11 Easy Mother’s Day Crafts She’ll Love
We love the idea of a thoughtful, homemade gift. Learn how to make Mother's Day crafts that will impress all the moms in your life!
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Cupcake Liner Card
To make this adorable card, you just need to raid your baking supplies. Layer cupcake liners to look like flowers. For the smaller inner layers, fold cupcake liners into fourths and trim the outer edge to desired size. Then, use popsicle sticks, straws, pipe cleaners or scrapbook paper to create flower stems and leaves. Personalize the center of the flower with whatever you want. We like using pom poms, buttons or a photo of the kids. This one would be great to send to Grandma, too.
Remind your mom that April showers bring May flowers with this Mother’s Day craft. Pick up any pretty umbrella of your choice, but make sure that it has a handle and a hook so that Mom can hang it easily on the front door (just stay away from collapsible umbrellas). Also, take some time to pick out an assortment of faux flowers that would pair nicely with it.
When you get home, unsnap the buttons, place the blooms in the canopy and arrange however you like. When you’re done, close the umbrella up and snap it back together. Tie a matching ribbon around it to hide the buttons—and you’re all done! This springy Mother’s Day craft couldn’t get any easier. Plus, it’ll double as a decor piece that she can hang year after year.
Canvas Tote for Mom
Mom will love using a cute, homemade tote for trips to the library or a picnic at the park. Start with any blank canvas tote. Cut a stencil shape, like a flower or hearts, out of card stock and lay it on the center of the bag. Create colorful dots around the inner and outer edges of the stencil by dipping the end of a pencil in various acrylic paints. Gently pull off the stencil and let dry. We love the idea of using this tote as a gift bag for other Mother’s Day gifts.
If your mom’s got a sweet tooth, she might appreciate this Mother’s Day dessert.
First, make the “flowers.” Whip up a batch of your favorite sugar cookie dough and royal frosting, or pick up your favorites from the store to save some time. After you’ve rolled out the dough and cut out shapes with flower-shaped cookie cutters, grab oven-safe cookie sticks and insert them from the bottom of each cookie into the center and bake.
Once they’re cooled and decorated, grab an opaque vase and a foam block that fits inside. Gently press the flower cookie sticks into the block so they stand up just how you like. Cover up the base of the foam with green tissue paper, and surprise her with the bouquet first thing in the morning. If you’re lucky, maybe Mom will share some of her cookie bouquet with you.
Paper Cone Wreath
This paper cone wreath looks complicated but is actually simple to make. Start with three colors of bold card stock, cut into 4-inch squares. You’ll need 24 squares of the darkest shade, 21 of the medium shade and 18 of the lightest shade. Then choose two lighter pink card stock sheets. Cut those into 3-inch squares. You’ll need 36 light pink and 5 of the lightest pink. Roll all the squares into cones and secure with glue.
Next, cut out a 10-inch cardboard circle and trace an 8-inch circle on the cardboard with a pen. This will be your guide to placing the cones evenly. Now it’s time to glue, glue, glue! Start with the biggest and darkest cones, and work your way to the smallest. Glue each cone tip inside the 8-inch circle, then start the next layer gluing the tips in between the tips of the first layer. Repeat each layer until you’ve filled the wreath.
When your mom’s not sporting her best jewelry, she needs an equally beautiful place to put it. This lacy, textured and homemade catchall is the perfect solution.
Pick up any color of polymer clay you like, and knead it until it’s soft enough to roll out. Place it between two sheets of parchment and roll it to 1/4-in. thickness. Grab an oven-safe bowl that’s about the size of the catchall you want to make, and place it upside down on the sheet of clay. Trace a circle to cut out.
Once you’ve cut your clay circle, gently press a doily onto it, and then a piece of parchment over the doily. Very gently, press the doily into the clay with a rolling pin in order to imprint the lacy texture and pattern. Remove the doily, and then mold the clay sheet (imprinted side up) into the oven-safe bowl.
Bake the clay according to the package directions. When it’s cooled, remove your catchall from the bowl and smooth out any rough edges with sandpaper, if necessary.
Paper Plate Sun Craft
This bright and colorful craft will bring cheer to any mom on Mother’s Day, and it’s easy enough to do with little ones. Cut a paper plate in half and paint the back side yellow. Let dry. Then use glue to attach paper triangles to the rim of the paper plate to create sun rays. For the rainbow, tape crepe paper streamers to the bottom of the sun. Find more kid-friendly crafts for spring.
Recipe Card Art
Does your mom have a favorite recipe from childhood that she cherishes, written down in a loved one’s handwriting that’s handled delicately whenever you make it? Immortalize that recipe card—oil-stained thumbprints and all—on a wooden pallet that she can hang and hold onto forever.
Pick up a small wooden pallet from the store, or make one yourself from reclaimed wood. You’ll want it to be slightly bigger than the recipe card.
Take the card and make a copy of it, so that your mom can still keep the original recipe. If necessary, enlarge it on your computer so that it fits nicely onto the pallet, still leaving a “frame” of wood around each side of the card (just make sure the handwriting is still clear). Print it off, and apply a decoupage like Mod Podge onto the back and press it into place on the wood. Make sure there are no air bubbles, and brush another layer on top of the whole front of the pallet to lock it in. This Mother’s Day craft doubles as a decor piece that’s just as easy as it is thoughtful.
If mom doesn’t have a loved one’s recipe, you could start the tradition with one of these Mother’s Day recipes.
Message Board for Mom
This homemade message board can be a place for Mom to display her favorite mementos. Start with a round wood board. Paint the board with two coats of satin latex paint (or any paint of your choice).
After the paint dries, get crafty. Use ribbon, twine and pushpins in an assortment of colors. Secure the ribbons and twine to the back of the board using a hot glue gun, and use a hammer to place the pushpins. Finish with two hooks on the back and a ribbon to hang. Now you can leave Mom a special note!
Raw Sugar Scrub
Help Mom pamper herself with this calming sugar scrub. You’ll need raw sugar, coconut oil, grapeseed oil and lavender essential oil (or any essential oil of your choice). Microwave 1/2 cup of coconut oil, stirring every 30 seconds until it is liquefied. Then add 2-1/2 cups of raw sugar, 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil and 20 to 30 drops of essential oil. Stir thoroughly and place into a glass jar with a lid.
Add a ribbon and a cute label to make it extra special for Mom. (Check out these other ideas for gifts in a jar that she might love, too.)
Every mom deserves flowers on Mother’s Day. Now you can make a custom vase to go with the bouquet. Attach pieces of masking tape around the bottom of a glass vase to mark the edge of your glitter design. Spread decoupage glue (like Modge Podge) on the area of the vase beneath the tape and immediately sprinkle glitter over the entire glued section. Let dry and remove the tape. Now all you need to do is add her favorite blooms! Psst: These pro flower-arranging tips won’t break the bank.
Long after Mother’s Day has come and gone, keep your child’s creative juices flowing with these craft kits for kids.