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Need help coming up with a unique and thoughtful present for mom? These six DIY projects are perfect for a last-minute Mother’s Day gift.


6 Easy Last-Minute Mother’s Day DIY Gift Ideas She Will Love

Last Minute Mother's Day DIY Gift Ideas

You love your mom. Growing up, she taught you everything from how to tie your shoes to how to apply for colleges, made you your favorite dinner when you were feeling down, and somehow managed to put up with you through all of those less-than-perfect teen years. Even today, she still gives the best advice, brings you a cup of homemade soup when you’re sick, and drops everything when you need her help.

Now, you’re in a bit of a pickle: you’ve been putting off getting her the perfect present for Mother’s Day (it’s hard picking something unique or personalized that reflects how much you care about her). Not to worry! With one of these thoughtful, easy last-minute Mother’s Day DIY gift ideas, you’ll be sure to make her feel appreciated on her special day.

1. Rose Milk Bath Bomb

Last Minute Mother's Day Gifts

via A Pumpkin and a Princess

Your mom works hard to be there for everyone else and juggle all of her responsibilities, but she rarely takes the time to focus on herself. Encourage her to relax with these homemade rose milk bath bombs by Crystal Owens from A Pumpkin and a Princess. They’re adorable, and they’ll leave her skin feeling soft and smelling beautiful.

Be sure to grab:

  • Baking soda
  • Citric acid
  • Cornstarch
  • Dry milk
  • Epsom salt
  • Dried rose petals
  • Water
  • Almond oil
  • Rose oil
  • Silicone mold

Crystal simply combined her ingredients in a bowl to create a mixture. Then, she poured the blend into the silicone mold, allowing it to dry. To get the step-by-step instructions, be sure to check out her blog post above.

2. Handmade Tea Bags

Moms love relaxing with a cup of tea, so tug on her heart strings–and her love for tea–by creating homemade coffee filter tea bags from Nifty. To get started, stop by your local tea shop and pick out your mom’s favorite loose tea.

Then, with a few basic items you have lying around the house, you can create an inexpensive and customized gift in no time. This way, she’ll be able to relax and think of the time her family put into making this tea, even when you’re not around.

3. Painted Kitchen Utensils

Mother's Day DIY Gift Idea

Mother's Day DIY Gift Idea
via Sincerely, Kinsey

Help your mom add a pop of personality to her kitchen with these painted kitchen utensils from Sincerely, Kinsey. This project is great because you can personalize it to her style and home decor. Plus, every time she uses a utensil, she’ll think of you.

Be sure to grab:

  • Wooden kitchen utensils
  • Craft paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Food-safe sealer
  • Tape

To get the look, Kinsey painted part of her wooden utensils with craft paint using tape as a blocker. Once that was dry, she was able to add the polka dots. To complete it, she added a layer of food-safe paint sealer.

4. Wine Cork Vases

Upcycled Cork Vase

Upcycled Cork Vase
via Design Improvised

If your mom loves flowers, mix it up this year by giving them to her in a decorative wine cork vase as demonstrated by Haeley from Design Improvised. What better way to use all of those wine corks you’ve been collecting? (Don’t worry if you don’t have any lying around, you can pick a bag up at your local craft store).

Be sure to grab:

  • Glass vase
  • Wine corks
  • Craft glue
  • Flowers

To act as a base, Haeley picked up a vase from her local thrift store. Then, she used craft glue to attach wine corks to each side. Once it was dry, it was ready to be filled with flowers and greenery. Our favorite part of this project? The flowers can be swapped out for each season, but the vase itself is timeless.

5. Instagram Photo Coasters

Instagram Photo Coasters

Instagram Photo Coasters
via White House Black Shutters

If your mom loves pictures, she’ll surely appreciate these Instagram photo coasters from Ann Marie at White House Black Shutters. Not only will she be able to show off her family, but this functional gift will make the perfect addition to any living room, kitchen or bedroom.

Be sure to grab:

  • Ceramic tiles
  • Photos
  • Modge Podge
  • Large brush
  • Clear sealant
  • Felt
  • Hot glue

Ann Marie began by cutting her photos to fit the size of her tile. Then, she applied a layer of Modge Podge to the tile and laid the photo on top of it, allowing it dry. Afterwards, she applied two more coats of Modge Podge and finished it off with a layer of sealant. Once it was dry, she flipped the tile over and hot glued felt to the bottom to keep it from scratching surfaces.

6. DIY Teacup Candle


Think outside the box and give her a homemade candle made in one of your family’s vintage teacups. Not only is this gift elegant and feminine, but it’s a great way to incorporate her mother’s, aunt’s or grandma’s tea set into her everyday decor. If you don’t have any old teacups at home, you can pick some up at your local thrift store.

Be sure to grab:

  • Double boiler
  • Candle wax
  • Candle wick
  • Teacups
  • Scented oil

To begin, melt your wax in a double boiler. When the wax reaches 180°, add a couple of drops of  oil to the solution to give your candle the perfect scent. Then, slowly and carefully pour the wax into the teacup. Wait three minutes, then insert a wick down the middle of the teacup. To keep the wick in place while the candle cools, tie it around a pencil and lay the pencil horizontally across the top. Once it’s completely solid (about two hours), cut the wick so it’s a half-of-an-inch long.

By following any of these resourceful and affordable last-minute Mother’s Day DIY gift ideas, you’ll be sure to put a smile on your mom’s face!

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About the Author

Lauren Thomann

Lauren Thomann is a moving and storage expert. She attended the University at Buffalo and has worked in the storage industry for over five years. Here on the Life Storage blog, you can find Lauren covering everything from finding a home, settling into a new home and all the stages in between.

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