Do you dread shopping for Mother’s and Father’s Day gifts? The search for items that demonstrate your love feels like the quest for the fountain of youth: hopeless.
This leads many to procrastinate shopping at all. Then at the last minute, people spend more money than they intended on a gift they aren’t that happy about.
In 2016, Americans spent over $35 billion on Mother’s and Father’s Day gifts. That’s a lot of ties and flowers!
On average, people last year spent $125.92 on Father’s Day gifts and $172.22 on Mother’s Day presents.
But here’s the thing: you don’t need to spend a lot of money to show your parents you love them. And maybe by spending less money, you’ll make Mom and Dad feel even more special.
Sounds like magic, right? It is, but you don’t need to be a magician to achieve it. Check out these 10 DIY crafts ideas that could make this Mother’s and Father’s Day season extra special.
1. DIY Photo Transfer to Wood
Parents love family photos. Rather than putting pictures into store-bought frames, try transferring your photos onto wood for a unique, rustic look.
With the magic of Mod Podge, you can imprint the color from a laser-printed picture onto a block of wood. You won’t need a lot of expensive supplies to make this craft, but you will need some patience and care.
Once you’re done transferring the image, get as creative as you want by adding embellishments like letters and words to the finished product.
2. Classy Silhouette Brunch Cookies
Food brings families together, and these silhouette cookies will add a special twist to your Mother’s Day brunch.
Put a spin on the classic silhouette by using your kid’s profiles on the cookies rather than a random artistic portrait. Don’t have kids? Mom will love your silhouette too!
While these cookies take some extra effort to make, you’ll create personalized works of art that make Mom feel special.
3. Tee-Time Cupcakes
Not to be outdone by Mom’s brunch cookies, check out these fun golf-themed cupcakes for Dad.
Maybe your father needs a new set of clubs or golf shoes, but there’s so much to consider when making purchases like those. It’s too easy to buy the wrong things.
So make these adorable golf cupcakes instead. And while you’re getting crafty, make a card online too!
4. Painted Cork Coasters
Dads will appreciate these colorful, fun cork coasters. And you’ll appreciate how fast and easy they are to make, with minimal materials.
Use tape to create triangular patterns on the cork for painting. But get as creative as you want with the designs.
You could paint other shapes like polka dots, hearts, and stars, or even a special message for Dad.
These coasters will score some points with Mom too. Help protect her beloved coffee table from those dreaded water stains.
5. Homemade Facial Scrubs
Your mom deserves some pampering. Spa visits are a nice luxury, but why not give Mom her own spa at home?
Here are 16 luscious homemade scrubs you can make for your mom using sugar, salt, oatmeal, and other ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
You really only need some mason jars and food ingredients for this craft. Then get as creative as you’d like in making labels for the scrubs.
6. Aromatherapy Neck Pillow
Speaking of pampering, here’s a gift that both Mom and Dad will enjoy.
After a stressful day, aromatherapy neck pillows will help your parents relax and ease into the evening.
If you’ve got a pair of long socks, rice, lavender oil, and a needle and thread, that’s all you need to make this simple craft. It doesn’t get easier than this.
7. Paper Flower Corsage
Flowers are so lovely but they fade fast. And corsages made with real flowers, precious as they are, can only be used once.
So why not make a corsage or boutonnière out of paper? Mom will treasure and wear this beautiful gift for years to come.
This tutorial will guide you through each step with highly detailed and colorful pictures.
8. Retro Personalized Food Labels
Jazz up your dad’s favorite foods—like nuts, barbecue sauce, or pickled vegetables—with this personalized retro clip art labels.
This tutorial has downloadable designs you can print. Other than paper for the labels, all you’ll need are jars or bags for the food, plus some double-sided tape.
Cover up that boring pickle jar label with “Daddy-o-Brand” and put a smile on Dad’s face.
9. Baby footprint art
Who doesn’t adore newborn baby feet? People without souls—that’s who.
But Mom or Dad will treasure this precious snapshot in time. Check out these 10 DIY baby footprint crafts that your parents will love.
Be sure to use non-toxic paint or clay when making any baby footprint projects.
10. Vintage Teacup Candles
Does your mom love antique teacups? And what about candles?
Combine both elements in one with this classy DIY teacup candle project.
You could also use these candles on your Mother’s Day brunch table! And similar to the silhouette cookies, this is a delicate project that takes some effort.
But vintage teacup candles make a charming addition to any home’s decor.
Summing It Up
With so many crafty DIY projects on the web, there’s no need for anxiety this Mother’s and Father’s Day season. Choose the craft that most inspires you, roll up your sleeves, and get started.
And if you’ve got kids, be sure to include them in the crafting process too. You may even start a DIY family revolution that goes beyond these holidays to birthdays and other special occasions.
While store-bought items are nice, homemade gifts convey a thoughtfulness that transcends picking something off a shelf or browsing Amazon.
Taking time to make something with your own hands is a physical demonstration of love. And it’s a gesture Mom or Dad won’t soon forget.
As a bonus, you’ll spend less money on making a homemade gift than you’ll spend on buying one.
Affordable and thoughtful? Sounds like a win to us.