Let me preface this post by saying that I am THE LEAST artistic person EVER. I don’t craft. I can’t draw. And I’m color blind so that definitely doesn’t help either. However, thanks mostly to Pinterest, I have managed to come up with some easy crafts that are perfect gifts for Mother’s Day and other holidays.
1. Modge Podge Picture Coasters
These are great because not only are they simple, they will actually be used! All you need is a blank ceramic tile, a bottle of Modge Podge, a foam brush, and some adhesive felt. Then print out a few adorable pictures of your kids and you are good to go!
First, cut the pictures down to the size of the tile. Then apply Modge Podge to the back of the picture and stick it to the tile. Once that is dry, apply several thin layers of Modge Podge on top of the picture to seal it in and make it waterproof. It’s really important to let the Modge Podge dry in between applications so that you don’t get cloudiness or streaks. Once the last layer is dry, flip the coaster over and stick either one large piece or four small corner pieces of felt onto the bottom. That’s it! Super cute and painless.
2. Decorated Pots
Plants seem to be a traditional gift for Mother’s Day, so why not have your kids decorate a pot to put them in? Just grab some water based, non toxic paint from your favorite craft store, a paintbrush or two, and have at it! You can easily put your child’s hand or footprints on these also if they are too young to paint their own. Make sure to write the date in sharpie on there somewhere too!
3. Personalized Picture Frames
We have made a lot of these at my house because they are fun, and who doesn’t want more cute pictures of the kiddos? You can have your children paint on them or you can buy adhesive foam pieces and letters and go to town.
4. Handprints and Personalization on Kitchen Items
Mugs, plates, oven mitts, you name it. Again these are great because they can be used every day. For ceramic items you’ll have to bake them afterwards so that the paint or marker doesn’t wash off, but there are a million tutorials online with instructions. For fabric items, just make sure you wash the items beforehand and use fabric paint. I made mugs for my bridesmaids a few years ago that were super easy and really cute. We’ve made grandparents oven mitts and hot pads more recently.
The key to any of these DIY projects is to not aim for perfection! A smooshed handprint will bring a smile to someone’s face in a few years when a baby isn’t so little anymore, and imperfections show the love behind your creations. Happy crafting!
Originally published May 2018.