Editor’s Note: While we understand that you won’t be able to pull these crafts off with your whole class or supervise these in-person, we do hope that some of you will find them to be fun home crafts to do with your own kids or recommend to your students for Mother’s Day 2021.
Mother’s Day is one of the best times to create adorable crafts with your students. Moms and dads love seeing homemade treasures their kids make at school, and there is just something about getting a handprint craft that makes mom’s heart melt. Regardless of how old their child is, the handprint crafts are just so personal and thoughtful. They capture a period in time and make for some pretty cute DIY gifts. Below are 7 of our favorite Mother’s Day handprint ideas for your classroom this May.
This handprint Mother’s Day card is one of the cutest cards you could make for mom. To begin, you will need to cut out the vase/pot shape, or draw it and have the students cut it out themselves. Next, on card stock (preferably), have the students do multi-colored handprints. Once they are dry, cut them out (like flowers, around the fingers). Attach a paper straw to the handprints and then attach the vase/pot, and flower handprints to the construction paper. Students can personalize the craft further by adding a note, or simply by writing “Happy Mother’s Day.” This goes along nicely with an activity around growing flowers from seeds, like many teachers do for Mother’s Day. You could send this home with a cup of homegrown flowers as a special treat for mom.
- Flower pot or vase cutout
- White card stock (for the handprints)
- Yellow and green construction paper
- Background paper
- Green paper straws
The heart handprint tree makes a great Mother’s Day craft because it incorporates a cut-out of the student’s hand, as well as some lovely hearts. You can also time this one around Valentine’s Day, for obvious reasons. To begin, paint your paper towel roll brown, and the paper plate green (to save time, buy green plates). Next, have students cut out the pink heart and trace their hand and wrist on the brown construction paper. Cut this out and glue it to the heart. Cut slits on the bottom of the paper towel roll and glue it to the plate (see picture). Next, using red glitter paper or red foil paper, cut out various sized hearts to place on the tree. Fold them in half to glue them on.
- Paper plate
- Green and brown acrylic paint
- Red glitter paper/foil paper
- Brown construction paper
- Pink card stock
- Paper towel roll
These Shrinky Dink handprint keychains are so sweet, and make for a one of a kind Mother’s Day craft. Using a rainbow-colored ink pad, have students color their hands well before pressing them down on the shrink film. Over the wet ink prints, shake the sparkle embossing powder and then shake off excess sparkles from the film. Next, cut around the handprint, leaving a little border around it. Using a hole-punch, make a hole at the top of the handprint and place the craft on a parchment paper-covered cookie sheet. Bake according to the instructions on your packaging. Finally, add the keychain ring and your gift is ready to go!
*A tip for keeping the handprints labeled is to write the student’s name on the parchment paper.
- Shrink film
- Big, multi-color Ink pad
- Sparkle embossing powder
- Hole puncher
- Key rings
Warning: this poem is a tearjerker. Using white card stock, have students place handprints around the outside edges of the paper. Once dry, they can hand write (or type) the poem as follows:
“Mommy – You always clean the handprints I leave upon the wall. I seem to make a mess of things because I am very small. The years will pass so quickly, I’ll soon be gown like you. And all the little handprints will surely fade from view. So here are special handprints…a memory that is true. So you’ll recall the very day I made this just for you!” To preserve this treasured gift, consider laminating it when finished.
- Card stock
- Poem, printed
- Laminating machine (optional)
Any mom would treasure this adorable DIY coffee mug. Cover the students’ hands with paint and have them shape their hands into a heart (see picture). Press firmly onto the mug and slowly remove. Using paint markers, have them write a special note to their moms. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Allow the mug to cool completely. *Note: these should be cleaned before using.
- Paint markers
- Large white mug
“I love you more than cupcakes” is a sweet craft (and a quick one, too.) Using markers, have students write “MOM I love you more than cupcakes!” Then, using brown paint, place one handprint onto the paper. Draw the cherry on top and glue on a cupcake liner.
- Cupcake liners
- Brown paint
- White cardstock
Creating this butterfly handprint card is fairly simple. First, have students write out the following poem (or a poem of your choosing) on white paper, and then attach it to the colored scrapbook paper. “This isn’t just a butterfly as you can plainly see. I made it with my hand which is a part of me. It comes with lots of love, especially to say, I hope you have a very Happy Mother’s Day!” Next, create the butterfly by cutting out handprints, the butterfly body, and circles. Using Stiffen Quik glue to make the ribbon straight (stiff), glue them onto the butterfly. Lastly, using a clothespin, attach the butterfly to the poem.
- Construction paper (pink, purple, green, white)
- Scrapbook paper
- Butterfly poem
- Colored ribbon
- Stiffen Quik glue for ribbon
Mother’s Day will be here in less than a month. If you are planning to plant flower seeds in cups to give to mom, you will need to do that well in advance. These Mother’s Day crafts are great on their own, or in addition to homegrown flowers, homemade treats, or anything else you may want to create. To all you teacher-moms out there: Happy Mother’s Day from the Teachers’ Lounge!