Psst… over here. Why do we need to talk in hushed tones? Well, Mother’s Day is coming and you don’t want to tell your mom that you are planning a big surprise for her. We could talk about many movies that celebrate Mother’s Day such as Mamma Mia, Mother’s Day, Freaky Friday, and the list goes on. It’s hard to come up with unique ideas to surprise your mom because let’s admit it, breakfast in bed is pretty amazing and she will love you for it but where’s the fun in such a small gesture?
Here’s an amazing thing that we bet you didn’t know: during Mother’s Day, phone traffic increases by 37%. People all over the world call their mothers, just to let them know that they are loved.
This year, give your mom the best surprise of her life by going the extra mile. We have carefully come up with amazing DIY décor themes, some of which are pretty easy to execute and some will require a little help from your siblings. Take your dad into confidence and together, plan this special holiday to make your mother feel loved.
Before we move forward to the DIY décor ideas for Mother’s Day, let’s have a look at the history of this holiday:
History of Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is a holiday that honors motherhood worldwide. This year, the holiday will be celebrated on 12th May, Sunday. It was Anna Jarvis, a social activist, who created this holiday in 1908. It finally caught on a few years later and was made official by the US in 1914. The holiday became such a huge celebration that even after Jarvis denounced it due to the commercialization; it was still marked on the calendar. Traditionally, Mother’s Day is celebrated by presenting your mom with a meaningful gift, some flowers, and a card.
Celebration of motherhood can be dated back to the ancient Romans and Greeks. Initially, festivities were held to honor Rhea and Cybele, the mother goddesses. Back then, this holiday was called the “Mothering Sunday.” In the UK and other areas of Europe, Mother’s Day was actually celebrated as a religious holiday where people would visit their “mother church” — a church located near their home — to attend a special service. Eventually, by the 1930s, this custom faded and the holiday was merged with the traditional version of American Mother’s Day.
When Anna Jarvis introduced Mother’s Day, what she had in mind was a personal celebration between families and mothers. Her version of this holiday involved pinning a white carnation to the clothing and then attending church or visiting one’s mother. When card companies and florists started capitalizing on the popularity of Mother’s Day, Jarvis was incensed. She then decided to fight against this superficial show of love and kept on with it until the day she died. By the time she died in 1948, the holiday had reached enormous heights and was celebrated in several countries.
The meaningful show of love gave people the chance to connect with their mothers and no matter what Jarvis’s intentions were in the end, her holiday was and still is the only time when the purest love on earth is celebrated.
10 DIY Décor Ideas to Surprise Your Mom on Mother’s Day
In our research for the most loved surprises, we found out that the majority of the people go for flowers. A single rose or bouquet of 24 is pretty outdated. Have a look at the following flowery DIY décor ideas for Mother’s Day:
What is your mother’s favorite flower? To create a flowery theme, spread one of our colorful floral print tablecloths on the dining table, place a few flower vases on the table, bring out the fancy China and cover the utensils with a napkin. The breakfast table is all set.
Now let’s get down to creating the perfect backdrop. For this, you will need a lattice backdrop, a ball of string and your mother’s favorite flowers. Create a flower string and carefully wrap it around the lattice backdrop spelling “MOM”. Now place this back drop against the wall where the dining table is placed. To make the backdrop the center of attention, weave fairy lights through the flower and when your mom enters the dining room, turn it on and shout out loud “Happy Mother’s Day!”.
The Land of the Garland
The garland theme is all about making your mother feel like a queen. There are plenty of ways you can use flower and paper garlands to decorate the room. Following are a few we came up with:
- A flower crown to start with (it will truly make your mother feel special)
- Hand flower garlands are way better than any piece of jewelry. Make sure to get sweet smelling flowers to make these. All you will need is a wire and a few strings to make this flower jewelry
- The wall décor garlands can be made of paper. You can hang a Mother’s Day card and your best photographic memories with your mother from a string. Cover the entire wall with all kinds of things such as ornaments, balloons, flowers and more
- Make flower garlands and hang them from each chair
- Create mini garlands from paper, tie them to toothpicks and insert in the food
The more the merrier, so get started on making those garlands.
Flowers Themed Brunch
You are probably wondering what’s so different about a flower themed brunch right? Well the whole point of this DIY décor idea for Mother’s Day is to give a flowery touch to everything and by that we mean the food, the gift and the decoration. Alright, so this is going to require some serious effort on your part because we are talking about 360 degree flowering.
- Cover the chandler in the dining room with flowers so that it looks like a beautiful halo
- Create a wall placard, write “Happy Mother’s Day” on it and paste fresh flower around it
- Place a huge flower vase as the center piece on the dining table and scatter flower petals all over the table
From the straws to the plates, glasses, dishes and napkins, everything should have a flowery element. You can always DIY everything by wrapping white straws with flower wrapping paper and sticking flowers to the rest of the items
- Order some cupcakes with flower shaped frosting
- Make pancakes using a flower baking mold
- After pouring the juice in the jug, throw in some edible flowers
- Bake a flower shaped dessert
- Before setting the ice, place some flowers in the ice tray
Create a flowery basket by gluing different colored flowers on a simple white basket. A great idea would be to place beauty products with flowery essence in the basket. You can easily shop for them online and we reckon you will get amazing deals in the last week to Mother’s Day
DIY Donut Bar and Wall
There’s nothing more satisfying than a food bar. You might be familiar with this old saying, so we changed it up a bit: the road to a woman’s heart is through her stomach. Have you ever thought about creating a DIY breakfast bar? Well, this bar will have all the fixings of your mother’s favorites and instead of presenting her with a pre-made breakfast; you can be the maître d’ and make her a plate.
It’s pretty simple: get a large wooden placard and hammer in some screws. Cover the screws with flowers and hang the donuts on them. Now create small name tags and stick them under each donut. The actual bar will contain an assortment of toppings from jams to fresh fruits, chocolates, syrups and more with which you can garnish the donut.
Alright, that’s it with the DIY décor ideas for Mother’s Day. Moving forward, let’s talk about creating the perfect gift basket:
DIY Mother’s Day Gift Basket
There are plenty of ways to create the perfect gift basket. You can add a number of things such as a bottle of wine, a heart-shaped chocolate box, some potpourri pouches, bottles of floral body spray and some beauty products. Don’t forget to throw in a spa gift card for the perfect ending to the Mother’s Day. Most people try to create a base for the basket with paper wraps and that destroys the beauty of the gift basket.
Here’s what we suggest: why not place one of our tablecloths inside the basket. Leave the edges hanging out, so that the cloth covers the basket. If you want the cloth to stay in its place, then sow some flowers, buttons and beads on a lace and tie it around the basket.
Following are a few DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas that you can include in the basket:
A custom creation always says “I Love You” better than any other gift. A handwriting bracelet is something that you can DIY. First, come up with the perfect phrase for the bracelet. We have a couple of ideas:
You Are My Sun and Moon
Once you get the bracelet, attach a satin ribbon from both ends and hang some charms on each side of the phrase.
Custom Family Bangles
To personalize this gift, we have a pretty great idea. You remember those photo necklaces? Well the idea here is to create the bangles from scratch. First up — get a thick wire, which you can easily mold and then cut out and shape six bangles. Wrap these bangles with light pink lace and set them aside. Get small square and circle charms and paste mini pictures of all your family members on them. Now hang these photo frames from the bangles and place them in a box. Remember, you must wrap the bangles with lace or else the wire will rust.
Desk Side Calendar
It’s time to take out all the photo albums and remember all those special times you spent with mom. Try to remember the exact date of the events that occurred in each month. Pick out 12 special events and then customize the calendar. To make the calendar last, don’t go with paper. Instead get the pictures and the dates engraved on marble along with the calendar.
The Infinity Ring
Remember Thanos’s Infinity Gauntlet? Why not create one for your mom. Nothing so big but a small piece of jewelry that contains your mother’s birthstone, as well as yours and your siblings: a ring. This is a classic gift that will not just impress your mom but when she will understand the meaning behind it, she will have tears of love in her eyes.
Fresh flowers are good for the moment and as you know, they don’t last that long. If you want something more permanent, then we’ve got the perfect idea for you. You can not only place this blooming monogram in the gift basket but also enlarge it and hang it in your mother’s bedroom.
All you need is a hollow papier-mâché letter box and some faux flowers. Stick in the space using glue and your DIY décor is complete. Simply spell out mom if you are planning to place the monogram in the basket. If you are going for the wall décor, then find out a phrase that fits your mom to a T and then hang on her bedroom wall against the bed. To make it a night light, weave fairy lights around it.
For this idea to be a secrete gift, you will need to be sneaky. So treat your mom to an early gift by sending her out to a spa for a massage or the full works.
Being the superhero your mom is, she definitely needs a cup of coffee every morning to wake herself up. So we know that you already have a coffee machine in your house but what if you create a coffee bar for her. This won’t be just a Mother’s Day surprise for her and apart from the gift basket; it will simply blow her mind.
In order to turn this idea into reality, you will have to do some décor as well. First up is the side wall where you need to hang shelves and place flower vases as well as some small knick knacks. Hang a chalk board directly above the table, where the coffee machine will be placed. To truly take this idea to a master level, instead of placing white mugs on the table, go with magic photo mugs. Get the mugs printed with photos in which each member of the family is with your mother.
Buy some of her best coffee flavors, place them in jars and label them. Place a jar of her favorite cookies and a waffle machine on the table. You never know what she might be in the mood for next morning.
And your coffee bar is complete!
Are you ready to give your mom the best surprise of her life? Some of these DIY décor ideas for Mother’s Day are pretty easy to execute. If you want to go all out, then we suggest going with the coffee bar idea. And make sure you check out our past Mother’s Day ideas.