Kid-friendly handmade gift ideas for mom

Posted on May 02 2018

Kid-friendly handmade gift ideas for mom

Mother's Day is right around the corner. Rather than purchasing a gift this year, why not help your kids make mom a homemade present? 

We've got several awesomely cute gifts that are easy for kids to make with just a little adult supervision (depending on the child's age). One thing is certain, any of these gifts will put a huge smile on mom's face.  

We're also giving you our Mother's Day Printable Card for free, just to thank you for being a Perfectly Printed Parties fan. Yes, you heard that right—it's free!

Mother's Day card

Decorative mason jar photo vase

What you need:

  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Mason jar
  • Contact paper
  • Primer spray
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Plastic cup (that fits inside the mason jar)
  • Printed photo of your child
  • Mom's favorite flowers

First, cut the contact paper into a shape (we cut a heart shape because we love mom so much). Make sure it's large enough that the photo can be seen through the shape, but small enough to fit on the side of the jar. Apply the shape to the jar. 

mason jar with contact paper shape attached

Use the primer spray paint and coat the entire outside of the jar.

primer on mason jar

Once the primer is dry, let your kids paint the jar with the acrylic paint.

painting mason jar

Before the acrylic paint dries, remove the contact paper shape, then let the paint dry for at least two hours.

After the paint is completely dry, tape the child’s picture to the inside of the mason jar with his or her photo facing out so it's visible through the open shape. 

photo in mason jar

Lastly, place the plastic cup inside the jar and fill it with water and mom’s favorite flowers.

jar with photo and flowers

Thumbprint butterfly flower pot

What you need:

  • Terra cotta flower pot (we used a 4-inch pot)
  • Black paint marker
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paper plate
  • Plant and soil to fit the size of the pot (optional)

Start by drawing a butterfly body on the flower pot using the black paint marker, as shown in the photo below.

terra cotta pot

Then, add a small amount of paint to a paper plate and have your child press his or her thumb into the paint.

thumb in paint painted thumb

Create the wings of the butterfly using your child's thumbprint in paint.

pot with butterflies

Once the paint is dry, you may wish to add mom's favorite flowering or herb plant to the pot. 

butterfly terra cotta pot

Handprint on a pot holder

What you need:

  • Solid colored pot holder
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush

Using the paint brush and mom's favorite color of acrylic paint, paint the palm side of your child’s hand, including fingers. 

painting hand painted hand

Then, have your child place his or her hand firmly down on the pot holder, making sure to leave a good handprint.

Once the handprint dries, paint your child's name on the pot holder.

pot holder

Cardboard photo display

What you need:

  • Large piece of cardboard
  • Twine
  • Small clothespins
  • Several printed pictures of your child and/or family
  • Chalk
  • Chalk label
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Ribbon (optional)

Have your child lightly paint the cardboard on both sides. Once the cardboard is dry, wrap the twine around the cardboard at least three times, so that on the front you have three separate rows on which you'll hang photos, like you see in the photo below.

 cardboard with twine

Tie your twine as you see below, then secure it with glue to the back of the cardboard.

back of cardboard with twine

Clip the small clothespins to the twine and attach a photo to each clothespin.

Attach the chalk label to an empty space on the front of the cardboard (we added it at the bottom) and use the chalk to write mom a message on the label.

If you want to be even more creative, attach a fun ribbon using glue to the front of the cardboard. 

Your child's masterpiece should look something like this when complete.

cardboard photo display

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