Can you believe it’s May already?  That means that Mother’s Day is only a week away.  (Eeek!)  If you still haven’t figured out what you’re making for your mom this year (or what the kids will be making for their grandmothers), don’t leave it until the last minute!  We’ve rounded up a collection of ideas that mothers everywhere are sure to love to get you started.

Mother’s Day Cards

At the very least, every mom should get a card from their children on Mother’s Day!   While you could just go spend 50 cents at Dollar Tree, a handmade greeting card means so much more and is something she will be likely to keep and cherish for a lifetime.

[Embroidered Mother’s Day Card by Mandipity]

Mandy of Mandipity came up with this embroidered card design in a classic tattoo style, and even provided a template of the design so you can trace and stitch it onto your own card.

[Mother’s Day Pop-Up Card by Paper Source]

Pop-up cards are such a fun surprise!  Use this simple pop-up tutorial from Paper Source and whatever papers you like to make it just the right style for your own mum.

[Scrappy Mother’s Day Card by The Making Spot]

If you’re like me and you save every little scrap of project leftovers, you’ll be happy to see this simple card design from Zoe at The Making Spot.  The idea could be adapted for many other occasions as well!

Picture Frames

Every mother in the universe is fanatical about photos.   As soon as a woman bears her first child, she immediately has an innate need to record every new experience and accomplishment with a click of the shutter button.  It stands to reason, then, that a photo in a special frame is a can’t-miss gift idea!

[Quilted Magnetic Photo Frame by Allie-Oops Sweet Happy Life]

Use all those pretty fabric scraps you’ve been saving to make this beautiful quilted  magnetic photo frame by Allie of Allie-Oops Sweet Happy Life.

[Pedestal Picture Frame by Mrs. DIY and the Tennis Guy]

With its added height, this pedestal picture frame by Kait of Mrs. DIY and the Tennis Guy is great for displaying photos as part of a mantel arrangement or vignette.

[Moss Picture Frame at Ruffled]

For moms who enjoy gardening or spending time outdoors, this moss picture frame by Erin at Ruffled is perfect!   Use it to frame a photo from a family camping trip or other adventure.


What woman doesn’t love to look pretty?  Help mom dress up like the lady she is with a new piece of handmade jewelry.  No matter what style she prefers, there are practically limitless possibilities for making necklaces,  bracelets, and more.

[Outlet Cover Necklace by Mich L. in L.A.]

Ever the innovator, Michelle from Mich L. in L.A. used plastic electrical outlet covers as the clear disc base for these necklaces.   No joke!

[Watercolor Petals Necklace by Studs and Pearls]

Inspired by a designer necklace, Kirsten from Studs and Pearls made her own version that cost a lot less than its $450 counterpart.

[Fingerprint Keepsake Necklace by The Crafty Crow]

This awesome keepsake necklace idea from The Crafty Crow would make an awesome grandmother gift or classroom activity.  It could also be adapted for use as an ornament or wall hanging!


Mother’s Day is the Big Day for florists.  Flowers are such a hot gift item that Mother’s Day accounts for 1/4 of all holiday flower sales, even edging out Valentine’s Day.  That’s a lot of flowers!  However this high demand means that you’ll pay premium prices.  Save the money you would spend on an expensive arrangement to take mom out for dinner instead by making one of these DIY flower-related projects.

[Pressed Flower Sandals by Gabriela Delworth Designs]

Is mom a shoe freak?  Make her a custom pair of extra-springy sandals like these ones designed by Gabriela Delworth.

[Mason Jar Vase by Little Birdie Secrets]

Mason jar crafts have such a classic, vintage feel to them.   I love the details on this vase from Little Birdie Secrets, including the wire handle and the hanging gift tag.

[Flower Throw Pillow by This Crazy, Blessed Life]

When Sarah from This Crazy Blessed Life saw a flowery throw pillow at Pier 1, she knew she could muster a DIY version.  Mom will love one for the couch or her favorite patio chair.