearts cut out of red paper. Just watch out for a cuteness overload! Don’t miss these short, sweet stories about moms that will make you want to call yours.
Most moms have a silly side, and this DIY caterpillar is the perfect way to bring it out this holiday. For this fun craft, you’ll need pink, red, and black construction paper, plus glue and googly eyes. Create the lovebug by gluing paper hearts in a row. Add legs, antennas, and a cute face to finish off your cute and crawly creation.
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but these whimsical earrings will be her new favorites if they’re given to her on Mother’s Day. This DIY earring-making kit offers numerous options for earring design—birds, butterflies, sunflowers, and more—and will add a fun flair to her wardrobe.
Mothers have hearts of gold, so why not show that using….felt? Trust us: Stitching together these little felt hearts takes minimal effort (think felt, thread, and a needle), but giving them as a present makes a big impact on the big day. Looking for another way to make the day special? Watch one of these Mother’s Day movies with your mom.
Embroidered tote bag
We all know the power of a mother’s purse. This Mother’s Day, create the ultimate tote for Mom using this embroidered canvas tote bag kit. You can choose between three unique floral designs for this DIY bag, which, of course, is roomy enough to hold everyone’s stuff. But the best part of this present is that every time she uses it, she’ll think of you.
Pretty soaps are one of life’s little luxuries. This soap making kit comes with everything you need to create four to five colorful and silky-smooth bars of goats’ milk soap. Bonus: It even comes with a gift bag, tissue, and tag, so you don’t have to run out at the last moment for the right wrapping.
Looking for a new twist on the typical Mother’s Day breakfast in bed? If so, these felt doughnuts are the answer. All you’ll need for this project is some colored felt, a needle, and thread. With this DIY craft, you’ll be able to make the most mouthwatering treats without having to clean a single dish. You can also pair these clever creations with one of these actual food gifts.
Is your mom a plant lady? Then she’ll absolutely adore this retro way to house her leafy friends. This DIY macramé planter kit includes a wooden hoop, four wooden beads, rope (in customizable colors), and an S-hook to hang your creation from. And if your mom doesn’t have plants, get her one to go along with the planter: We recommend these indoor plants that do well in small spaces.
“I love mom” garland
This Mother’s Day craft doubles as both a gift and a decoration. It’s the perfect multitasker, just like Mom! For this project, you’ll need red construction paper or felt to make the heart shapes, some thick twine, and clothespins. Use some colorful pens to write out messages to Mom on the hearts—or maybe even a few mom jokes. This thoughtful gift is sure to stay up in the house for a while.