If you can’t get to the shops to buy a gift this year, we’ve got you covered! Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect DIY Mother’s Day gift idea, or are maybe looking for a sweet make to craft together with your mum, we’ve pulled together our top DIY projects that you can craft at home.
DIY Mother’s Day card
Ok so card shops may be closed, so why not make your own card this year? We’ve got an easy tutorial and printable to show you how to make this MUM card (it’s easily adapted to say “Mom” or “Mam” too – depending on your preferred spelling!).
Try Furoshiki wrapping
Gather a small piece of fabric and and try this beautiful handmade gift idea for Mother’s Day – we’ve got a free printable and instructions from Mollie Makes magazine for you to try.
Make a paper flower garland
This quick and easy DIY idea is a great last-minute make to give mums a handmade gift and you won’t need a fully stocked craft kit to get started either. Simply grab a few sheets of coloured paper and our free paper flowers template and you can whip up a simple garland or bouquet in a couple of hours!
Make her her very own bath bombs
Grab a few ingredients and make this fun alternative to shop-bought bubble bath that’s much kinder to her skin.
Create a macrame plant holder
You don’t have to have tried macrame before to make this easy pot holder – we’ll show you how!
Make a fabric necklace
This quick-make necklace by Anna Alicia is easy to whip up in an evening and easy to adapt for your Mum’s style by switching up the fabrics to suit her favourite shades or prints.
Get knitting to send your love
We’ve got the perfect project for you if you’re short of time (and yarn!) – knit up a sweetheart keyring with our free pattern.
Quick-make garden apron
Reach for a few favourite fabrics and your sewing machine and treat green-fingered goddesses to a unique garden gift that’s pretty and practical.
Craft subscription box
If your Mum likes crafting as much as you do (and you’ve left it a bit late to actually get a present delivered by Mother’s Day itself), why not treat her to a craft subscription box?
27 of the best Craft subscription boxes in the UK
Make an easy origami wreath
Sticking with the floral paper theme that runs throughout this post (because let’s face it, most of us have paper at home so this is a timely make at the moment if you can’t get out to buy new craft supplies), fold simple paper flowers and then show them off in a Spring wreath.
DIY origami wreath tutorial – step by step
Hooks at the ready! Crochet a bouquet
Perfect for the green-fingered goddess in your life, our free flower crochet patterns include Clematis, Dogwood, Pansies, Daisies and Forget-Me-Nots. You can crochet them from scraps of yarn from your stash and we’ve included a video guide to get you started.
Embroider a flower hoop
This lovely little DIY won’t take you long to make and combines embroidery stitches with small fabric scraps to create a pretty floral scene that will last longer than shop-brought blooms.
Cross stitch ABC
We love this idea for stitching up a quick MUM message then framing it on a board to store her favourite jewellery.
Head to our free cross stitch ABC
Free mother’s day printables
Create beautiful cards for your Mother’s Day Crafts with a hand-illustrated feel with these beautiful floral watercolour papers, illustrated by Rhiannon Bull.
Embroidered cat pocket
Give your mum’s wardrobe an adorable kitty-themed wardrobe update with these embroidered cat pockets. We have two fab feline templates for you to download and stitch, which can then be appliquéd to your mum’s cardigan or jumper. Stitch the cat in the thread of your choice – why not match the colour of the cat to your Mum’s own pet?
Try our free cat embroidery pattern
Spring flowers knitted tea cosy
Make your mum’s day by knitting her this spring tea cosy from issue 38 of Knit Today. Within the pattern, you’ll find daffodil and crocus patterns, and you can add as many flowers and leaves as you like to the top of the cosy – perfect for using up your odds and ends of yarn. Let the bright green yarn peek through the cream by bringing the yarn around the slipped stitches – it’s an easy technique to get the hang of, but you could always practise on a swatch before you start. The result looks more elegant than stripes, and gives the tea cosy a dainty finish.
Get knitting with our floral knitted tea cosy pattern
Craft a bunch of paper peonies
Keep things classic with this delightful bouquet of flowers. To achieve the loose, blowsy feel of the flowers, craft the blooms with crepe or tissue paper, then pop them in an enamel jug or a vintage vase.
Download our free peony papercraft templates and give it a go
Easy sew headbands
All you need are a couple of fat quarters of fabric to make these quick-stitch accessories!
Make her a set of wax melts
Give Mum the treat of a soothing, handmade gift with our guide to how to make wax melts – it’s easy and so much fun, and they smell delicious when they melt!
Whip up a cute coin purse
This quick-hook purse is great for using up scraps of bright yarns and lets you see results fast as it’s only a small make. Craft the purse in your mum’s favourite colours and don’t forget to pop a coin in the purse for good luck!
Update a plain pair of socks with embroidery
Treat her feet to embroidered socks personalised with a dainty floral motif, stitched in Peking knots. Mollie Johanson shows you how it is done with this step-by-step embroidered sock tutorial. Begin by practising working a Peking knot on a spare scrap of fabric before you embroider on to your sock.
How to make paper roses
Cut and snip paper petals to shape into beautiful, realistic paper roses, with our video tutorial and step by step guide.
Print your own Mother’s Day blooms
Our free Mother’s Day floral printables look good enough to pop into a vase and make stunning cards for mums. Download them in an instant to make your own unique cards or why not grab a simple photo frame, add a family favourite photo and embellish the frame with some of these motifs?
Head to our free Mother’s Day printables
DIY tassel earrings
Make your mum a handmade Mothers Day craft gift this year with Anchalika O’Connell’s DIY tassel earrings step-by-step guide.
Patchwork cushion cover
This vibrant patchwork cushion design is perfect for giving your mum’s living room decor or bedspread a bright update, and is so quick to put together! Designed by Nicole Calver, the cushion can be crafted from one pattern cut into smaller squares, or a variety of your fabric scraps. It
Easy patchwork cushion pattern
Knit a scarf with heart pockets
Snuggle up in this cosy scarf with pockets. It’s a speedy knit and a great gift for someone you love, so perfect for Mother’s Day! Worked in super-chunky yarn from Lion Brand, this project is really quick to knit. If you know your knits and purls, and you’ve followed a colourwork chart before, you’ll be casting off in no time.
You can find the knitting pattern for the scarf here
Cross stitch a rose bookmark
Stitch your own pretty petals and turn them into this one-of-a-kind bookmark for your Mom to curl up with a good book and enjoy, or stitch individual roses to make sweet tags and cards
Spruce up a plain jacket with embroidered details
This idea actually works with any plain garments that you could find and give a makeover. Use our free embroidery patterns to scatter a handful of embroidered petals and blooms to transform simple garments, me-made style.
Use our free flowers embroidery pattern to give it a go
More crochet flowers to hook!
Ok so we have unashamedly filled this post with floral makes, but you can never have enough, surely? We’ve recently added 50 of our favourite crochet flowers to this round-up so you’re sure to find your mum’s favourite to make in here.
For a lovely personal twist on shop-brought toiletries, how about making Mum a DIY soap bar this Mother’s Day? Try our failsafe homemade soap recipe – we’ve made it beginner friendly and easy to try at home for you.