Elaine is an avid crafter who enjoys celebrating holidays with beautiful DIY decorations and gifts.
Help Children Make a Gift for Their Mom on Mother's Day!
Showing Mom lots of love and appreciation on Mother's Day is easy with a little imagination and some craft supplies. By being creative, we can make original and personalized gifts that will really show her how special she is to us. Turn handprints into butterflies on plant pots and watering cans, or make a special card decorated with spare buttons. Check out these and other Mother's Day gift ideas that are easy for little hands to make!
Make a "berry" special present for Mom with this adorable idea.
- Red and green craft paper
- Black paint
- Glue stick
- Marker (optional)
- Cut out a strawberry shape from the red paper.
- Have the kids dip their fingers in the black paint and press them onto the strawberry shape to create the "seeds."
- Cut out the shape of a stem and leaves from the green paper. After the paint dries, glue the stem and leaves to the strawberry.
- Optionally, write a cute message on the stem, like "Mom, you are BERRY special!" (You could also print this message onto the green paper before you cut it up, if you have a printer.)
- Have the kids sign the strawberry (or sign it for them).
"Mother" Celebration Frame
For a great Mother's Day gift, make this adorable frame inspired by acrostic poetry.
- Colorful scrapbook paper
- Plain paper
- Sharpie (black, gold, silver, or any color of your choice)
- Little flowers or other decorations (optional)
- Cut out the word Mother from scrapbook paper and glue it vertically onto the plain sheet of paper.
- Use a Sharpie to add words like amazing, loving, strong, happy, selfless, and graceful around the letters in Mother.
- Add decorations around the words, if you like.
- Put the finished piece in the frame.
Mother’s Day Card With Buttons
This Mother’s Day card is perfect for a kid to make and give, and it's also a fantastic way to use up all those spare buttons you have lying around the house! You can draw a heart on a piece of cardstock and then have the kids glue a variety of colorful buttons onto it. Write a lovely message (or have a older child write it), and make sure the kids sign the card.
Footprint Butterfly Pot
Decorate a colorful plant pot with your baby's footprints in the shape of a butterfly. This gift is both sentimental and useful, especially if Mom loves houseplants.
- Plain plant pot
- Paint (white and whatever colors you want to make the butterfly; the photo shows purple and green)
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- Paint your pot white and let it dry.
- Paint the underside of your baby's feet purple and green (or whatever colors you choose).
- Print each foot onto the pot to make the butterfly wings.
- Use a Sharpie to make the butterfly body. You could also paint it on if you have a steady hand!
While the pot should be fine for indoor use as-is, note that you'd need to put some kind of sealer over the paint if you want to use it outdoors.
Footprint Butterfly Watering Can
Here's another footprint butterfly idea for a mom who loves gardening! Instead of a plant pot, use a watering can as the base. Follow the same instructions listed above for the plant pot. You can place a potted plant or some pretty faux flowers inside the watering can to turn it into a quirky planter!
Purchase pot holders or oven mitts from the dollar store, and then use paint to print your children’s handprints onto them. Add their names and the date with a Sharpie or paint. These "helping hands" are super cute!
Purchase plain white totes at your local dollar store, and then have your little ones print their hands onto the fabric to make an extra-personal gift for Mom. For an even prettier tote, you can paint on some green stems and leaves to turn the handprints into flowers!
A shadow box is always a great gift idea, and it's so easy to personalize. For example, for a flower-loving mother or grandmother, you could put faux blossoms inside the box and use stickers to write a sweet message, such as "Grandmas plant seeds of love that bloom forever."
Mother's Day Seed Poem
If you have to make a lot of Mother's Day gifts for the wonderful moms and grandmas in your life, this is a great inexpensive idea. Purchase little plant pots and plant seeds in them. Type up this poem and print it out:
This isn't just an empty pot,
There's something you should know.
Inside the pot there is a seed
That, just like me, will grow.
The plant that grows will someday bloom
And remind you of the seed so small.
But without your love and tender care,
The seed would not grow at all.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Upcycle old jars by transforming them into these handprint vases.
- Glass jars (thoroughly washed and dried if they're used)
- Paint (multiple colors and white)
- Cut flowers or faux flowers
- Ribbon or twine (optional)
- Paint the jars whatever color you like and let them dry.
- Paint your little one's hands with white paint and have them print their hands onto the jar.
- After the paint dries, put real or faux flowers inside the vase to complete the look. Tie some ribbon or twine around the rim for an extra touch, if you like.
Flower Pot With Handprints
Make this flower pot for Mom or Grandma so they can think of the kids every time they see it. As with the other handprint crafts on this list, paint your child's hand and have them print it several times onto the pot. Use green paint to turn the handprints into flowers, let the paint dry, and place a nice spring bloom inside the pot.
This is a great little gift for a preschooler to give. Trace their hands onto paper and cut them out. Write the message "Happy Mother's Day!" on each hand, glue or tape it to a popsicle stick, and then place it in a little potted plant.
Little candle pucks look just like flowers, so why not turn them into a sweet bouquet for Mom? She'll love the look—and the smell!—of this colorful craft. You'll need to prep several parts of this craft, but the kids will enjoy arranging the "flowers" in the pot!
- Candle pucks in assorted colors and scents
- Green plant stakes
- Floral foam
- Wire snippers
- Hot glue gun
- Easter grass
- Snip the plant stakes so they're the right height to be placed in the pots.
- Carefully glue the candle pucks onto the stakes.
- Cut the floral foam into chunks so it fits in the bottom of the pots.
- Have the kids help stick the candle flowers into the foam in a pretty arrangement.
- Have the kids fill in the pots with Easter grass.
Photo Gallery: More DIY Gifts for Mom That Children Can Make
Scroll through the photos below to see even more ideas for handprint and footprint crafts, tasty Mother's Day sweets, candle bouquets, and fun message items that Mom will love. With just a little help from you or their older siblings, your kids can take pride in giving these homemade gifts!
Happy Kid-Friendly Crafting for Mother's Day!
While you're working on these projects with your kids, encourage them to share what they love about their mom. These are gifts that really keep on giving: You'll enjoy spending time with your children as you make them, Mom will love getting them, and your whole family will treasure them as keepsakes.