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Home Ec: 12 Handmade Gifts for Mother’s Day

by Grace Bonney

For the first time in what must be at least 12 years, I get to celebrate Mother’s Day in-person with my Mom this year. I’ve been living in New York for so long now that my trips to Virginia tend to happen around winter and summer holidays, so I haven’t been able to celebrate in person with either of my parents as often as I’d like. But this weekend my parents are bringing their new rescue dog (Finn!) to visit for a whole week and we’ll get to celebrate Mother’s Day as one big family.

If you’ve turned on the TV, opened your computer or flipped through a magazine lately, the pressure to buy something “fancy” for Mom can feel overwhelming. But with budgets tighter than ever and the desire for things that are more meaningful at an all-time high, I thought I’d dedicate today’s Home Ec post to handmade gifts you can make for your mother to show her how much you care. From flower arrangements and home-spa goods to full kits, these ideas are all about putting more thought and love into your gifts — and not more money on your credit card. xo, grace

*For more Mother’s Day love, check out the heartfelt submissions from the DS community for our Mother’s Day hashtag challenge and these ideas for “experience” gifts that skip the store and start at home.


This post and the Home Ec section are brought to you by Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day. Visit the Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Home-Grown Inspiration section featuring 20 DIYs, including seven from Design*Sponge!

Handmade Gifts for Mother's Day, Design*Sponge
DIY Bath Salts (3 Ways): Ashley English is the queen of homemade gifts and this recipe for beautifully packaged DIY bath salts is a great go-to for any mom who could use a little bit of pampering (couldn't they all?).
Handmade Gifts for Mother's Day, Design*Sponge
DIY Flower Bouquet: The talented women of Studio Choo will walk you through how to make and customize your own floral bouquet for Mom. They'll show you how to make a plant version in the next slide...
Handmade Gifts for Mother's Day, Design*Sponge
DIY Plant Bouquet/Centerpiece: If your mother loves plants, this creative gift will be a great way to brighten up her day.
Handmade Gifts for Mother's Day, Design*Sponge
DIY Heart: Keep things simple and make mom a DIY wooden heart for her wall. It lasts a lifetime and will remind her of your love every day.
Handmade Gifts for Mother's Day, Design*Sponge
Woven Cork Tray: Turn an inexpensive tray into something special, and then fill it with mom's favorite breakfast or snacks for a heartfelt way to start her day.
Handmade Gifts for Mother's Day, Design*Sponge
Homemade Cutting Boards: If you're extra handy and feel like making something special for the mom who likes to entertain or enjoys great food, these cutting boards are a perfect idea. Combine them with a few of her favorite nice cheeses for an extra boost.
Handmade Gifts for Mother's Day, Design*Sponge
DIY Canvas Bag: For all the moms on the go, this stylish canvas bag is practical and cute. You can easily customize using different colors, or a different strap material. Or...hand-paint or embroider her initials on the front!
Handmade Gifts for Mother's Day, Design*Sponge
DIY Zipper Bag: Using her favorite fabric, stitch up a DIY pouch for mom's bag that she can use for everything from pens, pencils and credit cards to tools, craft materials and bath products.
Handmade Gifts for Mother's Day, Design*Sponge
DIY Travel Map: Did your mom or your family take a memorable series of trips? If so, celebrate them with with a customized map. Upgrade it with an additional handmade photo album of memorable moments from the trip.
Handmade Gifts for Mother's Day, Design*Sponge
DIY Customized Throw: Keep your mom toasty in warmer weather with this easy throw project that teaches you how to leave her a message in yarn or thread.
Handmade Gifts for Mother's Day, Design*Sponge
DIY Vintage Tea Tin Candles: Turn beautiful old tins from the thrift shop into custom candles for mom's bath, bedroom or around the house. You can even use tiny vintage tins to create travel candles.
Handmade Gifts for Mother's Day, Design*Sponge
DIY Custom Stationery: Does your mom love to write letters? If so, create a custom pack of stationery for her and have the first one be a heartfelt letter from you to her.

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