15 Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Ideas (Slideshow)
May 8, 2014
Help the kids give mom a great last minute gift she’ll treasure
Make Mom the most stylish mother around with fancy macaroni necklaces for Mother’s Day. DIY jewelry is the perfect gift for Mom from the youngsters. Paint the pasta pieces for some extra color or use metallic paint and glitter for some shine. Mom will definitely adore her new statement piece, especially if her babies made it for her.
Moms love to show off their children, make it that much more fun with homemade pasta picture frames for Mother's Day. A little card stock and a lot of pasta go a long way. The noodles in your choice of shapes and sizes can be painted before being glued to the frame base, or spray-painted after applied. Mix it up with dried beans for more colors, shapes, and sizes.
Popsicle Stick Projects
Popsicles are the essential DIY materials. There are so many kid-friendly projects that use these sticks and make quickie Mother's Day gifts. All you grown-ups definitely remember making those laborious craft stick trinket boxes, with dots of glue and precision. But what a perfect present they make! For another super simple popsicle stick project, try the popsicle stick picture frame, perfect for framing those smiling child faces. For a more difficult project for mother, try out a fancy popsicle stick vase.
Homemade Salt and Sugar Scrubs
Treat your mother to a spa experience and make her feel like the royalty she is. Homemade sugar and salt scrubs are simple enough that the kiddies can make, and the ingredients are items you may have at home or can easily pick up. Mom will feel beautiful and relaxed after indulging in this gift on Mother’s Day.
Most times parents do not want their children playing with sharpies, but the permanent markers sure will come in handy for that Mother's Day gift in a hurry. Let the kiddies draw designs or pictures on plain plates for a playful take on tableware. Colored sharpies could come in handy too for those budding imaginations.
Spring is finally in the air, a great time to start a little herb garden. Mom will love planting and potting herbs with her kids on a sunny day. Give mom the seeds for fresh herbs in handmade burlap baggies with pretty labels. Illustrate the labels or practice handwriting while labeling the seeds. It would be a great opportunity to get some science and early biology in too.
A cup of coffee might make mom awake and energized but give her an extra dose of happy with DIY glitter mugs. All it takes is plain mugs, adhesive and a ton of glitter to make this Mother's Day gift that would brighten anyone's morning. Who doesn't love glitter?
You knew there was a use for those glass bottles and jelly jars around the house. Transformed, these can make for perfect last minute Mother's Day bottle vases. With a coat of paint in white or pretty colors and child created designs, old bottles are ready to be vases and hold those bouquets or goodies, depending on the mom.
Wine Bottle Picture frames
Picture frames are such a classic gift, especially for moms who cannot resist showing off photos of their darling children. Change it up this Mother’s Day with DIY wine bottle picture frames. Reduce, reuse and recycle with fun frames for mom.
These days there is always a ton that mom's have to carry around. Why not make it just a little bit easier by giving her fun DIY shopping totes this Mother’s Day? Pick up plain canvas or cloth bags from the local craft shop and go to town. You can even use vegetables and fruits as stamps in some fabric paint to decorate those carry-alls for mom. This great gift will be ready for the groceries in no time.
Cookbook Recipe Bookmark
Sometimes it gets super hectic in the kitchen; you understand Mom is doing a ton of things at once to get dinner ready or get those cupcakes prepped. A perfect little Mother's Day gift to keep her on track is a cute handmade cookbook bookmark. Use card stock and cut a fun shape — maybe Mom would like a giant spoon or something that reminds her of you. Color, decorate, paint, put your own spin on it, and then laminate the finished product to protect the bookmark artwork from kitchen mishaps.
Egg Carton Sewing Organizer
If Mom is an avid sewer, help her to keep her sewing tools organized. An organizer is practical, handy, and easy to make. Pick Mom's favorite color for the outside of the carton kit and a lovely fabric for the handmade cushion. A little time and dedication will help keep mother's needles neat.
Homemade Tea Bags
A warm cup of tea can soothe stressed nerves. Mom could use a cup of tea every once in a while. Make her personalized homemade tea bags with her favorite flavors and scent combinations. Decorate the labels with messages to Mom and small designs. Every time she takes a sip of these Mother’s Day DIY tea bags, she will think of you.
Cookie Mix Kit
What mother doesn't love baked goods from the heart. Assemble favorite cookie recipes in decorative jars and create your own special cookie mix kit. Imagine how much fun you and Mom will have baking those cookies together and enjoying them with a tall glass of milk.
Mini Clay Bowls
Catch-all dishes are great — toss your keys in them, toss those rings, extra change, whatever needs to be put down, these little bowls are there for you. But what would make a catch-all even more great... is if the kiddies made them for Mother’s Day. DIY mini clay bowls will do just the trick and the kids can make them custom gifts for mum.