Homemade Mother's Day Gifts

Paper with letters spelling Happy Mother's Day, ribbon, flowers, and glitter hearts

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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Tip: Memory Jar For Mother's Day

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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Paper Clip Bracelet for Mother's Day

Finished bracelet.

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.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1


  • 8 small paper clips for an adult bracelet)
  • 8 tape
  • 8 colored strips of paper cut from a magazine


  1. Assemble materials. 8 small paperclips for a normal woman's wrist. 8 pieces of colored paper taken from a magazine.
  2. Supplies.
  3. Start putting the paper clips together.
  4. Connecting clips.
  5. You should have a complete circle.
  6. Bracelet of clips.
  7. Crease a piece of the paper inward to start covering your paper clip.
  8. First fold of paper.
  9. Continue rolling until you have the paperclip covered.
  10. Beginning to wrap paper.
  11. On your last roll firmly pull the paper tight around the clip.
  12. Wrapping paper around clip.
  13. Take a piece of tape and roll it completely around the entire paperclip that you just covered.
  14. Closeup of paper wrapped clip with tape..
  15. Viola you have just made a very beautiful bracelet.

Take off if washing hands or showering.
May use an acrylic sealer if you want to waterproof it.
May cover with pretty srtips of fabric also.

By gem [154]

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Flower Pin for Mother's Day

Finished sequin flower pins.

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.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 20


  • 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)


  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.

By gem [154]

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Tip: Mothers Day Gift: IOU's

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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Tip: Recycled Planters For Mother's Day

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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Article: Mother's Day Cookies

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.

By Debra Frick

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Egg Carton Flowers

Egg crate flower craft suppliesHere's are some cute flowers that kids can make for their mothers and grandmothers.


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


  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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Mother's Day Spring Switch Plate

Choose 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


  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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Mother's Day Vases with Tissue Paper Flowers

Drinkable yogurt bottle vases with paper flowers.These vases were made from empty drinkable yogurt containers. Any size container works well. The flowers are made from tissue paper and coffee filters.

Supplies for Vase:

  • drinkable yogurt container
  • tissue paper
  • Elmer's glue (watered down)
  • paint brush
  • glitter


  1. Doing a little at a time, paint glue on the yogurt container and stick on ripped up pieces of tissue paper to the container.
  2. Then paint on more glue over the tissue paper until you cover the entire vase.
  3. I sprinkled on some fine glitter while it was wet to give it some sparkle.

Supplies for Tissue Paper Flowers:

  • tissue paper (different colors)
  • pipe cleaner (stem)


  1. Cut the tissue paper about 4 inches wide and 12 inches long. Make sure that all the pieces are the same size.
  2. Stack all the paper up (4-6 pieces) and fold in an accordion pleat.
  3. Wrap one end of the pipe cleaner around the middle of the tissue paper. Gently separate each layer pulling upwards toward the middle of the flower.

Supplies for Coffee Filter Flowers:

  • coffee filters (2 per flower)
  • pipe cleaners (stem)
  • food coloring


  1. Fold the coffee filter in half then half again, fold twice more so you have a narrow edge.
  2. Cut a curve around the outside of the filter or you can make it pointy. This is the inside of your flower.
  3. On the other filter do the same thing just make it bigger just so the inside is smaller than the outside.
  4. Put 2 to 3 tablespoons of water in a bowl with a few drops of food coloring. Then scrunch up the coffee filter and put it in the colored water. You can make all different colors.
  5. Leave the filters in the colored water for a few minutes then take them out so they can dry completely.
  6. After they are dried, put the smaller filter on top of the bigger filter then take the green pipe cleaner and poke it through the middle of the flower. Bend down the top of the pipe cleaner so it doesn't slide out of your flower. Then take a piece of scotch tape and wrap it around the bottom of the flower so it sticks to the pipe cleaner.
  7. You can put a few small rocks in the bottom of the vase so it doesn't tip over.

By luv2craft from Normalville, PA

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Article: Mother's Day Silk Bouquet

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.

By Debra Frick

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Mother's Day Flower Pot

Mother's Day flower potMothers day gift made with flowers and pot.

Approximate Time:


  • fake flowers
  • Spanish moss
  • dowel
  • floral foam
  • paper hearts or any item to put on dowel
  • pot
  • glue


  1. Take the foam and push into pot. I used a tin pot, but you can use any kind you want.
  2. Glue item of your choosing on to one end of the dowel then push into foam any where you want.
  3. Then stick in the flowers. Then glue on the moss on top of the pot. Perfect for mother on her day.

By Sandy from Bluff City, TN

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Aiden's Mother's Day Doorhanger

Aiden's Mother's Day Door Hanger 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?)

So, what you see is the finished project. Thought it would take us at least 20 minutes, took about 5 (most of which he spent peeling the backs off the hands/feet; he's two and a half). Materials were purchased at the dollar store, so the project is cheap, and can be cute, if looking for something for your kids.

By Marie from West Dundee, IL

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A Mother's Day Card for Kids To Make


  • one full piece of construction paper (color coordinate with the handkerchief)
  • Crayolas, markers, etc.
  • a pretty handkerchief
  • tape


  1. Bend one piece of construction paper in half. On one half draw in pencil a large triangle.
  2. Cut along the penciled lines to cut the triangle out.
  3. Draw a body around the triangle (head, arms, legs).
  4. Fold the card in half and on the side under the triangle tape the handkerchief so that it shows through the triangle. Looks like mom in a skirt.
  5. Kids can also put a poem or write their own message inside and mom gets a handkerchief.

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Tip: Mother's Day Picture Frame

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. You can even put a magnet on the back to hang on the refrigerator. This will remind mom how much she means to you.

By Tammy from Fort Mccoy, FL

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"Daffodils" in Vases

Recycled Daffodil CraftHere's a great craft for Mother's Day. I made these for the mothers in our church.


  • 1 plastic communion cup (disposable kind)
  • tissue paper scraps
  • white construction paper or printer paper
  • 1/2 of a green pipe cleaner
  • Elmer's glue (watered down)
  • paintbrush
  • scissors
  • hot glue and a glue gun
  • 1 danimals drinkable yogurt container
  • ribbon
  • hot glue and a glue gun


First water down the Elmer's glue in a small container. With your paintbrush "paint" the watered down glue inside the communion cup. Put the ripped up tissue paper on the inside of the cup. Then paint more glue over the tissue paper. This takes about a day to dry.

Then draw the white part of your flower on construction paper or printer paper. I made 10 flowers on each sheet and copied them on my printer to save time. Cut these out.

Cut 1 green pipe cleaner in half. (1 full size pipe cleaner makes 2 flowers) Now you can glue everything together. With your hot glue gun, glue the communion cup onto the center of the white flower. Then glue the "stem" on the back of the flower.

The vase is pretty simple. Just hot glue the ribbon around the middle and make a bow out of a separate piece of ribbon and glue that on the vase.

It's a good idea to put some little rocks in the bottom of your vase so it doesn't tip over easily.

By luv2craft from Normalville, PA

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Mother's Day Flower Plate

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

You will need:

  • 2 paper plates
  • stencils
  • pencil
  • Exacto knife or box cutter
  • scissors
  • tissue paper
  • ribbon
  • tape
  • hot glue and glue gun


  1. First lightly draw a design on a paper plate either with stencils or freehand. If you don't have any flower stencils you can print them off the internet at About.com
  2. Cut out your design with a box cutter or Exacto knife. It's a good idea to cut out the plate on an old piece of wood. I used an old piece of countertop to cut on.
  3. Turn the plate over and tape different colored tissue paper over the holes that were cut out. Scrap tissue paper is fine.
  4. Take the second paper plate and cut out the inside circle and tape it over the back of the plate to cover up the tissue paper.
  5. Hot glue ribbon on the front and a small piece of ribbon for a hanger.

This project takes about 45 minutes to an hour to finish.

Decorated Mother's Day paper plate.

By luv2craft from Normalville, PA

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Mother's Day Bath Salts

A jar of bath salts for Mother's Day.Here's an inexpensive gift for Mother's Day that any kid can make for their mom.

All you need is:

  • an empty peanut butter jar
  • fabric
  • pinking shears
  • bowl
  • curling ribbon
  • card stock or construction paper
  • marker
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • Epsom salts
  • food coloring


  1. I measured the fabric by taking a bowl and turning it upside down on the fabric. Then trace the outline of the bowl. Make sure the bowl is bigger around than the peanut butter jar lid.
  2. Cut the fabric out with pinking shears. I used the pinking shears so the fabric wouldn't fray and it gives it a pretty edge.
  3. Then hot glue the fabric to the lid of your jar. I used flowered fabric and centered one big flower on top of the lid. Start on the top of the lid and then hot glue the sides making pleats. Tie a piece of ribbon around the lid and curl the ends with scissors.
  4. Cut out the card stock so you can cover where the label of the jar went. It doesn't need to be a big piece of paper. I just kept folding the paper in half then half again and folding it in half again, etc. You end up with small pieces of card stock all the same size. Only do this if you are making a lot. I made 20. They are about the size of a business card. Hot glue the paper on the outside of the peanut butter jar. I wrote "Happy Mother's Day" with a marker but you can write anything.
  5. Then color the Epsom salts with food coloring. I colored 20 pounds of salt 5 pounds at a time all different colors and I even left some not colored. Don't use too much food coloring because you don't want mom to end up rainbow colored after she takes a bath in this stuff! I used about 12 to 15 drops in 5 pounds.
  6. Then fill your jar layering all the colors. You could also add essential oils or perfume to your salt.
Layers of salts in jar.

I made the jars for the kids at church to fill with the salts for Mother's Day this year.

Each jar holds about 2 cups which is about a pound of Epsom salts. So if you're going to make this for a lot of kids you need roughly about a pound per child. I bought the Epsom salts at a local feed store: 50 pounds for $17.90.

By luv2craft from Normalville, PA

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Tip: Child's Hand Painting

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. Then I sponged another color over the top. After that, I painted one of each of their hands and had them press in the middle of the board.

We then took scrapbook stickers of flowers and butterflies (Grammy's favorite) and stuck then randomly around the board. We wrote along the bottom on the front.

"To Grammy here are our hands of love. Happy Mother's day."

Then we sprayed it with a glossy or matte sealer and put a picture hanger in the middle on the back. My mother loved hers so much she cried. I also have gotten lots of orders from friends. All items needed can be found at a crafts store.

Have fun, the kids love to help with this.

By Debbie from Berwick, ME

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Tip: Homemade Mother's Day E-card

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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Here are questions related to Homemade Mother's Day Gifts.

Question: Inexpensive Church Mother's Day Project Ideas

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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By Michelle 05/01/2010

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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Question: Mother's Day Ideas Using Crepe Paper Streamers

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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By Patty [7] 05/10/2008

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

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Question: Homemade Gifts for Mother's Day

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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By Karen H. [10] 04/20/2012

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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Question: Homemade Mother's Day Gift Ideas

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

By Jody from Evansville, IN

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By Lelia Jo Cordell [51] 05/13/2010

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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