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DIY Mother's Day gifts: Martha Stewart shares her easy last-minute ideas

Martha Stewart shares her simple, homemade gifts that mom will love to open on Mother's Day.
/ Source: TODAY

What better way to show mom you care this Mother's Day than with a homemade gift from the heart? With the big day just 48 hours away, Martha Stewart shares some last-minute DIY gift ideas mom will love.

Martha Stewart DIY Mother's Day Splattered pom pom flowers
Martha Stewart DIY Mother's Day Splattered pom pom flowersTODAY

Splattered pom pom flowers

Sick of spending money on flowers? Try Martha's Splattered Pom Pom Flowers, and since they are made from tissue paper, you can enjoy them well past Mother's Day!

Materials: Tissue paper, pipe cleaners, floral tape, fringing scissors and regular scissors, craft paint, spray bottle


1. Do a 1-inch accordion fold on three layers of white tissue paper (size 6x20").

2. Wrap a pipe cleaner around center of folded paper to create a stem.

3, Cut each edge in a pointed or rounded shape (depending on what you want flower petals to look like).

4. Open the folds and carefully separate the three paper layers to create flower.

5. Spritz with water/paint mix and let dry for a few hours.

Martha Stewart DIY Mother's Day Heart shadow box
Martha Stewart DIY Mother's Day Heart shadow boxTODAY

Heart shadow box

Make your own shadow box using a standard picture frame so mom has a keepsake — it can be used to display your child's artwork, or showcase a special poem or mom's favorite quote.

Materials: Craft paint, small paint brushes, picture frame, paper and scissors to make a heart shape, your child's artwork or a copy of mom's favorite poem or quotation

RELATED: For TODAY's complete Mother's Day Guide, click here!


1. Carefully remove glass pane from the frame.

2. Cut a simple heart template out of paper as a guide. Center the heart template on the glass pane and start tracing the outer edges of the heart with your Large Brush and Craft Paint.

3. Continue to fill in the first layer from the heart outline, out toward the edges of the glass pane. Let dry completely.

4. Apply a second coat of paint. If needed, apply another coat until you end up with an opaque "shadow" box.

5. Use this to frame your favorite artwork from your kids or poem!

Martha Stewart DIY Mother's Day - Personalized decoupage trays
Martha Stewart DIY Mother's Day - Personalized decoupage traysTODAY

Personalized decoupage trays

What mom doesn't like breakfast in bed? Why not surprise mom not only with homemade meal, but also a personalized serving tray she can keep for years to come. Just print out your favorite photos, cut out paper hearts or pretty pictures from magazines for decoration.

Materials: Tray, decoupage finish, paintbrush, cutout hearts, photos or magazine clippings


1. Wipe tray clean with a damp cloth. Let dry.

2. Collect photos of flowers from magazines or print out clip art or personal photos. Arrange placement on tray.

3. Paint decoupage finish onto back of a printout. Paste onto tray. Repeat for each cutout. Let dry, one to two hours.

4. Paint entire tray with decoupage finish. Let dry one to two hours. Then add a topcoat for extra durability.

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Martha Stewart DIY Mother's Day Smoothie bar
Martha Stewart DIY Mother's Day Smoothie barTODAY

Smoothie bar

Don't want to do breakfast in bed? No problem, when mom wakes up, surprise her with a smoothie bar set on the kitchen counter. She can choose her own ingredients.

Materials: Blender, glasses, platter or bowls

Ingredients for your bar:

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • Fresh ginger, unpeeled
  • Bowl of low-fat plain yogurt
  • Pineapple juice
  • Plain Kifer (or your favorite kind of milk)
  • Honey
  • Handful of mint
  • Bowl of ice

Instructions: Blend favorite ingredients in blender then pour into a glass for tasting.