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Show someone you love them with our selection of Mother’s Day crafts, from our kitchen to yours. Whether it’s for you mum, step-mum or gran, we hope you’ll find inspiration with our kitchen-themed makes.

Mother’s Day is on the 27 March in the UK and 8 May in the US. So, if you’re looking for the perfect gift this year – whether it’s a DIY card or bunch of handmade flowers – or just some fun Mother’s Day crafts to do with the kids, we think you’ll love this selection.

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Mother’s Day crafts

Mother’s Day card

Paper doily card

Make this thoughtful Mother’s Day card from colourful paper doilies – the scalloped edges of the doilies resemble flower petals and the patterns add texture to your paper creations. Layer up different colours, putting the darkest colour at the back to create depth. Or, just have fun and go for a multicoloured look. Find more easy Mother’s Day card ideas on Gathered.

Takes 30 mins-1 hr

To make this Mother’s Day card, you will need:

  • Paper doilies
  • Scissors
  • Photograph
  • Card
  • Pen
  • Two paper or other decorative leaves
  • Glue

Method

  1. Print out a photograph and cut it into a circle. Cut a slightly larger circle from yellow paper or card and mount the photograph onto it.
  2. Cut paper doilies into triangular wedge shapes. For the inside circle, cut five small wedges for the inside petals, five medium wedges for the middle petals and five large wedges for the outside petals.
  3. Starting with the smallest petals, fan them out behind the photograph and glue them into place.
  4. Arrange the middle petals in between the gaps created by the small petals and the largest petals at the back.
  5. Stick your paper doily flower onto a card, draw a stalk and glue two leaves at the bottom.
  6. Write the sentiment ‘you help me grow’, then pop in an envelope for Mother’s Day.

Pistachio flower

Pistachio sunflower

Pistachio flowers are easy and lots of fun to make. Paint them in any colour or use spray paint instead. We’ve created a sunflower by using whole peppercorns for the centre, but if you prefer, you can fill the centre with more pistachio shells to make different flowers, like zinnias. For extra sparkle, you can sprinkle on biodegradable glitter while the paint is still wet.

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Takes 30 mins-1 hr, plus painting and drying time

To make a pistachio flower, you will need:

  • Pistachio shells
  • Whole peppercorns
  • Hot glue
  • PVA glue
  • Card
  • Paint
  • Ribbon

Method

  1. Cut a circle from some card, making it the size you would like your pistachio flower to be.
  2. Starting from the outside of the circle, glue pistachio shells onto the card using hot glue. Hot glue is strong and dries quickly, so it’s ideal for this project.
  3. Gradually work your way into the centre of the circle, leaving a gap in the middle.
  4. Once they’re all glued into position, paint the petals using acrylic, poster or spray paint. Leave to dry completely.
  5. While the flower is drying, cut a smaller circle from card to fit into the centre of your flower.
  6. Apply a generous amount of PVA glue to this smaller card circle and cover with whole peppercorns. Leave to dry.
  7. When the middle is dry, stick it into the centre of your pistachio flower. Attach a loop of ribbon behind your flower to finish.

Cupcake liner flower bouquet

Cupcake liner flowers

This bunch of flowers will keep for as long as you like. The frills on the edge of the cupcake liners make pretty petals and the centres can be made from anything you fancy. Mix up the colours like we’ve done or use a single colour. Thanks to the shape of the cupcake liners, the flowers end up fairly uniform each time, so you’ll get impressive results from your very first one.

Takes 30 mins per flower

To make cupcake liner flowers, you will need:

  • Cupcake liners
  • Yellow crêpe paper
  • Something round, like a large bead or polystyrene ball
  • Paper straw
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors

Method

  1. Cover a round object with some yellow crêpe paper. You could use a polystyrene ball, large bead or small ball. This will be the centre of your flower.
  2. Take two cupcake liners, stack them together and cut them into six equal segments. You should end up with 12 pieces. These are the small petals on the inside of your cupcake case flower.
  3. Glue these small petals around the centre of your flower, putting glue right at the base. Keep going round, overlapping each petal slightly, until all 12 pieces are glued down around the flowers centre.
  4. Next, take four more cupcake liners, stack them together and cut into four equal segments (quarters). You should have a total of 16 large petals.
  5. Just the same as before, glue these around the centre of your flower until you run out.
  6. Glue your flower onto a paper straw and display in a vase.

Desk tidy/flowerpot

Popsicle stick desk tidy

Reuse a can to make this easy Mother’s Day craft. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how quick this project is and it’s a lot of fun, too. Leave your desk tidy natural as we’ve done or, if you have a little more time, paint it using acrylic or poster paints.

Before you begin, make sure there are no sharp edges on the can you’re using.

For more ways to use popsicle sticks, Gathered has pulled together all the best popsicle stick crafts.

Takes 10-20 mins

To make a desk tidy, you will need:

  • Cleaned-out can with the label removed
  • Wooden lolly sticks (popsicle sticks)
  • Hot glue or foam tape
  • Hessian, ribbon and string to decorate (optional)

Method

  1. Most cans have a small lip at the top and bottom, so you need to use an adhesive with a bit of dimension. If you have some double-sided adhesive foam tape, put two strips around the top and bottom of the can.
  2. Stick the popsicle sticks down onto the foam tape. Alternatively, use hot glue and stick the popsicle sticks onto the can one by one.
  3. Glue popsicle sticks all the way round the can until there’s no more can showing.
  4. Tie hessian, ribbon and string around the desk tidy for an easy and stylish Mother’s Day craft. Or, paint the desk tidy instead.

No 1 rosette

Cupcake liner rosette

Show someone how much you love them with this first-class rosette. It’s made from cupcake liners and will lie relatively flat if you want to add it to a card. Alternatively, why not add a picture of your mum to the centre.

Takes 30 mins

To make a cupcake liner rosette, you will need:

  • Cupcake liners
  • Glue
  • Card
  • Ribbon
  • A number one for the middle (or a pen to draw it with – optional)

Method

  1. Cut a small circle from a piece of card (we’ve used yellow card).
  2. Take six cupcake liners and cut them into quarters, then cut each quarter in half. This will give you eight small wedges from each cupcake liner.
  3. Arrange the wedges around the circle and glue down to the back of the card circle.
  4. Keep going until you’ve glued down all the wedges.
  5. Add some ribbon and snip a triangle shape from the bottom of each piece to resemble a rosette.
  6. Finally, add a number one to the centre of your rosette. We’ve used a sticker, but you could also cut one from a magazine, or draw one on using a pen.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our kitchen-inspired Mother’s Day crafts. Thinking ahead to Father’s Day or perhaps you’re looking for more arts and crafts ideas for the kids? Discover more to keep little ones entertained with these great craft ideas:

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