Mother’s Day Activities for Crafty Moms
Mother’s Day is almost upon us, which typically means flowers and mushy cards and brunch. But as crafty people, we can do better than that! Whether you were raised by a maker or came to crafting on your own, Mother’s Day is the perfect time to use crafts to show your love for your mom (or the mother figures in your life). You can make something for Mom, of course, but there are plenty of other ways to incorporate crafting into this special day! Here are 5 Mother’s Day activities you can do with or for your mom this year.
1. Make Something Together
If you and your mom both knit and/or crochet, make a project together! An afghan is perfect for this activity, since you can both work on the motifs at the same time (find a pattern you’ll both love in Favorite Crochet Blankets). If you’re not into afghans, try something that comes in a set, like nesting baskets (these are good options).
Alternatively, you can buy the same kit and make the same project together—I like this one and this one because you can choose different colors if you don’t want to be too matchy-matchy. Or flip through back issues of your favorite magazine together and find a design you both love, then make your projects while spending some quality time with each other.
2. Learn Something New Together
Has Mom been telling you that she wants to learn a new skill? Take an Interweave course together and take your crafting skills to the next level! Learn to read knitting charts or master brioche or see what the crochet color pooling craze is all about. You could also learn a new craft together, such as weaving or spinning.
3. Visit Her Favorite LYS
Plan a fun day out with Mom and visit the local yarn stores in your area! Map out where you want to go, then hit the road and visit all of Mom’s favorite spots. Ask her to choose a project she wants to make ahead of time and then buy her the yarn for it, or surprise her with a few skeins of her favorite yarn or a notion you know she needs. Make plans to stop for lunch or coffee (or both!) to make a full day of it.
4. Plan a Craft Night with Her Friends
Get your mom’s maker friends together for a craft night! Invite them all over to your place for stitching and drinks (so Mom gets to have all of the fun with none of the hosting responsibilities), or get everyone together at your mom’s favorite coffeehouse or brewery (and make sure the first round is on you). Craft nights are a great way for Mom to relax, catch up with friends, get help on a project if she needs it, and support local businesses. It’s a win-win all around!
5. Make Something for Her
Of course, gifting your mom something handmade is a great way to show her how much you love and appreciate her. You might be tempted to surprise her, but unless you know your mom’s taste really, REALLY well, I’d advise against it. If you’re going to spend a bunch of time and effort crocheting or knitting something, you want to be sure she’ll love and use the finished product! Go through back issues of your favorite magazines together and ask her to choose something, or take a peek at her Ravelry queue and choose something she has favorited (if you want to include an element of surprise, don’t tell her which one you picked!).
Whatever you decide to do with your mom this Mother’s Day, I hope you both enjoy it! And if you have an idea for a great Mother’s Day activity for crafters, let us know in the comments!