Every year, on the second Sunday of May, we pay tribute to very special women who we literally owe our existence to: moms. If you’re in search of unique DIY ideas for Mother’s Day, try thinking outside the (gift) box. Why not surprise the extraordinary woman in your life with a fun decorated corner or tabletop?

Mother's Day tree with Treetopia pink Christmas tree and custom photo ornaments

Jennifer Perkins shows you how to give your Christmas tree a Mother’s Day makeover. Read on to learn how she created custom ornaments and decorated her Pretty in Pink Christmas tree.

Jen’s DIY Idea for Mother’s Day: Marquee & Photo Ornaments

Mother’s Day is coming up. Put that special lady’s name in lights! Why stop there? Decorate an entire tree in her honor. I did.

1. Get your supplies ready.

  • Treetopia pink tree (or any colorful Christmas tree)
  • Tabletop marquee letter ornaments that spell out “Mom” or her name
  • Computer printer fabric
  • Embroidery hoops
  • Black paint
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • A paper puncher
  • A tree garland or ribbon

My Mother’s Day tree décor started with Marquee Love letters from Heidi Swapp and a pink Christmas tree.

Treetopia Pretty in Pink Christmas tree with tabletop marquee letter ornaments
Make mom blush with a pink Mother’s Day tree.

2. Choose photos of special moments with Mom and frame them.

I wanted to incorporate photos into my tree for Mother’s Day. So, I printed a few of my faves onto fabric.

Materials for custom Christmas tree photo ornaments
Small picture frames and printed photographs work as ornaments, too.

I painted small embroidery hoops black. Then, I used them to frame my fabric pictures. I made ornaments of all the moms in my life—my grandmas, sisters, and aunts. I love the way black and white pop against the pink backdrop.

3. Create printed circle ornaments

DIY idea for Mother's Day with Treetopia Pretty in Pink tree
Aside from monochromatic décor, accent your pink tree with faux flowers, small balloons in pastel hues, and more!

I used scrapbook paper and a craft puncher for the circles. Also, I chose different prints but kept to my black-and-white color scheme.

4. Use ribbon as a garland and customize your marquee.

I picked up the polka dotted ribbon from the party aisle at the craft store. You can also use an actual Christmas garland in a fun color.

Tabletop marquee letter ornaments at the foot of a pink Treetopia tree
Alternatively, use a letter board with your message or wooden letter standees.

Have fun changing the look of your marquee letters with paint, paper, washi tape, and more. I wanted mine to be black and white to match my tree decorations.

Say it loud and proud with a fun tree: “I love all the moms in my life!”

Decorating Your Own Mother’s Day Tree

Wasn’t Jen’s DIY project inspiring? If you want to decorate a tree in honor of your mom, check out our Christmas Ornaments Calculator. It tells you how many you need depending on your tree’s height and decorating preference. If you’re also stringing lights, try our Christmas Tree Lights Calculator.

Treetopia Mother’s Day tree with lights and marquee letters
We hope your mom finds your DIY Mother’s Day tree de-LIGHT-ful!

Jen used a pink Christmas tree for this DIY. But, you can swap it for any of Treetopia’s colorful trees, too. Maybe pick a tree in your mom’s favorite hue? Or, choose a classic green Christmas tree and decorate it with her favorite things.

We’d love to see your DIY craft ideas for Mother’s Day and your other creative ideas on styling a tree for this occasion. Share them in the comments section below. And, cheers to all the moms out there. Happy Mother’s Day!

Images courtesy of Jennifer Perkins