5 Homemade Gifts for the Creatively Challenged


Well here we are; April is coming to a close. You know what that means… Mother’s Day is looming on the horizon. Does this strike fear into you? A sense of overwhelming panic at the thought of gift-giving so soon after the holiday frenzy? Relax. I’ve combed pages and pages of websites and listed my top five ideas to make your own gift for Mom. These are especially basic, no crafty experience required, and quite inexpensive.



River Rock Mat

  1. A wooden plaque that you paint and attach a photo, story, or poem on top. If you can hold a paint brush, this is a no-brainer. Probably the best part is that if the painting is a little less-than-perfect, it’ll look “distressed” so no need to fret about perfection.
  2. Does mom knit or crochet? How about some special one-of-a-kind, personally hand-dyed yarn? This is a gift I would love to get! Just make sure you give her enough for a project, a couple of skeins worth at least. You could use her favorite colors or something to match her décor. Zero crafting ability required for this. Seriously, zero.
  3. Is mom a gardener? You could make her a stepping stone or mat out of shelf-liner and river rocks that she can place in her garden. This one may use a slight bit of patience, but definitely unique and worth it!
  4. Something we never seem to have enough of is coasters. This idea for personalizing tiles into coasters is awesome! You could use pictures of family members, pets, special memories, or even just cool scrapbook paper. If you can cut and glue, you can do this one.
  5. And last, but not least, you could make mom a nice, soft rug. I am going to try this one of these days, just because it looks so cool. It weaves strips of T-shirts around a hula hoop. This is a project aimed at kids, so there’s no excuse not to try it!

And there you have it; my top five homemade Mother’s Day gifts for the less-than-crafty. Oh sure, you could give her flowers or chocolate, but why not make her something she can brag about to her friends. You’re never too old to create!

Hula Hoop Rug


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