Simple Crafts Kids Can Make for Mother's Day

When Mother's Day rolls around, kids of all ages want to show their mums just how special they are.  Store-bought gifts and cards are nice of course, but they lack that personal touch.  Something hand-made just for mum has much more sentimental value, and requires only a pocket money budget.

Even toddlers can make Mother's Day crafts with a little help.  Here are a few things kids can make for mum:

Photo Frames

Every mother loves to look at pictures of her kids.  So choose a favorite picture of yourself with mum and buy or create a beautiful frame for it.  There are many ways you can go about making photo frames, such as this pretty frame made with mod podge which is perfect for older children to make.

One of the cheapest and simplest ways to make a picture frame is to cut one out of paper.  Construction paper, card stock and thick scrapbooking paper are good choices. Here are 5 ways to make a paper or card photo frame. Or, if you want to make the frame even sturdier, use corrugated cardboard.

Just make sure the opening in the middle is large enough to show the part of the photo you want to display, and make the frame any shape you like. Decorate with paint, glitter and stickers, or even add buttons like this cute idea. Add a magnet to the back for easy display on the refrigerator.

You can also make frames out of craft sticks. Just glue the ends of four sticks together to make a square, and decorate with markers or paint. Or if you prefer, buy a plain photo frame and decorate it as you please.

For younger children, try this cute air drying clay handprint frame or help them to make an easy folded paper photo frame.

Candle Holders

It's easy to make a lovely candle holder out of a small jar. Larger baby food jars work well for tea lights and votives, while pint jars can hold votives or small pillar candles.

To decorate, use tissue paper to create a faux stained glass effect. Mix equal parts white glue and water, and stick the paper onto the outside of the jar, stopping below the rim. Use pieces of different colors to create a stained glass look.

Cut some shapes out of the paper if you like, arrange them in a pretty pattern, and glue on top of the larger pieces. Coat with the glue mixture to seal, and let dry.

Bath Salts

Want to help mum pamper herself on her special day? Make her some homemade bath salts. They will help her relax and leave her skin feeling great.

Just mix 3 cups of Epsom salts, 2 cups of baking soda, and 1 cup of table salt. Add about twenty drops of a fragrant essential oil. Lavender, sandalwood and chamomile are good choices. Mix thoroughly. Present the bath salts in a pretty jar tied with a ribbon.

See: How to Make Home-made Bath Salts for Gifts

Decorative Flowerpot

Most mums adore flowers. Creating a unique flowerpot with a plant you've grown for her is sure to bring a smile to her face.

Small un-glazed terracotta flowerpots are easy to paint on. Use acrylic paint to make a pretty scene or design. We love this thumb print design, so easy to do and so cute!

If you don't have a flowerpot, an old coffee cup or similar will do. You can decorate it with markers, glitter glue and stickers.

When your creation is dry, fill it with potting soil and plant a few seeds. Try to do this a week or two before Mother's Day so the plant will have time to start growing. Don't forget to give it plenty of sun and water.

Mum is sure to appreciate these simple yet thoughtful crafts. They will give her fond Mother's Day memories for years to come!

More ideas for Mother's Day:

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Mother's Day Gift Guide
What Mums Really Want for Mother's Day
21 Delicious Cakes Perfect for Mother's Day
40+ Last Minute Gifts for Mum

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