May 7, 2016 | By Tess

As most of our readers will know, and some have undoubtedly forgot, tomorrow is a special one, as it is a day to celebrate mothers everywhere for their love, support, and friendship. This Mother's Day, why not celebrate your mother and show her your appreciation for her with a specially 3D printed Mother's Day gift? If you need some inspiration for nice things to print for your mother, we've compiled a list of our top 10 3D printed Mother's Day Gift ideas. Check them out below:

1. 3D printed Mother's Day decoration

To start this list off, why not 3D print your dear mother something Mother's Day themed, such as this lovely 3D printed Mother's Day decoration. The charming standing decoration can be printed in the color of your choice (think your mom's favorite color), and can be an excellent and original alternative to your standard Hallmark card. The decoration, made by maker James Tanner, should be printed at 100% infill with a resolution of 0.2mm. The print pictured was made on a Winhao Duplicator i3 3D printer and does not require rafts of supports. Alternately, for a slightly more minimalist design, you could also 3D print this equally cool MOM Gimbal, where the O is made up of pivoting rings. The 3D printed gimbal was 3D printed a layer height of 0.2mm out of a PLA material. Again, feel free to print this last design out of your own mom's favorite color to surprise her this Sunday.

2. 3D printed picture frame

What better way to tell your mom how much you love her than with a cherished shared memory? From a family trip, to a memorable coffee date, to a holiday event, your mother is sure to appreciate a nice framed photo for this Mother's Day. Rather than settle for a plain old frame, however, why don't you frame your cherished photo in a 3D printed Mother's Day frame. If you don't have time to design your own frame, check out this 3D printed Mother's Day frame, which will surely communicate that your mom is #1. The standing frame is printed in two parts (the front and back pieces which sandwich the photo), and fits a standard 4 x 6 inch photo. To assemble the frame, you simply have to slide the back part into the front part and voila! For a gift from the whole family, you can also 3D print this We Love You picture frame designed by maker Glen McDonald. The 3D printed photo frame should be printed flat to the bed with light supports. After printing, the maker suggests a light sanding to make the frame as smooth and polished as possible. As this frame does not have a back side, the maker also suggests simply using some plasticard which can be glued to the back of the frame.

3. 3D printed flowers

If you want to surprise your mother with flowers, why not give her a bouquet that won't wilt or die? We've dug up some of our all-time favorite 3D printed flower designs to share with you so you can share them with your moms. For a truly stunning bouquet of colorful and vibrant 3D printed flowers, check out Mark Peeters' popular drooloop flowers, which are easily customizable. The flowers are essentially made by 3D printing in the air, and their unique looks depends on the drooping of filament that occurs naturally. Peeters recommends printing with a layer height of 0.2mm, a wall thickness of 0.8mm, a solid layer thickness of 0.6mm, fill density of 0, with no supports and no platform adhesion. You'll also need to have a hollow top to be able to fit a stem in—these can be made from almost anything, a pipe-cleaner is pictured. For extra tips and tricks for making the drooloop flowers, check out the Thingiverse page. If you want to give your mother a slightly more traditional flower, such as a bouquet of roses, why not make these stunning 3D printed roses.

4. 3D printed flower vase

Whether you are planning on giving your mother a bouquet of real or 3D printed flowers, you'll be needing a vase to place them in, and what better way to show your originality and creativity than with a stunning 3D printed vase? The market for 3D printed vase designs is plentiful, so you'll have lots of different designs and styles to choose from by simply searching 3D model websites. To inspire you we have selected a number of our favorite vase designs, such as this delicate Persian Spring Vase, whose design was inspired by the patterns and geometries of Persian carpets. The printing instructions for the vase are simple, simply print at 0 infill and in a Spiral Vase mode. Another one of our favorites is the series of Wave Vases, designed by Thingiverse user Zampik. The stunning vases, of which there are 4 designs, each bear a distinct wavy texture and look like expensive design objects. The vases should be printed at a 0.3mm layer height with 100% infill, and should only take about 4.5 hours to print. Lastly, and which we could not forget to mention, is the ever popular Twisted Polygon Vase style. The contemporary vase should be printed with 0% infill and no top layers, as well as at 0.15 layer height. Like the first vase we listed, it should also be printed in Spiral Vase mode.

5. 3D printed cookie cutters

To ring in the spring season with your mother this Sunday, why not 3D print some spring themed cookie cutters. If your mother loves to bake, you can always give her the cutters as a gift, but why not actually bake the delicious treats for her? For some springtime cookies, try these 3D printed cookie cutters, which are in the shapes of a flower, hummingbird, and butterfly. For cookies that truly express how much you love your mother, you can always make this cute XOXO cookie cutter with a layer height of 0.3mm and standard resolution, or this 3D printed heart cookie cutter, made with the same print settings. Make this Mother's Day a delicious one!

6. 3D printed cake decorations

To continue on the theme of a delicious Mother's Day celebration, 3D print these adorable multi-purpose picks, which can be used to decorate anything, from cupcakes, to cakes, and even to fruit bowls. The picks come in a variety of springtime themed designs, including a flower, a bee, and a butterfly. The versatile sticks, which can be printed in a number of colors out of PLA material, can also be used as simple decorations, like in a vase for instance. Just be careful not to accidentally eat them, as they could be mistaken for yummy lollipops!

7. 3D printed book accessories

If your mother happens to be an avid book lover, you can always surprise her with some charming 3D printed book accessories, like a bookmark or even bookends. These stylish 3D printed bookends, for instance, are sure to make a nice addition to her book collection. The bookends do not require supports, and as one Thingiverse maker suggests, they should be printed at 10% infill. For a slightly smaller gift, you can also make your mother a number of intricate and original bookmarks, like this 3D printed tree origin bookmark, or this cute 3D printed heart bookmark.

8. 3D printed pendant

Of course, what would Mother's Day be without a thoughtful piece of jewelry to give her? To help you sort through the hundreds of 3D print necklace designs, we've selected three of our favorites that we know our mothers would love. This 3D printed wearable planter, for instance, could be the perfect 3D printable gift for the springtime holiday, especially if your mother loves nature. Designed by Colleen Jordan from wearableplanter, the 3D printed planter pendant should be sealed and smoothed with acetone. For a more traditional pendant style, we love this Morph Shell necklace, inspired by fibonacci spirals and which can be made with a magnetic locking system, or this Mayan Lotus Flower pendant, which should be printed with a 0.2 layer height, 2 shells, and 100% infill. The latter print can even be done in two colors if you switch the filament halfway.

9. 3D printed bracelet

For more jewelry ideas, you can always 3D print your mom a nice bracelet, such as this Subdivision bracelet, designed by innovative design studio Nervous System. The stylish bracelet, which was inspired by the complex forms of radiolarians, can be printed in three sizes for an optimal fit. The bracelet can even be scaled down and worn as a ring if you want to make a matching set! To show your mother how much you love her, you can also opt for this more classical 3D printed Heart bracelet, designed by Thingiverse user Mark Durbin.

10. 3D printed jewelry stand

If your mother already has a large jewelry collection, or if she simply needs something on which to display her new 3D printed jewelry, you can always make this whimsical 3D printed jewelry tree. The nature inspired jewelry stand was designed by Thingiverse maker AlexNZ, and would make an impressive gift. As AlexNZ explains on his page, the jewelry tree is 3D printed in parts, including the base, the tree back, the tree front, and branches. The print should not require any supports, but the parts will need to be assembled with glue after a quick acetone bath. As can be seen in the photo, the final assembled tree stand was then spray painted silver for a more luxurious effect. This last touch is of course entirely optional, as you can always print the jewelry stand in your mother's favorite color.

Bonus: 3D printed pen gifts

If you don't have a full 3D printer on hand to make any of the aforementioned Mother's Day gifts fear not, because you can always use your trusty 3Doodler 3D printing pen to make some truly unique and memorable gifts. You can of course draw inspiration from the list above and make flowers or a frame with the 3Doodler, or you can get really creative and make a customized 3Doodled greeting card, a "world's best mom" award, or even a sculpture that reflects how much you love her. Whether 3D printed or 3Doodled, she'll know it comes from the heart.



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