Homemade gifts to put a smile on every mom's face
This unique trivet will remind Mom of your love every time she steps into the kitchen. You will need 12 clothespins (the hinged kind, not the old-fashioned kind cut from one piece of wood) for this project. Discard the metal hinges on each clothespin and glue each of the two remaining clothespin pieces together (the flat sides of the wood facing one another). Let these dry thoroughly.
To make the base, cut a round piece of heavy cardboard (two inches in diameter), then glue the assembled clothespins sticks around the circular base (equally spaced apart) to form a “starburst” trivet. (For a more permanent project, use carpenter’s glue or a glue gun, but only with adult supervision.) Older children might like to stain, varnish, or paint the wood pieces before giving this gift to Mom (again, only with the supervision of an adult).
Shell Post-It Note Holder
This attractive note holder is perfect for a busy mom! You will need 15 craft sticks, glue, small seashells, and a Post-It notepad. First, lay two sticks down on a hard surface. Arrange the two sticks vertically and parallel to one another, put some glue along the length of each stick. Then, glue three craft sticks horizontally, with sides touching, at the top of the two vertical sticks. Make sure the width in between your sticks is large enough to fit the Post-It note pad. Leave a gap the width of one craft stick and glue seven more sticks horizontally. Let them dry. Turn the holder over (so the back is now facing you) and glue three more sticks to the top, facing up. Let these dry again. Decorate the top front of the note holder with shells. Slip the back of an adhesive note pad through the opening. If you would like to hang this note pad on the refrigerator, just stick magnetic tape across the back, along the top sticks.
Here’s a gift to help Mom in the kitchen. Purchase a small plastic plant pot and decorate it with a variety of stickers. Mix up a batch of plaster of Paris (with parental supervision; follow the directions on the bag or box) and fill each pot three-quarters full. Let the pot stand for moment, until the plaster begins to set, then insert a plastic fork (stick the handle in the plaster, tines pointing up). You could also add sprigs of silk flowers while the plaster is still wet. Let the plaster dry thoroughly. Put Mom’s favorite recipe card in the fork.
Happy Hugs Scroll
Tape two sheets of paper together. Using poster paints, paint your child’s hands and let her print each hand, one on the left and right sides of the paper. Help your child write a poem or message in the middle of the paper (for very young children, an adult can print a message, and the child can write his or her name at the bottom). Don’t forget to date your gift, then roll the paper up like a scroll and tie with a nice ribbon or piece of string.
This is a wonderful craft for very young children. Simply cut several two-inch by eight-inch strips of construction paper. On one side, help your child make his or her fingerprints. Paint each finger with a brush and some poster paint, then press your child’s fingers on the paper. Make it colorful with a variety of paints. On the other side write, “I love Mommy because …” and write down your child’s response. Kids say the cutest things and this makes this bookmark special. After the paint is dry, laminate the bookmark between two sheets of plastic adhesive paper (you can go to a copy center to have this laminated, or simply purchase clear contact paper from your local grocery store or pharmacy). Punch a hole at the top and thread a piece of ribbon through, knot it, and let it hang.
Have a great time making these fun, easy gifts for your lovely mother, and don’t forget to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day!
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