If you’ve visited Artisan Joy before, you know that we promote the work of artists, designers and makers. We also celebrate the act of creating just for fun, especially when it’s making something for friends and loved ones. So with spring just around the corner, it’s a good time to share handmade gifts for Mother’s Day. I have made each of these items with the help of online tutorials. The bottom line: If I can make them, anyone can!
In this article, you’ll find links to the how-to’s I followed to create these projects and where I bought the materials.
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Hand-Stamped Initial Pendant Necklace
I love the simplicity of initial necklaces. For this 14K gold-plated initial pendant necklace, I followed a tutorial from ImpressArt, which manufactures hand stamping tools.
- ImpressArt Basic Hand Stamping Kit, Michaels
- ImpressArt Stamp Enamel Marker, Michaels
- Chain Nose Pliers x 2, Michaels
- Masking Tape or Stamp Tape, Michaels (I used masking tape to hold the blank in place).
- 14K Gold Plated Chain, Amazon
- 14K Gold Plated Stamping Discs, Amazon
- Gold Plated Jump Rings, Amazon
I live in a coastal state and visit the beach often. I think shells are so beautiful and find myself collecting them. Large oyster and quahog shells make great jewelry and trinket dishes. I learned how to decoupage the shells from a Hallmark Channel segment. I used cocktail napkins for the print, decoupage glue and metallic paint (aka gilding paint) for the borders.
- Top shell decoupage glue: Mod Podge Super Gloss, Michaels
- Bottom shell decoupage glue: Mod Podge Gloss, Michaels
- Top shell metallic paint: Craft Smart Premium Gilding Paint in Gold, Michaels
- Bottom shell metallic paint: Martha Stewart Gilding Paint in Antique Gold, no longer available.
Macrame Wall Hanging
There’s a built-in nook in my home that was meant for a large television (before lighter flatscreens existed). Unfortunately, the nook isn’t tall enough to accommodate a standard-sized door. Having custom doors made can get pricey, so I brainstormed alternatives. Interviewing a macrame artist inspired me to create this curtain. I discovered a tutorial on doubling a macrame pattern by Wendy at My French Twist and ended up knotting the curtain above. For DIY Mother’s Day gifts, I’d suggest using Wendy’s original design.
If you compare my curtain to the original design, you’ll notice differences. That’s because I incorporated knots I picked up from Macrame: The Craft of Creative Knotting for Your Home by Fanny Zedenius to add something of my own. I also used 5/32-inch diameter cotton rope from Rope & Cord, which is a different size than the one in My French Twist’s tutorial.
Set of Handmade Mini Notebooks
I love all things paper, and a few months ago, bookbinding captured my interest. I landed on making 4.25-inch by 5.5-inch notebooks. They’re small enough to toss in a bag and make wonderful travel journals. I learned how to make a softcover notebook by watching a tutorial from Vintage Page Designs.
Instead of purchasing all the tools noted in the tutorial, I opted for We R Memory Keepers Journal Book Binding Punch Guide Set (available at Michaels), which came with all the supplies needed except for the paper.
The cover papers I chose from Paper Source are beautiful but a bit thin to use as covers. Next time, I’d go with thicker paper, such as dried flower petal paper. The inside sheets are plain white printer paper.
There you have it—4 DIY Mother’s Day gifts you can totally make. I may add more handmade gifts for Mother’s Day to this list. And, if you love artisan gifts but are not interested in making them yourself, browse our maker interviews. You will find so many artisan gifts that a special mom in your life will love.