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11 Last Minute Mother's Day Ideas

11 Last Minute Mother’s Day Ideas

Mother’s Day is just around the corner (it’s this Sunday!), and if you’re anything like me, you’re still scrambling about how to show your mom how much you appreciate everything she does. Sure, you could make her breakfast in bed or run out and spend a silly amount of money on expensive roses – or, you can grab some paper and make one of these super easy last minute Mother’s Day gifts. Better yet – do both. Mom certainly deserves it.

Here are some great options that no one will guess are last minute:

Photo Flip Book

This one is good for Mom or for Grandma. All you need is scrapbook paper, a bunch of photos, and a few simple craft supplies. Get the whole family in on the action and you’ll be done it no time!

Mothers Day Photo Flip Book Thirty Handmade Days

Follow the full tutorial on Thirty Handmade Days.

Printable Coupons

The homemade coupon book is always a great option for any last minute gift. Try making your own from scratch, or if you’re really pressed for time, use these printable coupons.

Mothers Day Printable Coupons Skip To My Lou

Download the printables at Skip To My Lou.

Fingerprint Family Tree

This is the perfect gift from the whole family. All you have to do is print off the template, grab some paint, and get a little messy!

Fingerprint Family Tree Sugar and Dots

Download the template at According to Kelly.

Paper Flowers

Flower shops love to jack up their prices at this time of year, so skip the unwanted surprise on your credit card statement and put a little effort into “growing” a paper bouquet. Bonus – paper flowers don’t die!

Mothers Day Paper Flowers Trimcraft

Head on over to Trimcraft for the full tutorial.

I Love You THIS Much!

This card is the perfect gift from the kids for Mom or Grandma. Plus, it’s so easy your kids can do it all on their own.

I Love You This Much Mothers Day Card Day In The Life

You can find the full tutorial here.

Fancy Gift Wrapping

Forget boring boxes – add an extra punch by affixing colorful paper or these decorative printables on the inside of the box! Or do what my Mom always does at Christmas and wrap a box inside a box – that way, there are more flaps for you to decorate.

Mothers Day Gift Wrapping Dating Divas

Download the printables for Mom or Grandma, thanks to the Dating Divas.

Anything With Handprints

Handprints are a staple for any homemade Mother’s Day gift, and creative handprint-based Mother’s Day gifts abound. Here are some of our favorites:

Handprint Bouquet

If the paper flower bouquet we mentioned above feels a bit out of your league, this handprint bouquet is a great alternative. Plus, your kids will end up doing most of the work, so you can sit back and relax.

Handprint Bouquet Wallfry Mothers Day

Read the full tutorial on Wallfry.

Cupcake Card

This is the perfect card for Moms with a sweet tooth – as long as you have some cupcakes stashed away for dessert.

Handprint Cupcake Mothers Day Card I Heart Arts N Crafts

Metallic cardstock adds a little extra punch. Check out the full tutorial on I Heart Arts ‘N Crafts.

Five Fingers, Five Reasons

This one is perfect for the wee-est members of your family. Simply paint and press their hands onto cardstock and have them list five reasons why they love Mom or Grandma – the answers may surprise you.

Five Fingers (Cropped)

Read how Sarah made her card on How Wee Learn.

Handprint Bouquet Take 2

Since flowers are such a quintessential Mother’s Day gift, we thought we’d give you an alternative handprint bouquet option. This one is a little smaller, and you can even get your kids’ feet a little messy too.

Handprint Bouquet Mothers Day Sweet Parrish Place

No instructions required for this one, but there are some other great Mother’s Day ideas over on Sweet Parrish Place.

Paintless Handprint FlowersCutout Handprint Flowers Mothers Day All Kids Network

If you’re not up for getting messy (or cleaning up the mess), try tracing handprints onto colored paper and cutting them out. Arrange them in a circle and voila! (Relatively) mess-free handprint flowers.

Here’s how, thanks to All Kids Network.

Don’t Panic! 

Mother’s Day always creeps up on me, but there are lots of last minute things you can do to show Mom you care. Whatever you do for Mom or Grandma this Sunday, these quick paper crafts are the perfect complement.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Steph Schinkel
Steph Schinkel

Steph is an avid crafter, DIY enthusiast, and regular contributor to The Paper who loves to handmake all of her cards. Above all else, Steph is a die-hard foodie with a massive sweet tooth and a deep, soul-consuming love for chocolate.