Keep homebound kids busy with thoughtful gifts for mom
Just because the kids aren’t in school doesn’t mean that mom has to miss out on all those sweet handmade gifts for Mother’s Day. Crafting projects for Mother’s Day are a great way to entertain kids stuck at home.
Making homemade Mother’s Day gifts doesn’t have to be a complicated project. These three Mother’s day crafts are easy for you to set up, fun for kids to do and can be accomplished in a single afternoon.
1) How to use office supplies to make homemade Mother’s Day cards
Homemade cards are the perfect Mother’s Day craft for elementary age kids. All you need are a few simple supplies and your kids’ creativity can take it from there.
What you’ll need:
- Blank note cards
- Blank labels in fun shapes/colors
- Permanent markers
- Highlighters, crayons or colored pencils
Blank labels that come in shapes and colors appeal to kids’ imaginations and can be used as stickers to decorate handmade cards.
If your little makers need more guidance for their Mother’s Day crafts, try following the steps below.
- Ask your kids to choose some words that describe mom.
- Write their words on starburst, star or heart-shaped blank labels with a permanent marker.
- Help the kids put the labels on the blank card or let them do it themselves.
- Let the kids use highlighters, crayons or colored pencils to put the finishing touches on their Mother’s Day cards.
Pro tip: Keep blank note cards on hand for last-minute Mother’s Day gifts, birthdays or any occasion.
Give the kids markers or crayons and let them go to town decorating the blank card. Knowing the kids made the cards themselves is so much more special than a store-bought card.
2) Free printable Mother’s Day thumbprint bookmark
Free printable Mother’s Day crafts make it easier for you to create homemade gifts with your littlest makers. The key is using a template and helping small kids participate in Mother’s Day art in a way that’s easy to supervise and manage.
Thumbprint bookmarks are a cute and easy Mother’s Day craft for toddlers and preschoolers. As kids grow up, those sweet tiny thumbprints are a precious reminder of when they were little. Laminating your Mother’s Day bookmark project is the perfect way to make sure those memories last.
What you’ll need:
- Printable post cards
- No-heat self-laminating sheets
- Non-toxic craft paint
- Paper plate & towel (using a regular plate and towel is optional, but be sure to use washable paint in that case)
- Markers, crayons or colored pencils
- Scissors or a paper trimmer
Step 1: Go to our free Mother’s Day bookmark template. You can use the template as is, or personalize it by changing fonts and colors or adding graphics.
Pro tip: Your free Avery account automatically gives you access to Avery Design & Print Online (ADPO). When you’re signed in you can create, save and print projects from any device.
Step 2: Print your bookmark design on printable postcards.
Step 3: Draw a simple flower with petals about the size of your child’s thumbprint.
If you’re making Mother’s Day bookmarks with multiple kids, repeat this step and up to Step 5 for each child.
Step 4: Squeeze a small amount of paint onto a paper plate. Help each kid dip their thumb in paint, dab off excess if necessary, and gently press their thumbprint inside each flower petal on the bookmark.
Step 5: Allow the bookmark to dry completely, then have each kid sign their bookmark. If they’d like to, they can also draw more Mother’s Day art on the bookmarks at this stage.
Step 6: Peel the paper backing off one lamination sheet and place it sticky side up on your work surface. Position up to 2 postcard bookmarks on the sticky side of the sheet, leaving plenty of space for trimming.
Be sure to firmly press down smoothing out any air bubbles.
Step 7: Use scissors or a paper trimmer to trim around each bookmark leaving about a quarter inch of clear lamination on all sides.
Voilà— a meaningful Mother’s Day gift mom can put to good use.
3) Mother’s Day memory book for the kids’ artwork and cards
Every parent faces the dilemma of what to do with all the sentimental art your kids make just for you. Especially as kids get older, it’s nice to be able to easily look back at their art and reminisce.
Creating a memory book filled with Mother’s Day art, birthday cards and other kid-created masterpieces is a lovely way to organize kids’ artwork into something special for mom.
This collaborative Mother’s Day craft is ideal for older siblings or parents to do with younger kids.
What you’ll need:
- A good quality binder
- Sheet protectors
- Tabbed dividers
Step 1: Gather up Mother’s Day cards and any other special pieces of kids artwork
Step 2: Sort into categories like Mother’s Day, Birthdays, Valentines Day, Christmas and Just Because
Step 3: Label your tabbed dividers with the categories you came up with
Step 4: Place 2 pieces of art back to back in each sheet protector and place in the appropriate binder section
Step 5: Put any left over sheet protectors in the back of the binder so mom can update her memory book all year long
To go the extra mile, you can add Mother’s Day quotes throughout your memory book. Simply print or write out the quotes on paper and slip them in a sheet protector. Sprinkle the quote pages throughout the memory book to give mom a sweet surprise as she browses her memory book.
Keep the love-fest going! Use these Mother’s Day ideas to stay connected with family and friends
Handmade cards and bookmarks, like the ones highlighted in this article, are a charming old-fashioned way to stay connected with long distance friends and family. They’re fun for kids to make and easy gifts to send through the mail without any special packaging.
Mother’s Day is a fantastic time to celebrate all the moms in your life. Brighten grandma’s day with a handmade card for Mother’s Day, or send kid-created Mother’s Day art to your best friend who’s a new mom.
It doesn’t have to be specific to Mother’s Day either, it can be just let the people you love know your family is thinking of them. Long distance family and friends, especially grandparents, will be delighted to get cards with cute and silly artwork your kids made themselves.
Explore more ideas for Mother’s Day gifts that make mom feel special
For older kids or spouses try one of these awesome homemade Mother’s Day gift ideas. Looking for last-minute Mother’s Day gifts, no crafting required? Check out our limited-edition planner accessories box for a thoughtful gift mom can use every day.
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Products Used in This Article
Blank Heart Labels 2-9/32″ x 1-27/32″ (94603)
Blank Star Labels 2-3/8″ x 2-13/50″ (94611)
Blank Starburst Label 2-1/4″ (94608)
Printable Note Cards 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (5315)
Astrobrights® Printable Postcards 4.25″ x 5.5″ (35704)
Self-Adhesive Laminating Sheets, 9″ x 12″ (73601)
Heavy Duty View Binder 2″, White (09501)
Style Edge™ Plastic Dividers, 5-Tab Set (11200)
Standard-Weight Sheet Protectors (75540)