Last Minute Mothers Day or Easter Crafts, Quick and Easy

Hand painted jars as vases, Decorated with ribbons and filled with flowers

If you’re anything like me, you will have had great intentions to make something lovely with your children for Mother’s Day. Then you wake up and it’s two days to go, and suddenly PANIC!!

Take the same situation for Teacher Gifts, Easter presents, or any other situation. Or should I not judge everyone by my own standards?

Well, just in case this is you, well-intended but somewhat disorganised, or just short on time, I’m here to save you!! Grab your paint pots and your kids, and let’s get crafting!!

Firstly, the video. It’s probably easier to follow!!

 ‘Quick, Easy Mothers Day or Easter Gift Crafts’


Secondly, a few brief instructions.

These jars can be vases or candle holders, whichever the recipients would prefer. We are giving them as teacher gifts for Easter, so have put simple spring flowers in them.

How to make Hand Painted Jar Flower Vases or Candle Holders for Easter or Mothers Day gifts
Hand Painted Jars as Flower Vases or Candle Holders
  1. Make sure your chosen jars are clean and dry, and labels are removed
  2. Dip the base of each jar into your chosen paint, turn upside down and leave to drip down the jar.

    Drip drying after the first coat of paint
    Drip drying after the first coat of paint
  3. Repeat with the second colour once the first is dry.

    Second paint colour added to the jars
    Second paint colour added to the jars
  4. Personalise with leafing pen or permanent marker if desired
  5. Decorate with ribbons
  6. Fill with spring flowers or candles

    Hand painted jars as vases, Decorated with ribbons and filled with flowers for Easter or Mothers Day gifts or decoration
    Decorated with ribbons and filled with flowers

We recommend using chalk paint as it adheres to glass very well. We used Rustoleum chalk paint and metallic leafing pen which were kindly given to us by Rustoleum.

For the picture frame:

  1. Remove the glass from the frame
  2. Make sure there is no loose paint or varnish
  3. Pain in your chosen colours. If using chalk paint, one coat will be sufficient.
  4. Distress with sand paper if desired
  5. Decorate or personalise with metallic leafing pen.


  1. Hand painted jars and picture frame. Great simple crafts for Easter or Mothers Day presents
    Hand painted jars and picture frame

That’s it! So very easy. Let your imagination run wild.

If you try these crafts, please share with us on social media – we’d love to see them!

Also let us know if your Mum, teacher or other gift recipient liked them!

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Quick and easy Mother's Day or Easter Crafts, great for kids to do. Would make lovely hand made teacher gifts too!
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19 Replies to “Last Minute Mothers Day or Easter Crafts, Quick and Easy”

  1. Thats such a clever craft! looks fab

    1. Thank you Catherine

    2. Thanks Catherine x

  2. What a neat idea! The kiddos would have so much fun with this. Thanks for the great project.

    1. Thank you Anne. I hope you get chance to try it some time!

  3. Those jars are so cute, and would be great for so many occasions! I do love chalk paint – it’s so versatile! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
    Katy – Hot Pink Wellingtons recently posted…The Pregnancy Diaries: Week 28My Profile

    1. Thank you Katy x

  4. I think these are really brilliant and would make a lovely and really thoughtful gift xx

    1. Thank you Emma. I like home-made gifts, they show thought and effort

  5. I love the vases. Such a simple idea! x
    Rosie Little Fish recently posted…Little Moments: Siblings and FriendsMy Profile

    1. Thanks Rosie – a good way to get rid of all the jars out of the cupboard too!

  6. These are so cute. I love the idea for a teacher gift and Alice can do it herself, I love the personal touch. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
    Laura – Dear Bear and Beany recently posted…Introducing #CraftyCorner…A New Linky!My Profile

    1. Thanks Laura, yes it’s a nice one for the kids to personalise themselves

  7. Natalie | Surviving Life's Hurdles says: Reply

    These look great, what a fun and easy idea! I love the colours you’ve used too, I’ve never used chalk paint before but I’ll have to give it a go.

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thanks Natalie. Chalk paint is wonderful, goes on most surfaces easily, no priming, and easy to use and to wash.

  8. This is a fantastic idea. Love the running paint look it makes me think of ice cream sundaes but I’m sure it’s healthier right?#MakeItMonthly
    Helena recently posted…Meandering Around MapledurhamMy Profile

    1. Thank you Helena, yes I knew it reminded me of something yummy!

  9. This is such a lovely idea! My little ones would definitely love making something like this! #MakeItLinky

    1. Thank you Sarah, and thanks for hosting

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