Get crafty with your baby this Mother’s Day. While your little one may not be able to create a master work of art just yet, that doesn’t mean they can’t add a special touch to the perfect gift for you or Grandma this Mother’s Day. Whether you and baby make a mess or not creating these crafts, you’ll definitely make a memory.
A cupcake liner adds a 3D effect to these framed "smile blossoms" from Paging Supermom, and all your little one needs to add is the beautiful smile. Visit the blog for the tutorial and a free printable of the blue polka-dotted background.
Bouquet of Love
Heart-shaped, finger-painted flower petals are the centerpiece of the Bouquet of Love from Toddler Approved. Once the finger painting is done, test out your mini artist’s scribbling skills for the stems and then cut and paste to create a beautiful arrangement.
Paper Mache Bowls
An admittedly messy craft for the slightly older baby or toddler, the paper mache bowls on the Happy Hooligans blog are sure to be a hit on Mother’s Day. Give them on their own or place an additional gift inside. They are as useful as they are one of a kind!
Craft a garden of love with baby’s hand and footprints on an adorable handprint apron from the Little Page Turners blog. Add in a yellow thumb and a few red fingertips for the bee and ladybugs. It's the perfect gift for grandmas who like to cook with their grandkids.
Rainbow Heart Suncatchers
Catch some rays with these Rainbow Heart Suncatchers from Fireflies + Mud Pies. Either cut the tissue paper or have baby rip it up before letting them go to town on gluing the pieces in place.
Coffee Filter Flowers
An ice-cube tray of watercolors, coffee filters, and pipe cleaners are all you need to make beautiful colored coffee-filter flowers that will never wilt. The Hands On As We Grow blog has instructions on painting or dipping (depending on baby’s dexterity) the filters for a gorgeous Mother’s Day bouquet.
Handmade Mother's Day Cards
This clever idea for making Mother's Day cards combines hand-scribbled art with photos of the artist in action: Take photos of your child while they're creating their card masterpiece and attach the photos to the front of the card. If your child isn't ready to manage a paintbrush or marker, use finger paints. You'll find instructions for the card (and a DIY envelope to put it in) at The Mombot.
Handprint Memory Box
Let your little one lend a hand to create this custom handprint memory box from Mama.Papa.Bubba. Draw a heart around the handprint to emphasize the shape, and feel your mom heart melt every time you add a memento to it. If you're giving this as a gift, add a little treat inside the box for an extra surprise.
Flower Family Picture
The Forever Fresh Flower Family Picture from Domestic Mommyhood showcases cute faces surrounded by real flower petals for a natural touch. Tiny fingerprints make for perfect leaves on the stems. This craft is also great for babies with older siblings and is sure to brighten mom's day.
Mason Jar Vase
Every mom loves flowers on Mother's Day, but showing them off in this vase makes them extra special. This project can be done almost for free using items you probably already have around your house. It’s fast, easy and yet another idea that lets your mini-me stick their hand in paint. Get the how-to at Christina's Adventures.
Break out the bling for these sparkly handprint charms from Plucking Daisies. Personalize yours with baby's initial or name and, of course, handprint for a gift that’s sure to charm any mom. The charm can be made into a key chain or ornament.
Salt Dough Footprint Hearts
If you have salt, flour, water, an oven and some paint, you can make these adorable footprint hearts. If your baby can hold and use a paintbrush, they can even help with the painting. The result is an memorable decoration that can be used indoors or out. Visit HubPages for the full instructions.
Child Painted Canvas
This incredibly simple project turns a sloppy mess into a piece of fine art. Grab a piece of canvas, a few jars of finger paint, and some shape stickers or die-cut vinyl lettering and let your little one work their artistic magic. It will give your kiddo experience with texture, colors and creativity, while the letters elevate their design into something pretty special. See more at The Desperate Craftwives.
Sandy Fingerprint Candle Holders
Decorate a candle holder with the help of those tiny little fingers and toes. All you need are a few dabs of glue and some rainbow craft sand to cover a mason jar with adorable finger or toe prints. Check out some of the photos of the finished, illuminated project at Sugar Aunts.
Thumbprint Charm Necklaces
This project requires a little extra work on Mom’s (or Dad's) part, but the result is a unique heart-shaped pendant featuring your babe’s fingerprints. Find the full craft idea, along with links to all the materials you'll need (including oven-bake clay and cookie cutters), at That's What Che Said.
Another spin on the handprint art concept, this craft creates an actual handprint out of sand. The blogger used it as a way to immortalize a child’s first trip to the beach, but the reminder of just how tiny baby's hands are make it a memorable Mother's Day gift. Steps to make one yourself can be found at Crafting a Green World.
What are your favorite crafts to create with baby for Mother’s Day? Share in a comment.
–Katie L. Carroll & Jeff Saporito