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Mother’s Day Crafts and DIY Decorations for Seniors

May 9 is just around the corner, marking the day we get to celebrate the most important women in our lives. That’s right, it’s Mother’s Day. Nothing represents love and appreciation like a handmade gift, thoughtfully crafted with care. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of Mother’s Day crafts you can make with your grandchildren to show your love. But skimming through them all can take as much time as making the actual gift. These excellent DIY project ideas are easy, fun gifts you can make with your grandchildren to show how much you care.

Handprint Coasters

This is one of the best Mother’s Day crafts seniors can do with their grandchildren that’ll be cherished forever. And they’re super simple to make. All you need are white tiles, some acrylic paint, clear protective lacquer, and, of course, little hands. And don’t dwell over perfection with this DIY project idea — imperfections are what make these coasters authentic!

Chocolate Bouquet

For a great Mother’s Day gift that doesn’t require a lot of intense DIY crafting, try out these chocolate bouquets. In five easy steps, and with simple store-bought chocolates and faux flowers, you can create a lovely arrangement that will perfectly satisfy a sweet tooth.

senior couple making pottery together at an art class

Painted Plates and Mugs

This classic Mother’s Day craft gift always makes for a heartfelt present. Plus, it’s perfect for getting your grandkids involved and exercising their creativity. With just acrylic paint, a sharpie, and some clean white mugs or plates, not only is this a timeless DIY gift, but it’s one of the easiest you’ll find. In addition to drawing and coloring a plate or mug, you can get even more creative by having little ones make cute little fingerprint butterflies with the same ease, and maybe a little more mess.

Homemade Barrettes

The beautiful thing about these DIY barrettes is that they can be as complex or as simple as you please. Plus, your grandkids will love making them with you. One example of the more complicated barrettes is using lace ribbon or doilies, a hot glue gun, and some old buttons or jewelry to make a fancy Mother’s Day gift. On the simpler side of things, you can easily cut and twist up some extra fabric you might have on hand and glue it to a plain barrette to create a roselike design. Either way you choose, your children and grandchildren will have a pretty DIY gift at the end.

Bath Bombs

Bath bombs have become extremely popular in recent years, and it’s no wonder. They take relaxing bubble baths to the next level. And they’re as easy to make as following a recipe, making it a perfect Mother’s Day craft for adults, children and families. This bath bomb recipe even adds dried flowers for an extra dose of fragrance and beauty.

Flower-Stamped Kitchen Towels

Why buy expensive floral kitchen towels when you can make your own and gift them to the most important women in your life? It’s easier than you might think. Simply cut your favorite flowers — or you can use fruits and vegetables cut in half — and apply colored fabric paint. Then simply use the paint-coated fruits and veggies as stamps to imprint plain cloth towels. It’s that easy!

painted plates and paint brushes laid out for display

Tassel Necklace or Keychain

These handmade tassel accessories are a perfect DIY project idea to spend an afternoon with your grandkids. This project only requires some colorful embroidery thread, scissors, beads and jump rings. They’re a bit time-consuming to make but are easy enough that small children will pick up how to do the project in no time.

Teacup Candles

Make adorable, trendy teacup candles all on your own with this easy-to-follow guide. Just grab an unused teacup or mug from your cabinet and purchase some soy wax flakes and a bundle of wicks. Make sure you melt about double the amount of wax flakes that fit into your teacup or mug to get the full candle result you want.

Dip-Dyed Tote Bags

A throwback to the days of tie-dye mixed with the practicality of a handy tote bag, this DIY gift idea is easy, fun and useful. First, you’ll need a white canvas tote bag, some Rit dye of your color choice, and a clean bucket. This process can get messy, so be sure to wear gloves and cover your work surface. Fill your clean bucket with the dye solution, and then hang the tote bag so that it rests about halfway in the dye. This gives the bag a nice gradient that any mother will find fashionable.

Needle-Felt Mug Cozy

With just a cheap felting needle tool, some wool roving, a button and some thread, it’s surprisingly easy to make a mug cozy that’ll keep your hands cool and coffee hot. These cozies make great gifts for Mother’s Day, and can be created by anyone with or without needling experience. They’re also safe and easy to make with the little ones in your family.

seniors painting in an art class at a senior living community

Celebrating Seniors and Their Loved Ones All Year Long

When you live in one of The Ridge communities, every day is a celebration of family. That’s because Cottonwood, Pinehurst, and Foothill senior living communities in Utah and Colorado are more than just retirement destinations — they’re a community of families. Plus, they’re full of creative, intelligent people who love to put their creativity to work. Check out our blog post about holiday DIY crafting for seniors for more creative fun. If you’d like to learn more, contact us through our website or call us anytime at 1-877-894-9008 to schedule a virtual tour of our stunning community.