27 Mother's Day gift ideas kids can make

Mother's Day is quickly approaching and lots of toddlers and preschoolers are itching to DIY that perfect gift — 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 women in their lives, here are a bunch of great homemade gift ideas kids can actually make.

Note to dads, nannies and sitters: these are great activities to do with kids in the days leading up to Mother's Day.

1. Painted bead bracelets

Image via willowday

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. Wooden stool makeover

Here's a great DIY gift idea from Old Salt Farm — a painted wooden footstool mom will love for years to come. Paint the footstool a solid color and, when it dries, have your little ones step lightly in some washable paint. Then, put their footprints on the stool for a present that's both fun and functional.

3. Fingerprint hearts

Using paper or a small canvas from your local craft store, have each child place a finger in a color paint and then press their fingerprint to the paper or canvas. Paint the finger again and carefully place it down on the paper or canvas to turn each print into a heart shape. Make sure you date this work of art, so years later mom can remember how tiny those itty bitty fingers once were.

4. Clay pots

These funky clay pots from Laugh, Paint, Create! are fun to make and can be decorated with a number of materials. From gemstones to buttons, the personal touches make them all the more special. Mom can use it to hold anything from keys to jewelry.

5. Paper flower bouquet

Surprise mom with pretty flowers that will last and last.

6. Handprint art

Trace the kids' hand on any beautiful craft paper, cut it out and stick it to a canvas. Frame it and hang it in the hallway for mom to marvel at every time she walks by. Thanks for the idea, My Life and Kids (via Modge Podge Rocks).

7. 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. 

8. Spring flowers

This flower craft from krokotak is easy for kids of every age to make, and it teaches them the importance of recycling. Mom will never guess these beautiful and bright flowers are made from toilet paper rolls!

9. Mini succulent gardens

Image via Vegan Sparkles

Make mom her very own mini garden with this gift idea from Vegan Sparkles. Simply dig up some rocks around the yard, grab some soil and drop in a few of mom's favorite succulent cuttings .

10. Monster bookmarks

For moms who love to read — or read chapter books with their kids — how about one of these cute monster bookmarks from Tally's Treasury. Cut the corner off of an envelope and decorate it as you wish. 

11. Mom and baby bird nests

Image via Art Is Basic

This adorable modeling clay project from Art is Basic will result in sighs of "Aww!" from mom. It's cute and easy to do with young kids.

12. Personalized candles

Burning a candle with their children's names and artwork will make relaxing in the tub even better. Follow the tutorial on I Can Teach My Child. All you need to do it carve a fun design in a candle with a toothpick, paint over it, wipe it off with a paper towel and done!

13. Pallet display plaques

Image via Oh My! Creative

Cut, sand, paint and glue wood together to make one of these cool pallet display plaques from View From the Fridge (via Oh My! Creative). Attach a special photo or some kid-made art, and it's the perfect gift. 

14. Popsicle stick flowers and flower box

With a little paint, glue and sticks, you can make a cute flower decoration from Creatively Quirky at Home. Bonus: They require no watering.

15. Ladybug garden rocks

Image via Oopsey Daisy

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.

16. "Love You to Pieces" picture frame

What kid-friendly household doesn't have at least one puzzle with long-missing pieces. The Active Toddler has a great idea for turning those pieces in a gift. Glue and paint the puzzle pieces to a picture frame and add a love note to mom. Fun craft and instant gift! 

17. Handprint bouquet 

Image via The Trendy Treehouse

Love this handprint bouquet from The Trendy Treehouse! All you need is a large piece of construction paper and some washable finger paint. Have your kids place their handprints on the page to create the "flowers."

18. 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.

19. Personalized phone case

Decorate mom's cell phone with this easy washi tape craft from While He Was Napping. Pick out different patterns and colors, and then decorate to your heart's content.

20. Mason jar vase

Image via Make and Takes

This pretty vase gift idea 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.

21. 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.

22. Bowtie pasta bouquet

This simple project calls for colorful bowtie pasta, glue and some burlap or similar material. 

23. Mother's Day purse card

Celebrate mom in style this Mother's Day with this pretty purse card from Crafty Morning. It may not hold much, but it's sure to be packed with love!

24. Mason jar with flowers

DIY gifts don't get easier (or prettier!) than this. Pick some roses or other lovely blooms from the garden and fill a mason jar.  Add a card for mom and that's a wrap!

25. Painted paper bouquets

Kids can make these pretty hand-painted flowers from Painted Paper Art with just some watercolors and coffee filters. 

26. Handprint aprons

All you'll need to make these custom apron gifts, from Old Salt Farm, is a plain-colored apron and some paint. Then your kids can start getting messy.

27. Mother's Day matchbox locket

Now here's a sweet piece of jewelry for Mother's Day. This matchbox locket from Lilly Cakes will cost you virtually nothing to make.

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