Easy DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Kids of All Ages

May is the month we celebrate moms. If you’re one of the many people who haven’t landed the perfect gift for the women in your life this Mother’s Day – don’t panic! I’ve pulled together three thoughtful and inexpensive homemade mother’s day gift ideas for moms and grandmas that even the biggest procrastinator can pull off at the last minute!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Grandma & Mom

Moms can attest: there’s nothing better than receiving a truly thoughtful gift that can be sentimental, pretty, AND useful.

We wives and moms usually handle gift coordination for the family birthdays and holidays, so it’s nice to be on the receiving end for a change!

These ideas are simple enough that kids of all ages can make them 100% on their own. Armed with just a few inexpensive supplies, we put our ideas to the test.

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The kids went to work creating their masterpieces using just crayons and paper…

Homemade Mother's Day gift ideas: DIY watercolor tea towels

DIY Tea Towels

This project was by far the biggest hit! The kids loved getting to personalize their own tea towels… The process is easy and we could not have been more surprised at how beautiful the kitchen towels turned out.

You’ll need a few items to make these gorgeous DIY tea towels:

  • Permanent markers, like Sharpies or Bic, too.
  • Rubbing alcohol 
  • Plastic trays or large cookie sheets


Let the kids design and draw to their heart’s content! Make sure and protect the surface under the tea towels while the kids are drawing, while you’re dripping the alcohol on the towels, and while they are drying.

Homemade Mother's Day gifts

Truth time: I actually strip this one down when using permanent marker because she can’t be trusted not to mark her clothes, too. Can anyone relate?!

We made several of these pieces of art – yes, I had to get in on the action, too!

When we were finished using permanent markers on our towels, we draped them over large kitchen pans and began dripping rubbing alcohol over the drawings. Magic!

A simple design like this:

Homemade Mother's Day gifts: DIY watercolor tea towels

Turned into this! 

Homemade Mother's Day gifts: DIY watercolor tea towels

How pretty is that?!

Once the alcohol was dry, we ironed them on a hot setting and ran them through a hot dryer for good measure. The tea towels we created with the fabric markers were ready to go, but we ironed and dried them as well, for good measure.

Note: I strongly suggest subsequently washing all of these creations separate in cold water before using them the first time, as there may be initial bleeding.

Don’t be fooled by my pretty floral design – the best thing I learned as part of this activity is that it pays not to over think this project too much. My kids’ abstract creations are every bit as pretty as mine! Best of all – they are totally functional.

I was every bit as pleased with the kids’ art fabric pen drawings! And the kids will be so proud when their decorative kitchen towels are being put to use every day in the kitchen.

Homemade Mother's Day gift ideas: DIY watercolor tea towels

Mother’s Day Art

The art we made with just crayons and paper turned out to be  my absolute favorite. We just scanned and uploaded the art to GiftsForYouNow, and shortly after this beautiful 8″ x 8″ canvas arrived on our doorstep.

Homemade Mother's Day gifts: DIY kid friendly art canvas for Mother's Day

I’m keeping this one for myself, because I envision it as the first of many that will cover a wall in our home…perhaps the playroom, or our art display in the mud room. Can you think of anything more cheerful?

Homemade Mother's Day giftss: DIY watercolor tea towels

And, the PRIDE in my daughter’s eyes when she saw her drawing on canvas, like real artwork, was priceless. She couldn’t believe I deemed her art worthy of displaying this way. It turned out to be a gift for both of us, really.

More Simple Gift Ideas

The great thing about moms is that they don’t need much to be happy. Just knowing that we are loved and appreciated is really all they want on Mothers Day.

But, if you want to give a gift that shows you care – without spending a lot of money or taking a lot of time – try one of these thoughtful ideas:

  • A cute coffee mug filled with her favorite candy
  • A basket of her favorite bath items
  • A potted plant
  • Breakfast in bed
  • A heartfelt letter or card
  • Delicious Mother’s Day cake
  • Origami flowers

As long as the gift reflects that you care, your mom will be thrilled. And, if you put a little extra effort into making it yourself, she’ll appreciate it even more!

What do you think of my kid-friendly homemade Mother’s Day gifts? Would you be happy to receive these homemade gifts? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

13 thoughts on “Easy DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Kids of All Ages

  1. littleprinceleopold says:

    Oh my gosh I LOVE the tea towel idea!! I might just have to try that!! Yours turned out gorgeous!!

  2. peachykeen32 says:

    Hi! I’m one of the co-hosts from the Welcome Home Wednesday Link up. I am in love with these super cute tea towels. I’m obsessed with tea towels anyway but I’ve never thought of adding a personal touch like this! I want to make some now. They’re so pretty! Thank you for shopping.

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