It’s Mother’s Day on the 11th of March, and what better present is there than to make something for the woman who made you. We’ve put together Mother’s Day gift ideas, all doable before this Sunday. There are a range of levels of difficulty and length of project – so no excuses!
1. Macrame Plant Holder
To make this, all you’ll need is rope and your potted plant. Split the rope into pairs and tie it in sections to create the structure for your macrame holder (you can tie it around the pot to make your life a little easier).
2. Reclaimed Wood Photo Display
This little photo holder will be a great addition to any house. It’s great as it can be customised with the types of photos or prints your mum likes, whether these are photos of the family or quirky postcards. It’s a pretty simple make – just get hold of some planks of wood (you could even use pallets, we have a guide on how to find free or used pallets here). Attach binder clips to your wood, either using nails or hot glue. Fix hooks to the back of the wood, and hammer in corresponding nails to the wall. Now, just select your photos!
3. Modern Candle Holder
If your mum is a fan of modern and unusual designs, this will go down a treat. You could even use scented candles to take it to the next level. Start with a cardboard or plastic mold (something like a yoghurt box would work well). Wipe your mold with oil will help with the removal process later.
You can usually find metal circles of wire at the craft shop that would work really well for this. Mix your cement, and pour into the mold, adding your wire part way. Once you’ve added the desired amount, push your candle into the concrete. Wait for it to cure for 24 – 72 hours before removing the mold.
4. Upcycled Vase
This one is a great way to give a nice present on a budget. If you have any glass containers lying around, such as wine glasses or mason jars, take these and clean them (after making sure they’re not being used for something already!) Put masking tape or painter’s tape around your container in the pattern that you want. Now just to paint – you can use any type of paint but we think spray paint will give the cleanest finish. <if you do opt for spray paint, be sure to fully cover any areas you want to remain clear.
5. Quirky Key Organiser
This is not only has a fun and interesting design, but is also highly functional. If you’re sick of your mum telling you off for leaving things lying around on the landing, this may be the first step forward. To make this, you’ll want to take a thick dowel, and saw lines part way through it, spaced out evenly. Next, get hold of some wooden spheres (these can usually be found at the craft shop). Take some pieces of twine or leather, and attach this to your sphere. You can do this by either using a strong adhesive, or by drilling a hole in your sphere and threading your twine through. Now all that’s left is to thread it through the keyring, and tie it tightly to form a loop.
6. Hanging Side Table
We actually have a whole article for making a hanging side table. It’s very simple to customise and easier than you think to make – we promise!
7. Wooden Plant Holders
If your mum is a plant lover, this could be the perfect present for her. These holders can be made pretty simply, using thin wooden sticks, and either a hammer and nails, or strong wood glue. Make sure your pieces are of even size, and screw them into the wall when finished.
8. Concrete Bookends
A simple triangular mold can be made from thick cardboard (cut using a blade for precision) and lots of tape (the more the better – you don’t want any concrete leaks!) Pour in your concrete, tap it against the floor to remove any air bubbles, and remove the mold after 24 – 72 hours.
9. Gilded Golden Mirror
For this DIY, you can either buy a new mirror, find a second hand one in a charity shop, or breathe new life into an old mirror your mum may have resigned to a dusty corner of the house. You’ll need to get your hands on painter’s tape and paint (preferably one designed for glass or metals). Lay the painter’s tape in the design you want, and paint on your paint, applying more than one coat if necessary. Remove the painter’s tape when the paint has almost, but not quite fully, dried.
10. Bath Tray from Pallet Boards
Check out how to make this DIY Bath Tray here!
We hope these Mother’s Day gift ideas helped to inspire you. Mums are pretty great for loving whatever you get them, and we’re sure if you try to make something, they’ll appreciate the time and effort gone into it (and love it even if it turned out… differently than planned). If you make any of these projects, we’d love to see! Feel free to send us mail via our Contact page.