63 Thoughtful Gifts and Craft Ideas to Make for Mom

Updated on March 18, 2018
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Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and kid-friendly craft tutorials.

Are you wondering what you could make for Mom for Mother's Day or for her birthday? Moms like to get gifts, especially ones that have been handmade for them by one of their children.

I searched for crafts to make for mom that showed both pictures of the project and also had patterns and instructions. I think that I have found some really outstanding items and ones that any mother would love. Some of them can be made by very little kids, some could be made by grade school children, and then there are some that teenagers or adults would have to make or help with.

All of the projects are very appropriate for any aged mother or grandmother.

To make the outstanding mosaic luminary shown above, go to Crafts by Amanda for the tutorial.

1. Plant Waterer

No longer do you need to worry about your precious potted plants when you go on vacation. This plant waterer is the perfect answer to how your plants can survive until you get home. It's a thoughtful gift to make for mom for her birthday and it's easy to make — just follow the tutorial found at Creative Green Living.

2. Anthro-Inspired Pleated Necklace

Your mom will never believe you made this beautiful necklace with your own two hands. But she will love it all the more because you did! Find the tutorial for making this necklace at Tatertots & Jello.

3. Iron-On Transfer Dish Towels

You can never go wrong with customized dish towels. These iron-on transfer dish towels are super easy to make when you follow the tutorial at eHow.

4. Pillowcase Apron

You'll be able to make an apron for Mom in a quick, easy and inexpensive way by following the instructions for making this pillowcase apron at Favecrafts. There are so many pillowcase colors and designs that it will be easy to choose one exactly right for your mom.

5. Polka Dot Coasters

I love these elegant-looking coasters. They are so easy to make using plain, clear glass coasters as the base. Make them for your mom by following the tutorial given at Creme de la Craft. It's an outstanding gift idea for other occasions also — think bridal shower or wedding gifts.

6. Jeweled Stemware

Make this beautiful jeweled stemware for Mom using the instructions from the Centsational Girl site. Outstanding!!

7. Fingerprint Frames

If making and giving a gift that will be treasured forever is your aim, this is a perfect example of the type of gift you'll want. This is super easy to make and you'll see just how easy it is by going to HGTV for the instructions.

8. Felt Flower Bracelet or Necklace

Using felt as a craft supply is perfect for kids because it's easy to use and there are oodles of colors to choose from. Follow the instructions at Toddler Approved to make this craft.

9. Mosaic Votive

With all the beautiful colors of tissue paper, you'll be able to make so many unique mosaic votives. Be sure to use a black Sharpie to outline the pieces so you get this outstanding look. Find the tutorial for this project at Inner Child Fun.

10. Garden Gift

If your mother loves anything and everything that has to do with gardening, here is a nice gift idea. All the instructions that you'll need to make it are at iheartnaptime.

11. Hands Apron

Make this for either mom or grandma and you'll be greeted with tears of happiness and thanks. Follow the tutorial at Simply Kierste.

12. Salt Dough Jewelry

You'll find the recipe for making the salt dough along with the instructions when you visit the Saved By Love Creations site. You can either make the dough all the same color or make a variety of colors for your salt dough beads.

13. Sliding Knot Rhinestone Bracelets

While you're making a set of these bracelets for Mom, be sure you make some for yourself also. Otherwise, you'll just have to borrow them from her anyway. You'll find a nice tutorial for making these bracelets at Honestly WTF.

14. Solar Jar Lamp

You can decorate your jar using so many different gems, jewels or beads to make your solar lamp unique and special for your Mom. You'll find the tutorial for this beautiful project at DIY Crafty Projects.

15. No Sew Sachets

You can use homegrown lavender or store-purchased potpourri, whichever scent is your favorite, to make these no-sew burlap sachets. It's so easy to do following the instructions found at On Sutton Place. Sachets can be used in dresser drawers, closets, or even in the car.

16. Footprint Butterfly Towels

Although I love these butterflies made into towels, I think I'd rather have the prints displayed in a picture frame. Find the tutorial at Creative Green Living. I think it would be nice to add the child's name and the year to the print also. This is certainly a gift that would become a keepsake.

17. Home is Mom Mug

Mom will treasure this gift for years to come. Find the easy to follow tutorial at Gimme Some Oven.

18. Drawer Gift Boxes

Go to Live Laugh Rowe for the tutorial to make these super cute drawer gift boxes. Think of all the gifts that would be enhanced with them.

19. Printables

This is a super easy way to make a Mother's day card. Find the free printables at Glued to My Crafts.

20. Flying Cups

Flowers appear to be spilling out of the cup into the saucer in this beautiful decorator item which you can make by following the tutorial that you'll find at DIY Enthusiasts. Mom will be so impressed with this gift.

21. Quick Gift Flower Candle

22. Coupon Book for Mom

Use your imagination and think up all the nice things you could do that would please Mom and then make a coupon book to give her. For some ideas on how to do this, go to Homemade Gifts Made Easy.

23. Spring Bouquet

The flowers in this unique flower pot are absolutely beautiful. Mom will love and cherish them for years to come. American Crafts Studio is the place to go for the instructions.

24. Seed Tape

This is a very thoughtful gift to give to a Mom who likes to garden. Make seed tapes for Mom by following the instructions at P&G everyday.

25. Cork-Covered Containers

Mom can use these containers wherever she works, at home, at the office, or at school. See how to make these containers by going to Paper & Stitch for the instructions.

26. Handkerchief Sachets

You can buy inexpensive ladies' handkerchiefs at the dollar store or at garage sales. You may even have some stashed away wondering what to do with them. Make sachets using the tutorial at Skip to My Lou.

27. Fabric-Covered Notebooks

There's something about a beautifully fabric covered notebook that makes you want to use them or display them as a decorator item. Go to The Spruce to see how to cover notebooks.

28. Tea Cup Candles

This tea cup craft has been around for awhile but I think it still is a striking addition to an end table or library table. For the instructions, go to Better Homes & Gardens.

29. Button Bouquet

A simple, easy craft for making a button bouquet for mom. You'll find the instructions at Jones Design Company.

30. Table Napkin Rings

Give a set of these to Mom, and they will be a beautiful addition to any dinner or luncheon that she might plan. She'll love telling her guests that you made them for her. The directions for these table napkin rings can be found at Crafts by Amanda.

31. Mother's Brooch

I would personally love to be the recipient of this brooch. It surprised me to see how easy it is to make. Go to PBSparents for the directions.

32. Faux Punched Tin

This looks like an expensive custom-made punched tin, but it is very easy to do. Go to Suzy’s Sitcom for the directions and to see how simple it is.

33. Ruffle Scarf

This ruffled scarf is so easy to make using jersey knit fabric. Mom will love to wear this. Go to Sew Much Ado for the directions.

34. Steering Wheel Cover

Mom will appreciate this gift in the summer time, when the steering wheel gets very hot, or in the wintertime, when it's mighty cold. You'll find the tutorial to make this steering wheel cover at Corner Window. You might consider making one of these for Dad and other friends too. Once they see this gift, they'll want one of their own.

35. Faux Bois Vases

This beautiful, fake wood finish is a popular look in décor. Find the instructions for making this vase at Centsational Girl.

36. Heart Necklace

Wait until you see how this heart is made! It's an ornament, but I think it would look beautiful with a ribbon threaded through the top so it could be worn as a necklace. The simple and easy instructions can be found at Some the Wiser.

37. Fancy Hand Mirror

Help a little kid make this for his or her mother and you'll see one proud gift-giver. Go to Make and Takes to find out how to make it.

38. Photo Bookmarks

Mom will stash these away to keep them for keepsakes. To find out how to make these photo bookmarks, go to Come Together Kids.

39. Magnetic Mousetrap Clips

This is a unique and useful way to give a mousetrap a decorative look — find the instructions for this craft on Suzy's Sitcom site.

40. Emergency Clutch

Just as the name implies, this clutch carries emergency supplies. Made with a potholder and zip lock bags, every gal should have one. See how easy this clutch is to make by going to Eighteen25 for the directions.

41. Interchangeable Beaded Jewelry

For the directions for this very attractive necklace, go to Bacon Time With The Hungry Hippo.

42. Painted Flower Pots

Each one of these painted pots are beautiful and would make a Mom happy. Go to Children’s Art.info for step-by-step directions.

43. Photo Cube

You'll make your Mom especially happy if you gift her with a beautiful photo cube like the one shown above. Find the tutorial for making this craft at allParenting.

44. Mother's Candles

One of these candles features a family photo. Find out how to add a photo to a candle at Better Homes & Gardens.

45. Butterfly Footprints

Make this for Mother's Day or Father's Day and it'll no doubt become a treasured family heirloom. Find the directions at Plain Vanilla Mom.

46. Sun Catcher and Wind Chimes

There is a bit more to making this sun catcher than most of them, but it'll be worth the time and effort. Go to stay.at.home.life to see how to make it.

47. Mom and Friend Plaque

I love this plaque!! It's so easy to make with the downloadables and directions that you'll find at Shanty 2 Chic. This can be changed for a gift for a sister, teacher, aunt, mother-in-law, sister-in-law or grandma.

48. Easy Fleece Scarf

Be sure to use Mom's favorite colors when making her the easy fleece scarf. These so-easy-to-follow directions are found at allParenting.

49. No-Sew Basket Liners

Okay, so when you finish making a set of these basket liners you'll find it impossible to part with them. So, just plan on making at least two sets so you have one to give to mom. Find the tutorial and more pictures of this project at Confessions of a Plate Addict.

50. Mosaic Jug

An eggshell mosaic jug would be a perfect gift for mom. You'll find the directions at Michele Made Me.

51. Shrinky Dinks Necklace

It's always fun to work with Shrinky Dinks and this is no exception. Find out how to make this very attractive necklace for your Mom at allParenting.

52. Mom's Day Card

Make a cute "I love you" card to give to mom. She'll really like it knowing that you crafted it yourself. You'll find the instructions for making a card like the one shown above by going to Krokotak.

53. Pin Cushion in a Cup

I love the bright and colorful fabrics used to make these pin cushions. Your mom or grandma will really appreciate a gift like this, even if she doesn't sew. It's a very attractive decoration. Find the tutorial for making the pin cushion in a cup at Jennifer Jangles.

54. Grandma Blocks

You'll have a great time making this craft with the kids to give the grandmas. I don't know a grandma who wouldn't love to receive this as a gift. To make these blocks, find the tutorial at I Heart Nap Time.

55. No-Sew Table Runner

A simple, no-sew table runner makes a nice, thoughtful gift for mom. To see how to make this no-sew runner, find and follow the directions at Madigan Made. Be sure to make the runner in a color that goes with your mom's decor.

56. Flower Bookmark

Bookmarks are always a nice gift to give to anyone who loves to read. Older kids can easily make these without help, but the younger ones will need some help. Find the instructions for making this flower bookmark at Kasey Crafts.

57. Hyacinths

This is a great classroom project for kids to make as a gift for their mother for Mother's Day. Find the easy-to-follow instructions for making these hyacinths at Krokotak.

58. Bunny Placecards

You might want to make some other suggestions for using these little bunny placecard holders when you present this gift to Mom. They seem perfect for holding photos or a recipe card too. Go to The Sweetest Occasion for the instructions.

59. Glass Gem Suncatcher

You can so easily make this beautiful glass gem sun catcher by following the instructions given at Kids Activities.com. It's an outstanding gift for Mom.

60. Magnolia Flowers

I so love this magnolia flower centerpiece. Martha Stewart has the tutorial for making this beautiful branch of flowers. This would look great in any décor. Very elegant!

61. Big Button Magnets

All you need is some canning lids for making these big button magnets. I really like these and think lots of moms would. Find the tutorial for making these jar lid button magnets at Liz on Call.

62. Easy Knit Slippers

I keep promising myself that I'm going to buy some knitting needles and learn how to knit, but so far I haven't followed through. Seeing this easy knit slippers project makes me more determined to get with it. The instructions for knitting the slippers is found at Craft Foxes.

63. Crocheted Ring Towel Holder

This crocheted ring towel holder allows you to change the kitchen towels easily when they become soiled. See how easy it is to crochet this ring towel holder by visiting the Little Birdie Secrets blog.

Questions & Answers

    © 2012 Loraine Brummer

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        Renelle 5 weeks ago

        Thanks l found many gifts to give it to my mom I loved your website thanks thanks thanks thanks

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        Loraine Brummer 3 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

        Thanks for visiting, lkram. I know that these are all homemade gifts I'd love to receive.

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        Ikram 3 years ago

        I love your ideas.

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        NicoleRM 4 years ago

        Love the gift ideas, thank you

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        Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

        What clever ideas. I always loved the gifts my daughter made. Very special!

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        Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

        I would love any of these Mother's Day crafts if my son made them! Happy Mother's Day!

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        Rosanna Grace 5 years ago

        Wow! So many wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing.! :0)

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        Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

        @Just-a-Day-Dream: Thanks for your comment. Check out my new article Kids and Crafts: Without Adult Help @ https://hubpages.com/art/kids-and-crafts-without-a...

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        Just-a-Day-Dream 5 years ago

        Wow i like these ideas...but..... Some seem to complicated because i am only 12 and i need a gift idea i can do without "parental supervision" any ideas? but i liked it

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        pretyfunky 5 years ago

        Nicely done!

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        WBJanitorial LM 5 years ago

        My mother would love all of these ideas. Very nice lens.

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        Takkhis 5 years ago

        Your ideas are great.

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        VeronicaHaynes 5 years ago

        Such wonderful ideas. I love the paper flower. Great lens.

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        TwistedWiseman 5 years ago

        My mom used to collect napkins, so the paper pad might be the right thing.

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        sheezie77 5 years ago

        Nicely done! Thumbs up!

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        Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

        A power point presentation for my mom. It came from my heart and it meant so much to her.

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        Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

        Nice ideas. Thank you.

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        Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

        Knitted socks, made with fine, colorful yarn. I wear them all the time in winter and love them thanks to my sweet daughter who knits. I am blessed.

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        earthybirthymum 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Candles are always nice, I really like the tea cup candles, I could always use an apron..

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        All I see here is a lot of love to warm a Mother's or Grandmother's heart for Mother's Day and I think they would work for any day of the year, sweetness!

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        KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        Fabulous article with so many super ideas! Love it!!!

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        Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

        Great article and list of ideas! Saving to refer to later. :)

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        mytortoisemind 5 years ago

        My sister, mam, and granny are all fans of the home made gift. I have to be honest and say all are not my taste, but I really appreciate their efforts and would always prefer something that had a lot of thought behind it rather than some quick buy from a shop. I love a lot of your ideas in this lens, thanks for sharing,

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        HenkWillemse 5 years ago

        Great lens full of wonderful ideas for homemade gifts.

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        evaemilie 5 years ago

        Wonderful ideas! Lots for kids of all ages to make. Will explore some of the sites, thanks for all the links :)

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        Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

        Are my homemade Christmas ornaments when my kids were young (long ago.) Love them!

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        publicdomain lm 5 years ago

        my favorite mothers day gift from my young son is still hanging by my office desk... it's just a picture with lots of glitter and made with tons of love.

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        iWriteaLot 5 years ago

        So many ideas! This lens is great. In love all the flowers with buttons. Too cute!

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        iWriteaLot 5 years ago

        So many ideas! This lens is great. In love all the flowers with buttons. Too cute!

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        AJ 5 years ago from Australia

        Your selections are just beautiful. Wishing you a Happy Mother's Day and congratulations on being selected in the Best of Squidoo Mother's Day Gift lenses. Blessings.

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        SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

        You've put together an wonderful range of gifts for mothers. I will note some of them for helping my granddaughter with a gift for her mother.

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        Rose Jones 5 years ago

        My favorite is the button bracelet.

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        wrapitup4me 5 years ago

        There are some very cute ideas here.