Homemade Mother’s Day gifts

May 3, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. ET

Skip the same gifts you buy year after year and get crafty this Mother’s Day! Your mom will appreciate the extra thought, hard work and creativity put into your project -- and will likely cherish it way more than another generic picture frame.

Infinity scarf

These crafty yet simple DIY projects make wonderful Mother's Day gifts for Grandma and Mom, and are perfect for Dad to do with the kids!

Recycled no-sew T-shirt scarf

Grab your husband’s old T-shirt or hit the local thrift stores and stock up on cheap, colorful cotton shirts. This homemade no-sew scarf takes 15 to 20 minutes to make, and the best part is there’s no sewing required.

Photo courtesy of the TheDIYDish.com


  • Extra-large cotton T-shirt
  • Scissors
  • 9-inch paper plate


  1. Place your T-shirt on a flat surface.
  2. Cut the shirt down one side seam.
  3. Open the shirt, lay flat.
  4. Trace around the paper plate 4 – 6 times on both sides of the T-shirt.
  5. Carefully cut around each circle.
  6. Cut a spiral into each circle -- starting from the outside and working towards the center, cut in a circular motion.
  7. Stretch each spiral lengthwise.
  8. Lay all the pieces together.
  9. To keep the scarf tidy and ready for gifting, tie a knot in the center.
  10. Add a brooch to add depth and color.

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Homemade lavender body and bath scrub

Give your mom the gift of relaxation this Mother’s Day. Use all-natural oils and ingredients or combine ready-made body oils to make an easy mix perfect for pampering Mom.


  • 1 cup olive oil or body oil
  • 2 cups sea salt
  • Lavender to scent to the desired amount
  • 12-ounce Mason jar with lid
  • Ribbon


  1. Mix sea salt and olive oil or body oil.
  2. Stir in lavender or other fragrant flower.
  3. Place in Mason jar.
  4. With the ribbon, tie a bow around the jar.

Tip: You can blend the mixture on a low speed in a blender to get a finer texture.

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Silhouette prints

Silhouette pictures are once again becoming a trendy way to display family art -- and a great way to capture images of grandchildren, children and other family members. In just a few simple steps you can create a keepsake that will last a lifetime.


  • Cardstock paper
  • Digital camera
  • Computer and printer
  • Scissors
  • Black paint
  • Soft paintbrush
  • Double-sided tape
  • Frame
  • Wax paper


  1. Place your subject in front of a black or dark, flat surface, facing sideways.
  2. At eye level, take a profile picture of your subject.
  3. Upload the picture to your computer and make any size changes, depending on the size frame you will be using.
  4. Print the picture on cardstock.
  5. Carefully cut around your subject’s silhouette.
  6. Place your picture face-down on a piece of wax paper.
  7. Paint the reverse side of the picture with the black paint.
  8. Let dry.
  9. Cut a second piece of cardstock paper to fit inside your frame.
  10. With double-sided tape, attach the picture (black side up) to the second piece of cardstock paper.
  11. Insert the picture into the frame.

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