These Mother's Day Crafts Make for the Sweetest Gifts From Kids
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Mother's Day is almost here, but it's not too late to make a special Mother's Day craft for Mom! Raid your craft closet and save yourself a trip to the store (or the risk of something not shipping on time!) If one of her favorite Mother's Day activities is to take on a fun project with the kids, that's even better, because these easy Mother's Day crafts are sure to fill the bill. Whether you are looking for a sweet arts and crafts project for a preschooler or a spring DIY project the whole family can do together, such as a spring wreath or a decorative mirror, we've got you covered with loads of fun and heartfelt ideas.
Some of these crafts will prove useful around both the house or backyard, including a milk carton bird feeder and personalized photo coasters. There are also great ideas for gifts that Mom can don, like a handprinted apron, DIY coloring page bracelets, and even a spectacular crown for her to wear on Mother's Day. The kids will love getting creative and making something that they know Mom will cherish. Even if not tied to any particular holiday, these Mother's Day crafts will work perfectly for some fun spring activities on a sunny afternoon.
Looking for more ideas for Mother's Day gifts? Learn how to make paper flowers for a lasting bouquet, bake Mom a cake, or—the all-time classic and perennial favorite—serve her breakfast in bed.
Throwing a fête for mom? Have the kids get involved with the party decor. They will certainly enjoy creating a pretty bunting by simply attaching vintage hankies to a string with mini clothespins. They can also help ferry items for a lemonade station, which we've set up on an antique French garden stand, but you can use a buffet table or even a cooler.
Help mom make the front door welcoming to guests with a fun and colorful felt and leaf flower wreath.
To make: Make or buy felt flowers and leaves. Hot-glue flowers and leaves to a grapevine wreath form and hang with a length of ribbon.
Give moms sips a pretty place to park with fluted mini-tart tins.
To make: Remove the bottoms from the tins and trace the outline on fabric. Cut out and adhere the fabric to the bottom discs using glossy, water-resistant Mod Podge. Allow to dry completely, then replace in the tart rings.
For the mom who loves to spend time with her hands in the soil these DIY garden stakes will make her heart sing. Kids will love writing the veggie names and maybe even drawing a cute picture of the fruits and vegetables.To make: Drill a small hole in the wood handles and tie hand-penned wooden tags through the holes with twine. Insert the pointy tips into the soil so the markers stand upright. *Coat wood with clear varnish to protect the handwriting from the elements.
Kids will love crafting these flowering candy dishes with an item you probably already have in your house: coffee filters.
To make: Submerge regular-size white coffee filters (you’ll need four to six for each flower) in a watered-down Rit Dye solution (here, Petal Pink); dry completely. Cut into flower shapes of various sizes, and stack largest to smallest. Attach at centers with craft glue. Glue a papier-mâché or store-bought candy cup to center of each. Fill with candy.
Shiny, sparkly, and made from jewelry = a wreath that mom is guaranteed to love! To make: Wrap a small wire wreath form in white ribbon. Attach brooches using pin backings. Add a small bow made from sparkly ribbon, if desired
Mom can store candy, keys, or whatever she pleases in this cute and simple to craft dip-dyed basket.
To make: Dip the top quarter of a cotton basket in desired color of fabric dye. When dry, fill with moss and candy.
Turn the common paper egg carton into flowers, then attach them to a wreath form to create the perfect gift for the mom who loves all things flowers.
To make: Cut individual egg cups from paper egg cartons. Notch and cut decorative edges with scissors. Dye or paint cups desired colors. Attach cups and craft paper leaves to a painted craft ring with hot-glue.
Show Mom the love with a hand-cut and stitched card. Start by cutting a shape (try a flower or an animal shape) from medium to thick craft paper. Punch holes along the border with a small hole punch. Stitch, using embroidery floss, thin twine, or yarn. Add additional flare like a pipe cleaner stem and a pretty vintage button.
Make Mom's desk pretty with a personalized paperweight. Start by cutting fabric into strips. Adhere to a small rock (2 to 3 inches) with glossy Mod Podge. Cut an initial, or "M" for "Mom," and a heart from felt and adhere to the top of the rock. Allow to dry completely.
Once the kids have picked out their favorite photo with Mom, they can proudly display it against a handmade frame. The brighter, the better!
Get the tutorial at A Few Shortcuts.
We know moms love all things organization, so what's better than a handmade bowl that she can use to corral loose change. To create your sculpture, use Sculpey (or another oven-baked clay) to form a large flower petal. Form a smaller petal and press it into the center of the larger petal. Place plastic beads in bottom of the bowl. Bake, per package instructions, to melt plastic and harden clay.
These papier-mâché vases are ideal for gifting mom some of her favorite candy or a beautiful bouquet.
To make: Blow up one large and one medium-size balloon. Papier mâché each with white craft paper, leaving bottom quarter to third uncovered and edges rough. Let dry. Pop balloons, and remove. Set a vase inside each, and fill with water and flowers.
Kids can make Mom an evergreen yarn bouquet to symbolize their everlasting love.
To make: Start by placing a green pipe cleaner parallel with the tines of a fork so that it extends 3 inches above the tines. Wrap yarn perpendicularly around all the tines, including the pipe cleaner, to cover the tines completely. Next, fold the 3-inch section of pipe cleaner down over the yarn, and slide everything off the fork. Twist the two ends of pipe cleaner together at the base of the yarn to secure the center of the pom-pom; continue wrapping the pipe cleaner ends together to form a stem. Carefully cut the yarn loops and trim any scraggly ends. Repeat as desired to make more flowers. Wrap stems together with a length of ribbon.
Mom will love adorning the front door with this special DIY wreath that's crafted from mini tart tins, moss, and faux quail eggs. Assign a teen or adult to man the hot glue gun, while little hands can place the decorations.
To make: Wrap a wire wreath form in ribbon and loop an additional piece around the top for hanging. Attach tart tins, moss, and faux eggs with hot-glue.
Give the gift of light and love with this simply decorated glass jar.
To make: Paint stripes on the inside of a mason or other glass jar with acrylic paint. Once dry, place a battery-operated tea light in the jar. Screw on lid and embellish with a piece of colorful twine or ribbon.
RELATED: Clever Ways to Use Mason Jars in Your Backyard
This bouquet, made from fabric scraps, is a gift mom can enjoy year after year.
Get the instructions.
We love the way Mom looks and she will too when she catches a glance of herself in this stylish rope mirror. This is a great project for a crafty and detail-oriented teen, or for an adult and child to tackle together.
To make: Cover frame of a mirror with 1/2- to 3/4-inch manila rope, braiding one section for a decorative effect and adhering rope with hot-glue. Add a decorative band to center of top and sides with thin sisal rope.
Mom will enjoy her morning cup of tea even more when she looks down and sees her child's smiling face. Start by printing a photo (either in black & white or color) on card stock paper that is 1/4-inch smaller than a glazed white tile. Brush the back of the photo with glossy Mod Podge and place on the tile, making sure it's centered. Brush the top of the photo with Mod Podge to seal. Allow to dry completely.
Even kids learning to sew can help with this one. Attach a handkerchief to one side of a solid-colored pillowcase using embroidery thread and a whipstitch.
Cut a 2-by-4-inch rectangle from a handkerchief or piece of fabric. Fold in half crosswise with the pattern facing inward. Stitch two sides closed; turn pouch right-side out. Fill with dried lavender. Hand-stitch opening closed.
These colorful candles give sand art kits a run for their money, and Mom will absolutely love putting these on display.
Get the tutorial at Club Crafted.
Lay a handkerchief flat with one pointed end at the top. Fold the bottom point up so that it rests in the center of the fabric. Pull the left and right points toward the center, overlapping them slightly. Tack down sides that overlap the bottom triangle using fusible webbing. Sew on a small snap to hold the top flap closed. Add a decorative button on top, if desired.
A simple, easy craft can go a long way. This apron takes little time to put together, but will bring a smile to Mom's face every time she wears it.
Get the tutorial at The Craft Patch.
The family queen deserves her own festive holiday headgear to commemorate the special holiday, but up the sentimental factor by having little ones construct their own. No matter how the finished product turns out, she'll never want to take it off come Mother's Day.
Get the tutorial at Design Improvised.
Handcrafted stems rival real flowers any day. Make Mom smile with a mini garden of DIY potted plants.
Get the tutorial at The Inspiration Edit.
Mom will have the most loved-up garden on the block thanks to these personalized planters. Little ones can decorate the cans however they please with alphabet stickers.
Get the tutorial at The Best Ideas for Kids.
Who knew something so simple could be so sweet? All a backyard rock needs is a little bit of paint and a lot of creativity.
Get the tutorial at Mer Mag.
Put a creative spin on Mother's Day heart motifs with a fun checkerboard pattern.
Get the tutorial at Red Ted Art.
For every gripping page-turner, she'll have a place to mark her spot and a loving little reminder of the thoughtful kids behind these bookmarks.
Get the tutorial at That Kids Craft Site.
For the nature-loving mom, encourage more birds in the backyard with this easy Mother's Day craft for kids.
Get the tutorial at Happiness Is Homemade.
Pasta necklaces have earned a rep as a staple Mother's Day craft from kids, but a pretty painted rendition makes the DIY jewelry feel so much more de rigueur.
Get the tutorial at Picklebums.
Let kids leave their mark on a morning must-have that Mom will get plenty of use out of.
Get the tutorial at The Best Ideas for Kids.
Finally—an excuse for kids to play with their food. Use lemons, potato slices, and a bit of paint to create the decorative "stamps."
Get the tutorial at Down Home Inspiration.
This craft gives Mom the best of both worlds—her favorite flowers and a photo of her favorite little human, all in a personalized pot.
Get the tutorial at All Things Mamma.
The little ones can color their own mom-friendly cootie catcher, which features interior prompts like "give a compliment to your mom" or "give your mom a big hug."
Get the tutorial at Bren Did.
No green thumb needed for Mom to enjoy this adorable garden craft. Instead, let the kids get creative with pipe cleaner petals.
Get the tutorial at Plum Crazy.
Few tots can pass up a good old finger painting session. Help them cut out the heart shape, then let their little paint-soaked fingerprints do the decorating.
Get the tutorial at The Best Ideas for Kids.
Because Mom's gift would be nowhere near complete without a handmade card.
Get the tutorial at I Heart Crafty Things.
Since's Mom's worthy of her own work of art, make Mother's Day all the more special with a modern abstract creation. A few colorful felt shapes will do just the trick.
Get the tutorial at The House That Lars Built.
There's no shortage of thumbprint creations your kids can come up with to wow Mom—not to mention they'll look incredible hanging from the fridge.
Get the tutorial at Rhythms of Play.
Did you forget arrange for Mother's Day flowers delivery this year? Don't worry—these felt flowers are just as pretty and will last forever.
Get the tutorial at Mommy Moment.
Let kids make a little bit of a mess with these coffee mugs. As beautiful as the marbling looks, it's actually incredibly easy to create.
Get the tutorial at The Sweetest Occasion.
The design and color opportunities are endless with these yarn letters. This is a great craft if you have multiple children—each kid can create his or her own letter or word.
Get the tutorial at Art Bar.
Take a page (literally) from your kid's coloring book to create these beautiful bangles.
Get the tutorial at Persia Love.
Flatten real flowers—or even weeds!—from your garden to make a one-of-a-kind Mother's Day craft. It will look especially beautiful hanging near a window with the sunlight shining through.
Get the tutorial at Lily Ardor.
After baking a beautiful Mother's Day cake, kids can make and place these "lilies" on top for a delicate spring-themed dessert.
Get the tutorial at Handmade Charlotte.
A fun and functional twist on the traditional handprint Mother's Day art, Mom will think of her thoughtful little ones every time she puts her baubles in this homemade jewelry dish.
Get the tutorial at Simple as That.
Show your fun-loving mom how much you love her with a colorful, heart-shaped wreath fitted with a festive pom-pom.
Get the tutorial at Hello, Wonderful.
Remind Mom she's the light of everyone's life with a mason jar votive. Kids can get creative and paint the inside however they please and a battery-operated "candle" is safe for them to handle.
Get the tutorial at I Heart Arts n Crafts.
Kids can apply painter's tape in any design they want to make a pretty painted vase for Mom.
Get the tutorial at Blooming Homestead.
All it takes is a sponge and paint to make these pretty napkins you can use on Mother's Day.
Get the tutorial at The Sweetest Occasion.
Most moms receive cards on Mother's Day, but this one has a hidden surprise: The heart in the center can be removed and doubles as a sun catcher.
Get the tutorial at Learning and Exploring Through Play.
"There's something utterly cute and cheerful about a ladybug craft," blogger Amanda writes, and she proves just that with this hand-painted ladybug mug. Morning coffee just got better!
Get the tutorial at Crafts by Amanda.
Mom will adore having a "garden" of her kids, who will love painting the little flower pot.
Get the tutorial at Made With Happy.
This precious book can be printed for free online, where you can choose 12 blank frames and 10 prompts for your child to fill out. He or she will complete sentences like, "My favorite memory of Mom is..." or "My mom makes me feel..." and illustrate the book with drawings throughout. The end result: a truly priceless Mother's Day gift.
Get the tutorial at Hello, Wonderful.
This craft couldn't be simpler, but preserving their little handprint on an oven mitt makes for a special gift she'll cherish for years.
Get the tutorial at The Idea Room.
Use old pieces of scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, or card stock and have the kids draw flowers of all shapes and sizes. The cut-out shapes look absolutely darling on Mother's Day cards.
Get the tutorial at Mama Is Dreaming.
Go on a walk with the kids to collect small flowers and leaves, which you'll then dry and press onto light brown card stock. These precious floral bookmarks make a beautiful gift for Mom, and the kids will love making them, too.
Get the tutorial at Buggy And Buddy.
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