Mother’s Day Craft Ideas Using Items You Can Find at Home

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Let the kids have fun creating homemade Mother’s Day gifts using things you’ll find at home. These simple homemade gift ideas allow kids to raid the cupboard for bits and pieces they may already have at home, and get making something special for mum, grandma or the other important ladies in their lives!

Shower Sugar Scrub

Mother's Day Craft

Give your Mum the royal spa treatment at home, with this sweet smelly sugar scrub! A terrific exfoliant for the skin, making this gift is also an excellent sensory activity for little hands. It will last in a glass jar for months and is a sweet way to say “You deserve a break – I love you, Mum!”

You will need:

  • 1 cups of raw or white sugar (whatever is in the cupboard)
  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • Food colouring
  • A few drops of essential oil of your choice
  • A re-purposed glass jar
  • Paper, texters and ribbon to decorate your gift

Let’s do it!

  1. Pour the sugar into a big bowl.
  2. Add the olive oil and give it a good mix.
  3. Add a few drops of food colouring – whatever colour you think mum would like best. We went with a pale pink and a lime green.
  4. Add a few drops of your mum’s favourite essential oil. We used rose and geranium and peppermint.
  5. At this stage, let the kids get messy and pop their clean hands into the bowl to mix, scoop and play with the sugar scrub. What a great sensory experience! Just don’t let them sneak a taste!
  6. Once the kids have had their fun, scoop the mix into recycled glass jars.
  7. Decorate with ribbons, stickers – whatever you have in the cupboard.  

Tea Bag Cinnamon Bickies

Mother's Day Craft

What better thing to dip into a hot cup of tea, than a handmade tea bag bickie made by the kids. The perfect Mother’s Day morning tea treat, the kids will gobble these up, so mum better be quick!  

You will need:

  • 150g Unsalted butter
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups of plain flower
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
Baking

Let’s do it!

  1. Line baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Cream the butter, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon in a mixer.
  3. Add the egg and mix.
  4. Sift the flour and baking powder and mix with a wooden spoon.
  5. Place the dough into the fridge to chill for 30mins.
  6. Preheat the oven to 160degrees, and using a floured rolling pin, roll out the dough.
  7. You can add patterns to the dough by rolling a doily into the dough!
  8. Cut the dough into rectangles and cut off the corners to make a tea-bag shape. Use a skewer to make a hole in the top.
  9. Bake the cookies in the oven for 15-17 minutes and cool on a rack.
  10. Once cool, thread the tea-bag biscuits with thread and a tag.
  11. Serve a plate of cookies to Mum with a hot cup of tea!

Relaxing Bath Salts

A wonderful sensory activity for children in itself, mixing a batch of bath salts is a great way for kids to help make a lovely, relaxing gift for mums, aunties or grandparents! After the stressful times of late, who wouldn’t love a soothing bath or foot spa with a cup of this lovely mix!

You will need:

  • 1 cup of Epson salts (you can get from a chemist or in the toiletry aisle of the supermarket).
  • 1/2 cup of pink Himalayan rock salt.
  • 1/4 cup of mixed dried flowers and herbs like rose petals, lavender, cornflower or camomile.
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 5 drops of essential oil

Let’s do it!

  1. Add all the ingredients to a big bowl and let the kids use a big spoon to mix it all together. If you are making a batch for yourself, let them go for it and mix with their hands, so they can really feel all the textures and smell the sweet oils.
  2. Pour the bath salts into jars and decorate with Christmas ribbon or stickers for a lovely, useful gift.
  3. Run a bath and add ¼ cup for a relaxing bath that helps relax muscle tension, relieves stress, reduces inflammation and cleanses the skin.   

Pom Pom Flowers

Mother's Day Craft

Flowers are always a Mother’s Day hit, but why not try these easy wool pom pom flowers which will last forever and look so sweet on your mum’s bedside table. Once you master the technique, you can use these pom poms to make all sorts of craft for Mum!

You will need:

  • A fork from the cutlery draw
  • Wool
  • Scissors
  • Wooden skewers, sticks from the garden, paper straws or something similar to make flower stems out of!

Let’s do it!

  1. Choose a coloured wool and gently start wrapping it around the top of the fork.
  2. Leave a small space at the top and the bottom of the fork prongs.
  3. Keep wrapping the wool around the fork prong, until it makes a thick ball.
  4. Cut off the end of the wool, leaving a long piece to thread through the middle prong of the fork, then wrap it around the bottom and thread through the middle prong on the bottom. Repeat this a few times, making sure it is really tight.
  5. Now you can gently pull the wool off the fork.
  6. Hold onto the middle and cute the loops of wool on either side of the ‘ball’.
  7. Now you have a fluffy wool flower! Push onto the top of a skewer or stick and there you go!
  8. Make a bunch of pom pom flowers and add to a vase or wrap in paper.

Rainbow Pot Plant

Give Mum a gift that keeps on giving – a living plant! Get crafty and add some colour and fun by making little rainbows (or any other shapes!) and poke them into the plant pots for a bright and beautiful present.

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You will need:

  • A pot or wooden box to plant a plant in.
  • A seedling or pot of flowers or succulent.
  • Cardboard
  • Paddle pop sticks
  • Coloured pencils
  • Sticky tape
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Let’s do it!

  1. Plant some seedlings or a small plant in a terracotta pot.
  2. Cut out rainbow shapes in recycled cardboard from a cereal box or something similar.
  3. Colour in the rainbows as brightly as you can!
  4. Stick a paddle pop stick on the back of each rainbow and press into the soil around the plants.

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