Spring has finally made her long-awaited appearance on the calendar! After an exhausting and snowy winter, it’s a delight to see the cheery faces of spring bulbs finally starting to blossom. Stashing the snow pants and boots away in storage marks one of my happiest days of the year!
Another one of my happiest days in Spring will come mid-May, when we take time to celebrate our moms on Mother’s Day. As a woman who loves all things creative, I think Mother’s Day provides a lovely reason to pull out craft supplies and make something pretty! Though the stores will be filled with cards, bouquets, and keepsakes designed for Mother’s Day gifts, we all know there’s something really special about receiving a homemade gift.
So why not make a few sweet memories with your kids and work on a project for Mother’s Day together? And to help you get some ideas and inspiration, I scoured the Web and put together a list of great projects for kids both big and small. From simple handprint projects for toddlers to an easy beginner sewing project your tween could try, you’ll find something your kids can make, no matter their age.
So take a peek, pick a project (or two), and have fun celebrating the special women we call “Mom” and “Grandma.”
Crafts For Littles
Such a sweet little project for younger kids, I’m sure any grandma would treasure this tote!
I love the “mess-free” aspect of this project, which makes it especially well-suited for your toddler. For a fun variation, you could make a flower shape or spell out the letters “Mom” or “Grandma.”
These cheerful and colorful yarn flowers are so simple for little crafters and tucked into a mason jar, they will brighten any mama’s day.
Mom (or Grandma) will love sipping her coffee in this pretty mug. And since it only requires drawing simple dots, it’s a great project for little hands.
These fun little flowers look charming on the cards above, or you could put together a whole “bouquet” of them on a large piece of construction paper.
Another mug that’s going to melt mom’s heart, this project makes a special keepsake featuring the fingerprints of your littles.
Here’s an upgraded version of the familiar “pasta on a string” jewelry that toddlers love to make. Though it might not be grandma’s first choice to wear on a fancy night out, it’s sure to claim a special place in her jewelry box!
Toddlers can have fun swirling these cute pipe cleaner flowers together with a little “gluing” help from mom. These colorful flowers would also look charming on a simple canvas that mom or grandma can hang on the wall.
Crafts for Middles (Elementary-Age)
Here’s a great way to put washi tape to work and brighten up mom’s kitchen. For a fun added touch: Buy a simple white canister to place all the utensils in, and decorate with the same colorful washi tapes.
10. Beaded Key Chain
This kid-friendly key chain craft uses a simple pipe cleaner and key ring instead of fussing with a bunch of special jewelry-making tidbits. Grab some beads in mom’s fav colors and get crafting!
Have a mom who loves to garden? These simple plant markers would make a perfect gift. For a fun twist: Buy some potted herbs and make spoon markers with their names on them, then give to a grandma who loves to cook!
Are your kids Perler crazy? Here’s a great project to put those little beads to work on a Mother’s Day memo book! (Other Perler ideas: Make a set of coasters doing floral or geometric patterns. Glue a magnet to the back of flowers or butterflies made from Perler patterns. Search Google images for dozens of great pattern ideas.)
13. Crayon Candles
Crayon candles are always fun for kids to make, and they’re a great way to use up those crayons that have seen better days.
Melt mom’s heart with these big blooms made from coffee filters!
Another fun yarn project: Just add some fresh flowers and you’re set! Or tuck in some Coffee Filter flowers (see above) for a bouquet that will never wilt.
Pretty up a plain notebook with some scrapbook papers and ribbon to create a lovely journal for grandma or mom. (There’s instructions/pics to make a washi tape version of this craft too!)
How cute is this canvas full of button flowers? If your kids are a bit older and know how to sew a button, this would be adorable apple to a canvas tote too!
It wouldn’t be a kids craft roundup without a popsicle stick project, would it? These vases, with a cheerful plant tucked inside, will make mom smile.
Here’s a great gift idea for book-loving moms or grandmas. This post includes a template you can download and use to sew simple designs onto paper!
This painting project is so simple, and so stinking’ cute! With just dots and straight lines to paint, this project is perfect for kids. You could also try painting these designs on clear glass votive holders and package with some colorful tea lights.
For Older Kids (Tween/Teen)
What girl doesn’t like a craft project involving nail polish? And what mom wouldn’t love sipping out of a colorful mug made by someone who loves her?
23. Beaded Necklace
Add a little sparkle and color to plain wooden beads to create this pretty necklace for grandma or mom. As a nice bonus, this post includes a downloadable tag that says “Mom, thank you for being the string that holds us together.” How sweet is that?!
This is listed as a Valentine’s Craft, but I think these luminaries will warm hearts on Mother’s Day too!
This tutorial has easy-to-follow images to help your teen/tween learn how to make tassels and pom-poms and string them all together to make these fun bag charms. I think yhey’d be cute as key chains too!
26. Bath Salts
Give mom a little pampering with this bath salt craft that’s perfect for tweens. And bonus–there’s free printable tags you can use too!
Craft up a set of notecards for mom in no time using washi tape! Free printable embellishments will help you get them done in no time.
Here’s a trendy little wreath your teen or tween can easily put together. Try tying a pretty ribbon at the top that mom can use to hang.
You kids can get in touch with their inner Van Gogh as they paint these lovely swirly flowers. They’d look great on a Mother’s Day card, or try on a canvas to create some memorable wall art for grandma.
Here’s a perfect project for beginner seamstresses: Embellishing dish towels with pretty ribbons and trim for mom! (This tutorial shows designs using both fabric and ribbon. I recommend the ribbon-only designs for young sewers.)