77 Heartfelt Mother's Day Gift Ideas You Can Make This Year

colorful diy leather vases
Photo: Carson Downing

Mom will cherish these DIY Mother's Day gifts for years to come. With easy crafts like bath bombs, homemade chocolate truffles, and free printable artwork, our homemade Mother's Day gift ideas will please any mom or grandmother. We even have some adorable handmade Mother's Day gift ideas for kids!

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DIY Leather Vase

colorful diy leather vases
Carson Downing

We love this unique homemade Mother's Day gift idea. Instead of giving mom a generic grocery store bouquet, make her something she can use again and again. This geometric leather flower vase looks complicated, but it's actually super easy—and Mom will think of you every time she displays flowers.

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Framed Watercolor Art

watercolor art in frame
Jacob Fox

Assembling this cheap Mother's Day gift is easy: Print our (free!) watercolor art and pop it into a purchased frame. Mom will seriously appreciate the sentiment behind whichever quote you choose.

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Paper Gift Toppers

wrapped presents paper flowers
Marty Baldwin

This present is all about the packaging! Mom will love that you put in the extra effort to top her gift with these handmade paper flowers. Once she's done unwrapping, display them in a pretty shadow box frame.

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Fabric Decoupage Plates


Use patterned fabric and decoupage to transform plain glass plates into a cute DIY Mother's Day gift. We'll show you how to cut and apply fabric to each plate while keeping them food safe. Take it a step further and use them to treat mom to a sweet Mother's Day brunch!

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Vintage Jewelry Storage

vintage jewelry storage
John Bessler

New is nice, but vintage tells a story. Transform a flea market printer's tray into Mom's new favorite jewelry case. Give the tray a fresh coat of paint and line the back of the compartments with pretty patterned scrapbook paper. Screw brass hooks into the top of each compartment to hang the jewelry. This project sits upright by itself, but avoid wobbliness by adding a hanging ribbon.

Editor's Tip: If you need to make some compartments longer for necklaces, take out a few slats with a hammer.

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Canvas Embroidery Hoops

canvas embroidery hoops
Jacob Fox

Remind Mom just how special she is with a custom piece of art! Use our free prints to turn plain canvas, fabric scraps, and embroidery hoops into a gorgeous gallery wall. We love the sweet quotes about motherhood, and you can pair them with any coordinating printed fabric mom will love.

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Pounded Flower Art

mothers day project framed smashed flowers
Brie Passano

This gorgeous art print could not be easier, and it's one of our favorite DIY Mother's Day gift ideas for kids! With help from an adult, kids of all ages can help create a masterpiece for mom. To make, lay down fresh flowers (the brighter the better) on watercolor paper. Use a hammer or a mallet to gently transfer the pigment from the petals to the paper.

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DIY Coupon Book

mother's day coupons
Jacob Fox

Homemade coupon books might be the sweetest gift a child can make, and these printable coupons are a seriously adorable Mother's Day gift idea for toddlers or children. Help your child print, color and cut out the coupons and bind them together into a sweet book. Mom can just tear the books out when she wants to redeem them!

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DIY Gift Tag

mom gift tag
Marty Baldwin

If you're giving mom flowers for Mother's Day, don't just hand them to her in the grocery store plastic. A layer of tissue or kraft paper around the outside of the bouquet and a sweet DIY gift tag make a store-bought bouquet feel extra special.

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Printable Wine Labels

mother's day wine labels
Brie Passano

If your mom likes to end her day with a glass of wine, this gift idea is a no-brainer. But don't just give her a plain bottle—dress it up for the occasion! Our free printable wine labels are sure to make her smile, and they make an excellent last-minute Mother's Day gift. Just print, cut, and wrap the labels around the bottle. Secure with a piece of double-sided tape and that's it.

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DIY Colorblock Heat Pack

colorblock heating pad with warm cup of tea and cookies

Moms are all about practical gifts, and this one is practical and cute. Put your (minimal) sewing skills to work to make this DIY rice heat pack. It's great on sore muscles, so a mom who loves to hit the gym will totally appreciate this.

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DIY Confetti Card

floral mother's day cards
Brie Passano

All moms deserve a sweet Mother's Day card on their special day, but store-bought cards can be expensive and not very personal. This DIY confetti card is seriously so easy to make, and mom will love that you made her something unique. Use our free templates to cut out the front of a card, then tape a clear plastic bag of confetti or flower petals inside the front of the card.

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DIY Bath Bombs

diy bath bombs gift idea
Marty Baldwin

Treat mom to an at-home spa day! We'll show you how to make your own DIY bath bombs in mom's favorite colors and scents. Mix in a blend of essential oils and dried flower petals for a spa-worthy project that's one of our favorite aah-inducing gifts for mom.

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DIY Cactus Terrarium

diy cactus terrarium

Skip the flower bouquet and give mom a pretty succulent arrangement instead. Purchase a glass terrarium and arrange a few succulents with faux blooms for a gorgeous display mom will cherish.

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DIY Cheese Markers

diy fork cheese markers
Adam Albright

Any hostess will love getting handmade stamped cheese markers. To make this adorable Mother's Day gift, place vintage silver-plated forks between two felt pieces and flatten in a vise. Place the front side up on a metal block and use metal stamps and a hammer to mark the name of the cheese. Cut off a few inches at the top of the handle, then make a curly loop by wrapping the handle in felt and curling it backward using pliers.

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Floating Frames of Pretty Cards

wall frames with white table
Dana Gallagher

A card on Mother's Day lasts the morning while a framed card on Mother's Day lasts for years. Gather a few letterpress cards that Mom would love (think favorite poems, colors, or funny sayings), and frame in white-edged floating frames. This homemade gift idea doesn't require much artistic ability, and mom will cherish the sentiment behind the cards you choose to frame.

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Watercolor Botanical Prints

floral art in gold frames
Jacob Fox

These botanical prints are gorgeous, and they'll help you create a personalized Mother's Day gift. The best part—they're totally free! Put your artistic skills to work and color them yourself. Not a Picasso? Print our watercolor versions and pop them into a frame.

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String Art Gift

Love Wall String Art
Jay Wilde

String art gifts are a great DIY gift to make if you're not totally the crafty type. You don't need any find art skills to hammer in a few nails and loop string around your design! Pick a word or phrase mom will like and print it out. Set it on top of a painted wood sign and hammer in nails around the edge of the word. Remove the paper and use plain string or yarn to loop string around the design until you're happy with the look.

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DIY Bouquet Wrap

bouquet of flowers
Adam Albright

If you're giving mom flowers, use a DIY bouquet wrap to dress them up. We love this homemade splatter paint wrap, and it's super easy to put together. We'll show you how to make this wrap (and six others!) that will take your Mother's Day flowers to the next level.

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Felt Wine Bag

felt wine bag
Blaine Moats

If your mom often totes wine to social gatherings, gift her a sturdy wine bag this Mother's Day. Use our easy instructions to make your own gorgeous felt wine bag. Just don't forget to fill it with her favorite bottle before you gift it!

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Wood Burn Cutting Board

pineapple patterned carved wooden cutting boards
Carson Downing

A practical Mother's Day gift doesn't have to be boring! Instead of gifting mom plain store-bought kitchen accessories, give them a personal touch by investing in a hand-held wood burning tool. We're loving these gorgeous wood cutting boards decorated with hand-crafted pineapples, and mom will think of your sweet gift every time she sees them in the kitchen.

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Textured Apron

textured apron
Blaine Moats

If sewing skills aren't your strong suit, this apron project is for you. Skip the pricey store-bought kitchen aprons and opt for this (way) less expensive DIY version. If you're celebrating multiple generations of moms, this is a great Mother's Day gift for grandmothers.

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Wooden Necklace

wooden carved necklaces on chains
Carson Downing

Make a gorgeous abstract jewelry piece for mom without spending a lot of money. We created these gorgeous necklaces by using a woodburning tool to embellish plain wood pendants before attaching them to necklace chains. Mom will love the modern look, and she'll appreciate that you took the time to create something handmade.

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DIY Vase-and-Candle Centerpiece

diy vase-and-candle centerpiece
Jay Wilde

If your mom loves a good table display, this industrial-looking (yet simple!) DIY is just the ticket. Gather old or new springs in different diameters and attach to a table-width board using construction adhesive. Tuck in a few tapered candles and vases to complete the creative conversation starter.

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Wooden Frame

finished blue wood frames with artwork
Adam Albright

Framed photos are a unique Mother's Day gift idea, but have you ever thought about actually making the frames yourself? Our easy tutorial will show you how to create gorgeous frames with materials you can easily find at the hardware store. This quick craft project allows you to frame anything, even if it doesn't come in traditional frame sizes, so you can display art, posters, or large photos you know mom will love.

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Slate Coasters

patterned slate coasters project
Blaine Moats

Upgrade basic slate coasters with hand-crafted geometric patterns—drawn on with metallic markers! Use our free geometric patterns to sketch out a design, or freehand your own! You can even use the markers to include a sweet message to mom on the coasters.

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Drink Tags

shrinkable plastic wine charms
Ann VanderWiel Wilde

These fun wine tags are sure to be a hit with a mom who loves to entertain. We used shrinkable plastic to make and decorate these reusable wine tags; gift mom a set that includes family members' initials, or create your own designs. Our instructions make it so easy!

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DIY Wooden Bead Cake Stand

wood bead cake stand with cupcakes

This colorful cake stand would make a great addition to your Mother's Day brunch spread. We're loving the bright design, and mom will think of you each time she uses it. Plus, you can double the gift by loading the cake stand up with treats before you gift it to her.

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Hanging Succulent Display

succulent heart
Joseph Leaming

Upgrade mom's front porch with a pretty hanging succulent display. Our easy instructions will help you make a DIY concrete planter and fill it with the right succulents.

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Sun Printed Tote

sun-print tote bag
Marty Baldwin

Since Mother's Day is right before summer, make a gift that mom can use in the upcoming season. Use our easy tutorial to decorate any canvas material with light-sensitive fabric dye, then decorate everything from a beach tote to a fun tasseled sunglasses case.

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Flower Seed Packets

flower seed packets
King Au

Celebrate the sweetness both Mom and spring have to offer with flowers that will keep her smiling long after Mother's Day. Wrap store-bought seed packets for your mom's favorite blooms in easy-stitch burlap bags, and seal the bags with a plant marker. If you want to spice up the bag, pin a vintage picture of the flower on top for an added touch.

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Clay Necklace

clay marble beads on gold chain
Marty Baldwin

This cheap Mother's Day gift makes a serious statement! Make mom a custom piece of jewelry using polymer clay and gold leaf (all available at crafts stores). Use a bamboo skewer to poke a hole through each handmade clay bead and let dry before stringing onto a necklace chain.

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Sweet Smelling Candle

gold candle holders
Steven McDonald

There's no Mother's Day gift more classic than a fragrant candle. Pick a scent and color that fits your mother's personality and pair it with our DIY candleholders. To make, spray a light mist of water into a glass holder. Spray a light layer of metallic gold paint on the inside of the holder, painting over the water beads (it will leave the glass slightly translucent); let dry. Add a layer of gold glitter spray to finish.

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"Family" Kitchen Artwork

“family” wooden spoon art
Jacob Fox

Family is what is most important on special days like Mother's Day. Give your mom this gift to remind her how much you care. To make, buy several wooden spoons—one for each letter. Paint the ends of each spoon; let dry. Using a letter stencil, lightly blot white paint to make one letter on each spoon; let dry. Cut a piece of cardboard to fit the opening of a picture frame (make sure the frame can fit all spoons with a 1/2-inch border on all sides). Wrap white canvas around the front of the cardboard; hot-glue to secure. Insert in frame; hot-glue spoons to the canvas.

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DIY Eye Pillows

aerial view eye masks scrunchies water bottle face mask candle
Jacob Fox

Mom will adore a new lavender-filled face mask to help her unwind. This simple sewing project can be made in an afternoon with just a few supplies. Use our basic filling recipe or customize it with your favorite dried herbs and essential oils.

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Adorable Decorated Notebooks

washi tape decorated notebooks
Adam Albright

Dress up simple, plain-Jane notebooks with easy embellishments to make a colorful and creative Mother's Day gift. Turn to patterned washi tape or stickers to add strips of color; scrapbooking embellishments amp up the fun factor even more.

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Dry-Erase Message Board

green dry erase board
Greg Scheidemann

This Mother's Day, give Mom the note-taking gift of her dreams: a DIY dry-erase board. Buy an inexpensive framed bulletin board that includes a ledge for dry-erase markers. Have a crafts store cut a piece of glass to fit the opening. Paint the back side of the glass a color to match Mom's home (we picked peppery green, which works well in a white kitchen). Add a few dry-erase markers and this month just got more organized!

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DIY Shopping Tote

canvas tote bag flowers sunglasses wallet
Brie Passano

Mom will love receiving this canvas shopping tote, and you'll love helping put together this fun Mother's Day gift. This easy sewing project comes together in an afternoon.

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Homemade Truffles for Mom

truffles clear container
Kritsada Panichgul

Mmm, chocolate. If your mom has a sweet tooth, these homemade truffles will do the trick this Mother's Day! Plastic boxes, candy cups, and festive fabric are all you need to package the luscious chocolate truffles after making.

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Cookbook Recipe Bookmark

cookbook recipe bookmark
Greg Scheidemann

Get out that chef's hat! Help mom keep her cookbook open to the right page with this adorable slotted spoon bookmark. Use our pattern to make the sweet Mother's Day gift. We recommend laminating it to protect it from any food splatters.

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Watercolor-Painted Vases

watercolor-painted vases
Steven McDonald

Add cool color to milky white vases for a sweet, decorative Mother's Day gift. To get the watercolor look, mix glass paint with a few drops of paint thinner, and paint freehand designs on your vase with an acrylic brush.

Editor's Tip: If you can't find white vases, you can make your own by pouring white paint into clear vases—just make sure they won't be filled with water later! Instead, use them to display bouquets of faux flowers for an equally pretty look.

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Inspiring Quote Wall Art

diy wall art with quote
Jay Wilde

Create a unique piece of artwork for Mom with a frame, foam-core board, tissue paper, and cutout letters from scrap paper or recycled magazines. Decoupage pieces of tissue paper around the foam-core board as a border, then glue your letters directly onto the foam-core board. When dry, frame the inspirational artwork.

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Simple Mother's Day Flowerpot

flower and pot
Helen Norman

Liven up an ordinary pot with customized glass planter fillers. Fill a white ceramic pot with the glass pebbles, adding sticker letters to spell "Mother" to six of the pebbles. Arrange the letter pebbles at the front of the flower pot, then insert a few faux hydrangea stems to finish.

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Framed Butterfly Family Tree

paper butterfly framed art
Jay Wilde

Mom will love this spring-theme representation of the people she loves most in this easy-to-make family tree project. Design the layout on a separate sheet of paper, assigning different paper colors to different generations. Punch out two butterflies per family member with a crafts punch, and write their name on the top cutout. Keeping the center body on the top cutout flat, fold the wings up; this will give the butterflies a fluttery look. Glue the bodies of each pair of cutouts together using crafts glue or rubber cement. Place butterflies on a matte board and mark positions lightly with a pencil; glue in place on board. Frame the finished butterfly family tree.

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Paint-Chip Bookmark

homemade bookmark
Steven McDonald

Mom won't lose her place in her favorite book with this easy-to-make bookmark. Head to a hardware or home improvement store, and get a sample paint chip in Mom's favorite color. Add a design to the paint chip with a fine-point permanent marker and a crafts-store stencil to give the placeholder a pretty look.

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Dishes with Child's Artwork

kid drawings on plates

Turn children's drawings into decorative plates. Scan the art and print onto water-transfer paper (available at crafts stores). Trim as closely as you can around the printed image, then place the paper in water until the decal slips easily from the backing. Position the decal on the plate and smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles. When dry, seal the artwork with spray varnish. Mom will cherish them forever.

Editor's Tip: Plates should be for decorative use only.

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Message in a Jar

jar mothers day notes
Josh Titus

Get the little ones involved with this cute Mother's Day gift idea for kids—a simple jar with notes telling her all the reasons she's loved. Have kids write their thoughts, or have them tell you their ideas and you write them down. Roll up the strips of paper and put them in a jar. Tie a bow around the jar for added flair.

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Flowery Fabric Pillow

flower pillow
Cameron Sadeghpour

Purchase a plain pillow and embellish it with funky felt flowers to make a fun, decorative addition to the decor for Mother's Day. Cut simple flower shapes from felt in various colors (choose Mom's favorites or colors that match existing decor), then layer them, and sew the centers together to make each flower. Once you have about a dozen flowers, stitch them to the pillow, and add dimension by bunching the felt tightly together.

Editor's Tip: Thick, stiff felt works best if you want flowers that won't wilt, but any type of fabric that doesn't fray, such as fleece, will work.

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Greeting Card Organizer

customized office supplies

Give Mom a supply of greeting cards organized by occasion in an accordion file folder (available at office or scrapbooking stores). Dress up the folder with decorative paper cut to size and attached with spray adhesive.

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Photo-Embellished Candles

photo-embellished candles
Jacob Fox

Turn ordinary candles into shining stars with family photos and embellishments. Print photos or digital designs onto tissue paper; cut out. Wrap the candles with the tissue paper, securing with straight pins. A heat gun will melt the wax until it saturates and coats the tissue paper. Secure flowers to the candle using a brad.

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Painted Treasure Box

painted mothers day box
Peter Ardito

Customize a small wooden box to hold Mom's special treasures. Purchase a small wooden box, and paint the outside a bright color; let dry. Add embellishments or painted motifs to the top of the box, and carefully paint a sweet message inside. Fill the box with small sweets or some of Mom's favorite things.

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Candied Fruit Peel

candied fruit peel glass jars
Ray Kachatorian

Does she have a sweet tooth? Indulge Mom with a handmade food gift. These candied orange peels look extra pretty packaged in clear jars with patterned ribbons.

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Flowerpot Birdhouse

terra cotta birdhouse project
Peter Krumhardt

Transform a plain terracotta pot into a chic DIY birdhouse. Mom will love displaying this handmade house in her yard or garden. Personalize it even more by painting or writing on the pot.

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DIY Mercury Glass

diy mercury glass vase
Jay Wilde

Create the luxe look of mercury glass with a simple spray painting technique. We're breaking the entire process down into five simple steps. Mom will love getting a handmade Mother's Day gift she can display all year.

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Midcentury Modern Paper Artwork

midcentury-modern paper artwork

Showcase the beauty of mid-century design with a piece of handmade art. You won't believe what we used to make the geometric shapes. You likely already have everything you need at home.

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Starry Zodiac Embroidery

starry zodiac embroidery

Show off Mom's zodiac sign with this simple embroidered hoop. Add the finished astrological sign to a gallery wall, or gift it to Mom as a fun Christmas ornament.

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DIY Stamped Leather Luggage Tag

luggage tag

Never lose your luggage again! Perfect for the jet setting Mom, this handmade leather luggage tag is a chic addition to her suitcase.

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Crochet Owl Basket

crochet owl basket
Adam Albright

Show Mom whooo loves her with this DIY owl basket. Perfect for setting on a desk or shelf, this handmade gift is the cutest storage solution we've ever seen.

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Etched Vase

flowers in vase
Jacob Fox

Give Mom a pretty handmade vase worthy of her Mother's Day flowers. Upcycle a bottle into a stunning glass vessel with our quick etching technique (it's way easier than you think!).

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Magnetic Travel Chinese Checkers Game


A DIY game is a simple way to show Mom how much you enjoy spending time with her! This easy craft is perfect for kids and is made with magnetic paper. Customize it in Mom's favorite colors.

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Floral Embroidery Hoops

floral embroidery hoops
Adam Albright

Celebrate spring and Mother's Day with a handmade piece of art Mom will love. Hand stitching the flowers is easier than you think thanks to our quick tutorial.

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Framed Watercolor Print

framed watercolor print
Jacob Fox

Sometimes the best gifts are simple and heartfelt. We love how this gorgeous framed quote says it all—and Mom will, too!

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DIY Rope Flower Vase

diy rope flower vase

Don't just give Mom flowers for Mother's Day, give her flowers in a decorative vase. Purchase a simple clear vase, and then use hot glue and rope or colored twine to add a simple pattern. Mom will remember this day each time she reuses the vase!

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Pretty Embellished Card

embellished mothers day card
Jacob Fox

Give mom a semihomemade Mother's Day card with the help of our gorgeous printable quotes. Print out a design and attach it to the front of a blank card, then use jewels, buttons, or other embellishments to finish this easy DIY card for mom.

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DIY Gardening Apron

striped gardening apron front pocket
Jacob Fox

Give Mom a handmade gardening apron this year. Choose the perfect fabrics and follow our simple sewing instructions to create a thoughtful Mother's Day gift for the mom who loves to garden. This project is easier than it looks, we promise!

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Living Succulent Picture

succulent picture painted frame
Peter Krumhardt

A living succulent picture is a fun twist on the traditional flower or plant gifts for Mother's Day. Plant succulents and moss inside a picture frame to create a gorgeous display Mom will love.

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Dyed Muddler

beet-dyed muddler
Blaine Moats

Let Mom play mixologist with this hand-dyed muddler. Made with natural beet dye, this ruby wood bar tool is finished with a stripe of gold paint. She'll love whipping up her favorite cocktail with this handmade gift.

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Personalized Children's Artwork Vase

childrens artwork vase
Steven McDonald

Turn sentimental artwork into a fun accent piece Mom will treasure for years to come. Choose a favorite piece of children's art, or have the little ones draw something just for the occasion.

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DIY Metallic Concrete Planter

concrete succulent planter

If you're planning to give Mom a plant for Mother's Day, consider giving her a DIY planter, too! This concrete planter is easy to make, and we love the metallic accent!

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Fill-In Mother's Day Card

mothers day fill-in cards

Mom will love reading what the kids write in these pretty fill-in cards. Stick these in her Mother's Day card several years in a row so she can see how the answers change!

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Stenciled Pillows

butterfly stenciled pillow
Adam Albright

Use fabric paint or a fabric marker to create a pretty stenciled pillow that's perfect for Mom's Mother's Day gift. Make her a homemade gift that will match perfectly with her existing decor. She'll think of you each time she uses the pillow!

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DIY Plant Markers

herb garden markers
Jacob Fox

For the mom with a green thumb, make a set of DIY plant markers in her favorite colors. Give these with a DIY garden kit (think flowers to plant and new gardening gloves) and give her a relaxing afternoon in the garden.

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DIY Personalized Summer Straw Hat

personalized straw hat pool
Adam Albright

Help Mom get ready for that beach vacation she's been dreaming about. A personalized straw hat is the perfect handmade Mother's Day gift. Dress up a purchased straw hat with just a few simple craft supplies.

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Printable Watercolor Card

watercolor card
Jacob Fox

Once you've found the perfect gift for Mom, you'll need the perfect card. We love this gorgeous watercolor card, and Mom will too! Plus, our free downloads make it so easy to print a quote and attach it to a plain card.

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Framed Mother's Day Quotes

framed mother's day quotes
Jacob Fox

This quick and easy Mother's Day gift is a sweet (and budget-friendly) reminder of how much Mom means to the family. Find a meaningful art print or download one of ours, then pop it in a frame and add a card. You'll be ready to celebrate mom's big day in no time!

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Punch Needle Art

small circles wooden embroidery hoops
Jason Donnelly

These punch needle embroidery hoops are a great gift if Mom needs to dress up her walls. Learn how to punch needle and then experiment with different tufting techniques.

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Envelope Clutch

striped lining flowered envelope clutch and sunglasses
Brie Passano

Treat mom to a cute handmade clutch. All you'll need to create it is a few scraps of fabric and some simple sewing skills. Choose her fabric colors and patterns to customize this Mother's Day gift idea.

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