For when your mom is too awesome to just buy something unoriginal off the shelf for Mother’s Day, you might want to revisit the time in your life when a homemade gift was the norm. This time, you can do better than macaroni necklaces.
Here are four DIY gift ideas for your loving mother:
- A personalized cooler or thermos
Cooler painting isn’t just for sorority girls attending fraternity formals. If your mom loves the beach or just likes to be outside in the summer and keep her drinks cold, this could be a fun route to take.
A quick Pinterest search brings up tons of ideas for painting coolers (or thermos water bottles), but for beginners, it can be hard to know where to start. To prep, you’ll need to sand the cooler down until the glossy surface layer is completely gone, wipe it down, then paint a primer layer of white over the whole thing. Once the primer has dried, you can paint designs and patterns to your heart’s content, specifically tailored to suit your mom.
Not quite ready to commit to an entire cooler? A painted canvas also makes a great gift, and you can personalize that any way you want as well.
- Photo collage with a message
This one is simple but mom will absolutely love it. Pick up a big wooden frame with many openings for photos, and print out her favorite family photos to fill most of the openings. In one of the middle slots, choose a quote about family to feature to tie it all together.
Using a website like Canva, you can even create a graphic of the quote, which will be your most beautiful option, unless you happen to be fantastic at handlettering — jealous if you are!
A slightly romantic example (but a great template to use!) from Thinking Closet
- Book counting the ways you love her
For this one, you can collaborate with siblings (if you have them) to collect a certain number of things you love about your mother. This will work nicely as a scrapbook, with each page featuring one or several things you love about your mom, complete with photos or other additions to complement your words.
Your mom will love flipping through this book when she’s missing you or having a bad day, and I’m sure it’ll put a smile on her face.
Source: Gild Collective
- Personalized mug
You’ve definitely seen this one all over the Internet, but there’s a reason for that — it makes a perfect, personal gift.
Simply buy a white ceramic mug and Sharpies of any color to get started. Practice first! Draw out the design or message you want to put on the mug — a personal favorite is the Abraham Lincoln quote, “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”
When you’re confident that you can draw your masterpiece flawlessly, draw it on the mug with the Sharpies and let the ink dry, then pop it in the oven at 350º for 30 minutes. When you take the mug out, it’ll be sealed and ready to gift (make sure you tell mom to handwash it to preserve your creation).