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Get out the crafts supplies for our easy, heartfelt gifts the kids can make for Mother's Day. Mom or Grandma will love the thought put into our sweet Mother's Day gifts, including ideas for handmade cards, magnets, wall art, and button bouquets. Try one of our Mother's Day crafts for kids as this year's gift!
Even the littlest members of your family will be able to help make Mom a fun and simple tote bag (it takes just four steps!). To make, download our template and trace and cut the felt shapes (you'll need 4 sheets of white felt and 1 sheet each of blue and red felt). Using a straight stitch, attach the 3x10-inch strip to the full piece of felt with a contrasting color of embroidery thread. Complete the two sides, then the bottom with a 3-x-10-inch strip. Attach the small handles using straight stitches. Stack the circles, top with colorful buttons, then attach using felt glue.
Make Mom a collection of colorful and playful hairclips with just a few easy add-ons. Simply stack buttons of various colors, or select fabric-colored buttons, then use hot glue (with adult supervision!) to attach the buttons to the hair clips. If your clips are plain metal, use nail polish to paint the color of your choice.
Editor's Tip: Make sure each hairclip is open when you hot-glue the buttons and let them dry overnight before use.
Every mom loves receiving a creative work of art from her kids, so this year, give your favorite lady an entire collection! Enlarge a quick photo collage template to poster size (we went with 20x16-inch). Have your little ones pick their favorite art projects and add photos of the crafts to the template using image-editing software.
Check out our easy crafts the kids will love putting together for Mom! We use a classic pantry staple (pasta!) to pull together these adorable Mother's Day crafts for kids.
Fun embellishments and a bit of paint easily transform a plain wooden box into a jewelry holder that Mom will love. Start by painting the box in a color that you know Mom will like. Glue colorful buttons in a fun shape to the top of the box using crafts glue -- we recommend doing two layers to add depth.
Bathroom necessities get a little hint of flair when decked out with foam shapes, stickers, beads, and ribbon. Simply set out a spread of embellishments for the kids to choose from, and let them decorated as their hearts desire.
Older kids will get a kick out of creating a unique and meaningful photo pillow for Mom this Mother's Day. Start with a 14-inch pillow cover. Print 3x3-inch photos of you and Mom on iron-on ink-jet fabric sheets, cut them out, and iron them on a 12x9-inch felt sheet. Hand-stitch around the photo edges with floss. Punch holes in felt and fabric strips and attach the strips to the edges of the felt sheet with scrapbooking brads. Hand-stitch or use fabric glue to attach the embellished felt sheet to pillow cover; add felt die cuts. Finish by stuffing the pillow cover with fiberfill or a purchased pillow form and stitching the cover closed.
Take those drawings on the fridge up a notch to create this adorable Mother's Day gift. The first step is a kid-drawn family portrait. Then, let kids bring the drawing to life with a hand-painted watercolor photo mat, and 3-D collage elements. We cut out kid-stamped thumbprints for the rainbow, and had them add messages to the clouds.
Kids and another adult can team up to make this pretty and simple vase. Kids can paint wooden craft hearts and glue them in a pattern on a square vase. Then, an adult can step in to wipe grout over the vase, wiping off the excess with a damp sponge.
A plant-loving mom will adore perking up her potted plants with this easy button craft. Have a helper bend floral wire into a cane shape -- with a long and short end. Kids can insert colorful buttons into the wire's long end, then the short end. Twist the short end of the wire along the long one to secure the buttons.
Kids can write everything they love about Mom on an easy-to-make photo mat. Cut a spot for the photo first, or attach it to the paper. Then, let your kids run wild with colorful markers. A black outline gives all the words a cohesive look.
Still stumped for a Mother's Day gift? Watch our video for five more gifts kids can make.
Mom will love this special monogram that she can display anywhere. First, purchase a wooden letter (available at crafts stores) of her first initial or "M" for mom. Kids can easily paint it with her favorite color and embellish it with multicolor buttons, patterned ribbon, and strips of paper.
Keep a blossoming garden in your home year-round with these adorable paper flowers. Cupcake holders and fuzzy felt flower stickers provide some 3-D action, while pretty paper creates a colorful backdrop. Once the glue is dry, fasten the photos in the center of the cupcake holder for a darling Mother's Day display.
Craft Mother's Day cards with a few pieces of colored construction paper and washable markers. Fold construction paper into card shapes and let them draw pictures for Mom; if they are too young to write, help them spell a sweet message on the front of the card. Display the finished card in a jumbo wooden clothespin embellished with a chipboard flower and stickers that spell "mom."
Make Mom feel extra special on Mother's Day with this "I Love You" jar. Cut 1-inch-wide strips of colorful or patterned paper and write a reason you love her on each strip. Bend the ends of the strip together to make little rings with the message on the inside. Fasten the ends together with stickers, and place them in a glass jar. Make a label for the front of the jar.
Create a way for Mom to reminisce with a time capsule. Collect souvenirs from fun family moments and trips, such as concert tickets, seashells, photos, or a map. You can even add a flash drive containing digital memories. Put the treasures into a simple box or a glass jar. Date the time capsule, and take time to look through it every year with Mom on Mother's Day.
Recycle an empty food can into a pretty pencil holder with the help of paper, pictures, and a little ribbon. Wrap green tape around a handful of pens until you reach the tips. Finish by hot-gluing buttons to the tops of the pens for fun, flowery pops of color.
For the frame, choose one with a large mat and space for a small photo. Add scrapbook letter stickers to the mat for a unique photo border, using different colors to make special words stand out.
Brighten up Mom's home office or other space with decorative clipboards that will remind her of spring. Glue punched-paper shapes or die-cut embellishments, such as flowers and butterflies, to a piece of colored cardstock. Clip the artwork to the clipboard and add ribbon to the top; hang if desired.
Add flair to Mom's fridge with these adorable homemade magnets made from paper, buttons, and felt fabrics. If you're using paper, glue the patterned side to the flat side of a clear stone and trim to fit, let dry. Add a magnet strip to the back. To make the felt flower and button magnets as shown, hot-glue buttons and other embellishments to magnet strips.
These handmade lollipop flowers with paper petals are sure to make Mom happy this Mother's Day. For each flower, fold colored cardstock in half and cut out six hearts. Punch a small hole near the tip of each. Layer six hearts together and insert a lollipop through the holes, fanning the petals around the stick. Make several lollipop flowers and place them in a simple vase to give to Mom.
Wrapping paper adds a personal touch to a classic bunch of Mother's Day flowers. Wrap paper with a fun and bright pattern around the base, using glue to secure in place. Tying the paper on with a ribbon or some lace works well, too.
Create an adorable sewing organizer from an egg carton for Mom. First, clean an old egg carton, then dress it up with a quick coat of spray paint. Fill each compartment with safety pins, sewing needles, buttons, and thread. Add a made-to-fit pincushion by wrapping fabric around cotton stuffing (find both at crafts or sewing supply stores). Use a safety pin or fabric glue to close the fabric ends in the back.
Make a standard Mother's Day bouquet more beautiful by designing a special wrap for the flowers. To get this look, paint a section of bubble wrap, then place a piece of plain tissue paper on top and press to transfer the paint. Repeat with a second color. Let the tissue paper dry before wrapping it around the bouquet. Tie the bundle with a ribbon and give it to Mom.