Mother's Day Photo Gifts

Celebrate your mom this Mother's Day by turning loving memories into heartfelt gifts. These handmade presents are easy to make and feature photos of your favorite moments.

By Elizabeth Jensen


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Handmade Family Photo Frame

    Mom will appreciate the sentiment of this colorful frame that holds the photos of everyone she holds dear. To make, stitch or glue squares of scrapbook paper together. Add photos to painted metal frames, and then attach a frame to each paper square. Add a thick piece of chipboard, foam-core board, or particleboard to the back of the stitched-together squares, and use painted metal strips to create the outer frame. Add accents that match, and use a bright ribbon to hang it.

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Repurposed Book Picture Frame

    Turn a beautiful old book into a cute frame with a favorite photo for Mom. Using a crafts knife, cut a rectangle from the front of the book. To create a photo mat, cut a rectangular opening from a few inside pages (keeping the rectangle slightly smaller than the cover opening). Secure those pages to the cover with glue, and then tape a photo in place, using double-sided tape on the photo back.

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Glass Container Photo Display

    Put basic glass containers to work and show Mom how much you care this Mother's Day. Print your favorite family photos on regular printer paper, cut them to size, and place them in a variety of clear glass vases and containers.

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"Stained Glass" Photo Frame

    Display a nice photo of Mom in a colorful, easy-to-make transparent frame that resembles stained glass. To make, layer colorful strips in a float frame. Mask off stripes on the front of both glass panes using painter's tape and paying attention to how the transparent stripes will look once they overlap each other in the finished product. Dip a small foam roller in glass paint and roll on the back of each glass pane. Peel off the tape to reveal your stripes and put the frame together to make a lovely Mother's Day gift.

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Sweet Photo Lampshade

    This pretty lampshade displays all of Mom's favorite photos and adds a quirky accent to her office or crafting space. Paint colorful bands to the edges of a plain lampshade. Set eyelets in the shade, and then stretch braided elastic between them in X shapes, as shown, knotting the elastic on the inside of the shade. Slip special photographs under the elastic cords.

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Faux Flower Vase with Photos

    Flowers for Mom are made extraspecial when they also hold photos. To make this everlasting bouquet from paper flowers, paint wooden dowels a light green and glue a mini clothespin on the back to hold a photo in place. Use a flower-shape craft punch to cut flowers from colored paper and crepe paper. Glue an acrylic pebble (found in scrapbooking or crafts stores) to the center of each flower, and glue the flower to the top of the stem.

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CD Case with Picture

    This simple gift doubles as a picture frame and CD case. Cut a piece of cardstock to fit the width of a jewel case. Fold in half, decorate the front with a favorite photo of you and Mom, and finish with other pretty embellishments. Fit into the front of the CD case, using the back fold to prop the case as shown.

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Rosette Candy Jar

    The day is all about Mom, so pamper her with her favorite treats. Decorate a simple candy jar with a strip of paper and a sweet sentiment. To create the rosette on top, cut a 12-inch strip of pretty patterned paper, score every 1/4 inch, and accordion-fold. Glue the ends together and push the center down into a rosette. To keep it in place, attach the rosette to a punched circle with plenty of adhesive. Top with a darling photo of Mom, and you have an irresistible gift!

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Flower Photos in a Card Stand

    Give Mom a bouquet that she can treasure long past Mother's Day. Cut pictures into circles and adhere them to the inside bottoms of paper muffin liners. Cut stems and leaves from green paper and form them-- with the liners --into picture blossoms on cardstock. Have everyone in the family make a card for Mom and place them in a card stand.

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Photo-Based Mother's Day Card

    Punch a picture into a circle and adhere it to a cute sticker. Attach it to the front of a card formed from cardstock to make a very personal and endearing Mother's Day gift.

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Keepsake Boxes

    These simple and easy boxes not only make great gifts for Mom on Mother's Day, they're also great for preserving special photos and mementos. Select two complementing patterns of paper and wrap the boxes and lids. Add a beloved photo to a small metal frame (available at a crafts store) and glue it to the box front.

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Candles with Photos

    An ordinary pillar candle can easily be turned into a personal gift for Mom on Mother's Day. Print photos on tissue paper (tape the tissue paper onto cardstock to run through your printer), cut out the images, and wrap the candles with the printouts. Use straight pins to keep the images in place. Use a heat gun to apply heat to the paper and the candle until the wax has saturated and coated the image. Finish by adding sparkling rhinestones and other embellishments.

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Pillow with Photo

    Give Mom something warm and fuzzy this Mother's Day by creating this cute and comfy pillow for her.

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Packaged Goods with Photo

    This adorable gift will satisfy Mom's sweet tooth and get you major points for creativity. Pick up a premade mix of Mom's favorite baked good. Wrap in pretty patterned paper, adhere a favorite family photo to the front, and finish with a ribbon and a heartfelt sentiment.

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