25 DIY Mother's Day Gifts Anyone Can Make

Make this Mother's Day special with a handmade gift. These creative ideas will help you think outside the box.

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Lavender Oatmeal Tub Teas + Bath Bombs

Give Mom the gift of relaxation (and soft skin!) with a DIY spa package. These all-natural tub teas and bath bombs will turn an everyday bath into a luxurious experience. Plus, they’re simple to make with just a few ingredients.


MAKE THIS: DIY Mother's Day Gifts: Lavender Oatmeal Tub Tea and Bath Bombs

Tabletop Succulent Terrarium

What mom can resist a pretty plant potted by the hands she loves most? This modern succulent terrarium is fun and easy to make. Terrarium designer Megan George shares the step-by-step instructions, which are straightforward enough for kids and adults alike.

MAKE THIS: How to Make a Tabletop Succulent Terrarium

Wooden Bangle Bracelets

These wooden bangles are so chic Mom won’t even realize they’re homemade — until you humbly brag about the fact. Choose leather scraps and a paint color to match Mom’s individual style, and watch them become her new favorite accessory.

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Personalized Watercolor Stationery

Whether you’re an experienced artist or you’ve never touched a paintbrush in your life, you can tackle this project. All you need is a basic watercolor set, watercolor paper and a white gel pen. Mom will appreciate the one-of-a-kind gift for months to come each time she mails out a gorgeous card inscribed with her name.

MAKE THIS: How to Make Personalized Watercolor Stationery

Hand-Tied Flower Bouquet

Give Mom a beautiful, hand-tied bouquet using grocery store flowers and simple instructions from The Flower Book author Rachel Siegfried. With Rachel’s expert tips, Mom will think your beautiful arrangement is straight from the florist’s shop.

MAKE THIS: Make a Hand-Tied Bouquet

Cork Planter

Forget the "free hug" coupon books this year, and give Mom something she can actually use. This cork planter is simple to make and is as cute as it is practical. Plus, you can customize it with a meaningful photo or memento.

MAKE THIS: A Creative DIY Cork Planter for Mom

Painted Wood Bead Necklace

Create a unique, handmade necklace for Mom with wooden beads and paint or dye from the craft store. Choose colors that match Mom’s wardrobe, and package your masterpiece in a pretty jewelry box.

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Clay Handprint Vase

Classic Mother’s Day handprint crafts are typically too kitschy to be displayed year-round, but this marbled clay vase is whimsical and stylish enough to earn a permanent spot in any home. The fun, easy project can be done with tiny hands and teenage hands alike.

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Upcycled Coasters

Make Mom proud by turning trash into treasure. These adorable coasters are upcycled from old, unused tiles. Make your own using your favorite wrapping paper and decoupage.

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Watercolor Travel Tin

This watercolor travel palette, made from an old mint tin, is another great way to repurpose an unused item. Any artistic mom will love the thoughtful gift, perfect for vacation or life on the go.

MAKE THIS: How to Make a Watercolor Travel Tin

Tea-Stuffed Card

Show Mom how TEA-rrific she is with a handmade card that’ll warm her heart. Make the gesture extra-special by crafting a personalized tea bag to fill your teacup with.

MAKE THIS: How to Make a Tea-Stuffed Mother’s Day Card

Essential Oil Disinfecting Spray

Is Mom a total clean freak? This gift is for her. With just a few ingredients and a few minutes, you can make this all-natural cleaner that smells like a dream. She’ll thank you with every spritz.

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Sprinkled Heart Cake

Sometimes the perfect gift is baked in your own oven — or at your own grocery store. Either way, all you need for this super-sweet gift is a white frosted cake, card stock and sprinkles. Display your masterpiece on a pretty cake stand for Mom to adore.

MAKE THIS: How to Decorate a Cake With a Sprinkled Heart

Drip-Paint Pots

Looking for a way to get the kids involved? These drip-paint planters are a great craft for little hands. Let them spill globs of cheap craft paint down old pots for a funky, fun Mother’s Day surprise.

MAKE THIS: How to Make Drip-Paint Pots

Ombre Candles

Opt for a tried-and-true Mother’s Day gift with a handmade upgrade. She won’t believe you made these beautiful ombre candles yourself. Choose her favorite scents to customize each one.

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Cactus Push Pins

There’s nothing quite like new organizational supplies to brighten (a Marie Kondo-loving) mom’s day. These adorable cactus thumbtacks will pretty up her bulletin board and make her smile. Did I mention they’re made of hot glue? Bonus points for wow factor.

MAKE THIS: How to Make Cactus-Shaped Push Pins From Glue Sticks

Trendy Woven Wall Hanging

Is Mom on board with all things boho? She’ll go gaga over this beautiful woven wall hanging. Don't be intimidated by its high-end looks — this stunner can be made easily and inexpensively with cardboard and yarn. Our step-by-step instructions make the project a breeze.

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Glass-Etched Cocktail Tumblers

Think glass etching is difficult and tedious? Think again. The super-easy process only requires a stencil, etching cream and glass. That’s right, friends. Customized barware is totally within your wheelhouse.

MAKE THIS: Glass-Etched Cocktail Tumblers That You Can Make by Happy Hour

Pom-Pom Flower Bouquet

Make Mom a darling bouquet of flowers that will never die. Enlist the kids to pick up sticks, and grab some colorful pom-poms and hot glue. You’ll have this special bouquet ready to go in a matter of minutes.

MAKE THIS: How to Make a Pom-Pom Bouquet

Handmade Photo Book

Though this craft is a bit more time-consuming, it’s definitely worth your while. Mom will treasure a handmade photo book, and the precious memories captured inside will warm her heart for years to come.

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Citrus-Slice Drink Coasters

Summer is on its way, which means summertime happy hour isn’t far behind. Make Mom a few of these festive coasters to hold her favorite sips. They’re super easy to make and only require a few, inexpensive materials.

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Potato-Stamped Ice Cream Cone Tote Bag

Make Mom’s never-ending list of errands a little bit cuter with this multifunctional tote bag. All you need is a plain tote, craft paint, a paring knife and a couple of potatoes. She’ll carry this super-sweet sidekick all summer long.

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Modern Paper Seed Starters

Give Mom a head start on her summer herb garden by making these cool seed starters using origami paper. Since paper is biodegradable, the boxes can be dropped directly into the soil. Tip: You’ll want to craft these a week or two before Mother’s Day to ensure seedlings have emerged.

MAKE THIS: How to Make Seed Starters Using Origami Paper

Knotted Dip-Dyed Bottle Carrier

Mom’s wine night should always feel fabulous. Enter these ultra-chic bottle carriers. Don’t be intimidated by their beauty — if you can tie a knot, you’re halfway there.

MAKE THIS: Make a Knotted Dip-Dyed Bottle Carrier

Tree Branch Decor

Perfect for nature-loving moms and design-loving moms alike, this upcycled gift is easy, kid-friendly and almost free to make. Simply collect fallen or pruned tree branches from the yard, and paint them to match Mom’s favorite space. Display them in a pretty vase, and watch them become her new favorite accessory.

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