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. 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.
2. Paper bag flowers
These paper bag flowers from House by Hoff could not possibly be cuter. And when it comes to homemade Mother’s Day gifts from kids, they could not be easier!
3. 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 itty bitty fingers once were. One of the sweetest Mother’s Day gifts from children!
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.
Any mama would love to have a kid-painted ladybug in her garden. Gather a rock and red and black paint, and follow the how-to on Oopsey Daisy. Put the ladybug in mom's garden or it can also make a fun paperweight for her desk.
19. DIY lip scrub
Give mom a smooth kisser (for smooching, of course) with this all natural DIY lip scrub from Crafts by Amanda. A Mother’s Day gift she can genuinely use!
20. Heart pillow
This homemade heart pillow from the Kids Activities Blog is made of cushioned shelf liner, cotton balls and yarn. A sweet little gift and a great beginner's craft for learning to sew.
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.
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!