Get Creative With These 5 DIY Mother’s Day Gifts

by Yoshita Sengupta

We’ve all been there. You’ve saved money as a teenager so you could put your cents together and buy that expensive perfume only to have your kid sister steal the show with a flappy card filled in with purple crayon. Well, now that you are all grown up, it’s time to wise up. Moms have seen it all. They are the warriors, who carried you around for nine months only to clean up after your crinkled little tush for years after that.

I think we will all be in agreement that nothing money can buy will be enough to repay your mother. Instead, the best gift you can offer her is your time.

Here’s our pick of 5 DIY gifts that say “I love you” without demanding creative genius:

1. Footsy Feast

footsy-feastGive your mum a chance to put her feet up. And while she’s at it, gift her a homemade foot scrub that will take the tiredness away.

What You Will Need:

  • Carrier oil, which can be organic apricot oil or coconut oil. It’s better to pick one with a mild scent that doesn’t overpower the other components.
  • Sea salt
  • Tea tree essential oil
  • Peppermint essential oil

What To Do: Pick out a jar and sterilize it. After it dries, pour in the sea salt to fill up three quarters of the jar. Add the carrier oil you have chosen and blend in 6 to 8 drops of each essential oil.

2. Edible Bouquet

edible-bouquetBake her cupcakes but this time around, present them in a fun, quirky way: one she’ll remember for a long time.

What You Will Need:

  • Cupcake mix & ready icing of your choice
  • Foam ball
  • Toothpicks
  • Flower pot
  • Ribbons of your choice

What To Do: Bake and ice cupcakes according to the instructions on the box. If you have more time on hand, refer to our healthy cupcake recipe. Next, decorate the pot with ribbons and stick a mid-sized foam ball into it, such that part of it sticks out. On this part, stick toothpicks at a distance of a couple of inches from one another. Finally, insert your cupcakes to make it look like a bouquet.

3. Coaster Poster

coaster-posterIf your mom is known to fly into a fit of rage because your soda pop left an ugly ring on the teak wood table then this one is for you. Photo coasters that share memories while simultaneously keeping beer bottle dew off your coffee table is bound to melt your mum’s heart. Plus, who wouldn’t want to rest their ginger ale on a pretty protector?

What You Will Need:

  • 4×4 square tiles available at your local supermarket
  • Mod Podge
  • Brush

What To Do: Make sure the tiles are dry and dust-free. Print out your photographs to the size of the tile. Add a generous layer of mod podge to the tile and photo print (on the blank side). Press firmly and apply pressure overnight. Add another layer of mod podge on the printed side to seal the tile and paper together.

4. Reed Diffuser

reed-diffuserWho doesn’t want their bedroom to smell like a spa? Pamper thy mother with an easy-to-make diffuser. If you are creatively challenged then this is where you land your gift. Your mom will be so proud.

What You Will Need:

  • Glass bottle
  • Diffuser oil
  • Reeds
  • Decorations

What To Do:You need about seven reeds, depending on the thickness and the circumference of the selected jar’s mouth. The reeds must be tall enough to stand above the containers but don’t pick ones that are too tall because they will tip the container over. Fill the bottle with diffuser oil and dip one side of the reeds into it. To increase the scent carried, invert the reeds after a few hours. The scent will rise in the reeds and emanate through the air. Cork the bottle and set it aside in the corner of the room.

5. Monogrammed, Embroidered Books

monogram-embroidered-booksIf your aim is to leave your mom in a puddle of her own tears, we have the recipe for the mushiest gift that will do so. Gift your mom a tiny (for extra cuteness) memory book with embroidered words on the cover. We suggest ‘thank you’ or ‘I love you’. Personalize for full mush strength.

What You Will Need:

  • Tiny book, preferably with soft cover
  • Needle
  • Pencil
  • Happy-coloured embroidery thread

What To Do: You don’t need to be an ace seamstress. In fact, you just need to be able to follow your own handwriting. On the cover of the book, write the message with a pencil so it can be erased later. Use the writing as a guide and stitch along the lines. Small, clean stitches are easier to achieve and give the work a cutesy, childlike look.

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