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When Mother’s Day rolls around, many of us start looking for the perfect gift—something special that the most important woman in our life will treasure for a very long time. Homemade gifts are often considered that “something special”, because they hold our effort, love and sentiments in them. They are also a wonderful option when money is tight.
This collection of homemade gifts from DIY blogs around the internet will fool anyone into thinking that it took you a long time to make your special present. The truth is that most of these projects are pretty easy to make and don’t require any fancy tools. They are a great example of how a little money and a lot of creativity can go a long way.
Gorgeous Cupcake Bouquet
Instead of a bouquet of flowers, you can give your mom or grandmother a bouquet of Cupcake Flowers for Mother’s Day. It is the best of both worlds! Believe it or not, this unique twist on the traditional gift is surprisingly easy to do yourself. Check out the tutorial at SundayCrush.com.
Those who don’t have time for baking cupcakes or are not good at baking can buy a batch of already made and frosted cupcakes and just assemble the bouquet. You can be as creative as you like with your selection of containers—flower pots look great, but small baskets or giant mugs would work too.
Those who have good baking and piping skills can create even more stunning bouquets. There are all sorts of pretty flowers that can be piped on top of a cupcake—hydrangeas, plumerias, carnations etc. Doing everything from a scratch will take a bit of time, but the effort will be well worth it.
Deluxe Oreo Flowers
Want another homemade Mother’s Day gift that looks impressive, tastes fabulous, but is super simple to make? Here is an idea from Bird’s Party: chocolate-dipped Oreo cookies that are crafted to look like pretty flowers. A box of these fancy cookies is something that all the women in your life would be happy to receive, not only your mom, but also you mother-in-law, daughter, sister and your female friends.
These average-looking cookies are transformed into artful, gourmet-like treats with the help of a simple Oreo mold and a couple of packs of red and pink candy melts. Candy melts are microwaveable, really easy to work with and set up fast, which means that you can make your Mother’s Day gift in no time. The other nice thing about candy melts is that they come in many different colors, so you customize the cookies to match your mom's taste.
Place the cookies in a box or a bag and finish off your present with a pretty gift tag. You can download gift tags for free from many websites.
Gourmet Olive Oil
Not every Mother’s Day treat has to be sweet. The moms who love to cook will definitely appreciate a set of homemade, herb-infused olive oils, for example.
Although these are pretty easy to make, it’s not just putting herbs in bottles and filling them with oil. Watch the video on the right to see how it's done. There are also a couple of informative articles on Inhabitat.com and PepperDesignBlog.com.
Unique Fingerprint Pendants
Handmade jewelry has always been praised for its originality and uniqueness and has always been an “in vogue” Mother’s Day gift.
Every mom would love the concept of a piece of jewelry with her child's fingerprint on it (even if the child is 30 years old). Fingerprint jewelry is sold all over the internet, but the personalized pieces made from sterling silver usually carry a hefty price tag of over $150. Fortunately, there is a way to make them yourself and it is much, much cheaper. And, yes, you can make them from real sterling silver too.
There is a special material called Precious Metal Clay that is a combination of small silver particles, water and binders and it is perfect for DIY projects. You can easily mold it by hand and work with it just as you would with regular clay. After you are ready with your design, you fire the clay with a propane torch, or even on the gas stovetop, to remove the binder and you get a pure metal piece of jewelry.
You can make your own unique fingerprint necklace for Mother’s Day by following the tutorial on A Beautiful Mess.
On the blog That's What Che Said, you can find a nice tutorial for double-fingerprint heart necklaces. These necklaces are made from regular polymer clay, but it can be substituted for the precious metal clay.
Personalized Initial Pendant
And there is another lovely idea for a handmade Mother’s Day pendant at The Things She Makes. It is a gorgeous initial necklace, also made from silver clay.
Beautiful Marbled Jewelry Dishes
This first practical homemade gift idea comes from the blog A Beautiful Mess. The stunning, marbled jewelry dishes look like some kind of limited edition pieces that you would find in a modern art gallery. They are made from inexpensive oven-bake clay that is super easy to work with. The rims of the dishes are decorated with gold paint, which you can easily find in any craft store.
To make this Mother’s Day project even simpler, you can use a gold paint pen for decoration. Also, make sure to customize the colors of the dishes to your mom’s preferences to make the gift more unique and personal.
Glam Drink Coasters
Gold-rimmed agate coasters in all sorts of colors are everywhere these days, and they’re gorgeous! They are also super expensive. In some stores, a set of four can cost more than $100. That is because agate is a natural semiprecious gemstone. Fortunately, these coasters can be made at home for a lot less and would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift.
The project itself is super easy—all you need are agate slices, a bottle of gold nail polish and rubber bumper pads. You can buy inexpensive agate slices online and even in some craft stores. For the coasters, you will need slices that are between 3 and 5 inches in diameter and non-drilled. Some people apply gold leaf or gold paint to the rims of the coasters, but the nail polish option is cheaper. Plus, if you get by mistake some nail polish on top of the coasters, you can use nail polish remover to wipe it away.
Personalized Quote Scarf
A hand painted quote scarf is more than just a pretty design – it is a piece of original art, which makes it an ideal gift for Mother’s Day. What you need to create this one-of-a-kind present is an inexpensive scarf and some fabric paint or fabric marker. You can write whatever you like on it – a poem, special note or part of the lyrics of your mom’s favorite song. For the tutorial on how to do it, just head to Trinkets in Bloom.
Chemical-Free Lotion Bars
If mom is one of those people who worry about harmful chemicals in her cosmetics, then a nice set of homemade beauty products may be the perfect gift for her. You can give a try to these all-natural moisturizing lotion bars, for example. You can get the recipe on the website of Whole Foods Market. There you will also find free printable gift tags.
The lotion bars are something that everyone will enjoy, because everyone gets dry skin from time to time. They are also really fun to make and allow you to express your creative side to the fullest. You can experiment with different essential oils and shapes to create a gift to suit your mom’s tastes. Take it a step further and make pretty gift packages with hand-decorated burlap bags, jars or tins embellished with personal artwork.
Natural Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is a lifesaver for super busy moms who don’t have an extra hour every morning for washing and drying their hair or don’t need a wash but need a little refresher. The dry shampoo soaks up the oil and dirt from the hair, leaving it looking amazing. So, why not whip up a batch and give it as a Mother’s Day gift?
You can find a homemade dry shampoo recipe that is simple, inexpensive and all-natural at Live Simply. Put the product in cute little jars, add an application brush, if you want, and your gift is ready.
Homemade Scented Candles in Pretty Jars
Scented candles are among the most popular gift items given on Mother’s Day, but they are usually a little pricey. However, you can easily make them at home for just a fraction of the cost.
There are tons of different recipes for candle making on the web, especially since there are so many different kinds of candles you can make, but the cheapest option is to use vegetable shortening (Crisco) instead of wax. Candles made with vegetable shortening will burn longer than almost any store-bought wax candles. Watch the video on the side for a tutorial on DIY Crisco candles.
To save even more, you can color the candles with old makeup or crayons and scent them with extracts you probably already have in the kitchen—almond, vanilla or lemon extract.
Since pretty packaging can make any gift—big or small, inexpensive or expensive—look really special, it is a great idea to paint the candle jars in pastel colors and print out some artsy stickers for the lids. You can get instructions on how to do that at Sarah Johnson’s blog.
Decorative Rock Cactus
Flowers are always a beautiful Mother's day gift, but a nice bouquet of fresh ones can be pretty expensive during that time of the year. These clever rock cacti from Salt and Pepper Moms are not only way cheaper than cut flowers, but are also easy to care for (even by serial plant killers). Your mom or grandma can’t overwater them, she can’t kill them and she can touch them and they won’t prick her.
If you are a crafty person, you probably already have most of the supplies needed for this Mother’s Day gift—craft paints, paintbrushes, rocks and a flower pot.
Flowers in a Box
If you are a person who likes to think “outside the box”, why not show your appreciation this Mother’s Day “inside a box”? This amazing idea from A Pair & a Spare for a boxed flower arrangement will pleasantly surprise any woman. Just head to the site to see how to do it.
Everyone knows how expensive is to buy and send flowers during any holiday and this idea is a great way to save on that. You can save a lot by getting potted flowers, instead of freshly cut, several days in advance and use them for your arrangement letter. You can also find good deals at warehouse shopping chains like Costco, for example.
The other nice thing about this gift is that you can customize the box, that you arrange the flowers in, any way you want.
Illustrate Your Own Book About Mom
There is a series of unique, keepsake books called Story Lines, one of which—“Amazing Mom”—would make an incredible Mother’s Day gift from a kid. The unique part about them is that kids are the illustrators of the entire book. The book gives them the basis of a simple story and they can fill the large, empty pages with their imagination. Even the book’s cover is customizable.
What parent wouldn’t like this as a gift! The series also offers a Story Line for Grandma: “Grandma is a Superhero”.
Personalized Handprint Tree Poster
Handprint crafts are fun and easy gifts that preschool-age kids and toddlers can give to their moms for Mother’s day. They also make a great sentimental keepsake that moms can display all year long.
“Handprint trees”, for example, are very popular and can be given not only to moms, but to grandmas too. If you are not very good at sketching trees, you can get the free template of the image above here and print it on 11 x 14 inch size paper.
Mother’s Day Questionnaire
Another popular homemade gift that preschool-age kids can make for Mother’s Day is a small, “all about my mom” type of questionnaire. The questionnaire can be attached to a homemade card or given as it is. It’s something that can be done in five minutes and it won’t break the budget.
Just print the PDF file of the Mom Questionnaire or the Grandma Questionnaire and have the kids draw a picture and fill in the blanks. It’s guaranteed that the result will be very hilarious and heartwarming.
“Month Club” Gifts
Sometimes people are really busy, sometimes they procrastinate, other times they just don’t know what to give, so they end up needing a gift at the very last minute. But how can someone find the right Mother’s Day gift in an hour when they haven't even started their shopping? So, instead of running to your local Walmart and getting some cliché gift, make your mom a “Month Club” type certificate.
For example, you can make a “Cookie of the Month” gift certificate and promise to make and deliver to your mom a different kind of cookies every month, for a year. If you have kids, you can make an “Art of the Month” gift certificate and promise to send her some of her grandkids’ drawings and paintings every month. “Movie of the Month” is another good option.
You can print out some free gift certificate templates from Creative Certificates.
Not feeling creative? Check out our ideas for store-bought Mother's Day gifts.
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