5 Awesome Mother’s Day Art Projects

Mother’s Day is fast approaching. Your gift list is probably written up already─necklaces, bracelets, perfume, the usual suspects─but what about involving the kids in your Mother’s Day gift ideas? To accompany those luxurious gifts, give something handmade. Here are 5 Mother’s Day art projects to get the family involved.

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Handprint Flowers for Mother’s Day

Handprint flowers make an adorable addition to a gift set. They are easy to put together making them a perfect family art and crafts project. Follow the steps below to make your own for Mother’s Day. For a full bouquet, trace out at least 10 hand prints

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  • Colored paper
  • Glue and Clear tape
  • Popsicle sticks or paper straws
  • Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon


  1. Use a pencil to trace an outline of your hand on the colored paper.
  2. Draw leaf shapes on the colored sheets.
  3. Take the scissors and cut out the handprints and leaves.
  4. Wrap 1 to 2 leaf cutouts around each straw and tape them in place.
  5. Place a straw in the center of each handprint cutout and glue it in place.
  6. Gather up the handprints and tie them together with a ribbon.

Custom Coffee Cups

Picture a memorable family trip immortalized on a coffee cup. With a marker or specialty paper, you can make a custom coffee cup with a special memory or quote. For double points, pair the mug with mom’s favorite coffee brand.

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Waterslide Technique

Water slide paper or water decal paper has a water-activated adhesive. The paper lets you cut out images and stick them to various surfaces. They are great for any other custom image ideas you have in mind. In addition to the waterslide paper, you will need acrylic coating spray to give the images a glossy finish.


  • Acrylic coating spray
  • Newspaper or an old towel
  • Plain mug
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Water
  • Printer
  • Water slide paper
  • Small bowl


  1. Select the images for the mug.

Note: coffee cups are usually 4 to 5 inches tall. size your pictures accordingly.

  1. Print them out on the water slide paper.
  2. Lay the photos on old newspaper or a towel
  3. Spray photos with the acrylic coating.

Note: wear a mask to avoid inhaling the spray

  1. Let it dry for 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Cut out the image from the paper with scissors.

Note: for colored mugs, cut away as much of the waterslide paper as possible.

  1. Set aside water in a small bowl.
  2. Submerge the image cut out in the bowl of water.
  3. Dip a paintbrush in the water and use it to wet the mug.
  4. Remove the image from the water and stick it onto the mug.
  5. Use the paintbrush to smooth out the edges of the mug.

Permanent Marker Mugs

Permanent markers offer a simpler method of mug customization. To get the best results with permanent markers, choose mugs without much glaze─that reflective layer that makes the mug shiny.

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  • Permanent marker
  • Plain mug


  1. Draw a design on the mug with a permanent marker.
  2. Let the design dry for 10 minutes.
  3. Draw over the design again.
  4. Let the design dry.
  5. Set oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Place the mug in the oven for 30 minutes to let the design set.
  7. Let mugs cool completely.

Be sure to hand wash these mugs. The dishwasher will remove the design.

Homemade Candles

Try homemade candles with comforting scents for your Mother’s Day art project.

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  • Jar
  • Tabbed Woodwicks or cotton wicks
  • measuring scale
  • Soy wax (8 oz)
  • Tempered glass container (bowl or measuring cup)
  • Pot
  • Water
  • Cooking thermometer
  • Essential oils (lavender, lemon, eucalyptus)


  1. Measure out 8 oz of wax on the scale.
  2. Place wax in a tempered glass container.
  3. Fill a large pot to the halfway point with water.
  4. Boil the water at medium-high heat.
  5. Put the container with the wax in the pot.
  6. Let the wax melt.
  7. Take the thermometer and place it in the wax. Let the thermometer reach 185 degrees Fahrenheit.

Note: the wax may have a lower melting point based on the blend.

  1. Remove the wax from the heat.
  2. Add the essential oils of your choosing.
  3. Lay the jar on a flat surface
  4. Place the wicks in the jar.

Note: If the wicks aren’t holding in place, stick the wick base in a bit of the wax, and place it in the jar

  1. Pour in the wax.
  2. Let the wax solidify.
  3. Trim the top of the wick to 1/4 inch in length.

Mosaic Kits

The mosaic art projects are another fun DIY project. There are mosaic kits for picture frames, bowls, coasters and candles online. These kits come with mosaic tiles, glue and paintbrushes. Here are some options:

Stained Glass Art

This memorable summer camp crafts project is fit for any room. To make a DIY stained glass art piece, grab a stained glass frame, paint, acrylic glass paint, and a few paintbrushes. With tinned wire and hooks, you can hang the art near a window to let it catch the sun. Kits are the easiest way to try out this art form:


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