Mother's Day Crafts

The first national observance of Mother's Day was in 1914.

The first national observance of Mother's Day was in 1914.

People in the United States celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May. During the early years of this national holiday, carnations were worn and given in recognition of mothers. Later, children gave their mothers handcrafted and purchased gifts. Today, even grown children like surprising Mom with a handcraft gift from the heart. This year, fill her arms with a bouquet of flowers from ProFlowers and warm her heart with a homemade gift.

Fancy Paper

Paper gifts like heart-shaped cards and tissue-paper flowers are inexpensive offerings for Mom. Take your gift-giving a step further by designing and assembling a scrapbook for her to note Mother's Days past. Or, perform some delicate scissor work and present her with an old-fashioned chain of paper dolls. For a grandmother, give a framed, paper silhouette of each grandchild or yourself.

Decorated Glass

Buying a glass vase, plate or dish is a ho-hum gift idea for this special holiday. However, adding personal, artistic touches will personalize these items in a sweet, homemade way. Using craft paints, decorate the sides of a clear vase with colorful swirls and shapes. Paint your own commemorative plate for Mother using paint pens, or dab on flowers and butterflies with the tip of a paintbrush. Decoupage an ordinary glass container, and make it something she'll treasure. You'll need lots of vintage, paper images and some decoupage glue to make this handicraft.

Crafty Cardboard

Recycle cardboard items from around your home to make a beautiful craft for Mom. Rescue an old hatbox, and transform it into a pretty storage container. With some spray paint, craft paint and a hot glue gun, turn a plain box into a CD holder, magazine bin or a special place to put her favorite greeting cards. Spray paint the surface of the box, and use craft paint to paint on her monogram and a hot glue gun to attach silk ribbon and buttons.


Almost everyone loves to receive flowers, and they are an especially popular Mother's Day gift. Give her a gift that will never fade away: a silk flower craft. Cover a plain lampshade with silk roses or daisies. Or, glue flat silk peonies to the outside of a canvas tote bag. For a quick gift, make a cool, floral pin that she could wear anytime of year with a scarf or on a hat. Look for quality silk flowers that look like the real thing to create the most impressive gift. Moms with a green thumb may enjoy receiving a bonsai you've sculpted or a flower you've grown from a seed.

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