Give your Mother’s Day gift a personal touch this year with photo mason jar vases and cutout cards. These DIYs are easy to do with kids and are guaranteed to bring a smile to her face. Read on to learn how!

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Mother’s Day is upon us! Everyone wants to show their mom some love on this special day. Mother’s Day can often creep up during this busy time of year, though. If time escapes you, you can always fall back on giving Mom her favorite flowers and breakfast in bed. Today we’ll show you how to add a personal touch to your Mother’s Day floral arrangement in just a few simple steps.

This year make the most of those flowers by putting them into a Mason jar vase personalized with a family photo. This DIY Mason jar vase is simple enough for dad and the kids to create in an afternoon and uses materials you may have around the house. If not, you can easily find what you need at any store around the corner.

We’ll also show you how to make your own DIY Mother’s Day card down below. Pair your handmade card with the DIY Mason jar vase, and you’ll be Mom’s instant favorite!

Mom is going to love this spin on flowers in a vase so let’s get started.

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How to Make a Photo Mason Jar Vase

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You Will Need:

  • A Mason jar or clear vase
  • Painters tape or vinyl
  • Spray paint or craft paint
  • *Spray sealant (if you use craft paint)
  • Template shape
  • A small photo

Step 1:

Choose your photo size, considering the size of your vase or Mason jar.

Step 2:

Create a shape or template that your photo will fit inside. This one was a simple circle, but you can use any shape you like to compliment your photo. The circle was created using the lid of a Mason jar, but other possible shapes could also be printed from the computer or hand drawn.

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Step 3:

Trace your shape onto painters tape or adhesive vinyl. Cut and attach the tape to your Mason jar or vase. You could also make the shape from a vinyl cutting machine. However, if you do not have one available, painters tape is an easy alternative and works just as well. If you are using a Mason jar, use the smooth side of the jar for your photo side. Don’t worry! There is a plan for the other side as well.

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Step 4:

Paint the vase. Spray paint or craft paint will work nicely. We happened to use chalk paint, and it worked very well, too.

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Step 5:

This step is completely optional, but if Mom’s a fan of farmhouse style, you’ll want to try it out. Once your paint is dry, sand the words on the jar with some fine sandpaper. Distress a little of the top and sides of the jar as well. Then if you used craft, chalk or milk paint on your vase, you will want to spray it with a clear coat or shellac. This will prevent the paint from rubbing or chipping off the glass.

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You’re finished!

Add flowers and enjoy! The lovely blooms shown here happen to be faux flowers. If you want to use the real deal, place a paper cup inside your vase in order to save your photo from water damage.

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More Uses for Your DIY Mason Jar Vase

Mason jars are an inexpensive item that can be displayed all over the home. They are also right on trend with the farmhouse style home decor. Why not make a whole set?

This gift could also make a great option for teachers at the end of a school year. A photo vase could make the perfect desk organizer for your favorite teacher or administrative professional. It’s an adorable way to hold pens, pencils, or crayons.

If you bought your Mason jar in a set, put the extras to use. Here are 14 of the most creative Mason jar ideas to try out.

Now that you’ve made the perfect gift for Mom, why spend money on cards when you and the kids can make and personalize some of your own? Use some of these simple printables or create your own. Then put your own original stamp on a greeting card to share a smile with someone special. They are so simple to pull together. Here are the few steps to make your own cutout card.

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DIY Cutout Greeting Cards + Printables

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Step 1:

Gather your materials. You will need:

  • Cardstock
  • Some colorful media like crayons, colored pencils, paint or washi tape
  • An X-Acto knife

That’s it!

Step 2:

Print out your template onto cardstock. These were fairly simple to create online, so you could make your own or use one of these:

x-acto knife cutout mom paper

Step 3:

With an X-Acto knife, carefully cut out the large words on the cardstock. Then pop out the cutout letters from the paper.

*Don’t forget to use extreme caution with the knife and to cut on a safe surface.

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Step 4:

Apply your colorful creation to the side of the cardstock opposite of the cutout. Here we used water colors and washi tape, and on another card, we did a combination of both. The more color, the better. Be sure to cover the whole area behind the cutout design.

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Step 5:

Fold the card and sign your name. You are ready to share a little joyful card you have created yourself.

Did you try this project? Let Kendra know! Share your results in the comments below, or by using the hashtag #LifeStorageDIY on social media.

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About the Author

Kendra Yoho

I am a stay at home mom to 3 wild, courageous girls. Married to my best friend. A Midwesterner at heart; living in the South West. I enjoy shopping (too much), a DIY project, and singing or rapping in my car like no one is watching. I want to be an adventurous traveler, but these days you will most likely find me snuggled in bed watching a scandalous hour long drama.

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