Friday, April 29, 2011

Mother's Day Gifts

[My mom, Cathy, and me]

I always like to make things for my mom and my mother-in-law because a) it's very thoughtful to take the time to make something and b) they are always so appreciative of a homemade gift!

With Easter and Mother's Day being so close together, this year's presents had to be quick and easy to make but still usable and fun to receive. I try to bookmark these type of crafts as I come across them so I have a stock-pile of things to choose from based on the materials I have stowed away. (Believe me, I have a lot of random stuff ready for just such an occasion that it may prove useful!)

Here are a few of my favourites. Some I have made previously and others I can't wait to try. I won't give away which one I made for Mother's Day this year until the day has past (in case they read this post!). Hopefully you will find one that suits that special woman (or women) in your life!

Easy-sew Poncho - from "Between the Lines"

This amazing poncho tutorial from Between the Lines is so easy to do that it takes under 20 minutes to make! You can use a knitted fabric as she has done or use a stiffer wool fabric to get a warmer poncho. It can be dressed up or down depending on what you wear with it and is very practical!

Homemade Lip Balm - from Design*Sponge

I don't know too many women who do not use some form of lip balm at least once a day so why not make some home made stuff? This way you'll know what's in it! This super easy tutorial from Ashley of Design*Sponge will help you create a variety of different scents/flavours - perfect for a mom, grandma or other special lady!

Jar Charms - from "The Art of Doing Stuff"

Karen of "The Art of Doing Stuff" is the master of creating quick and easy, yet beautiful, gifts. Does your mom or grandma create homemade preserves? Give her a set of these adorable jar charms for identifying her yummy jams! (Hopefully she'll return the favour with a jar for you!) These are a lot easier to make than you think. Karen's DIY projects almost always use things you can get at Dollarama.

Paper Seed Flowers - from "How Does She?"

This tutorial from How Does She? is a great project that can also be done with kids. They are paper flowers that have seeds glued to the inside so they can be buried afterward and real flowers will grow! Extremely easy to make and, as they suggest, these could be placed in a little vase to accompany a tray to serve mom breakfast in bed!

Sun Jar - from the Free People Clothing Blog

This sun jar project is so easy and yet produces fun results in a "why-didn't-I-think-of-this-before" kind of way. All you need are some cheap solar lights from your local hardware store, a couple jars and frost spray paint. Whip up a couple for your mom this Mother's Day!

These are my favourite projects, but let me know if you some standbys that produced great results!

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