While I tell my Mom how much I love her every day, I’m happy to spend an entire day letting her know how much I truly appreciate her. Mother’s Day gifts I made years ago include macaroni necklaces, tie-dye sand art sculptures, gorgeous artwork (from cartoon coloring books) and plastic bead bracelets. (Those necklaces and bracelets are still in her jewelry box!) Dad was always there to help position the sand art funnel or to hold up the other end of the necklace string, because he knew how important it was for these gifts to be perfect for Mom. So attention Dads, if you’re looking for kid-friendly handmade gifts to craft with your little ones, here are five of my favorites you’ll have fun making together.
This handmade “mom” banner is a pretty way to show mom much she’s loved on her special day. It’s easy to make, and with sweet, personalized messages handwritten on the back, she’ll treasure this keepsake for years to come.
A handmade gift basket is an ideal gift for moms with a favorite hobby. Is your mom known for her incredible baking skills? Whip up some of her favorite treats and include small surprises like cookie cutters, cloth napkins and vintage tins. Is her green thumb obvious from the street? Fill a basket with interesting gardening supplies, plants and seed packets.
Classic silhouette art, which has been around for centuries, is making a comeback. Modern moms will cherish this timeless memento. All you need is a digital camera, a computer and a printer … and you can create one-of-a-kind pieces of art in a snap.
To this day, I still think there’s nothing more memorable or special than a handmade card. I used to like making a big statement with neon-colored poster board folded in half, but I think these DIY cards are much prettier. So put those simple sewing skills to good use just for Mom.
Coloring and drawing disproportionate stick figures was my specialty as a child. Those priceless renderings can find a permanent home wrapped around glass cylinders. Let the kids create special drawings, wrap them around candle holders and give Mom a homemade candlelight dinner with a special touch.
If crafting isn’t your thing, head to HGTV.com’s MarketPlace for sweet gift ideas to show her how much you care. Hurry! Mother’s Day is only 11 days away!