12 Easy DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

If this Mother’s Day, you want to make your mom feel as special as she truly is, ditch the store-bought gifts. Nothing is quite as thoughtful and special as a DIY Mother’s Day gift! What can be better than making something yourself and investing the time, effort, and love into it? 

collage of photos of DIY Mother's Day gift ideas

Sure, store-bought can be quite charming, too but trust us, the best way to pull the strings of your mom’s heart is to make something with your hands. Fortunately, we have the best easy DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas below to get you started. Take a look, pick something that speaks to your crafty side, and create soemthing beautiful she’ll cherish forever! Then, keep the DIY fun going by making you own creative gift bags or check out our spring craft ideas for more inspiration!


1. DIY Bath Bombs

Women of all ages love pampering themselves, and rightfully so. Considering all the hard work she puts into giving you a beautiful home and life, why not give her a luxuriating treat? DIY bath bombs require a few items, including moisturizers and essential oils. Optionally, add some dried flowers or other items to dress them up like these DIY bath bombs by “The Coconut Mama.” Check our list of DIY bath bombs and bath salt ideas for more inspiration!

diy bath bomb with lavender

Infuse her favorite scents in them, giving her something to de-stress and feel good with after a tiring day at work. Place them in a box and decorate with some ribbons or DIY wrapping paper and you have a wonderful, thoughtful homemade gift!


2. Indoor Garden Set

Is your mom fond of gardening or nature in general? Well, you can bring nature indoors this Mother’s Day by preparing an indoor garden set for her. All you need to do is purchase a few terra-cotta pots. Then hand paint them if you like, or if art is not your forte, purchase inexpensive decorative stamps. “First Day of Home” has a great tutorial using stencils to paint terra cotta pots and the result is so cute!

three terra cotta pots painted white and green and blue with leave shapes


3. Keepsake Boxes 

If your mom is an organization freak, you could make DIY keepsake boxes for her. You can get as creative as you like, such as creating a collage of your cherished pictures with her since childhood. Then you could simply paste that collage on top of the keepsake box. This could be a great craft for kids to enjoy, too! Here’s one idea over at “The Crafting Nook” to get you inspired.

little keepsake boxes decorated with colorful paper

Your thoughtfulness will surely touch her, but the keepsake box will also be a convenient storage option for her jewelry pieces. 


4. Oversized Recipe Frames 

Moms are generally incredible cooks, as are grandmothers. This year, you could make your beloved women feel extra special while appreciating their cooking skills with DIY recipe frames. All you have to do is collect their cherished family recipes, handwrite them on a colorful canvas, and have them framed. Or, if you have the original recipe cards, simply frame them in beautiful frames as seen here by Julie Blanner. These would make a beautiful addition to any kitchen!

framed recipe cards


5. Air plant Decor

You already know we love air plants around here. If you have a mom in your life who does too, gift her a new one plus a creative way to display it. We have some ideas on DIY plant shelves, but I think these, shared by “A Beautiful Mess,” are just made for air plants. Another cute plant gift idea? Marimo moss balls!

air plants hanging on small shelf suspended in air by brass rings


6. DIY Cookbook Stand 

Moms are always busy whipping up delicious meals in the kitchen, often with the help of cookbooks. Why not save her the trouble of pinning the page as she cooks? All you need is a beautiful piece of lumber, a beginner’s tutorial on woodworking skills, and simple craft supplies. “Making Manzanita” has a simple tutorial to get you started!

cookbook stand holding cook books

You could build a lovely cookbook stand to be your mom’s cooking assistant. A personalized quote to go on it would make the kitchen item even sweeter and more attractive. 


7. Mini Photo Frame Collage

One of the sad things about smartphones is that we don’t print as many pictures as we used to. Turn that trend around for your mom with this gorgeous mini photo collage. It’s simple, from the heart, and your mom’s bound to love having some more family pics around the house. It should only take you around an hour with the help of this handy tutorial from DIY Inspired

diy farme for hanging mini photos


8. Your Mom’s Favorite State- in Art Form!

Whether it’s where your mom was born, where she grew up, or where she’s living now, recognizing her favorite state is a great way to show your love. And, with this gorgeous state-themed wall art, your mom will have a gorgeous accent piece that looks great on any wall. The tutorial from Crafts By Amanda is for Wisconsin, but it’s easy to modify it for your state of choice. 

diy home state are made with nails, wood, and string


9. DIY Mother’s Day Mason Jar Candles

If you’ve made your own candles before, you already know just how fun it can be to customize colors and scents. If you’re new to candle making, you might be surprised to learn that it’s pretty easy and just requires only a few pieces of equipment. Once you make that initial investment, you can perfect your hobby and you’ll soon find yourself gifting candles for years! Check out the tutorial from Happiness is Homemade

pink diy Mother's Day mason jar candle


10. DIY Coffee Cup Holder for Mother’s Day

This coffee cup holder is the perfect addition to their coffee nook, and doubles as wooden wall decor! It’s a chance for your mom to display her favorite mugs, and she can easily cycle through them when she feels like a change of scenery. I love the aqua chalk paint in this tutorial from Made to Be a Momma, but you can use whatever color you like. 

aqua blue wood wall hanging with hooks for coffee cups


11. Mother’s Day DIY Potpourri

For an artistic, sweet-smelling gift every mom will love, try your hand at some homemade potpourri. You can go for a walk to find some leaves, nuts, and herbs to use, or you can use items from your mom’s own garden if she has one. Use essential oils to add some extra fragrance. Follow this guide from A Beautiful Mess, and you’ll be on your way to the perfect DIY Mother’s Day gift in not time! 

overhead shot of potpourri supplies


12. DIY Mother’s Day Cutting Boards

These are a little bit more advanced, but if your DIY skills are solid, they make a beautiful gift! With beautiful oak wood and gorgeous leather straps, they’re a great statement piece and can also double as a stunning serving board. Find the steps for all three boards here at HGTV

three different examples of DIY cutting board ideas


Final Thoughts 

DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas need not necessarily be expensive, but they have plenty of sentimental value. Anything you make with love and effort will surely make your mom truly cherished and appreciated for all she does for the family. 

With our easy DIY ideas, you’ll surely have the best gift on your mom’s doorstep this year! Looking for more DIY gift ideas? Check out our DIY gift ideas for Valentine’s Day, Christmas, and even Easter baskets!

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Remi Bagwell

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