77 Heartfelt Mother's Day Gift Ideas You Can Make This Year
DIY Leather Vase
Framed Watercolor Art
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.
Paper Gift Toppers
Fabric Decoupage Plates
Vintage Jewelry Storage
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.
Canvas Embroidery Hoops
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 ($8 for 3, Walmart) 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.
Pounded Flower Art
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.
DIY Coupon Book
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!
DIY Gift Tag
Printable Wine Labels
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.
DIY Colorblock Heat Pack
DIY Confetti Card
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.
DIY Bath Bombs
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.
DIY Cheese Markers
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.
Floating Frames of Pretty Cards
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.
Watercolor Botanical Prints
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.
String Art Gift
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.
DIY Bouquet Wrap
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.
Felt Wine Bag
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!
Wood Burn Cutting Board
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 ($15, Hobby Lobby). 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.
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.
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.
DIY Vase-and-Candle Centerpiece
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.
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.
DIY Wooden Bead Cake Stand
Hanging Succulent Display
Sun Printed Tote
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.
Flower Seed Packets
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.
Sweet Smelling Candle
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.
"Family" Kitchen Artwork
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.
DIY Eye Pillows
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.
Adorable Decorated Notebooks
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.
Dry-Erase Message Board
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!
DIY Shopping Tote
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.
Homemade Truffles for Mom
Cookbook Recipe Bookmark
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.
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.
Inspiring Quote Wall Art
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.
Simple Mother's Day Flowerpot
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.
Framed Butterfly Family Tree
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.
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.
Dishes with Child's Artwork
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.
Message in a Jar
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.
Flowery Fabric Pillow
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.
Greeting Card Organizer
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.
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.
Painted Treasure Box
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.
Candied Fruit Peel
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.
DIY Mercury Glass
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.
Midcentury Modern Paper Artwork
Showcase the beauty of midcentury 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.
Starry Zodiac Embroidery
DIY Stamped Leather 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.
Crochet Owl Basket
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.
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!).