Homemade Mother's Day Gifts

Homemade Mother's Day gifts are always a hit. Whether it is the construction paper artwork of a small child or a handicraft made by an older one, moms love handmade gifts. This is a guide about homemade Mother's Day gifts.

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Paper with letters spelling Happy Mother's Day, ribbon, flowers, and glitter hearts
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When last Mother's Day rolled around, I thought my mother would enjoy reading my own remembrances. I took a decorative glass jar with a lid and made a "Jar of Childhood Memories" for her to read. I typed all kinds of moments remembered from my childhood. Each one began with "I remember".

Example: I remember you driving me to music lessons every Saturday. Once I started, the memories just flowed. I typed them all up, double-spaced, and cut them into single memories.

I filled my memory jar, tied a pretty bow around it and put it in the mail to my mom who lives 400 miles away. She later told me that my memory jar was so much more personal than a card. The whole family had fun reading and remembering each and every one. She said it had taken her back down memory lane, which she hadn't traveled in years.

By vguy from Earle, AR

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Mother's Day decorated switch plateChoose colors to match your decor and make beautiful switch plates for every room in your house. Make extra ones for special gifts.

Crafting Time: 15 - 30 minutes

What You Need:

  • plastic switch plate cover
  • 1/2 a yard of green 1/4 inch ribbon
  • 1/2 a yard of pink 3/8 inch ribbon
  • scissors
  • craft glue
  • two small silk flowers, pink and white

Directions:

  1. Cut 4 pieces of green ribbon, each about 1 inch wider than the switch plate. Cut 2 pieces of pink ribbon about 1 inch longer that the switch plate.
  2. Glue one of the pink pieces vertically to the plate along the left side of the switch opening. Glue two green pieces horizontally across the plate, placing one above the screw hole at the top, and the other below the screw hole at the bottom.
  3. Glue the second pink piece vertically to the switch plate to the left side of the first pink piece. Glue the two remaining green pieces horizontally across the plate, placing one above the ribbon at the top and one below the ribbon at the bottom.
  4. Glue all ribbon ends around to the back of the switch plate. Trim the ribbon ends at the back of the plate.
  5. Glue two small silk flowers to the top of the switch plate where the ribbon colors intersect. Allow all glue to dry.
Mother's Day decorated switch plate

By Marie from West Dundee, IL

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Does anyone have a new or different idea for a Sunday School class mother's day project? Inexpensive and either Christian based or could be made so. Thank you.

Jane from Ontario, Canada

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We like the idea of flowers on Mother's Day but didn't want to buy real ones. I found wooden roses of any color on Ebay and they look like the real thing. We wrapped a few in tissue paper, tied a little note with a poem around it and let the children hand them out during service. It was a big hit because it was something they could keep. I think they were less than $30 for about 200.

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Here is the perfect gift for family and friends, that you can whip up in a matter of minutes. This flower pin is easy to make and they turn out so very beautiful. Everyone will want one.

Finished sequin flower pins.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 20

Supplies:

  • 20 small flowers about 3 inches in diameter made from cloth, felt, or sequins. (You can buy these online very cheaply.) ($3.00)
  • 20 small ribbon roses that fit the color of your flower ($.50)
  • 1 hot glue gun and glue
  • 20 3/4 inch pin backs ($.50)

Steps:

  1. Gather supplies and open up the pins. Make sure the pin is sitting in the direction you want to put it on the flower with the open side down. Line up the flowers and the rose centers.
  2. Open up pin backs.
  3. Apply the rose centers with a touch of hot glue. Repeat until all are finished.
  4. Attaching roses.
  5. Apply the pin backs with a touch of hot glue.
  6. Fabric flowers.
  7. Your craft is finished and ready to give to your friends and family.
  8. Apply pin backs.
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Egg crate flower craft suppliesHere's are some cute flowers that kids can make for their mothers and grandmothers.

Supplies:

  • pipe cleaners
  • Styrofoam egg carton
  • miscellaneous plastic beads
  • tissue paper (optional)
  • scissors

Instructions:

  1. Cut egg carton apart, keeping (and separating) the bottom circles.
  2. Cut tissue paper into squares.
  3. Because pipe cleaners are part metal, they have a built-in needle. Push pipe cleaner through base of "flower" cup.
  4. Push the decorative paper onto the pipe cleaner also.
  5. To finish: place one or a few beads on tip, beads should fit snug. If you only have pony beads, give it extra pipe cleaner, fold over and twist.
  6. Adjust cup if desired.
  7. Place in a nice vase and give to someone special, mom perhaps? This is an easy craft, and helps to re-use the unrecyclable Styrofoam egg cartons.
  8. By Starchild from Lamoille County, VT

    Egg crate flowers

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Lot's of mothers love cookies rather than candy. I know that one of the sweetest gifts I ever received from my kids was a plate of cookies. They baked them for me and put them on a pretty plate that had flowers all around the rim. My mom had taken them to the thrift store and got the pretty plate and a lace doily. I love chocolate so they sprinkled the plate with Hershey's kisses. It was an antique that someone had only three of so the price was great, since there was not a set of them. You could also look for a small glass tray or a silver plated one.

The cookies were simple sugar cookies cut out in flower shapes and a couple of hearts with my kids names on them. Everyone has a sugar cookie recipe but if you are baking impaired, you could just go to the supermarket and buy cookie dough. Flower shaped cookie cutters can be bought at the dollar store. You could also cover the plate with her favorite store bought cookies.

My kids decorated the cookies with colored sugars and decorator gel for their names. We make our own colored sugars which is pretty simple and they can be stored. It is as simple as sugar and food coloring. Some of the companies that make food coloring have even made neon colors and combine these with the normal colors you can make some really pretty shades of sugar. Find some small jars or plastic bags and but some sugar in and then some food coloring and stir or squish in the bag until well mixed. Now here is my mom's favorite Sugar Cookie recipe:

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
Mix shortening, sugar, eggs and flavoring thoroughly. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt together and then blend into shortening mixture. Chill at least 1 hour until firm and cold. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Roll dough out to 1/4 to 1/8 inch thick and cut out with cookie cutters. Sprinkle with the color sugar and then bake until golden brown. Makes 4 dozen cookies.

Editor's Note: Here is a link to Debra's article with recipes for flavored sugars.

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No better gift can a child give than that of a handmade gift. What Mother doesn't love the handiwork of their little ones? Here's a darling simple craft children can make for their mothers on Mother's Day.

Finished bracelet.

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Here's a great craft for Mother's Day. I made these for the mothers in our church. Made from recycled materials.

Recycled Daffodil Craft

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Mothers day gift made with flowers and pot. Take the foam and push into pot. I used a tin pot but you can use any kind you want. Glue item of your choosing on to one end of the dowel then push into foam any where you want.

Mother's Day flower pot

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Here's an inexpensive gift for Mother's Day that any kid can make for their mom.

A jar of bath salts for Mother's Day.

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I have many rolls of various colored crepe paper streamers. I would like to have my Sunday School class (grades 1-4) make something for Mother's day out of them. Perhaps someone has instructions on how to make flowers out of them? Any other ideas?

Patty from Darrington, WA

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Thank you all so much. I will give some of these a try. God bless you all.

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I need some easy, fun crafts and things to do and give to my mother on Mother's Day. I am looking for things from the heart, hand made. I appreciate any or all of your help and will, of course, read every reply.

By Lena from Portland, ME

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Figure out what she likes & go from there. Example: If she likes Tea make a basket for her with assorted teas, a nice cup or cup & saucer, tea cookies, or cakes, a tea book, teabag holders,& a bookmark. Or basket of lotion, cologne or body spray, shampoo & conditioner, shower gel, salt or sugar scrubs, loofah, hair wrap, pumice stone or stone on a stick, gloves & socks, rich foot cream & foot scrub & foot soap. You can make a teacup candle or a teacup or teapot Topiary. These are simple to make. Go to Favecrafts.com They have everything! Good luck! Happy Mother's Day.

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Any good ideas for a Mother's Day gift which is homemade?

By Jody from Evansville, IN

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Do you dabble in art, or are you more advanced? Doesn't matter to a mom. I only discovered after my mom's death four years ago that she'd kept the truly ugly bust I'd sculpted my freshman year of high school.

If you're proficient at MS Word, for example, you could make a ook. Another TF user recently suggested creating and printing a joke book. If you're of a poetic bent and your mom loves poetry, that's an idea, too.

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This is a little bit harder craft for older kids to make for Mother's Day. It's inexpensive but very pretty.

Decorated Mother's Day paper plate.

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This is a little Mother's Day Gift tip that is really very easy to do and it doesn't involve spending money that's already tight. Take a pretty envelope and fill it with IOUs for everything from hair-brushing to back rubs; foot soaks (as someone else mentioned) and foot rubs to facials or any other service you can think of that would be enjoyed by Mom or Grandmother. Tell her that the IOUs can be spent anytime she wants to.

My Mom loved having her feet rubbed and the grandchildren were happy to do that for her while she told them a story. You know what your own mother would enjoy and you can ask your children for ideas. You might be surprised at how well they observe what we like, Little things being done by the people she loves most in the world is what's important.

Happy Mother's Day to Everyone,

Source: This is something we've often used in our family. I've been on the receiving end of a few envelopes myself and I spent every one of those IOUs too. It was such a thoughtful little gift that really wasn't so little in the long run. Nice memories.

By Julia in Boca Raton, FL

Editor's Note: This idea was submitted too late to be posted by Mother's Day but it is a great idea for many people and events.

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Photo of Poppies that says Happy Mothers Day.

This is a Mother's Day e-card that I created. I took this picture of California poppies in our front yard (aren't they beautiful?) and used Photoshop to add the text.

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This started out as a door hanger he could make for his mom. Grandma's Idea: The door hanger would look cute with all these little hand and foot prints all over it. Aiden's Idea: All it really needs is two hands and two feet (after all, isn't that what we have?)

Aiden's Mother's Day Door Hanger

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Bend one piece of construction paper in half. On one half draw in pencil a large triangle. Cut along the penciled lines to cut the triangle out.

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As a preschool Sunday School teacher, I had the children plant flowers to be good size by Mother's Day. To decorate our plastic margarine/butter/sour cream containers, I wanted to make them look like the floral shop plants. I took pre-cut foil sheets, set the container in the middle, and gathered the foil up around the container. I also made floral ribbons for each little pot and kids stuck them in.

To go back a few steps, I took the containers and used my soldering iron to make about 10 holes in the bottom of each container for draining, set them on a tray in the windows in my Sunday School class to have the best growing factor four days before I wrapped the pots for their gift home, I did not water them since I wanted to avoid any mishaps.

I taught 4 year-olds for 16 years, took a break when my youngest graduated HS and then came back on board 7 years later when my youngest granddaughter's 3 yr old class needed a semester teacher. Brought back many hands on teaching lessons of God's world.

By T and T Grandma from Benson MN

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Every Mom loves flowers for Mother's Day but flowers can be so expensive. I know I love real flowers from my kids but it is always sad when they are gone and I have to throw them away. So here is a way that you can have a bouquet that lasts and can be used in a vase as a centerpiece for that Mother's Day table. With a little adult help, these could even be made by kids. They will just need help with the cutting.

Silk flowers can be bought at Walmart for 88 cents a bunch or at the Dollar store for, you guessed it, $1.00. Look for roses in her favorite color, daisies, lilies and carnations, and don't forget to get some leaves or ferns to fill in around the flowers. You will also need:

  • Wire cutters
  • A big rubber band
  • Floral Tape
  • Ribbon
Start by cutting apart all of the bunches of flowers. Start by putting the biggest and prettiest flower in the center and then work your way around the circle with the different flowers and leaves or fern. Try not to have any of the same flowers right next to each other. Professional florists work arrangements with odd numbers of flowers. 1-3-5, you get my meaning.

When you get it to where you want it, wrap all the stems with the rubber band. Spread it out because next you will be covering this with floral tape. Floral tape is sticky but it needs to be pulled to release the sticky. So lay the tape at the top and pulling as you go wrap the floral tape around the stems. You can do this twice and as thick as you want. But, believe me, if you are having children do this, they will get it pretty thick themselves. Now help them tie a simple "tying your shoes" type bow around it. Make it more fluffy by using several thicknesses of ribbon.

Hope your Mom loves it. It can be stuck in a vase or handed to her as is. Flowers that live forever and will be there to remind her the next time you break a window that she is your favorite Mom.

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For my mother last year I took a plain board (9x11 inches) and sanded it smooth. Then I let my children pick 3 different colored craft paints that matched. I primed the board and gave it a base coat of one of their color picks.

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Make a square frame using four popsicle sticks. Glue construction paper to the back of them. Have the child draw a picture of themselves or them and their mommy. Decorate it as you'd like using glitter, stickers, whatever you'd like.

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