40+ DIY Mother's Day Crafts That Make the Very Best Gifts

Essential oils, gemstone soaps, and rainbow suncatchers will make Mom's day.

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Moms always say the saaame thing when you ask what they want for Mother's Day: "Don't spend your money on me!" This year, beat her at her own game with a thrifty DIY that looks like it belongs in your town's trendiest boutique. If you think she'd like something from the kitchen too, consider one of our 50 Mother's Day brunch ideas!

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Mike Garten
Coffee Mug Mixers

Help Mom take her java to the next level with these chocolate-and-candy coated mixers.

Get the tutorial for Coffee Mug Mixers »

What you'll need: vintage spoon set ($9 for 6, )

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Wine Cork Coasters

This gift combines Mom's three great loves: you, wine, and keeping the table clean.

What you'll need: wine corks ($10, )

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Honestly WTF
Gemstone Soaps

This blogger suggests using dark colors at the base and lighter colors on top, but cautions against making the soaps too perfect — a random approach makes for better color combos.

What you'll need: soap base ($10, ), soap mold ($8, ), food coloring ($8 for set of 10, )

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DIY Rope Basket

Really, is there anything Mom loves more than an organized home? (Besides you, of course.) This rope basket is surprisingly simple to make and adds texture to any room.

What you'll need: round laundry basket ($24, ), rope ($9, )

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Caramel Latte Tea Cup Candle

Her favorite Starbucks order, now in candle form.

What you'll need: soy wax ($10, ), candle wicks ($5, ), caramel fragrance oil ($3, )

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Bath Bombs

Most DIY Bath Bombs instructions are confusing and offer a less-than-exciting outcome. But, with , Mom will think you bought these fizzers at the spa.

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Monogram Clay Keychains

These stylish, modern keychains add a touch of cool to Mom's car keys and can be customized with her initials or the initials of all her kids.

What you'll need: clay ($6, ), clay embossing kit ($22, )

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Rainbow Suncatcher

Mom will think of you every time she looks at this gorgeous glass-bead suncatcher in the window.

What you'll need: glass beads ($9, )

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Camera Strap Scarf

She's always bringing out the camera to snap pictures of the family, so why not give her a stylish accessory for it?

What you'll need: lightweight scarf ($8, )

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Marble Clay Handprint Jewelry Tray

This pretty jewelry tray in the shape of her kids' handprint is sure to make Mom shed a tear (in a good way!).

What you'll need: polymer clay ($10, ), acrylic metallic paint ($2 per bottle, )

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Mother's Day Candle

A store-bought candle has nothing on this inspired creation. Use a sweet picture of you and mom or one of the whole family together.

What you'll need: white pillar candles ($18, ), embossing heat gun ($20, ), pictures

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Homemade Coffee Syrup

Make her mornings extra-sweet with this thoughtful gift that can be customized to Mom's favorite flavors.

What you'll need: glass bottle with spout ($12 for 2, )

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The Kipi Blog
Floral Tea Bags

Make tea time even prettier with these simple floral attachments — we recommend choosing Mom's favorite flowers in plastic form for longevity.

What you'll need: small artificial flowers ($11, )

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WATCH: How to Make the Prettiest Essential Oil Diffusers Ever

Mom will love these beautiful diffusers filled with heavenly essential oils.

What you'll need: sweet almond oil ($11 for 16-oz. bottle, ), essential oil ($16 for set of 6, ), glass bottles ($15 for 12, )

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Lovely Indeed
Colorful Luggage Tag

For the well-traveled mom, upgrade a dollar-store luggage tag with metallic and neon paint and she'll have a reminder of you while on the road.

What you'll need: luggage tag ($6 for 2, ), craft paint ($2, )

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Homemade Banana
Tassel Necklace

Make a statement with a colorful accessory that's party-ready. This blogger recommends using a needle to comb through the tassels after wearing to keep them neat and full.

What you'll need: embroidery thread ($7, ), seed beads ($7, )

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A Pumpkin & A Princess
Soothing Scrub

Treat Mom to this sweet-smelling citrus and passion fruit spa treatment. She'll instantly feel like she's on a mini tropical vacation.

What you'll need: passion tea ($8, ), jojoba oil ($11, )

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Sisoo
Covered Journal

Wrap a plain notebook with origami paper to create a treasured diary. Even better: Write a heartfelt note inside.

What you'll need: origami paper ($7, )

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Making Lemonade
Gilded Agate Coasters

Trendy agate gets a metallic accent in this surprisingly easy project. Plus, the set will make up for all the times you didn't use a coaster growing up.

What you'll need: agate slices ($25, ), gold paint ($6, )

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Brooke McClay
K-Cup Bath Bombs

Lavender oil gives these mini bath bombs calming properties, while epsom salt helps soothe sore muscles and stuffy noses!

What you'll need: Essential oil ($16 for set of 6, ), used K-cups

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Blooming Monogram

Giving flowers is so last year. Instead, get creative and make these monogrammed initials that spell out "Mom" in bright blooms.

What you'll need: paper mache letter ($5, ), silk flowers ($10, ), floral foam ($6, )

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Graphic Planters

Color-blocked balsa wood — yep, that stuff from the hobby store — feels modern and cool with the help of mini succulents. We're tempted to keep these for our own windowsill.

What you'll need: balsa wood ($12, ), acrylic paint ($18 for 18, )

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Coffee Cup Holder

You could get her yet another mug that says "World's Best Mom"... or you could change it up this year and make this pretty, rustic-inspired mug organizer.

What you'll need: chalk paint ($6, ), hooks ($7, )

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Pounded Flower Tote

Grab a few colorful flowers from the garden and get hammering to create this nature-inspired tote.

What you'll need: cotton tote ($10, ), alum powder ($9, )

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WATCH: How to Make a Fox Cup Cozy

Help her keep her tea nice and warm on-the-go with this adorable fox cozy.

What you'll need: felt ($20 for 40 sheets, ), quick dry tacky glue ($6, )

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Jewelry Organizer

You and your siblings have given Mom lots of handmade jewelry over the years, from macaroni necklaces to funky earrings. Now, it's time to give her a stylish way to organize 'em.

What you'll need: large photo frame ($36, ), decorative metal sheets ($13, ), paint ($5, )

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Making Home Base
Stamped Tea Towels

Use sliced citrus (or carved potatoes) coated in paint to amp up plain kitchen cloths.


What you'll need: flour sack towels ($14, ), fabric paint ($6, )

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A Beautiful Mess
Marbled Clay Ring Dish

Twist multiple shades of oven-bake clay into a rope before rolling out a ball and shaping your bowl to ensure the jewelry dish's marbleized effect.

What you'll need: oven-bake clay ($7, )

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A Million Moments
Sweet Bouquet

Can't decide between flowers or homemade goodies? These sweet lemonade cupcakes are the best of both worlds.

What you'll need: small metal bucket ($7, )

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My Poppet
Patterned Makeup Bag

Help your mom wrangle her travel musts with a zippered bag — just pick a fabric that matches her personality.

What you'll need: weighted upholstery fabric ($10, ), zipper ($8, )

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