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Great Handmade Gifts For Mother’s Day

By Melissa Summers

Handmade Gifts For Mother's DayMother’s Day is once again around the corner. Holidays have a way of doing this, coming around each year, don’t they? Last year I shared some fabulous last minute gift ideas for moms, you can see them here. This year I’ve come up with five reasonably easy and still lovely gifts you can help your kid make for their mother. (Pretend I’m talking to all the dads right now. You can share this with them.)

My son’s preschool class did a craft like this cute Recipe Dish Towel from Wondertime, except theirs came in book form. Each child shared their favorite dish their mother’s make and how they thought it was made. My son mentioned my chicken pot pie and his recipe was very helpful. “Take some vegetables, chicken and soup or something. Mix them together and put a sort of bread on top. I think.” Look out Julia Child! For this project your child’s recipe with a picture is put onto Iron on Transfer paper and adhered to a dish towel.

Handmade Gifts For Mother's DayMartha offers up this plaster hand or foot casting project as a gift idea. I have a cast of my now nine-year-old’s baby hand and I can’t tell you how touching it is, especially now that she’s nearly a double digit. It’s the kind of gift that gets more special each year as your kid’s hand grows. You can follow the direction at the Martha Stewart site, or find a cast kit at your local craft store. Do yourself a favor though, don’t leave the kit in your kid’s closet where you promptly forget about it until that one naptime when your kid is super quiet and you go in a couple hours later to find this. I know it looks like TONS of fun, but it wasn’t.

Handmade Gifts For Mother's DayFlowers are always a big hit with moms, especially in the spring when we’re all relishing the newness of everything coming back to life after a long winter. However, save the cut flower gifts for your kids once they’re young adults and forget all about Mother’s Day requiring a frantic last minute call to a florist. These coffee filter flowers are an incredibly simple project even very small hands can do.

Handmade Gifts For Mother's DayThis ever-lasting flower bouquet incorporates photos of mom’s extra special kids. In a vase, these would make a nice desktop decoration for the office. I suggest using this kind of paper from the Martha Stewart collection for a simple and colorful set of flowers.
Handmade Gifts For Mother's Day
Family Fun, as usual, has a lot of great Mother’s Day craft ideas but this one in particular is my favorite. It’s a bead and wire sun catcher to hang in your window. I have the perfect window for this piece, it’s the one over my sink in the kitchen. The one we’ve been saying, ‘Man, we have to get a set of blinds for this window.

My retinas are being FRIED’, about for almost 9 months now. Still, we do nothing. Instead of buying blinds, maybe one of my kids will make me this and I’ll appreciate the blinding sun a little more as I cook dinner each night.

In case I don’t get a chance to say it later, may your Mother’s Day be everything you’d like it to be.

Melissa Summers
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Melissa Summers

Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.


Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.

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  • Isabel Kallman

    Isabel Kallman

    May 4, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    My son and I are making grandma a terrarium for her office. She was admiring the ones we made last weekend and I was “Aha!”

  • Handmade

    November 11, 2008 at 12:25 am

    These are really great Hhandmade gifts.