Surprise a Single Mom with this Handmade Gift for Mother’s Day


Single moms have been on my mind a lot lately. A single mom raised me. I have friends who are single moms. I see how lonely and exhausting it can be. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, consider honoring a single mom in your family or circle of friends with this special surprise. Borrow her kids for a few hours on a weekend and send them home with this handmade Mother’s Day gift while providing her with some much-needed me-time. 

First Things First

You’ll need a 4×4 photo for this activity, so snap a pic of the kids as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can ask their mom for a photo or grab one from her social media. I order one-hour photos for pick-up through the Walgreens app. They usually take less than an hour and can cost less than 50 cents each with a promo code!

Surprise a Single Mom with this Handmade Gift for Mother's Day

Round Up Your Supplies

If you’re crafty like me, you probably have most of these supplies on hand, making this an easy AND budget-friendly gift. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4×4 photo(s)
  • 4×4 canvas(es) – I bought a 6-pack from Hobby Lobby for less than $5
  • Acrylic paint 
  • Foam brushes
  • Mod Podge
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors/Paper cutter
  • Embellishments (flowers, rhinestones, stickers, etc.)

Surprise a Single Mom with this Handmade Gift for Mother's Day

Time to Get Crafty

This craft is very kid-friendly, so set them loose and watch the masterpieces unfold. Be sure to assist with hot glue for the littles! 

  1. Paint the sides and top edges of the canvas. Use two coats of acrylic paint for the best coverage, allowing it to dry fully after each coat (about 7 minutes).
  2. Trim the photo to be slightly smaller than the 4×4 canvas.
  3. Cover the top side of the canvas with Mod Podge and attach the photo.
  4. Seal the photo and the sides of the canvas with another layer of Mod Podge. Allow to dry fully (about 10 minutes).
  5. Add embellishments using hot glue. 

Surprise a Single Mom with this Handmade Gift for Mother's Day

This craft also makes a great Mother’s Day gift for grandmas, stepmoms, aunts, or anyone else who takes a mothering role in your child’s life. If you make this craft, please tag El Paso Mom in your photos and videos so we can see your beautiful creations! 

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