21 Arts and Crafts Ideas for Mother's Day Kids Can Make at Home

diy fruit printed serving tray with lemons and beverages

Let the kiddos create a special gift to show Mom how much they love her this Mother's Day. These Mother's Day craft ideas go way beyond macaroni necklaces. Get our best handmade Mother's Day gift ideas here.

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Hand-Made Coupons

Mother's day coupons
Jacob Fox

All you have to do is download, print, and provide washable crayons ($3, Target) for this easy kids' arts and crafts for Mother's Day. These printable Mother's Day coupons will hold the kiddos to cleaning their room or doing the dishes.

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Bouquet Wrap

Mother’s Day Bouquet Wrap
Peter Ardito

Make mom a personalized bouquet wrap by painting a section of bubble wrap in one of Mom's favorite colors. Place a piece of plain tissue paper on top of bubble wrap and lightly press just hard enough to transfer the paint, but not so hard the bubbles pop. Repeat with another color. Make sure the tissue paper has time to dry before you wrap it around flowers and present them to Mom.

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Cookie Boxes

watercolor art wrapped boxes
Kate Mathis

Bust out the watercolors! Arts and crafts for Mother's Day can be part of the kids' regular entertainment routine. After painting time is over and the watercolor creations have dried, wrap them around a box of cookies, homemade with love!

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Pounded Flower Art

placing flowers on paper for smashing
Brie Passano

A fresh bouquet is always a go-to Mother's Day gift; you can make Mom's floral arrangement last forever this year. When it's about time for her flowers to be retired, take out the most vibrant blooms and dry them off. Then, have your little one arrange them face-down on a piece of watercolor paper ($7 for 20 sheets, Target). Use a hammer or mallet (with a parent's help) to turn her bouquet into a gorgeous pounded flower art print she can frame and keep forever.

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Candy-Color Picture Frame

kids party gluing straws to picture frame
Adam Albright

Have the kids jazz up a plain crafts wood frame for a handmade Mother's Day gift. Start by choosing brightly colored paper straws and cutting them to varying lengths. Next, attach the straws to the frame using a sponge brush and a thin coat of clear-drying adhesive sealer. Keep attaching until there is no more plain wood visible.

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Masterpiece Plates

kid drawings on plates

What's more precious than a childhood drawing? Give Mom a way to cherish it forever. After the kids draw Mom a picture, scan the art and print it onto water-transfer paper, which is available at crafts stores. Trim closely around the printed image, then place the image in water until it slips easily from the backing. Carefully place the decal on the plate and smooth any wrinkles or air bubbles. After the plate and decal are dry, seal the artwork with spray varnish.

Editor's Tip: Plates are for decorative use only.

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Twine Memo Board

Twine Memo Board
Steven McDonald

A thrift store frame is transformed into a meaningful gift with the addition of some twine and clothes pins ($2 for 50, Target). Mom can use the memo board to hang up cards from past Mother's Days, along with family photos and mementos.

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Heartfelt Cards

DIY heart card
Mark Mantegna

This easy arts and crafts for Mother's Day project can become a treasured family memento. Cut a heart from patterned cardstock or scrapbook paper to make a precious Mother's Day card. Then, glue the heart onto a solid-color piece of paper in a coordinating hue. It's that simple. For an easy-to-read message, glue a piece of light-color paper inside the card.

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Gift Jar

jar mothers day notes
Josh Titus

Easy Mother's Day crafts for kids can start with the simplest premise: why you love Mom. Cut 1-inch-wide strips of colorful paper. On each strip, write a reason you love her. Roll each strip with the message inside and seal it with a sticker. Fill a glass jar with the notes. She'll love this thoughtful Mother's Day gift idea.

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Sweet Hand-Drawn Card

Hand-Drawn Mother's Day Card
Kim Cornelison

Folded construction paper bearing a sweet message is a classic Mother's Day craft for a reason. It's personal and will be cherished by Mom for years to come. For extra presentation points, slide the card into an oversize clothespin decorated just for her.

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Paint-Swirled Vase

Paint-Swirled Vase paper flowers
Adam Albright

Mother's Day arts and crafts don't have to be elaborate—just upcycle what you already have on hand. For example, transform a clear vase into a gift for Mom. Pour a small amount of enamel ceramic and glass paint into the bottom of a glass vase. Tip the vase in different directions, so the paint rolls around the inside, coating it in color. Leave some of the vase untouched for a more unique design. Enamel paint is waterproof, so this vase can be used for real or paper flowers.

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Family Photo Vases

Family Photo Vases
Kim Cornelison

This Mother's Day craft requires a little thinking ahead. Gather interesting-shaped glass bottles and jars and use them as vases to show off Mom's favorite people (or pets). Gently roll and insert prints of favorite photos into the glass vessels. Add sprigs of greenery and tie jute twine around the top of each vase for a nature feel.

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Stenciled Welcome Mat

Tread-stenciled floor mat
Kathryn Gamble

Put last year's shoes and boots to good use. Paint the bottoms with acrylic paint and let the kids use them to stamp a carpet tile. Or, if it's more your style, use our free pattern.

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Magnetic Bulletin Board

Magnetic memo board
Adam Albright

This Mother's Day, wrapping paper is the gift. Take the kids to pick a roll they know Mom will love. Glue a section of wrapping paper to the inside of a cookie sheet for a fun and original bulletin board. Cute and quirky magnets are the final touch.

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Scanned and Framed Kid Art

Black frame art projects
Jason Donnelly

No need to pick just one masterpiece to gift Mom this year! Have your little Picasso pick out a collection of their favorites. Scan and arrange the artistic works in a collage that will fit into an 8.5x11-inch frame.

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Cute Magnets

Magnets scrapbooking and crafts supplies
Marty Baldwin

Adhesive magnets ($2, Walmart) are the key to creating a personalized arts and crafts for Mother's Day. Our embellishments include paper, fabric, buttons, and felt flowers. If you're using paper, use a thin layer of glue to attach the patterned side to the flat side of a clear stone. Trim the paper to fit and let dry, then attach the adhesive magnet to the back. To turn felt flowers or buttons into magnets, hot-glue them to magnetic strip pieces.

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Hand-Crafted Flower Pot

Mother's Day Flowers
Kim Cornelison

If your kids are old enough to wield a hot-glue gun ($13, Target), they can glue patterned paper around a vase or planter of Mom's favorite flowers for a Mother's Day idea that's a spin on a classic. For younger children, wrap the paper around the vase and tie it on with a pretty ribbon or a piece of lace trim.

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Sewing Organizer Gift Idea

Sewing organizer
Scott Little

Make sure to snag last week's egg carton before it hits the recycle bin so the kids can make a handy sewing organizer for Mom. They can be involved in every step of creating this Mother's Day craft. Let them pick out a color and wield the can of spray paint, then decide what goes in each compartment, including safety pins, sewing needles, buttons, and thread.

Making a made-to-fit pincushion is also kid-friendly. Wrap the fabric around cotton stuffing (both available at crafts stores) and use fabric glue to seal the seam.

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Words of Love Photo Frame

Memory-Saver Photo Frame
Mark Peterson

Ask the kids what they love about Mom, then turn their words into an easy Mother's Day gift. Let the kids run wild with bright washable markers ($2, Target) on a photo mat board, or take the writing reins if their handwriting isn't quite legible. Add a meaningful photo, then let Mom enjoy this personalized gift!

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Flower Photos

Mother's Day Flower Photos
Helen Norman

These might not smell like roses, but the cherished family photos are just as sweet. The wilt-proof flowers are made from colorful cupcake liners with photos glued inside. Felt flower stickers create the stems that pop on a construction paper background. Securely glue the cupcake liner blossom onto the paper; when dry, turn this easy Mother's Day crafts project into a precious display using a cardholder.

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Mosaic Vase

heart mosaic vase
Steven McDonald

This simple Mother's Day vase should be a collaboration between the kids and an adult. The kids can paint crafts wood hearts and arrange them on a square vase. The adult can add the grout, wiping off the excess. Be sure to let dry before adding seasonal blooms such as tulips or daffodils.

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