Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Handmade Mother's Day Gifts

Happy Mother's Day!

Moms never get too old to enjoy those Made by Hand and Handcrafted with Love gifts from their children. And, children should never get too old to create those one of a kind presents that have so much meaning to their parents.

For our mom's birthday and for Mother's Day, my brother and I crafted together to create a unique and upcycled present for mom. We found ourselves Recycling Memories of Love and Flowers. My brother pressed and dried a bouquet of flowers. I learned how to Recycle a Rusted Metal Picture Frame and Watch It Shine.

This turned out to be an easy project and mom spent hours deciding where to hang her framed work of childhood art. My brother's pressed flowers turned out really well for his first time. Here's how he did it:
  • Place a piece of parchment paper on a hard and flat surface. Select a spot that is cool and shaded.
  • Arrange the cut flowers on the parchment paper. Lay the leaves flat and bend flower stems to "pose" the flowers.
  • Place another piece of parchment paper over the flowers.
  • Cover with a flat board.
  • Evenly stack books or bricks on the board. Start with just a few bricks so that the flowers are not crushed.
  • Check on the flowers every day. Add more bricks to slowly press the flowers.

Recycled flowers and upcycled picture frames aren't the only ways to impress a mom. Most moms love jewelry, too. Here's some crafting talent that is waiting to help you create something special for your mom.

Show your mom some love. Give a present that is handmade from the heart.

Until next time, be safe, be well and Happy Mother's Day!

Coletta

7 comments:

  1. My all time favorite gifts for Mother's Day, or anytime, are the gifts my children made by hand especially for me. I still have a Mother's Day card that my son made for me when he was in elementary school displayed on my refrigerator. Hard to believe that was 14 or 15 years ago. We do treasure our handmade gifts, for sure!

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  2. I loved the homemade gifts from my children and now I get them from the next generation. It is quite special to get a homemade gift from my granddaughters. Thanks for sharing some cool links.

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  3. What fun ideas! I can't imagine any mom not enjoying those special handcrafted gifts from their kids.

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  4. Oh, how this momma loved all the things her son gave her that were made by hand, as a child and as an adult. I am hoping I can press one of my homegrown sunflowers this year, so thanks for the how-to do so. Off to visit all the crafty Mother's Day links you've shared--thanks!

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    1. Have fun pressing your sunflowers! What a fun project! I think my mom likes the presents from her adult children more than the ones from her babies.

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    2. I can imagine that your mom does, Coletta. I need to do a lens on my favorite gift from my adult son. Thanks for the reminder!

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  5. Hand-crafted gifts -- whether from a small child, or from that 'child' grown-up -- are always special. It's the love and thought that goes into the gift that matters most.

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