Make This: DIY Minimal Mother’s Day Keepsake Containers + Candy Dishes

By Brittni • Updated on 02/13/2024

DIY Keepsake Containers

I don’t know how it’s creeping up so fast, but Mother’s Day is in less than two weeks. 11 days from today to be exact. So, I’ll be rolling out a couple more DIY project ideas for Mom over the next week and a half, starting with this one for an embellished keepsake container, which moms ALWAYS have. Honestly, I made a couple of these for myself too though because I like ’em so much.

I picked up a few of these shallow containers at a local craft store for $2.50 each and with a $2 bottle of enamel model car paint I made these simple containers a little more special. For under $5 each!

Candy Dish DIY

DIY Mother's Day Idea // Candy Dishes

I’m picturing them being used to store jewelry, makeup, and other odds and ends….And maybe even a secret candy stash? That’s how I would roll with them, anyway.

Which is why I partnered with DOVE® Dark Chocolate for this DIY. Have you tried their chocolate? It is seriously delicious (and I’m not even a huge dark chocolate person). Jeff and I ate a whole bag in a couple of days. Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel and Silky Smooth Mint & Dark Chocolate Swirl are my two favorites.

DIY Keepsake Mother's Day Container

Here’s how to make your own keepsake containers for Mother’s Day…

Materials: Ceramic Containers, Enamel Model Car Paint, Paint Brush, Painter’s Tape

How-To: You can either freehand a design or pattern directly onto the ceramic containers OR tape off a shape and paint inside the lines. Either way, this project couldn’t be any easier. And it’s so affordable too.

Fill the container with candies and/or jewelry and give this to mom with a card and a bouquet of flowers (or balloons).

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Hand Painted DIY Keepsake Containers

Hand Painted DIY for Mother's Day

After Mother’s Day is over, I could totally see myself reusing this idea for last minute birthday, graduation, and housewarming gifts.

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

This post is in partnership with DOVE® Dark Chocolate. Compensation was provided by DOVE® Dark Chocolate via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Dove or Momtrends. 

15 comments | Click here to reply

Hi Genny. The curved bar necklace is by Seoul Little and the rainbow circle necklace is from Yellow Owl Workshop Hope that helps.


The container is such a creative idea. And this might sound random but I really love the necklace. Where did you get it?


Mother’s day is in March over here. I wish I’d had this tutorial then! Oh well, like you say, it’s a great last minute present for anyone. x


Thanks Kel. You know me – always finding places to stash candy…and donuts. 🙂


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Adorable! Definitely the perfect place for a secret candy stash.

Kelly @ Studio DIY

Thanks Kristin and Chelsea.


Amazing! Cheap AND thoughtful…can’t beat it!


Great idea! Looks fun.


Aw, thanks Carsla. 🙂


I love this idea! Cute organization, my favorite! 😀 Looking forward to more.

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Thanks Elsbet.


Very nice!

Elsbet | La Vie Pure

Thanks Mimi.


Luvly DIY, nice reminder also that Mother’s day is coming up!

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