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Gifts Kids Can Make for Mom

It’s a scientific fact that moms love handmade gifts more than anything else. Whether kids craft a unique keepsake booklet, a loving card, or a cute trinket, there's nothing more special to Mom. Mother's Day is the perfect time to try making something new and fun!

Below are some fun crafts that Mom (or Grandma, or even Dad, Grandpa, Aunt or Uncle) will love! Crafts marked with Friday Fun are great for classroom or group craft time. Aunt Annie also has more card crafts for children, see Greeting Cards Kids Can Make.

The card projects range in difficulty from VERY EASY to AVERAGE.


Browse this page for descriptions and illustrations of the gift and card craft projects that kids can make, then have some crafting fun!

  • Cardstock Animal Bookmarks - Make animal shaped bookmarks from cardstock. Just print, color, cut and bend to make these cute bookmarks for yourself or to give as gifts. This is a good project for kids to practice coloring and cutting. It is also a quick craft for adults to make as gifts for the kids and grandkids!

    VERY EASY

  • Washcloth Bath Bags Friday Fun - Sew up a nifty bag for your bath from a washcloth and ribbon. Put soap or bath salts inside and relax in a sudsy tub of warm water. But don't stop there! The bath bags also double as bath mitts for the kids. They also make great gift bags for handmade soaps!

    VERY EASY

  • Chocolate Spoons Friday Fun - It's easy and fast to make these tasty treats, then wrap them up with ribbon and cellophane. Use these fancy spoons to add a special touch to a dinner party, make a unique hostess gift, or brighten someone's day! Make mocha coffee in a flash by using a chocolate spoon to stir hot milk into your coffee!

    EASY

  • Layered Soaps Friday Fun - In this project, learn how to make soaps with different colored layers using the melt and pour soap making technique. You can create guest soaps in colors to match your kitchen or bath decor or to give as a special gift. The whole family can have fun making soaps.

    EASY

  • Shiny Paper Beads Friday Fun - See how easy it is to recycle paper scraps and magazines to make colorful paper beads. After winding the paper into beads and varnishing them for a shiny finish and durability, the beads can be strung into bracelets, necklaces and even beaded room dividers!

    EASY

  • Suede Leather Bracelets - In this project, create a bracelet from scraps of suede leather. Cut a strip of leather, glue on motifs of a contrasting color and fasten with a Velcro® fastener. This is a good first leather craft project and requires no special leather craft tools.

    AVERAGE

  • Keepsake Booklets Friday Fun - Did you know that you're already an author? You've made so many wonderful drawings and stories. Why not collect them all together in a booklet (or two)? Mom will love this special keepsake. You can even write a special story about the two of you, and illustrate it!

    EASY

  • Love Bugs Friday Fun - Some insects are creepy, and some are crawly, but not these little ladybugs. Use plaster of Paris to create cute critters that can decorate gifts or become pins and magnets. Bet Mom has never wanted to wear a bug before!

    VERY EASY

  • Easy Mother's Day Cards Friday Fun - Mom will love these pretty cards with simple paper cutouts. Express yourself by adding a drawing, rubber stamps, or clip-art.

    VERY EASY

  • Artwork Bookmarks Friday Fun - Losing your place in a book is the worst! Help Mom keep track of her reading, and make her smile every time she picks up her book with a bookmark made from one of your favorite drawings.

    VERY EASY

  • Paper Mosaic Friday Fun - Mosaics are one of the world's oldest art forms. You don't need tiles or ceramic to make one—just use paper scraps from other projects to create a picture of anything you want! Flowers and geometric patterns are especially good for this project. Mom will love one for Mother's Day!

    VERY EASY to EASY

  • Mother's Day Pop-Up Card - Pop goes the weasel—and so does this easy pop-up card! Everyone from little crafters to teens and adults will enjoy making this card. You can also add pop-up hearts to commercial cards. What will you write on your pop-up heart?

    EASY

  • Punched Bookmarks Friday Fun - Feeling literary? Recycle old paper scraps and pieces of ribbon into lovely bookmarks. You can give them as gifts—or just read a lot of books at once! Whether at home or in the classroom, groups will enjoy making these creative placeholders.

    VERY EASY

  • Paper Flowers Friday Fun - Make a bouquet of pretty flowers that will never die! Or, decorate your Mother's Day present with a few of these colorful paper blooms. The best part: they’ll never need water!

    EASY

  • Trinket Box Friday Fun - Mom's bracelets, brooches and other baubles deserve a special storage place. With some cardboard tubes, a cereal box, and scraps of ribbon or paper, you can make a cute little trinket box to keep her treasures safe and sound.

    AVERAGE

  • Pocket Cards Tutorial - Everything is better with pockets! This card tutorial will teach you how to make greeting cards with pockets—fill them with little paper presents for a truly special someone. Mom would love a pocket card made by her older kids and filled with presents from her youngest.

    AVERAGE

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Heart pop-ups in three sizes

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Tip: Add heart pop-ups to any greeting card and decorate the pop-ups with rubber stamps. For the printable pop-up pattern, see the Pop-Up Card project.

Decorate gifts with paper flowers

Tip: Decorate gifts for Mom with Paper Flowers.

Attach love bugs to flowers and give as a gift

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Tip: Love Bugs make terrific gifts and look really cute attached to flowers or plants.

This love bug is pinned to Aunt Annie's Paper Flowers.

ePaper Extra

Heart ePaper

Tip: Use Aunt Annie's Pastel Hearts, Little White Hearts on Red and Small White Hearts on Red ePapers to make cards, gift enclosures, boxes, or add as a decorative band around a present.

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