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5 Mother-Earth-Friendly DIYs for Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Are you ready? I recommend homemade gifts for your mother this year. They are always thoughtful and usually are budget friendly. These eco-friendly projects are perfect for the home crafter who needs some fresh ideas for Mother’s Day this year.

Teacup Candles Plus Rose Vanilla Scented Soap

Teacup Candles + Rose Vanilla Scented Soap

These teacup candles are adorable! You could use mismatched teacups that you already have, or pick up some pretty or unique teacups at a thrift shop or flea market. Pair a teacup candle (or two!) with some homemade rose vanilla soap and you’ll have a great smelling gift for your mom or grandmother.

Follow these DIY instructions for Teacup Candles from Martha Stewart.

Follow these DIY instructions for Rose Vanilla Scented Soap from Hello Natural.

Wooden Coasters and Coffee Mug

Wooden Coasters + Coffee Mug

If mom is a big coffee or tea drinker, why not make a special mug for her, complete with homemade coasters? These State Pride coasters can be customized with mom’s home state and her favorite colors or colors that represent her favorite school or team. If you’re handy with a saw you can cut your own coasters, or if you’d rather, you can purchase a craft kit from Darby Smart (designed by me!). A simple DIY Sharpie marker mug and Mom’s favorite brand of coffee or tea completes the ensemble.

Follow these DIY instructions for State Pride Coasters from This Ohio Life.

Follow these DIY instructions for Mother's Day Sharpie Mugs from Maiko Nagao.

Metal Tray Magnet Board with Vintage Brooch Magnets

Metal Tray Magnet Board with Vintage Brooch Magnets

Instead of breakfast in bed, turn an old breakfast tray into a chic magnet board, complete with vintage brooch magnets and some of your favorite family photos. It’s a gorgeous, sentimental and practical gift! Look for metal breakfast trays and vintage brooches at flea markets, garage and estate sales. This is one of the easier DIYs on this list and I have the instructions for making a magnet board right here on the Mother Earth News blog!

Follow these DIY instructions for Metal Tray Magnet Board from the Mother Earth News DIY Blog.

Follow these DIY instructions for Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Magnets from My So Called Crafty Life.

DIY Vase Plus a Bouquet of Locally Grown Flowers

DIY Vases

There are lots of different ways to repurpose a container or glass bottle into a beautiful vessel for flowers. Raid your recycling bin for interesting and uniquely shaped bottles. Whether you turn one or multiple bottles into vases, fill them with locally grown flowers, picked from your own backyard or bought at the farmers’ market. It will make a lovely and cheerful spring gift.

Follow these DIY instructions for Gold Honey Bear Vase from A Beautiful Mess.

Follow these DIY instructions for Painted Vases from The Girl Candy House.

Homemade Bookmarks and DIY Book Clutch

Bookmarks and Clutch

If your mom is a book lover, make her homemade bookmark and DIY book clutch to match! The photo bookmarks are a perfect (and hilarious) way to include the kids in creating a special gift for mom or grandma. The book clutch is a great way to repurpose an old and tattered book that still has a nice cover (look at used book stores, garage sales and library book sales for colorful vintage tomes) and it makes a great eco-friendly fashion statement!

Follow these DIY instructions for Bookmark Pals from Wake & Whimsy.

Follow these DIY instructions for Fun Photo Bookmarks from Redfly Creations.

Follow these DIY instructions for Zipper Book Clutch from See Kate Sew.

Whatever you plans are this Mother’s Day, make sure your gift to mom or grandma is a gift that is good for Mother Earth too!

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