Mother’s Day is coming up and if you are out of ideas for what you should get Mom for her special day, we have a great collection for you. Whether you are strapped for cash or you simply want to create something special for your Mom that she will remember fondly for years, this collection of 50 DIY gift ideas is fabulous.
Moms love getting homemade gifts from their children, even when those children are grown. Of course, you could always head to the store and buy her yet another bottle of perfume or another candle but what fun is that?
Making gifts is always a better way to go. Not only does it save you money but it gives Mom something that she will really cherish. Go ahead and choose a project – or several – and create something really special for your Mother this Mother’s Day. Some of these are so easy and inexpensive that you may want to make them for your mother-in-law, grandmother, daughter, sister or just any Mom that you have in your life.
Sentimental Photo Holder
You just need a piece of wood and a few metal clips to create this beautiful photo holder that you can also customize with a very special message for Mom. You can add photos or you can just let her choose the pictures that she wants to display. This is a great gift for Moms who seem to have everything, particularly since you get to create a custom message just for her. The entire project costs less than $5 – even less than that if you have the wood and a few craft supplies on hand.
DIY Instructions – Shanty2chic
Homemade Recipe Pot Holders
Ok, so even if you don’t give them away as gifts and just keep them for yourself, these recipe potholders are just wonderful. The tutorial comes from My So Called Crafty Life and we just love how personal they are. You just take your favorite recipe, have it printed onto cloth and then put the potholders together. You do have to quilt them but they’re relatively small so it won’t be hard and the end result is absolutely divine. If you have a baker in your family, these would make great holiday gifts or remember Mother’s Day is right around the corner.
These lotion bars are inexpensive and easy to make and are perfect for warding off that rough winter skin. Mom will adore the nourishment that the bars give and you can make them for around $10 or so for several (depending on the size that you want to make them). You can buy forms to create small decorative bars and fill a basket with them or just make a larger one – it’s all up to you. The bars contain beeswax, coconut oil and Shea butter and are the perfect answer to dry skin problems.
DIY Instructions – Onegoodthingbyjillee
These adorable butterfly pendants look like real butterflies but they are actually silk. This is a great gift idea for Moms who love the outdoors and they are really easy to make. You can create a pendant for Mom for less than $5 – you could actually do several of these for less than $10. If you have a few craft supplies already on hand, this one will be even less expensive. You just add a chain or make it into a broach if you want. They resemble specimen boxes and are sure to spark interest when Mom wears them.
DIY Instructions – Craftsunleashed
Photo Monogram Letter
A large wooden letter, that you should be able to find at most craft stores for less than $5, is the perfect base to create a wonderful photo collage. You just choose the pictures that you want, print them off and then use mod podge to hold the pictures to the wooden structure. If you aren’t into monograms, you could do this with any number of wooden hanging things. Pictures in black and white look really nice or you could make them in color if you prefer. Either way, Mom is going to love this little collage of her favorite photos.
DIY Instructions – Sometimescreative
Kitchen Tablet Holder
If your Mom has a tablet and especially if she uses her tablet in the kitchen for recipes and such, this DIY tablet holder is the perfect gift. You will need an old cutting board – if you don’t have one on hand you can probably find several at yard sales, flea market or thrift stores for around a dollar or so. A scrabble board letter holder works perfect to hold the tablet in place. You just need to choose a paint color and then sand it a little after painting to give it a great rustic look.
DIY Instructions – Mamiejanes
Teacup Pin Cushion
If your Mom loves to sew, she will really love this adorable teacup pin cushion that you can make for nothing at all if you have a teacup to use and some batting. You can even use an old broken or chipped teacup for this. Just clean it up, glue anything back together that may be broken off and then add the batting to the inside to hold the pins. You can complete the cup by adding some nice colored pins that match the design of the cup.
DIY Instructions – Dominicancooking
Mint Chocolate Body Butter
This whipped body butter is divine and Mom is sure to love the smell. It uses ingredients like cocoa butter, Shea butter, essential oils and a few others that are really good for the skin. You just have to whip it all together and then choose a container to hold it. A Mason jar is a great idea or if you have a decorative container on hand then you could just put it in there. Add it to a basket or give it on its own. Either way, this is a great gift that Mom is going to adore.
DIY Instructions – Mommypotamus
Birch Bark Candle
If Mom loves the outdoors, you can create any number of beautiful candles using things that you find outside. This birch bark candle is simply to make and if you have a rather wide candle on hand, it won’t cost you anything. You just have to find the birch bark (or whatever you want to decorate the candle with) outside and then add a few embellishments. Making decorative candles is one of the easiest DIY gift ideas and there are so many different looks that you can create. Do a few of these and add them to a small basket.
DIY Instructions – Justasmidgen
Fabric Covered Journal
Whether you want to give Mom a journal, a photo album or any other book type gift, take the time to cover it in fabric and make it really unique. This is a great idea for Moms who love to scrapbook or you could cover an empty recipe book and let her put all of her favorite recipes in there. You just have to choose fabric that you think she will love and then take the time to glue the fabric to the book. You can also add a few decorative embellishments or go all out and embroider her name on the book.
DIY Instructions – Craftandcreativity
This beautiful necklace actually began as a t-shirt. Mom is sure to adore the necklace, whatever her fashion style and you will find it so easy to make that you just won’t believe it. You will need an old t-shirt in whatever color you want or you could use several shirts and do a multi-colored necklace as well. The beads really make it look stylish. This is a great gift for younger Moms or just anyone who loves fashion and adores being unique.
DIY Instructions – Cucicucicoo
This delicious Butterfinger dip is great for dipping apples or other fruits into and Mom is sure to love it. If you have a Mom on your list with a sweet tooth, this is the perfect gift. Choose a container to store your dip (small Mason jars work perfectly) and then just put the recipe together. The ingredients include Butterfinger candy bars, marshmallow cream and cream cheese. You can actually make the dip for less than $5. Put it in a basket with some other snacks or even flavored coffees.
DIY Instructions – The36thavenue
Fabric Scrap Key Chain
Scraps of fabric, buttons and key fobs that you can buy at a craft store – you get several for a couple of dollars – will let you create these adorable key chains that any Mom is sure to love. These do require sewing but you could try using fabric glue if you really don’t want to sew them. They are perfect for customizing so you can add Mom’s favorite colors, her initials or just about anything else you want. Plus, they are really inexpensive so you can make a key chain for every mom on your list – and for less than $10.
DIY Instructions – Craftinessisnotoptional
Give Mom an easier way to create her famous meals by making her a custom recipe holder for the kitchen. This adorable project is easy and really inexpensive. In fact, you may have what you need on hand already so it may not cost you anything at all. You need a piece of wood for the backing but if you have a small cabinet door or something similar on hand, you can use that. You also need a clothespin and a few other materials and paint if you want to make it a certain color.
DIY Instructions – Lilluna
Painted Can Flower Necklace
This beautiful necklace is actually made from an aluminum can. If you drink soda in cans, save one and you already have the basis for the necklace. You will have to cut it and then paint it the colors that you want. You can embellish with faux pearls or any other jewelry type decorations to make it really unique. Then just add a chain and you are all set. You really won’t be spending much on this one but time – the cutting takes a little while but the necklace is so beautiful that it is well worth the time spent to create it.
DIY Instructions – Savedbylovecreations
Embroidery Hoop Clock
If you have an old embroidery hoop (if not, you can pick them up for around a dollar or so), some fabric and a little time you can create this beautiful embroidery hoop clock for Mom. Note that you will need to purchase a clock kit, which you can probably get for around $5 or so depending on where you shop. These are great for Moms who love to embroidery or just anyone who you think will enjoy a little uniqueness in their time telling. You could do a couple of them – which is a great idea if you live in a different time zone from your Mom – she could have a clock with your time and one with hers.
DIY Instructions – Brit.co
Leather Tassel Accessories
You can create lovely leather tassels in just a matter of minutes and these are great for decorating purses or you could make necklaces, key chains or any number of other gifts with them. Add earring hoops to create really unique earrings or just use them to dress up Mom’s gift wrap. However you choose to use them, leather tassels are sure to be a huge hit and once you get them made you can be really creative on what to do with them.
DIY Instructions – Tatertotsandjello