Kid-Made Mother’s Day Gifts for the Non-Crafty Dad {2016}

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8–and it will be here in the blink of an eye. Give the moms in your life a thoughtful, kid-made gift with help from this Little Lake County guide. You won’t have to buy supplies, search YouTube for a video, or dirty the house. It’s a win-win situation for both Dad and Mom, and the kids–who will have loads of fun at any one of these drop-in workshops or local art studios.

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Drop-in Mother’s Day Projects

Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1:

Ongoing through May 31:

  • Country Bumpkin {Mundelein} Make a FREE gift for Mom. Children 12 and younger can make a free “Mom Pot” flower pot to decorate and plant with an annual. Download a coupon (required) from their website to participate. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 5:

  • 7:00 p.m. Lowe’s Build and Grow Workshops: Make a Chalkboard Planter, your local Lowe’s. Build and Grow Clinics are free to the public, register at Lowe’s.

Friday, May 6:

  • 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Attend Hawthorn Gardens {Hawthorn Woods} Mother’s Day Planter Event and either bring a planter or buy a planter, and fill it! (Prices vary based on plants and soil; assistance is free). Please check website for registration information.

Saturday, May 7:

  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. FREE Kids Workshops at the Home Depot: Angry Birds Birdhouse, your local Home Depot. Register online in advance.
  • 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Drop-in at the Cook Memorial Public Library District, Cook Park Library {Libertyville} to make a card for mom. We supply the materials; you provide the creativity for this DIY program. For families with children age 3 and up.
  • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Michaels KIDS CLUB: Paper Flowers, your local Michaels. $2 per child; register online in advance.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Michaels Fun Family Craft Time, your local Michaels. Have fun crafting a bracelet and card for Mom. FREE event; supplies included. See a store associate to join the fun!
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cook Memorial Public Library Public District, Aspen Drive Library {Vernon Hills}. Make a gift to show mom that your love for her grows: We’ll supply flowerpots and paints for you to decorate; you supply the plant and love. Registration for this program closes on Friday, May 6 at 2 p.m.

Sunday, May 8:

  • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Spend Mother’s Day at Color Me Mine {Vernon Hills}, where everyone is invited to paint, enjoy some refreshments and a selection of yummy goodies. Mom will receive a free studio fee!

Visit one of the following art studios at any time and they can help you pick out, and create a gift for mom. Most studios have daily drop-in times and projects in most price ranges. Call ahead to make sure they have room and choose a simple painting or jewelry craft if you want to take it home that day.

What is your favorite handmade gift to give for Mother’s Day? Tell us about it in the comments section.


Little Lake County is partnering with Advocate Condell Medical Center to bring you the perfect creative gift workshop!

Join us on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Artist at Heart to create beautiful keepsakes in your choice of canvas or ceramic to capture those tiny infant feet.  Your ticket includes one project of your choice along with lots of fun extras! Learn more and get your tickets here. 

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Jennifer is mom to a teenage boy and a tween girl, and spends her time changing radio stations in her minivan while driving to band concerts, learning new texting lingo and keeping track of the latest trends in electronics and hairstyles. Jennifer spends any free time she can find trying to stay organized, testing out new recipes that everyone might eat, reading, crafting or trying to beat her own best score in SpellTower. She also serves as a managing editor at Little Lake County.

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