Can you remember back to childhood and think about the best gift that you ever gave your mom? Chances are she loved it so much because it was homemade. Now that you are older, you may feel like you have outgrown the concept of homemade gifts for your mom — but think again. With just a little bit of creativity and craftiness, you can use your skills to have a homemade gift that will look like it came off the shelf of a high-end store.
In this article, we will show a collection of great gift ideas for moms that you can make yourself, organized by skill level.
Easy DIY Gifts For Mom
DIY Charging Cable Holder
Carrying around charging cables and other various cords around with us has become a part of life. However, anyone who has lost a cord within the depths of their bag knows how frustrating it can be. Not only does it make it difficult to find the cord that you are in need of, but the nature of the cord can mean that it gets entangled in your purse and makes a giant mess.
This DIY leather “cord keeper” from Nourish and Nestle is the perfect solution to the problems that a loose cable poses. That fact that it is both practical and adorable makes it the ultimate DIY gift!
Customizable Wooden Designs
This isn’t so much one DIY idea as much as it’s a number of different design ideas! This tutorial from the Art of Doing Stuff will show you how you can print on wood and personalize a variety of items. We love this way that this takes a little bit of a “shortcut” to the concept of DIY, while still allowing you to make something that is totally memorable! Some of the places that you could apply this technique include a cutting board, a wall hanging, a planter…the possibilities truly are endless!
This idea from Martha Stweart is so clever and easy to pull off! The idea behind it is simple: you find a print out of a map of a place that means a lot to you and your mom, and print it on. Then, using embroidery thread, re-trace the route that you took as a way to forever preserve the memories of the time you spent together! Not only is this heartfelt, but it’s also inexpensive, and can be hung on their wall as a constant reminder of your special relationship.
Tiny Succulent Zen Garden
Are you familiar with the concept of a zen garden? If not, here is a little introduction: classic zen gardens have their routes in Zen Buddhism from Japan, and they were first conceived of as a reminder of nature that could be used to aid in the act of meditation. If your mom is always looking for different ways to relax, then making her her own little zen garden that she can keep on her desk or on her bedside table is a great DIY gift idea. Find a tutorial at Dwell Beautiful.
DIY Fabric Baskets
The next one might seem a bit too complicated to be put in the “easy” category, but it is actually quite simple provided you have a Circut machine. This is the perfect gift for mom who is an avid sewer or crafter, because it makes the perfect reciprocal for scraps and other odds and ends that would otherwise easily get lost! Get the details from the Polka Dot Chair.
Mom’s Emergency Candy Stash
What could be better than a gift that is creative, cute, and edible? This gift idea works great if you are working with a child to make a gift for a parent, and can even be great if you are looking for an idea of what you could DIY for a friend who also happens to be a super mom.
Get the idea from Crafty Morning —of course, you can adjust this idea in any way that you please, including adding different kinds of candy and sweets that will better suit the recipient’s tastes.
This tutorial is intended for preschool-aged children, and while it would be a great craft idea for toddlers, it can also be adapted for children of all ages as well as adults! No matter who is making it, the end result is a gorgeous and somewhat avant-garde collection of coasters that can be made with acrylic paint and sealed with mod podge. Get the idea from We Are Scout.
Intermediate DIY Gifts for Mom
For many of us, books are precious items and should be kept in pristine condition and stored on a bookshelf. However, if you have an old vintage book that is not going to be read anytime soon, even the most ardent of book preservationists will probably agree that it’s okay to use it for a craft.
This idea from Happily Dwell is pretty ingenious and can be made with a small number of supplies. It makes the perfect decoration to add to any end table or fireplace!
DIY Chalkboard Menu
If you are looking for a gift for the mom in your life who is all about creating and cooking new recipes, then look no further than this adorable DIY chalkboard menu from Ella Claire and Co. Of course, this gift can be given to somebody who doesn’t spend as much time in the kitchen as well, as it could be used as a platform for motivational quotes, to-do lists — anything really!
Twine Mom Sign
This gift idea is great for Mother’s Day, or for any other time of the year when you want to make sure that your mom knows just how much you appreciate her. It could also be used as a platform for showing off newly-received engagement photos or baby photos of yours! This tutorial from Lily Ardor may look a bit involved at first glance, but it is actually all laid for you and relatively simple to do!
Lemon Peppermint Antibacterial Hand Scrub
Some of the best gifts that you can give another person are the ones that can be used on your body! Things like lotions, body scrubs, and lip scrubs make for wonderful gifts because they are so practical! You can tell that this hand scrub from the Fresh Cooky will smell amazing based on its ingredients alone, and it also looks great! This is a wonderful DIY option for anyone who isn’t super “crafty” in the traditional sense but still wants to make something special.
Hand Knitted Dishcloths
Here is one for all of you knitters out there! Dishcloths are one of those items that it seems like there could simply never be enough of. Give the mom in your life the perfect gift in the form of a collection of hand knitted dishcloths by following this tutorial from Nourish and Nestle. Not only are these super practical, but they will also allow for your loved one to think of you every single time they use them!
Advanced DIY Gifts for Mom
Earrings are one of the most popular types of jewelry for a reason, and fortunately they are also one of the easiest kinds of jewelry to DIY! You can make these tassel earrings from Made In a Day with just a little bit of determination, although it will be helpful if you have some jewelry-making experience. Your gift recipient will not believe you didn’t get them at a small local shop!
Goat Milk Honey Soap
As we mentioned earlier, the best kind of gifts are the DIY ones that you can use on your body! This includes the likes of homemade soap, such as this nurturing goat’s milk honey soap from Practical Self-Reliance. If you have never made your own soap before, there could be a bit of a learning curve, but once you’ve made it you will be hooked!
If you are unfamiliar with what a sachet is, it’s basically a small bag that is filled with potpourri that can add a pleasant scent to a room as well as a decoration! We love the way that this tutorial from Nourish and Nestle shows you how you can make a variety of different types of sachets to suit the tastes and favorite scents of your gift recipient.
So there you have it — once you start getting used to making gifts for the important people in your life by hand, you won’t want to ever purchase a store bought gift again! Not only will your gift bring them joy in the moment of receiving it, but they will be forever reminded of your appreciation every time they use a gift.