Brunch, dinner out, flowers, picture frames, spa gift certificates – these are tried and true Mother’s Day gifts that moms cherish every year. But if you’re on a budget or you’re feeling a little more creative this year, there is still time to make something from the heart before Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 13.
It’s the thought that counts, but your blood, sweat, and tears (have you ever burned yourself with a glue gun?) will make any gift even more meaningful to your mom. So, join the throngs of Pinterested, crafty Americans, who are leading the Do-It-Yourself revolution.
Going beyond hand prints and macaroni art, here are 10 hand-made Mother’s Day gifts that vary in level of skill and difficulty:
If you crave Mom’s home cooking above all else, perhaps a few fresh herbs could come in handy. If she hasn’t had a chance or the inclination to renew her garden, these herb pots
are quick, easy, and inexpensive gifts that can last much longer than a bouquet of flowers. The chalkboard paint on these pots makes labeling fun.
What woman doesn’t have a favorite button-down shirt that she likes to borrow? Help Mom clean out Dad’s closet and keep her outfit spotless in the kitchen with these funky shirt aprons. A worn out men’s shirt or blouse gets a new life and can easily be converted into an apron, but these might take a little more time, planning and sewing skills, so get crafting!
Mom always taught you to not play with your food, and to write thank you notes, but you can combine both with this hand-made stationary from none other than the DIY maven herself, Martha Stewart. These note cards feature stylized rose prints from the cut stems of a head of radicchio.
How many times has Mom told you to use a coaster? Help her practice what she preaches with these floral, springtime pressed flower coasters. Again from Martha Stewart, her tutorials take for granted access to resources not all of us have, but there are probably ways around getting someone to cut the glass to size. The rest of it looks pretty straight-forward.
For the pearl-clutching moms, here’s a modern twist on a pearl bracelet that looks simple and elegant, and surprisingly easy to make.
It’s a long-held tradition to give Mom a corsage on Mother’s Day, but it’s such a pity when the flowers fade. This felt dahlia corsage is evergreen, red, blue, or whatever color you chose. This craft appears to take more time and patience, but the result is spectacular. And think of how Mom will beam when she gets compliments and can say, “My (grand)son/daughter made it!”
If your Mom subscribes to the Steel Magnolias mantra, “Our ability to accessorize is what sets us apart from animals,” she might appreciate this button bib necklace. With endless variations on the theme – use multi-colored buttons or ribbons instead of a chain – you can tailor this accessory to your mother’s taste.
If Mom already has more jewelry than she knows what to do with, this quick and easy jewelry organizer works for earrings or necklaces. Paint it to match Mom’s boudoir décor or even cover it with loose beads.
Did Mom share all her beauty and makeup secrets with you, but her vanity still looks like it was hit by a tornado? Help her get makeup in order with this magnetic makeup organizer similar to the jewelry organizer above.
What mother wouldn’t support giving a pair of shoes to a child in need? Add some paint or embellishments to customize a plain pair of Tom’s or just go with these Moms Love Toms shoes. Even if Mom wouldn’t rock Tom’s out in public, these are a suitable and socially conscious alternative to house shoes or slippers.