Mother's Day Ideas
It is nice, and tradition, however to give gifts to our Mums on Mother's day and so I have come up with a few ideas that you can make! Either free or cheap I guarantee your Mum will love it!
Make your mum a bunch of flowers-Using tissue paper cut out about 10 squares of the same or coordinating colours. Put all of the squares together and then fold them into an accordion (to make a thin rectangle.)Wrap a pipe cleaner around the middle. If you want to make pretty petals you can cut the edges of the tissue paper. Start to open each piece of tissue paper. Once you have done one side do the other. Make a few of these to put in a vase.
Make a vase-to put your flowers into. Get an empty toilet roll and a piece of card; cutting up a cereal box or something similar (just make sure they are empty first!) will work well. You will need a square of card about 15cm by 15cm. I find it easier to decorate the square and tube now before putting the vase together. You could use paint, pens, pretty paper or wrapping paper, sequins or anything else pretty. Once your decoration is dry cut slits up the toilet roll all the way round the bottom end about 1cm high. Bend these tabs inwards. Put glue on all of the tabs and stick the tube to the square base. You may want to put something on top of the tube until the glue dries to hold it on.
Cards-All you need is some card, glue, pens, glitter, material, tissue paper, buttons and anything else you want to use on your design.
Coaster-use an OLD DVD or CD. Find a picture you think your Mum will love-maybe one of you and her or a picture of her favourite flowers. Cut it to the same size as the disc. Glue the picture to the disc. Varnish or PVA glue over the whole disc, front, back and the edges to seal the picture and make it waterproof.
Trinket box-for this idea you could either decorate a box or make the box and then decorate it. If you have a box that is not used anymore (maybe an old gift box) that is ideal. You can either paint the box or cover it with pretty paper. Decorate with words cut from newspapers, your own writing, sequins, buttons etc.
Photo frame-If you would like to give your Mum a lovely hand decorated photoframe for Mother's Day there are two ways you could do this-you can either find a wooden frame to decorate or you can make your own from scratch.
Making a photoframe-you will need two pieces of strong card that are the same size as each other. Measure and cut a hole in one (ask an adult to help-not Mum!) so that you will be able to see the photo. Stick the photo onto the card you have not cut. Decorate the border of the card you have cut-paint, pens, glitter, buttons, sequins etc are great. Once dry glue the front part of the frame to the back.
Decorating a wooden photoframe-this will probably work better if you can slightly sand the front of the frame to take off some of the existing varnish. Next find lots of pretty things-buttons, sequins, pretty material, bows etc to glue onto the frame.
Flower pot-these look lovely once finished. Using a terracotta plant pot and some paint with emulsion and decorate however you like.
Sew a picture to frame or for a card-Use a thin piece of card and draw a simple picture. Using a blob of blu tak put it behind the image and carefully make holes with a fat needle along the line drawing.(ask an adult to do this for you-not Mum!) Make the holes evenly spaced. Once you have holes all around the picture use some wool or tapestry thread to sew through the holes. Secure the thread at the beginning and end with sellotape on the back. You can now either frame this picture or use it on the front of a card.
Fingerprint a picture-Decide on the scene (flowers or animals or people-anything your Mum likes) and use paint and your finger to make up the images. Once the paint is dry you can used felt tip pens to add features to the fingerprints.
Handprint and Footprint Flowers-Either for a picture or a card, why not try using hand and footprints to be the flower and then paint the stems on-beautiful and a reminder for Mum in years to come how little you once were!
Have fun getting creative, and don't forget making her a cup of tea or breakfast in bed with a great big cuddle will go down a storm too!
Ria has 2 girls and previously worked in nurseries for over 15 years and left managing a day nursery when her eldest was born. She now works for Raring2go! as our Digital Content and Strategy Manager
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