7 Charming Mother's Day Gifts

Mothers' Day has its origins in the United States, where it has been a national holiday since 1914. But instead of buying presents this year, we thought it'd be a nice change to show your appreciation for your mom by making your own. Here are 7 ideas you may want to try!

1. Give Me A Hand!

This is a particularly great gift for mothers who have three or more children. Each child paints the palm of their hand including the fingers in a different color and presses it against a piece of paper. The eldest child goes first, the youngest last. To finish, add the year at the bottom and put the picture in a frame.

2. Heart Necklace

You'll Need:

  • oven-safe modeling clay in different colors
  • parchment paper
  • rolling pin
  • heart-shaped cutters
  • pin
  • jump rings and a chain

Here's How:

  1. Wrap the different types of modeling clay around reach other as in the video, and roll it out on the parchment paper.
  2. Use the cutters to make two heart shapes in the clay — one inside of the other. Make a hole in both hearts using the pin.
  3. Bake the clay at 225°F for 30 minutes.
  4. Use the jump rings to attach the chain to the hearts. There you have it — matching necklaces for you and your mom.

3. Folding Photo Album

You'll Need:

  • card
  • box
  • scissors and glue

Here's How:

  1. Cut a long piece of card and fold it up like an accordion. The dimensions of the card should correspond to the size of the photos you're using and the box they'll be kept in.
  2. Glue the photos onto the card, but leave the last piece of card empty.
  3. Make a loop from some string and tape, which you then attach to the back of the first picture at the top.
  4. Glue the bottom of the card to the bottom of the box. Decorate the box as you wish.

4. Photo Fridge Magnets

You'll Need:

  • baby food container
  • portrait photos of your children
  • cardboard
  • hot glue gun
  • small adhesive magnets

Here's How:

First place the lid of the baby food container onto a photo you'd later like to see on your fridge. Use a pen to draw around the lid and cut the image out. Cut out a circle of cardboard that's the same size as the image. Now place a dab of hot glue on the cardboard and stick the image to it. Now dab some glue onto the underside of the lid and stick the cardboard with image onto it. To finish, glue a magnet to the top of the lid and place it onto your fridge.

5. Hand in Hand

Raising kids is a lot of work and before you know it, they're all grown up — heading off to school, going on their first date, and eventually getting ready to move out. Photos and home movies are great ways to preserve that short time between birth and adulthood for all posterity, but why not add something a little different... like a family hand-casting made from gypsum! Get the instructions for the DIY Plaster Hand Mold.

6. Photo Cube

  1. For this, you'll need 4 plastic CD cases. First, remove the hinged lid and glue the cases together at the edges to create a cube. The front of each CD case should be facing outward.
  2. Reinsert the hinged lids and place the photos inside like a booklet.

7. 3D Pictures

You'll Need:

  • craft glue
  • shaving foam
  • food coloring
  • white canvas
  • black acrylic paint
  • piping bag

Here's How:

For the picture below, mix the glue and shaving foam with a food coloring of your choice. Repeat this in different bowls until you have the number of colors you want.  Next, dab the shaving foam mix onto the canvas in each color and leave it to dry for 24 hours. Now draw a tree on the canvas using the black acrylic paint and connect the colored dabs of shaving foam along the branches. Add a beak, some feet and an eye to the dabs so that they look like birds sitting on the branches. Leave the acrylic paint to dry.

Now you have plenty of inspiration for surprising your mom on Sunday. In addition, homemade gifts are certainly more personal and meaningful than presents bought from the store. We hope you have a wonderful Mothers' Day!


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