My favorite Mother’s Day gifts from the kids are homemade gifts they make with their own two hands, whether it is a sweet card, a homemade breakfast, or an item they crafted especially for me. And it’s especially wonderful if that item is as gorgeous as these baked-clay crafts that are easy enough for even the youngest kids to help create.
(Post last updated 4/2020)
DIY Clay Heart Necklace (above)
I get verklempt just thinking of how cute this clay heart necklace (at top) would be to open while eager little faces watch. Just a tiny cookie cutter is needed to make a perfectly sized heart to hang from a silver-or-gold chain, as outlined in this tutorial on Be Brave Keep Going. I like how perfectly red the already-colored clay looks though letting kids paint the heart themselves would make it extra-special for them too.
Turn a lump of clay into a tiny vase to hold all those just-picked dandelions from the yard or playground. A whole group of them looks perfect with just a gentle touch of paint as seen here from Eat Knit and DIY (site no longer exists), though I’m pretty certain I’d adore even the most paint-spattered finished product.
Even fingers too small to do anything but try to shove the clay into open mouths can make an imprint on this adorable fingerprint pendant for Mother’s Day. The Crafty Crow’s easy tutorial even lets you know which clay is softest and will create the best fingerprint image. Great first Mother’s Day gift idea!
Letter stamps and baking clay are all you need to make a simple and pretty clay jewelry dish from Inner Child Fun. I like that you could also tailor this to stamp in Mum, Oma, or Ma to make this a really personalized gift.
DIY Clay Bird Feeder
Made with clay and some rope, this easy-to-fill bird feeder is a great gift to give a mama who loves to watch the early birds with her first cup of coffee. See the instructions on Hello Glow. Gift it with the promise to keep it filled for her to make it extra special (and one less thing she has to do!)
Paint really makes these pretty patterned jewelry dishes pop. Lisa Storms’ tutorial uses textured plates and stamps, found in the craft store, to get the achieved look, though you may find cool items to use for patterns around the house that will achieve a similar effect.
Ideal for older kids who can follow patterns and safely handle a craft knife, Liz Stanley’s Say Yes Blog offers handmade clay pot instructions to help them create an entire village of watertight pots for tiny succulents–which are a bit more forgiving if you forget to water them. They know we’re busy like that.
You’ll find so many more Mother’s Day gift ideas in our archives