Moms love homemade presents, it’s science. And that mug you made her at summer camp, which she uses daily, is proof.
But your DIY skills have come a long way since then, right? So if Mother’s Day finds you a little light on cash or if you just want to make her feel extra special by adding in a little sweat equity, then this list of DIY ideas is for you.
If you’re thinking that your mom would prefer a store-bought gift, then you’re forgetting that mamas appreciate a little thing called effort—and that secret ingredient is free, friends. Plus, crafting a gift yourself doesn’t automatically make it a pile of junk she’ll never look at again. In fact, these (low-key genius) ideas below cover all her favorite things, like food, fashion, and beauty. It’s pretty surprising how much you can make with very few supplies and a little bit of creativity. Let’s get crafty.
A gift basket
Not DIY savvy? Don’t sweat it. Here’s the easiest possible make your own gift idea. Give it a theme and it’s as simple as piling a few of her favorite things in a cute container and wrapping it up with a bow. Here are some ideas of what to include in different themed versions:
Foodie: Favorite snacks, jarred sauces, wine, cocktail mixers, candies, spreads, jams
Beauty: Nail polish, face masks, travel size extras, cosmetic tools, a perfume
Mindfulness: A great book, Animal Spirit cards, crystals, a meditation guide
Give mom a sweet spot to stash her baubles at the end of the day with this ring holder DIY from Almost Makes Perfect. So easy to make yourself, you don’t need a whole lot of crafty know-how.
Clear out her pores and do a little detox with this beautiful facial steam from Linda Campos. A little self-care seems just right for the woman who takes care of everyone else.
Cute Straw Hat
Every fashion forward mom needs a hat that sends a message. Whether she’s lounging poolside or out in the garden, this DIY from Collective Gen is sure to make her feel sassy.
Painted Dipped Spoons
Make whipping up dinner feel a little more special with a pretty set of stirring spoons. Lydi Out Loudshows you how to get the look with acrylic craft paint and painter’s tape—it’s so easy.
Stop, drop, and fizz. Make your own bath bombs for mom with pantry staples, no need to spend tons of money to buy one when you can make a dozen for the same price. These rose, lavender, and oatmeal versions from Lovely Greens smell great and nourish the skin.
Bring all the best smells of summer indoors by combining mom’s favorite scents into one incense bundle. This DIY from Sugar & Cloth uses flowers and herbs to impart just the right hints of fragrance.
A free spirited, décor lover won’t be able to resist this DIY wall hanging from A Beautiful Mess. Make with chunky pieces of yarn, don’t be intimidated by the intricacy, it’s easier than it looks.
A small, simple necklace layered with a few favorites is a beautiful choice for mom. This bead bar version from Happy Together feels timeless but still easy to do if you have zero jewelry experience.
Painted Candle Holders
Celebrate her love of the beach with these easy to DIY sea glass inspired votive holders. Style Me Pretty has the full tutorial but it’s so simple you’ll barely need it.
Have clever luggage tag will travel! For your favorite globetrotter, these embellished tags from Sarah Hearts will help her quickly ID her bags. Maybe it’s time you book that mother daughter trips she’s been hinting at.
For the woman who has everything, why not gift her your manual labor? For the seriously cash strapped kid, these printable coupons from Clementine Creative give you the chance to show your love.
Infused Olive Oil
Ideal for dunking a piece of fresh baked bread or adding flavor to her favorite Italian dish, this infused olive oil from Just Putzing Around the Kitchen is easy to make. Combine your favorite spices with a quality olive oil and you’re all set.
Custom Tote Bag
Gift her a completely personalized gym bag or shopping tote. All it takes is a steady hand and some craft paint, but follow these steps on the Joann’s blog to customize one for mom.
Indulge her green thumb with a beautiful spot to place her favorite houseplant. The full tutorial at Love Create Celebrate will easily walk you through the steps.