Mother's Day Crafts

Beth Asaff
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Mother's Day crafts are just as much a tradition as the day for celebrating moms. Whether you're looking for something to give your own mother, or a project suitable for a child to give Mom on her special day, here are some ideas for crafts that your mother will love.

Mother's Day Crafts for Children

There are numerous crafts that kids of all ages can do with the help of an adult.

Painted Flower Pots

Terra cotta flower pots are inexpensive and widely available. Fill one with your mom's favorite blooms and you'll take giving her flowers to a new level.

What You'll Need

  • One unglazed terra cotta pot per child
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Stencils
  • Sealer

What To Do

  1. Have each child paint the exterior of the flower pot. They can paint freehand, use stencils or create their own designs. For multiple kids in the family, have each child use a different color on his pot.
  2. Seal the pots if you want to plant something in it that you will eventually eat.
  3. Plant a colorful flower in the pot and wrap it with colorful cellophane and a pretty bow.

Napkin Rings

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Using plastic beads for this craft is a smart idea, as they are easy to work with and come in many different colors. Older kids who can get a parent to help could use coiled memory wire in place of pipe cleaners.

What You'll Need

  • Pipe cleaners or memory wire
  • Tri-beads, pony beads or seed beads
  • Jewelry pliers

What To Do

  1. Twist the pipe cleaner into the shape of a ring, leaving the ends open.
  2. Decorate rings with various colors of tri-beads or round pony beads on the pipe cleaners or seed beads on the memory wire.
  3. Close the rings by twisting the ends of pipe cleaners closed.

If using wire, use the pliers to bend the end of the wire into a small circle to prevent the beads from falling off.

Candle Holders

Moms always love decorated candle holders, and a collection of three or four of these candle holders makes a really cute gift.

What You'll Need

  • Old glass baby food jars, cleaned with the labels removed
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Small votive candles

What To Do

  1. Decorate each jar with paint by designing flowers, hearts or other unique pictures.
  2. Paint glue onto the jar and shake glitter over the glue.
  3. Add a small votive candle.

Homemade Cards

Card making is suitable for all ages; Mom is sure to treasure the original creations her kids will come up with.

What You'll Need

  • Pre-made blank cards or card stock folded into a card shape
  • Markers, paint, crayons, stickers, glitter
  • Paint brushes
  • Pens

What To Do

  1. Decorate the outside of the card with markers, paint, crayons, stickers or glitter.
  2. On the inside, write a poem to mom or a statement about why you love her or what she means to you.

Mother's Day Crafts for Adults

Make something special for the mom in your life, whether its your own or a friend.

Cozy Therapeutic Neckwrap

Being a mom is stressful, but you can ease her sore shoulders with this simple neckwrap made using supplies you already have around the house. To use the neckwrap, all she has to do is place it in the microwave for 30 seconds. When she takes it out, the wrap will be nice and warm.

What You'll Need

  • Pretty fabric scrap
  • Dry, uncooked rice
  • Dried lavender or rosemary
  • Bowl
  • Sewing machine and thread

What to Do

  1. Cut the fabric scrap into a rectangle, about 24 inches long by 10 inches wide.
  2. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together. Use the sewing machine to sew a seam along one short side and the long side, making a long bag.
  3. Turn the bag right side out.
  4. In a bowl, mix together the rice and the dried herbs. Pour the rice mixture into the bag you made.
  5. Turn the raw edges in, and sew up the end of the bag.

Framed Baby Silhouette


Nothing stirs a mom's heart like a picture of her baby. Gather up a few things you already have and you can make a beautiful piece of wall art she will treasure for years to come.

What You'll Need

  • Old baby photo
  • Computer with printer and scanner
  • Scrapbook or construction paper
  • Thin office paper or tracing paper
  • Double-sided tape or scrapbook adhesive
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Old picture frame
  • Spray paint

What to Do

  1. Select a baby photo to use in this project. Ideally, look for a photo that shows the baby in profile.
  2. Scan the photo.
  3. Adjust the size so the image of the baby almost fills the frame you've selected. Print out the image.
  4. Spray paint the frame. Allow the frame to dry thoroughly.
  5. Select scrapbook or construction paper. Try to find two different patterns or colors of paper that will match the color of the frame.
  6. Place a sheet of office paper or tracing paper over the image of the baby, and use the pencil to trace only the outline of the image. When you're done, cut out the shape of the baby.
  7. Use your cutout as a pattern to create a silhouette from the scrapbook paper. Cut the other piece of scrapbook or construction paper to fit the size of the frame.
  8. With the double-sided tape or adhesive, affix the silhouette to the background paper. Finally, place the image in the painted frame.

Made With Love

It's easy enough to visit your local mall and pick up a gift for Mom, but when you create a present with your hands it shows thoughtfulness as well. Many mothers treasure and appreciate the crafty gifts they receive every year, no matter how old their kids may be. A simple, heartfelt craft can be just as valuable as expensive jewelry to a mom when it's given with love.

Mother's Day Crafts