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Mother's Day Gifts Kids Can Make


Mother’s Day is a day to thank Mom for all that she does all year long, and to show her how much she is loved.  This can be accomplished in many ways but for it to be really special why not make her a special present.  The important thing about making a present is to make sure it is personal.  Mom’s present should be unique to her, something that is very special to her and her alone. Presents can be made personal by having them relate to a specific event, hobby, or loved one. For example use photographs to personalize your present or make something about Mom’s favorite sport or activity.  So pull out the supplies and make a craft for Mother's day.

Listed below are some great presents for mom from the kids:



Dedication Tape

Pull out your camcorder and create a tape for mom!!  Be sure to get everyone involved; in front of and behind the camera.   You will need to be creative with this one.

Take one child at a time have them state their name and age and then ask them questions as you film.  You may need to adjust your questions based on the age of your kids.  Examples:
What is you favorite thing to do with Mom?
Where is your favorite place to go with Mom?
What is the funniest thing that Mom ever did?
What is something that Mom has taught you to do?
Why is your mom the best mom in the world?
What do you love about your mom?
What is your favorite food that mom makes?

You may want to have them make something for mom and present it to her on film as well.  They could explain what they made, how they made it and why it is special.

The kids can put on a show or sing a song to add to the film.

When your filming project is complete you are guaranteed to leave her with a smile and the kids will have a blast making it.



Decorative Check Book Covers. 

Check book covers can be purchased at  To locate them put the words check book covers in the search block. Decorate card stock with markers.  You can do a picture, words, or a geometric design. Once completed place the card stock into the plastic check book cover. It simple, functional and very cute.  I did this project at my the Holiday Workshop at my children's school and it was a great easy craft.



Beach  Paper Weight

This is a great present for the Mom who loves the beach.  Take a large baby food jar (or any jar that size) clean and remove all labels.  Fill the bottom, about ¾ of an inch, with sand.  Add a few miniature sea shells or nautical items. Tightly secure the lid, tie a ribbon around the jar and you have an ocean paperweight.



House Key Holder

Compliments of Family fun magazine

Family Key Keeper



A personalized rack that Mom (and everyone else) can use to keep track of car and house keys.



Materials Needed
Two picture hangers
2 ½ by 12 inch pine board
Several wooden spoons ( purchased at a craft store)
Twine or yarn
Small brass cup hooks

First, attach the picture hangers to the back of the pine board according to the package directions.

Decorate the wooden spoons with colored markers to resemble each person and pet in your family. When they're done coloring, fashion hairdos by gluing on pieces of yarn

Next, glue the handle of each spoon to the back of the pine board, as shown, so that the characters are spaced equally apart.

Once the glue dries, screw a brass hook into the board below each character, and the rack is ready to give as a gift.
Note: Rather than drawing the face you can cut out the face from family photos a glue in place and then draw the body.  Also for a more personalized touch add names.


Personalized Note Pads

This is a simple but useful present.  Have your child decorate the top of a piece of paper (the size you want your note pad to be) and then take it to a copy shop or printer to be made into notepads

Edible Gifts

You will always be safe with something homemade or baked.  The kids can help make cookies or a cake and decorate it.  How about chocolate covered pretzels or chocolate covered strawberries.  Fudge is quick and easy to make.  Mom will love it.



Specialized Tee Shirt

Purchase a tee shirt Mom’s size and a package of tee-shirt transfers from you local craft store. 
Create an image on your computer or scan a picture.
Follow the directions on your tee-shirt transfer package to print and transfer the image to the shirt.  Be sure to remember when creating your image to flip it prior to printing so that it prints properly on the shirt.  Note: When ironing the transfer on to the shirt be sure to do it on a flat surface NOT an ironing board.



Mom's Special Candle

Materials Needed:

4x8  cream color pillar candle
Bag of bird seed
Aluminum pan
Tacky glue and brush
Natural color raffia (purchase in craft store)

Take the bird seed and pour it into the aluminum pan.  Take your brush dip it into the glue and cover the bottom 3 or 31/2 inches of the candle (sides only).  Take the candle and roll in the bird seed until the glued area is cover with seed.  Tie a piece of raffia ribbon with a bow around the candle just above the bird seed decoration.


Fun Box

This can be made into a “Trinket Box" for earrings and rings, or a "Desk Organizer" for paper clips and rubber bands. 

You will need a small plastic case with compartments, Foam sticky letters spelling “MOM”,
and decorations specific for your theme. 

Decorate the top of the box, add the word Mom and fill with Mom’s special items.



No-sew fleece pillow

You can make mom a great throw pillow.

This is an awesome project that I did with my Girl Scout troop.  We used vibrant colors with a pattern on one side and a coordinating solid color on the other side.  We used  pillow filler rather than a pillow form and they turned out great.  Just make sure you use enough filler and get in all of the corners.  It does take some time to tie all of the knots so you may want to allow a few takes to do this project so that the kids do not get tired.

Materials Needed
Fleece fabric (when choosing the fabric consider the colors in your house)
White pillow form or you can use white pillow filler
Iron on letters or Fabric paint

Measure fleece fabric to the desired dimensions, then add 4 in. to your measurements for all four sides to allow for the pillow’s fringe. Cut two identical-sized panels out of the fleece, according to your measurements.  You can use the same fabric or a different color on each side.

Hold both fleece panels together. Cut a row of 1-in.-wide vertical strips along one side of both fleece panels. Repeat for all four sides.

Tie knots along three of the four sides of the fleece panels by tying one vertical strip (from the fleece panel on top) together with one back strip (from the fleece panel on the bottom) and knot tightly.

Three sides of the fleece panels should be closed, creating a pocket. Tuck the pillow form or the white filler into the pocket.  Now knot the remaining fleece strips on the last side to close up the pillow cover.

Personalize it with fabric paint, ribbon, or button if desired.   


Photo Wallet Card

Create a portable photo album for Mom to keep in her wallet

Materials needed

Card Stock
Glue stick
Clear contact paper or packing tape
Family pictures – trim and cut into shapes to fit nicely into a collage.  You may want to use mostly faces since this is a small area.

Trace a credit card onto card stock and cut out the shape.   Arrange pictures on card stock in a design that you like and then glue them.  Write a special greeting on the back, you may want to include the age of the kids.  Next cover the front and back if the card with clear contact paper or clear packing tape leaving an 1/8 inch border on all sides.  Note: you can also laminate the card at a copy shop.

Mini Travel Kit

Purchase a sturdy, expandable plastic envelope from an office supply store.  Make sure it is small enough to fit into the glove compartment of your car.  Have the kids decorate the front.  Fill with on-the-road essentials: map, pen, sticky notes, gum, roll of quarters, package of tissues, package of hand wipes, hand sanitizer.

NOTE: This can be altered to be used as a “first aid kit” simply filling with Tylenol, Band-Aids, Neosporin, etc.. OR a “Travel toiletry kit” by adding a toothbrush, and travel size toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant and conditioner.

A Sweet Gift for Mother's Day

Decorate a medium terra cotta pot with hearts  or flowers and fill it will Styrofoam. 

Cover the foam with moss.

Attach the candy bars referred to in the poem below to bamboo skewers (tape to the back so that you do not ruin the candy)

Place skewers into the pot  at varying heights, like a flower arrangement, and attach the following poem.

Dear Mom:
We want to thank you for all you do for us. You do "Good and Plenty" around our house each and every day. You help us by giving us "Mounds" of  support, and we realize that the lessons you have taught us will help us both "Now and Later" in life.  We know that you love us to (Reeses) "Pieces" and many times you make us "(Tootsie) Roll" with laughter.  We also understand that we make you "Nutrageous" at times yet you are always "Jolly (Rancher)" and sweet all time. We wish we could give you a "100 Grand" on "Payday" but all we have is "Hugs" and "Kisses" and a "Symphony" of voices saying Thank You.....Happy Mother's Day. Hope this gift brings a "Bit o Honey" to your day




Create a “Sweet” Mother’s Day Card

Materials Needed:

Card Stock
One piece of each of the following miniature candies (Tootsie Roll, Jolly Rancher, Hershey Bar, Pay Day and M&M)

Take the card stock and at the top put the following words:  YOUR ARE THE GREATEST MOM IN THE WORLD BECAUSE… You can either print these words with a marker or create them on the computer and glue them on to the card stock.

Glue each piece of candy in a straight line down the left side of the paper.  Leave space between and next to each piece of candy to write/computer generate a clever message.

At the bottom write HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY MOM.  You can either print these words with a marker or create them on the computer and glue them on to the card stock.




“You make us roll with laughter”


“You’re the jolliest, sweetest Mom in the world”


"You are an All-American classic”


“You work so hard for all of us”


“We love you More and More each Day”



Rice Krispies Mother's Day Mug


  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 (10 ounce) package regular marshmallows
  • 6 cups KELLOGG'S RICE KRISPIES cereal
  • Prepared frosting
  • Red food coloring
  • Chocolate syrup


  1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt margarine or butter and marshmallows in a microwave set on HIGH for 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute. Stir until mixture is smooth.
  2. Add KELLOGG'S RICE KRISPIES cereal and red food colouring, stirring until well coated. Allow cereal mixture to cool slightly. With buttered hands, shape cereal mixture into mugs, reserving small portions of cereal mixture for handles. Attach handle to mug with frosting. Add chocolate syrup for 'coffee' colour. Decorate as desired.