Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

The time has come to celebrate all the listeners, lovers, fixers and friends—the women that most people simply know as “mom”! To do that, the Scout Elves got to work coming up with the perfect homemade gifts to celebrate moms everywhere!

Dads and kids can get together to plan a special surprise for mom, or moms and little ones can take on these fun tea party–themed projects to spend quality time together on Mother's Day, courtesy of the Scout Elves.

The Elf on the Shelf's Mother's Day Tea Party DIY Mug

Everyone knows you can’t have a cup of tea or morning joe without a proper mug to sip from! Moms will love this custom-made mug, courtesy of their favorite artists.

You’ll Need:

The Elf on the Shelf's Mother's Day Tea Party DIY Mug Materials

  • White or light-colored mug
  • Oil-based permanent paint pens

Instructions:

  1. WASH and completely dry the mugs before beginning the creative process. (Helpful hint: you can find a variety of mugs at most dollar stores.)
  2. Let kids use the PAINT PENS to create a design of their choice, making sure the mug is their only canvas. A handprint or a personalized message on the mug will make an extra special memento for mom. (Helpful hint: If the paint gets smudged or kids make a mistake, just rub away the errant paint with rubbing alcohol and try again.)
  3. SET the completed mugs inside of the oven and turn it on to 350 degrees. Be sure not to preheat the oven; just set the mugs inside of the cold oven and let it heat up with them already inside.
  4. Once the oven reaches 350 degrees, BAKEthe mugs for 30 minutes and then turn the oven off. Leave the mugs inside to cool for a couple of hours.
  5. Once the mugs have completely COOLED, remove them from the oven. This mug is one mom will treasure for years to come!

The Elf on the Shelf's Mother's Day DIY Thoughtful Tea Towel

Turn the ordinary into the extraordinary by decking out a tea towel. Moms will smile each time they look at the beautiful towel decorated just for them.

You’ll Need:

The Elf on the Shelf's Mother's Day DIY Thoughtful Tea Towel Materials

  • Tea towel
  • Fabric pens or fabric paint

Instructions:

  1. LAY the tea towel on a flat, dry surface.
  2. Kids can DECORATEthe tea towel however they please using fabric pens and a little imagination!
  3. LEAVE the towel on a flat surface to dry.
  4. PRESENT it to mom.

The Elf on the Shelf's Mother's Day DIY Cupcake Bouquet

This special bouquet serves as a beautiful centerpiece and a sweet snack! Moms will love looking at this unique decoration as much as they’ll enjoy its delicious “flowers”!

You’ll Need:

The Elf on the Shelf's Mother's Day DIY Cupcake Bouquet Materials

  • 24 mini cupcakes (either store bought or homemade)
  • 24 toothpicks
  • 1 polystyrene foam ball
  • 1 flower pot (needs to have the same diameter as your foam ball)

Instructions:

  1. Carefully INSERTa toothpick into the bottom of each cupcake and remove it, creating a small hole. This will make it easier to attach the cupcakes to the foam ball later.
    The Elf on the Shelf's Mother's Day DIY Cupcake Bouquet Step 1
  2. NESTLE the polystyrene foam ball into the flower pot, making sure it is balanced securely. (Helpful hint: we used a foam ball and flower pot that were both 6” in diameter).
    The Elf on the Shelf's Mother's Day DIY Cupcake Bouquet Step 2
  3. Starting at the top, INSERTa toothpick into the polystyrene foam ball where you want to place your first cupcake; using the hole you created in the bottom of the cupcake earlier, place the cupcake on the toothpick, attaching it to the foam ball.
    The Elf on the Shelf's Mother's Day DIY Cupcake Bouquet Step 3
  4. REPEAT step three, carefully placing the rest of the cupcakes onto the foam ball. (Helpful hint: be careful not to disturb the icing on the cupcakes as you go!).
  5. ONCE the foam ball is covered in cupcakes, you have the perfect centerpiece!
    The Elf on the Shelf's Mother's Day DIY Tea Party

To pull it all together, set the table and host a special tea party for mom. The cupcake bouquet makes a perfect centerpiece while your adorable new mugs and thoughtful tea towels make great gifts, as well as table décor.

Looking for more fun craft ideas? See what the Scout Elves are making in Scout Elf Craft Corner!

Please remember that when attempting the craft included in this post children should always be supervised by an adult. When using crafting supplies or products, always read manufacturer’s instructions and warnings.