Kids who love to get creative — and maybe even a little bit messy — will enjoy the opportunity to make their Mom feel special by creating these one-of-a-kind Mother’s Day masterpieces.
1. Mother’s Day Mosaic Vase
Kids and another adult can team up to make this pretty vase for Mom. Have the kids paint wooden craft hearts and glue them in a pattern on a square vase. Then, an adult can step in to wipe grout over the vase, wiping off the excess with a damp sponge making a unique and beautiful holder for Mom’s flowers.
2. Monogram for Mom
Mom can proudly rest this special monogram on the mantle above the fireplace or hang it on the wall above her dresser. First, purchase a wooden letter (available at most craft stores) of her first initial or “M” for mom. Kids can easily paint it with her favorite color and embellish it with multicolor buttons, patterned ribbon, and strips of paper.
3. Mother’s Day Gift Jar
The tears will be flowing when you make Mom feel extra special on Mother’s Day with this “I Love You” jar. Cut 1-inch-wide strips of colorful or patterned paper and write a reason you love her on each strip. Bend the ends of the strip together to make little rings with the message on the inside. Fasten the ends together with stickers, and place them in a glass jar. Make a pretty label for the front of the jar.
4. Mother’s Day Time Capsule
This adorable idea from Better Homes & Gardens is a craft that you can enjoy beyond just this Mother’s Day. Create a way for Mom to reminisce with a time capsule. Collect souvenirs from fun family moments and trips, such as concert tickets, seashells, photos, or a map. You can even add a flash drive containing digital memories. Put the treasures into a simple box or a glass jar. Date the time capsule, and take time to look through it every year with Mom on Mother’s Day.
5. Mother’s Day Coasters
Give Mom these homemade coasters and she will have a special place to showcase her morning cup of java. Parents.com says you can create these in no time by gathering four 4-inch square ceramic tiles, decorative paper napkins, felt, paintbrush, Mod Podge, waterproof glue, polyurethane, sandpaper (optional). Brush the tile tops and their edges with a coat of Mod Podge. Before the Mod Podge dries, center a decorative napkin on the tile, making sure to fold the napkin down to cover the edges. Wait 3 to 5 minutes until the tiles are dry, and then carefully tear away the excess napkin. (You may like the rough edges, to give the coasters a handpainted look, but if you want a smoother finish, use sandpaper to smooth out the edges.) To complete, apply three coats of polyurethane to the tops and sides of the tile, letting it dry completely between coats. Cut out four 4-inch squares from felt and use waterproof glue to stick them to the bottom of the tile.
6. Celery Rose Stamp
Cut the heart of celery to create an easy to use rose stamp which you can stamp the pattern onto a home-made Mother’s Day card, on gift bags, or on paper wrapped around a bouquet of flowers.
7. Artwork Candle
Make a candle that displays your award-winning artwork. Simply gather white tissue paper, markers, pillar candles (white or other light colors would work best), waxed paper or parchment paper, hair dryer or heat embossing gun. Cut a piece of tissue paper to fit around the outside of your candle. You’ll want it a little smaller than the candle itself. Using markers, have your child decorate the tissue paper. The tissue paper is pretty delicate (obviously!), so encourage simple drawings and discourage coloring in large areas or the paper might tear. When the drawing is completed, get a piece of waxed paper slightly larger than the candle. Wrap the tissue paper artwork around the outside of the candle, then wrap the waxed paper on top of that, using the extra length as a little handle. Next, use the hairdryer or heat gun to melt the design onto the candle. (The hairdryer works fine, it just takes a little while to warm up enough. Put it on the highest heat setting and hold it blowing as close as possible to the candle.) As the wax melts, the tissue paper will become part of the candle. You’ll be able to see it change color through the waxed paper, going from white to the color of the candle. Continue until you can’t see any more white tissue paper. Carefully pull back the waxed paper to reveal your child’s artwork now as part of the candle. You can burn the candle just as you would any other candle.
8. Handprint and Footprint Apron
Start with a craft apron from the craft store and paint the grass using two shades of acrylic green paint. Using several other bright colors of acrylic paint use your kid’s tootsies to help make the butterfly and use handprints to make the flowers. Then add bumblebees, ladybugs or any other decor to spruce it up.
9. Checkbook Cover
These playful covers can make the un-fun task of paying bills much more pleasant. Using a clear passport cover or clear checkbook as a template, trace over the child’s artwork. Cut out, and slip artwork inside the sleeve.
10. Tissue Cherry-Blossom Tree
There’s no need to buy Mom spring flowers this year when your crafty young gardener can make ones that last longer. Gather branches that have fallen outside; let dry, if necessary. Cut out 2-inch squares of pink tissue paper, pinch the paper tightly in the middle to create blooms, and affix them to branches with white glue. Display in a tall container, such as a canning jar, with the lid’s center removed.
11. Mother’s Day Keychain
This pretty keychain will tell mom just how much you love her! With pretty colored beads and a personal message, your mom will cherish this gift. Gather alphabet beads to spell “MY MOMS THE BEST”, Colorful beads to fill in gaps (approximately 30-40), a colorful charm, a keychain ring, and 24” stretchy jewelry cord, cut into two equal pieces. Line up the two pieces of jewelry cord side by side, then gather one end together and tie in a triple knot to the keychain ring. Thread 4-5 colorful beads onto one side of the jewelry cord. Thread on the letters T H and E, be sure they are facing the correct direction. Follow with 4-5 more colorful beads. Add the letters B, E, S and T. Add 4-5 more beads. Carefully set the finished cord aside, taping the end of the cord to the table will keep the beads from falling off. On the other string, add 3-4 colorful beads, then the letters M and Y. Next add 3-4 more colorful beads, and then the letters M, O, M and S. Add 5-6 more colorful beads. Lay the two strings along side each other and add beads to the shortest side to get them even. Holding the two ends of the jewelry cord as close to the last beads as possible, thread one last colorful bead onto BOTH strings. Run the string through the bead again by looping it through the top and pulling it tight. Tie the charm to the end of the string, knot it several times and trim ends.
12. Yarn Flower Pot and Saucer
According to the folks at Lion Brand, children can express their creativity by making a one-of-a-kind decorated flower pot for their mom. Kids can simply glue yarn to a store bought flower pot or recycle one that they’ve already got. All they need to do is apply a small amount of glue to the top 1 inch (2.5 cm) of the pot. Wrap glued area with yarn in their desired color. They can continue to apply glue and wrap yarn around the pot, making stripes as desired. In the same way, kids can apply yarn to outside of saucer. After they allow it to dry, kids can also cut short lengths of yarn and glue onto their wrapped pot and saucer, shaping it into dots or stripes.
13. Colorful Daisies
Make your own colorful daisy bouquet by magically turning white daisies into your mom’s favorite colors. Gather the daisies, scissors, plastic cups, a measuring cup and food coloring. Fill your plastic cups with 1/2 cup warm water. You will need 1 plastic cup for every color you plan to use. Add 20 drops of food coloring to each cup. Cut the flower stems at an angle. You will want to cut the flower stems down to 6 inches or less. Place the flowers in the colored water and let them sit for 24 to 48 hours to soak up the dye.
14. Clay Necklace
Make a beautiful piece of original jewelry that any Mom would be proud to wear. All you need is bake able polymer clay, a baking sheet, a bamboo skewer and jewelry cord. This necklace is super easy to make too! Just break the polymer clay into 1/2-inch cubes. Roll the clay between your palms to form a round ball. Gently poke the bamboo skewer through the center of the bead, then remove. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F and bake the beads on a baking sheet for 30 minutes. Remove the beads from the oven and allow them to cool completely. Then simply thread the beads on the jewelry cord and tie a knot in the cord to close the necklace.
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