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Mother’s Day is fast approaching.  Nothing says love to a mom or grandma more than a homemade gift.  But, let’s face it, you can only have so many cupcake liner flowers, right?  Here are some homemade gift ideas that Mom or Grandma will love for years to come and truly put them to good use.


Spring is a time for fresh flowers.  I love to have brightly colored flowers everywhere once spring finally arrives.  It clears out the winter blues and celebrates new life.  I decided to have the kiddos paint terracotta pots for Mother’s Day.  I’m sure Grandma will love them, too.

What you need:

  • A terracotta pot of desired size (this is from Joann Fabrics for less than $5)
  • acrylic paint in desired colors
  • clear acrylic spray to coat (optional-if used inside, the paint will not have an issue of running)

As you see, one of the pots was painted white.  I let this paint dry before helping my son to make fingertip flowers on the pot.  I painted stems on the flowers.  The other pot was left plain with just the fingertip flowers.

terracotta pot with fingerprint flowers
Making a cute flower pot does not have to be expensive or even time consuming.  This can be a last minute gift that Mom will love.

What you need:

  • Plastic flower pot (this is from Wal-mart for $2.97)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Kiddo willing to dip their hand in paint and supply the hand print)


green flower pot with orange flowers
Picture frames are always a terrific gift for Mom or Grandma, especially when filled with adorable pictures of the family.  For this gift, I bought an inexpensive frame from Walmart and then my 4 year old daughter and I hot glued wooden buttons from Joann Fabrics.

What you need: 

  • picture frame (Walmart for $2.84)
  • wooden decorative buttons
  • hot glue
picture frame with wooden buttons
Artwork by little hands is so precious.  For this gift, I gave my kiddos a canvas covered cardboard and washable paint.  This is a board which can easily be displayed on an office wall or leaned on the fireplace mantel.  It can also be framed and proudly displayed.

What you need: 

  • Canvas board (I purchased this at Joann Fabrics for $7.99 for 3 canvases)
  • Washable kids paint
kids painting on canvas board
Trinket trays are the perfect gift for everyone.  They can be used for jewelry, keys, or any other small items.  These are easy for older kids or adults to make.

What you need: 

  • Terracotta pot tray (size as desired for gift)
  • acrylic paint (optional)
  • decorative paper
  • Mod Podge


For these trays, I painted the terracotta pot trays and allowed them to dry.  Then, put the tray down on the decorative paper and traced the bottom.  I cut this out just inside the line I drew to fit the inside of the tray.  Using Mod Podge, I painted a thin coat on the tray and applied the paper cut out.  Then, I sealed the paper cut out by applying a coat of Mod Podge to the top of the paper.

terracotta pot tray with mod podge and paper
trinket trays
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