Mother’s Day is almost here! This time of the year always seems to go by so fast, and between school ending and the start of summer fun, it’s easy to forget to show our appreciation for the people working behind-the-scenes to make sure everything gets done (and looks good and tastes yummy and stays together). So, let’s help our Sensible kids show their moms how much they (and we!) love them with some one-of-a-kind, extra-special homemade gifts.
These flowers are SO much prettier than they sound. And, they are super easy to make! I found the original tutorial at The Mother Huddle. All you need is:
- Tissues (3-ply works great)
- Bobby pins
- Floral tape
- Dollar store fake flowers if you want to make a bouquet
Start with 3-4 tissues stacked on top of each other.
After it’s bobby pinned, ripped and colored, just fluff out the petals and presto! Gorgeous flower. Next, take your dollar store flowers and pull off the petal pieces, like so:
Take a flower with the bobby pin end held tight against the top of the stem and use your floral tape to attach it securely. Continue with each stem until you have a bouquet of beautiful, unique flowers in Mom’s favorite colors!
This project is actually very simple and easy for even little kids to do on their own! I found the original tutorial on A Girl and a Glue Gun.
- Sculpey clay (comes in rectangular block)
- Teeny cookie cutters (I like the hearts, but you can use any shape)
- Skewer or toothpick (to create hole)
- Rolling pin or large pen
- Keychain rings
Roll out the Sculpey. Use the cookie cutters to create keychain-sized pandants. Make sure that the pendants are thin enough that you’ll be able to put the keychain ring on later!
Carefully create a hole for the keychain near the top. Pay attention to where the is–not so far from the edge that the keychain ring won’t be able to be looped on, but also far enough from the edge that it won’t break easily. ISince you’ll definitely have extra Sculpey, I would make several with different thicknesses just to be safe.
Have kids carefully smoosh their thumbprints into the hearts. Place on nonstick cookie sheet or dish to bake at the temp recommended on the package.
After it’s baked, let them cool and then add the keychain ring and Voila! Don’t forget to write the child’s name and age on the back.
This one is not new to the Mother’s Day gift scene, but that’s because it’s so great! I found some really cute printables at Skip to My Lou (pictured here).
- printed coupons (I would suggest cutting them out ahead of time)
- Scrapbook paper
- Markers (to fill in coupons)
- Sewing machine or needles/pins to create perforations
Print out the coupons using the link above. (Or you can create your own! Use the templates as a guide.) The templates give you some pre-filled coupons and some blank ones, so kids can pick what they want. Have kids fill in the coupons before you do anything else with them, just in case they mess up and need to re-do it.
This step is optional, but I think it adds an extra level of polish to your coupon book. If you have a sewing machine handy (this is something that can be pre-done as well), sew through the book on the dotted line without any thread in the machine. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can also hand-punch preforations with a pin or needle. This is pretty time-consuming and something that kids would probably need help with, but it is an option.
The rest of the book is pretty simple! Use the hole punch to punch two holes on the outside edge (be very careful to make sure all the holes line up). Cut a piece of scrapbook paper double the width of the margin so that you can fold it around the edge. Hole punch it so that you can string a ribbon through. Tie a bow and you’re done!