29 Mother's Day Crafts 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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Mother's Day Coupons

Mother's day coupons
Jacob Fox

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

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DIY Hand Stamped Napkins and Dish Towels

hand stamped ice cream napkins towels sprinkles in bowl

Help mom cook up memories in the kitchen with a set of adorable DIY dish towels. This Mother's Day craft for kids starts with handmade stamps and a set of fabric paints ($20 for 24 colors, Walmart). Bonus points if you gift the finished towel with a pint of her favorite ice cream!

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DIY Fabric Decoupage Plates


Mom will love these pretty fabric-covered plates. Let the kids help paint on the decoupage medium ($6, Target) and choose fabrics they think mom will love. Get our tips for making these patterned plates food safe.

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Mother's Day 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 and lightly press. Press 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. Or, try one of our other 7 DIY bouquet wrap ideas.

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Fruit-Printed Serving Tray

diy fruit printed serving tray with lemons and beverages

Bring mom a little sunshine with this bright stamped tray. A simple homemade stencil is the trick to creating this fruit-printed tray. Let the kids choose their favorite paint colors and customize this handmade gift for mom.

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Cookie Boxes

watercolor art wrapped boxes
Kate Mathis

Bust out the watercolors! Mother's Day arts and crafts 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 that are 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, and this year you can make mom's floral arrangement last forever. When it's about time for her flowers to be retired, take out the most vibrant blooms and dry them off. Have your little one arrange the blooms face-down on a piece of watercolor paper ($7 for 20 sheets, Target) and 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 ($6 for 25, Walmart) and cutting them to varying lengths. 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 out 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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Retro Foil Cookie Jars

canister filled with holiday cookies

Perfect for the mom with a sweet tooth, these retro foil cookie jars are cute and practical! Let the kids cut and paste their favorite shapes onto plain glass containers and you've got an easy handmade Mother's Day gift idea.

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Wooden Bead Cake Stand

wood bead cake stand with cupcakes

Need a Mother's Day gift for the mom who loves to entertain? Create a colorful DIY cake stand with dyed wooden beads. Older children can help glue the beads and younger children will love topping the finished stand with a collection of sweet cupcakes.

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DIY Sidewalk Paint

sidewalk paint cupcake tin dark hands painting
Courtesy of Alice + Lois

This Mother's Day, spend the afternoon outside making memories and (washable) messes together. Mix up several colors of our DIY sidewalk paint and start creating art together. Don't forget to take a photo of your creations so you'll be able to look back on them.

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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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Heart Mother's Day Cards

DIY heart card
Mark Mantegna

An easy Mother's Day craft can become a treasured family memento. To make a precious Mother's Day card, cut a heart from patterned cardstock or scrapbook paper. Glue the heart onto a solid-color piece of paper in a coordinating hue. It's that simple. For easy an easy-to-read message, glue a piece of light-color paper inside the card.

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Mother's Day 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 on the inside and seal with a sticker. Fill a glass jar with the messages. She'll love this thoughtful Mother's Day gift idea.

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Decorative Serving Tray

Decorative Serving Tray
Adam Albright

Presentation is an important aspect of breakfast in bed, so make sure the serving tray is decked to impress. Simple stripes are easy for bigger kids to handle. If your kiddos aren't quite ready to hold the paintbrush, let them pick out what colors they think Mom would like.

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Sweet Hand-Drawn Mother's Day 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. Transform a clear vase into a great 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 interesting design. Enamel paint is waterproof, so this vase can be used for real or homemade tissue 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-shape 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. For a nature vibe, add sprigs of greenery and tie jute twine ($2, Walmart) around the top of each vase.

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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 ($3, Michaels) 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 out a roll that 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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Butterfly Family Tree

paper butterfly framed art
Jay Wilde

A handmade family tree is a sentimental Mother's Day idea that connects the whole family. A matte board, a butterfly paper punch, and paper in Mom's favorite colors make a heartwarming Mother's Day gift.

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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 his or her favorites. Scan and arrange the artistic works in a collage that will fit into an 8.5x11-inch frame.

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Magnets for Mom

Magnets scrapbooking and crafts supplies
Marty Baldwin

Adhesive magnets ($2, Walmart) are the key to creating a personalized Mother's Day gift. 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, simply hot-glue them to magnetic strip pieces.

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Mother's Day Flowers

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, simply 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 for Mom

Sewing organizer
Scott Little

Make sure to snag last week's egg carton before it hits the 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 kid-friendly as well—just 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 for Mom

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, if their handwriting isn't quite legible yet, take the writing reins. Add a meaningful photo, then let Mom enjoy this personalized gift!

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Mother's Day 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 card holder.

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Mother's Day 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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