Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and lots of toddlers, preschoolers and even older kids are itching to DIY that perfect gift for mom — something special she will love, cherish and keep forever — and that won’t make her ask, “What is it?” Whether it’s a present for mom or grandma, an aunt or nanny or any other special person in their lives, here are a bunch of great homemade gift ideas kids can actually make.
Note to dads, partners, nannies and sitters: These fun activities make perfect Mother’s Day gifts from kids. In the days leading up to Mother’s Day, simply pull together the supplies and help little ones craft one of these mini masterpieces just for mom.
1. Notebook keychains
The best way to tell mom you love her? Write it down on something that will always be with her — like her keys! These cute notebook keychains from Teaching in Stripes are a simple Mother’s Day craft for kids of all ages. For the toddler set, though, a drawing may be best!
2. Mother’s Day sensory puzzle
3. Upcycled tulips
4. Painted bead bracelets
Create these pretty custom bracelets from Willowday with paint, ribbon and small wooden beads! Each bead represents a different child, so kids can personalize their bead and combine them for one great gift from everyone.
5. Paper bag flowers
6. Fingerprint hearts
This one’s a cinch! Have each child place a finger in a color paint and press their fingerprints into a heart shape on paper, a blank card or a small canvas from your local craft store. Make sure you date this work of art, so years later mom can remember how tiny those fingers once were. One of the sweetest Mother’s Day gifts from children!
7. Painted flower pots
8. Paper flower bouquet
Surprise mom with pretty flowers that will last and last. This video tutorial will show you how.
9. Handprint art
10. Citrus peel soap
Children will need a helping hand with this citrus peel, soap-making activity that’s akin to baking and requires melting glycerin and adding special oils and perfumes. Darling Clementine has a how-to for this sweet-smelling gift.
11. Spring hydrangeas
12. Mini succulent gardens
13. Monster bookmarks
For moms who love to read — or read chapter books with their kids — how about one of these cute origami monster bookmarks from The Empty Bookself? Fun to give and even more fun to make!
14. Mom and baby bird nests
15. Personalized candles
16. Handprint Shrinky Dink magnets
17. Pallet display plaques
18. Ladybug garden rocks
Any mama would love to have a kid-painted ladybug in her garden. All you need is some red and black paint! Put the ladybug in mom’s garden or it can also make a fun paperweight for her desk.
19. DIY lip scrub
20. Heart pillow
21. Handprint bouquet
22. Crafty bird house
Decorating a pre-made birdhouse with paint and/or beads and buttons is an easy and fun project for kids. Although it may take some supervision, the final project will be something colorful that mom can marvel at for years to come.
23. Washi tape cell phone case
24. Painted paper bouquets
25. DIY mason jar vase
This pretty DIY mason jar vase from Make and Takes is best-suited for older kids. If you have a range of ages, you can have the younger kids add the gemstones to the jar and paint a tag while the older children tie the ribbon and make the wire handle.
26. Bowtie pasta bouquet
This simple project calls for colorful bowtie pasta, glue and some burlap or similar material. A genuine rival for the iconic macaroni necklace.
27. Simple bouquet
DIY gifts don’t get easier (or prettier!) than this. Pick some roses or other lovely blooms from the garden and fill a vase or mason jar. Add a card for mom and that’s a wrap!