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DIY Handmade Mother's Day Gifts and Decorations to Make

Updated on May 12, 2013

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Handmade Mother's Day Decoration/Gift Idea

Mother's Day is such a beautiful holiday. The flowers are blooming, the warm weather still feels like a treat, and it's an amazing day to show the mothers in your life how much they mean to you.

No matter how old you are, you're still your mom's little boy or girl in her heart. She may accept you as an adult, but she saw you when you were brand new and tiny and some part of her will always think of you, just a little, on that day. Most moms love getting things their children made by hand, and that does not change when their children age. It's also pretty true that most women are far more into decorating than men. This collection of ideas showcases my favorite suitable for Mother's Day gift and decoration ideas. Some of the tutorials are my own, but many of them I've come across on the Internet and wanted to share. I've tried to include some projects that can be accomplished by children with a little help from dad, too! I hope you enjoy and find the time to make the something special for your mom, grandmother, or mother of your children this Mother's Day.

Vintage inspired decoupage tray
Vintage inspired decoupage tray | Source

Mother's Day Gift Tutorial Ideas

There seem to be two competing Mother's Day breakfast philosophies - one is breakfast in bed and the other is Mother's Day brunch. If your family is the breakfast in bed type, this vintage inspired decoupage tray could make the perfect way to present breakfast on a keepable present. The tutorial is from Tammy Swallow on HubPages. She has lots of other great tutorials, too, so make sure you check out her hubs if you're thinking of making mom some jewelry!

Decorative tray from a recycled cardboard box
Decorative tray from a recycled cardboard box | Source

If you want to make a decorative tray but the decoupage seems a little too intense, try Likikoi Joy's creative tutorial on how to upcycle a box into a pretty, covered tray. It uses one of those clothing boxes you get shirts in at department stores and fabric, but you could easily modify it to use scrapbooking paper (or even 'fridge art!'), instead.


What could be nicer than snuggling down with a nice cup or tea or coffee while protecting your fingers with a handmade cup coozie? I created a tutorial last fall on how to make your own reusable cup sleeve. It includes a pattern and is easy to make, even if you don't have a sewing machine!

DIY knitted cup cozy
DIY knitted cup cozy | Source

Not everyone is a sewer, though, so I looked up a beautiful knitted DIY cozy made by Heather of Setting for Four. She has a fantastic blog with great tutorials and photos. Even if knitting isn't your thing, I advise checking out her blog!

Dress into sassy apron tutorial
Dress into sassy apron tutorial | Source

If you're feeling really up to it, Maiden Jane has a fantastic tutorial for turning a dress into an apron. You might not want to start cutting up one of her favorite dresses without permission, but this could be a great way to transform a thrift shop find!

Reese's ice cream cupcakes
Reese's ice cream cupcakes | Source

Ok, so maybe it's not a gift in a traditional sense, but who wouldn't want to get these amazing Reese's ice cream cupcakes? This recipe is from Crystal of A Pumpkin and a Princess and looks so amazing it's difficult for me to resist running to the grocery store right now!

Spring pinwheel wreath at The Cards we Drew
Spring pinwheel wreath at The Cards we Drew | Source

Mother's Day and Spring Decorations Tutorials and Ideas

It's no secret that most women are more into decorating and wreaths than men! Surprising your mom with a neat, decorated house Mother's Day morning could be an even better gift than breakfast in bed.

This first wreath tutorial comes from Abbey at The Cards we Drew. Her blog is also fantastic and has great tutorial photos! This wreath has paper rosettes made from scrapbooking paper, so it is inexpensive and quick to make.


I also created a spring wreath tutorial this year showing you how to make a rag wreath. It's quick and easy, so even young kids could make it with a little adult supervision. It would be the perfect surprise for a mom who loves to sew or quilt!

Paper quilling butterflies and flowers
Paper quilling butterflies and flowers | Source

Fellow Hubber Lady Rain has some amazing paper quilling tutorials. These springy butterflies and flowers would be the perfect way to decorate a wreathe, the table, a breakfast tray, or even a card.

Pretty flowers in vases ideas
Pretty flowers in vases ideas | Source

Hubber Good Lady runs a bed and breakfast, so she knows how to cook a great meal and decorate! This hub of hers gives you some unconventional and beautiful flower arrangement ideas.

Want Even More Mother's Day DIY Gift Ideas?

There are simply too many amazing tutorials on the internet to show them all individually, so here are a few more resources if you're looking for handmade gift ideas!

All This DIY Exhaust you?

Whether you decide that a handmade gift may not be right for you this year or you want a little something extra to go along with your creation, these items are my favorite Mother's Day gift picks! They may not be the most conventional ideas, but if you were a conventional grocery store flower vase type person, I doubt you'd be reading this right now.

I hope you found the perfect project for this Mother's Day! Anyone can go to the store for a balloon and a box of chocolates, but taking the time to create handmade Mother's Day decorations and gifts shows how much you care. Plus, it's a great way to maybe make up for all the times your mother put up with you being obnoxious...or was that just me? At any rate, I hope you have a fantastic time selecting a project/gift and a happy Mother's Day.


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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Mmm, yes, that would be tasty! Unless my dogs can figure it out, I won't be getting any unless I make them!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Very creative ideas and ones that I would enjoy receving on Mother's Day. I like the cup cozy and the wreaths, but love the Reese's cup idea best! Yum!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you, carol!

      I had a difficult time picking out which of your hubs to include, randomcreative!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      All of the ideas that you've shared are perfect for crafty daughters! Thanks for sharing my bracelet tutorials link.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      You always come up with amazing ideas. Thanks for sharing all of this.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Ahahaha. Yes, well, none if us are up for each and every project! When I was a kid I always looked forward to things like Mother's Day because I counted on being able to tag along to celebratory meals.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are so clever and creative. No chance I can make any of this, but I will take Bev out for brunch. :) Passing this one to the more creative members of my family.