DIY Gifts for Mother’s Day

By Kate Riley April 16, 2013

I miss my mom a lot, she lives on the outskirts of Las Vegas and I don’t get to see my parents as often as I’d like. I like to create something special for Mother’s Day, even if it’s just a semi DIY craft or project. (Last year I made these photo filled memory jars). I went looking for inspiration and rounded up a bunch of great ideas. Enjoy!

Make homemade linen spray, with printable lavender, garden rose, and jasmine labels.

linen spray style me pretty


Upload Instagram images and make a book for a special Mom to treasure.

instagram book


Pair a fresh bouquet with a flower arranging kit.

flower arranging kit


Make an fabric covered mouse pad or a painted version so Mom remembers you each time she sits down at the computer.

iron on and painted mouse pad


Use these charming chalkboard style printables for gifting a book or mounting on wood (via Shanty 2 Chic).

mother's day printables


Gather kids sentiments on paper and place the messages in a bottle.

message in bottle


Make a keepsake photo tote bag for her to remember a favorite day.

photo tote bag


Personalize her camera strap with a painted version or a simple sew camera strap made with fabric.

camera straps diy


Print a favorite family recipe on fabric to make a recipe tea towel.

favorite recipe tea towel


Craft Polaroid inspired coasters to keep memories close by when she reads or watches TV.

polaroid coasters


Create a terrarium that will last many month on a tabletop or in a garden window.

terrarium for mom


25 more gift ideas can be found in the Best of DIY Gift Idea Gallery, hop on over for even more inspiration!

Related DIY projects:

makeup brush

closet sachets

marbled paper boxes

clay petal vase

Makeup Brush Holder

Lavender Drawer Sachets

Marbled Paper Boxes

Clay Petal Vase



  1. Great ideas! I am really digging terrariums these days so might need to make one for my mom

  2. Fantastic ideas! I’m going to share some of them in my own blog … they deserve to be shared everywhere! Can’t wait to try a few of them out. Warm regards, Alison (

  3. Thank you ~ I am going to try the Polaroid coasters for my mother.

    One quick question, are the photos printed on any special paper other that photo paper? Glossy or matte?

  4. These are great ideas! I always want to do something special for my mom for mothers’ day, but have a hard time thinking of something. This is spurring my creativity for sure!

  5. love this! these are all fabulous ideas! thanks for posting <3 i can't decide which is my favorite… it's a toss up between the terrarium and the instagram book :)

  6. Thanks for this great list. I just found your site and became a follower and, as an avid DIYer, am looking forward to checking out your ‘best of DIY’ site.

  7. All mum’s love homemade gifts from their children.
    It even get’s us dad’s a few brownie points as well!

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