There’s only one sure-fire gift your mum really wants this Mother’s Day: something you’ve genuinely thought about. And, nothing says consideration quite like a present made with your own hands. 

Over recent years, theres been a growing community of craft-makers whore reprising the methods of old to make meaningful, handmade gifts. Rhain DiPilla, who with her partner Joji Scash, makes delicate origami jewellery for their company Joji Creations, believed that generally, mums enjoy craft. “Its a bit more thoughtful than socks or cookware or that sort of stuff they generally get for mothers day,” she laughed.

Rhain and Joji began folding origami as a hobby, and decided to start selling their pieces once they’d filled their house with cranes. “I just love the paper, especially the traditional, handmade Japanese papers. Theyre a craft in their own right - theyre still hand printed,” she explained.

Likewise, Grace Gladdish, who runs a successful online storefront selling prints, cards and handmade pencils, started off her crafting career for the love of it. “We had a baby, and she had lots of major health problems, so I was stuck inside a lot,” she explained. “It was just a way of being out in the world without being able to go out in the world much.”

Grace believes that the burgeoning appeal of handmade crafts belies a a yearning for simpler times. “When things get really difficult, people go back to simple things. Handmade, and simple, and grassroots,” she said.

Grace uses photos she takes with her phone as basis for lino-cut prints, which she then turns into greeting cards, prints and jewellery. “Its really simple and uncomplicated,” she said. “You dont need a lot of paraphernalia. Its got a bit more immediacy.”

To her mind, people enjoy being given a crafted gift because it bears the imprint of the person who made it. “A mass-produced thing is still made by a human, but it doesnt have that intimate human connection you get from a handmade thing,” she explained. “Its like a life-force that it has.”

Rhain agreed that home made gifts have heart and soul. That said, Rhain won’t be giving her mother any origami this Mothers Day. “Personally, I cant give my mum any more origami,” she laughed. “Shes got more than enough of the stuff!”

Grace’s Handmade Mother’s Day Prints

For a simple, heartfelt gift for your Mum this weekend, Grace suggests making a card, or even a small artwork using a potato print.

1. You’ll need an old book to tear a page from. 

If your Ma’s into Jane Austen, then finding an old copy of Pride and Prejudice might do the trick. But, please, go to an op shop to find an unloved copy. “Dont use her favourite first edition, no,” Grace sagely advised.

2. Cut a potato in half, and draw the shape of your stamp.

If you want to keep it simple, try a love-heart or a star, but if you’re feeling particularly artistic, you can try doing something in a few steps, like the bloom of a flower on one spud and the green stem on the other. Carve around the outside, leaving the shape raised and background in relief.

3. Fill a plastic bowl with cheap acrylic paint, and dip the potato in the paint.

Press it against the page of the book to make your print.

4. Let the print dry, then paste the page onto a piece of firm cardboard.

Grace advised that it’s important to think about the card’s colour-scheme. “It looks good with the rustic colours, so brown cardboard or craft cardboard looks great,” she said.

Grace is certain your Mum will love it. “A greeting card, unless youre writing something really great in it, nothing about it is personal,” she said. “If youre making something, and youve really thought about it, its not just the words that are written in the card, its the actual card itself that tells the person whos receiving it that theyre special.”

But, if you really can’t find the time to make something this year, you can always check out Grace’s shop or Rhain and Joji’s origami creations.