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20 DIY Mother’s Day Gifts That Your Siblings Can't Compete With

Moms do love handmade gifts, after all.

April 16, 2021
Photo by Rocky Luten

In case you hadn’t realized, Mother’s Day is coming right on up. For some reason, it feels as if I’m always prepping for this day far longer than other holidays or birthdays. I’m also never quite satisfied with the gifts I get my mom, likely because she’s owed a lifetime of gifts for her unwavering contributions to our family.

So what’s the best way to really show your mom you love her? Throw it back to your preschool days and literally make her a gift. All those cards, pasta necklaces, and pieces of handprint art she’s kept all these years made her happy for a reason—you took the time to do it yourself.

Below, we’ve gathered 20 of the most useful and adorable gifts to make for Mom this year, and there’s something for every DIY skill level. The good news is, even if these projects don’t turn out as intended, your mom will understand—it truly is the thought that counts.

1. Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bags

I’m willing to bet your mom is still nostalgic for the days when she carefully and lovingly packed your school lunches, so these carefully and lovingly DIY-ed sandwich bags return the favor after all these years.

2. Wooden Trivets

If mom is usually scrambling for a kitchen towel or potholder to put food down on, a set of handmade trivets will do the trick.

3. Leather Candleholders

These Scandinavian-inspired candleholders will fit into any home, really, and they look darn good on a table.

4. Tassel Hoop Earrings

If you’ve got a wee pair of pliers and the patience to make a few tassels, you can definitely accomplish these in under an hour.

5. Potato Printed Napkins

Make. Potato. Stamping. Cool. Again. Yes, I said it! Potatoes are truly the easiest way to make an accurate, affordable stamp for block printing. Pillows, napkins, curtains, notebooks, art—you name it, you can potato stamp it.

6. Terrazzo Bookmarks

For the avid reader moms among us.

7. Gingham Throw Blanket

Okay, so this one requires a bit of pre-existing crochet skill, but how stinking cool is this blanket? You might just have to make one for yourself, too.

8. Match Striker

A little trick I picked up from an Airbnb I stayed in is to leave little jars and cups filled with matches around the house, just as you’d leave candles scattered around. All you need to do is glue a piece of match-striker paper onto a vessel, and it’s the perfect little holder.

9. Personalized “Guess Who?”

Imagine how much fun a game of “Guess Who?” would be when your chosen person is Aunt Elaine! Things can get really interesting really fast when family skeletons are brought to light.

10. Geometric Coasters

A lovely little set of coasters is never not appreciated!

11. Shibori Throw Pillow

Who says the tie-dyeing fad of 2020 needs to fade out? Not us! Shibori-style linens certainly aren’t going anywhere either, and seem to fit into any design style with ease.

12. Handmade Heating Pad

From hours toiling in the garden, days spent back at the gym, or just consistently bending over to play with the family dog, it’s likely your mom loves a heating pad moment. Make her a few extra to keep around the house for whenever an ache strikes, and she’ll think of you, too, as she’s settling in to relax.

13. Mosaic Bean Art

This is kind of like the not-quite-grown-up version of pasta necklaces, and somehow really adorable and frame-worthy? I know my mother would surely laugh at the throwback of it all.

14. Caned Candleholder

If cane webbing ever goes out of style, I’ll have to leave the earth.

15. Woven Jute Mat

Patience, padawan. This woven mat is an absolutely gorgeous end result, that with a little bit of time, makes possibly the most thoughtful mom’s gift.

16. Polaroid Display Stands

Toss an actual Polaroid camera (she’ll love this) in with these handmade stands and you’ll be the golden child for at least a year.

17. Abstract Tote Bag

Grocery shopping, Target runs, beach days—she’ll think of you each time she stuffs this bag full and heads out the door.

18. Wooden Triangular Hairpins

For the mom who’s growing out her bangs, or simply loves a hair accessory.

19. Geometric Sleeping Mask

Got a sewing machine? Put it to good use by making this adorable sleeping mask to block out the light of your dad’s iPad at night. She’s going to need it.

20. Bright Wrap Necklace

This necklace is far easier to make than you’d think—just some gold chain, embroidery thread, and a little patience.

Which of these DIY projects would you try your hand at? Let us know below!

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When I'm not writing & editing for Home52, I'm likely to be found DIY-ing a new piece of furniture (or restoring an old one), hanging things on the wall in my apartment, or watching hours of vintage RHONY.

1 Comment

jpriddy May 2, 2021
I like the brown paper wrapping.