Last minute DIY Mother’s Day gifts you can make yourself

Here are 3 easy projects you can DIY for Mother's Day using upcycled items you may already have at home, including a tote bag, slogan tee and pamper hamper...

It’s Mother’s Day this coming weekend so don’t forget to treat mum to something special. I’ve already shared some gift ideas that you can buy online or order from Etsy sellers, but there might not be enough time to get things delivered between now and Sunday, so here are three ideas for presents that you can make for mum at home…

I’ve had a think about some easy projects you can DIY using upcycled items you may already have at home. I’ve come up with three projects that I cobbled together using things that I had lying around the house (and the garage, and the shed, and the caravan…) This includes:

  • A homemade gift hamper to pamper your mother
  • Upcycled T-shirts with a unique slogan just for mum
  • A customised canvas tote bag with a favourite photo printed on the front

If you’ve got a garage stocked with leftover spray paint or emulsion from that decorating project, you can easily revamp an old basket, tin or storage box to create a fabulous hamper full of treats for mum. And if you’ve got a shredder or some chive/ribbon scissors you can easily create your own packing material too!

You may well need to pop out for some supplies to fill the hamper with treats to suit mum’s personality – I’ve shared three different themed baskets on the Addis blog this week so have a read of the step-by-step DIY project and let me know what goodies your mum would like..!

Another idea is transferring a favourite photo onto a tote bag for mum. We’ve all got canvas shopping bags in the boot of the car, ready for our next shopping trip, so pop one of those in the wash, give it an iron, and get ready to customise it!

You can find the full guide to DIY this upcycled canvas bag project here and there’s two different finishes you can achieve depending on how you apply the photo transfer. Of course, you can personalise the image to be whatever you like – pics of the kids, pets, a favourite place or just a big photo of your smiling face!

I’ve also shared two different designs for creating a unique, upcycled slogan T-shirt for your mum to wear all year round. There’s a couple of different methods you could use to transfer a message or word onto fabric using heat-transfer vinyl (which you can get the next day on Amazon) so be sure to check out my slogan t-shirt project too!

Let me know if you have a go at making any of these projects yourself and I’d love to hear your own ideas for last-minutes Mother’s Day gifts you can make at home – please share in the comments below 🙂


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