Moms really appreciate homemade gifts; they often become keepsakes. No one is too young or too old to make Mom a gift by hand, even if they need some help from you. Here are some ideas for homemade Mother’s Day gifts for all ages.
Hand-Made Gifts from Toddlers and Preschoolers
Some of the most precious gifts can come from the hands of this age group. But at this age, they will obviously need some help. Such as:
* Dough pendant necklace - Using your favorite bake-to-harden modeling dough recipe (an easy one is to mix 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup of salt, and 1/3 cup water), create flat, cookie-like shapes. Put a hole through the top and bake the shape at 350 degrees F for 30-60 minutes (until edges are browned slightly). After the pendant is cool, paint it as desired.
Variation: Make a pin by hot-gluing a safety pin to the back of the cooled, painted shape.
Personalized Framed Art - Help little ones, using kid-safe washable paint, to make hand or foot prints on paper. Then frame the results once they’ve dried. To add an even more personalized touch, have them write their name, and the date below their print.
Dried and pressed - Press flowers and leaves for several days. When they are dry, help your little one lay them out with the stick side down on clear contact paper. Cover with another sheet of clear paper and give to mom as wall art, a placemat, or even a bookmark.
Hand-Made Gifts from Grade Schoolers
Grade school kids are more independent. Here are some ideas for gifts they could make on their own, with only a little bit of help from you, or another adult.
Homemade frames - Grade schoolers can make picture frames out of twigs or craft foam. Twig frames can be easel-style or flat. Just attach twigs at the corners using a hot glue gun (adults only should use the glue gun), then cover the joints with twine. OR Cut craft foam to fit around a photo, and glue craft foam designs (such as flowers) onto the frame.
Flower pots - Use flower pots to make a useful pen/pencil holder (attach paper flowers to the ends of the pens/pencils), or to start a seed or small plant. Flower pots can be painted, too, and handmade paper flowers make a floral display that won’t wilt.
Hand-Made Gifts from Middle and High Schoolers
Older kids can branch out into more sophisticated crafts.
Totes - Use a blank canvas bag and apply family photos, fabric paint, applique, or other techniques to make Mom a handy, personalized tote bag. If they like to sew, perhaps, create a tote out of some old baby or childhood clothes.
Mugs - For a coffee or tea-drinking mom, a personal mug can be a great gift. Hand-paint a blank mug with ceramic paints that you can bake in the oven to make them permanent.
Necklace - Create a beautiful necklace using upholstery thread and pretty beads. They will need needle-nose pliers and a sewing needle to thread smaller beads.
No matter what their age, any child can gift a handmade gift to Mom this next Mother’s Day. It may take a little help from Mom herself, but a handmade keepsake will be something that will be cherished for years to come.
Photo credit: Romantic Crafts
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