Mother’s Day is tomorrow—have you gotten your mother anything yet?
No?! Well don’t worry. I’ve got a list of some great last minute gifts that will be sure to garner a smile from the woman who dealt with you for years.
1. For the mother who has everything
Is your mom the kind of woman who, when she needs or wants something, she just goes ahead and buys it herself? Have no fear! You can accomplish a great gift in two different ways:
1. Take your mom out for a day of lunch and shopping. Spend quality time together. She may have everything, but I guarantee all she really wants is more time with her beloved children. (You should probably try to do something like this anyway, just saying.)
2. Go the sentimental route. Find an old photograph of the two of you (or with your siblings if you’re not an only child) and get it framed or turned into a canvas.
2. For the mother who is always busy
Does your mom always have something going on every minute of every day? Is she an incredibly hard worker? Does she need a day off? Then give it to her! Get her a spa package, have a mani/pedi day, or give her a gift certificate to get her hair done. The woman needs to relax. Give her the gift of “me-time.”
3. For the tech savvy mom
Actually, this could go both ways: whether your mother is tech savvy or you know, not so much. (Like my mom. She’s constantly asking me how to work the remote. She can’t even find the mute button, bless her heart.) This gift idea is especially great if you live far away. Get your mom a computer or tablet and you’ll be able to Skype. Maybe then she’ll get off your back about how she never sees you anymore. Two birds with one stone, right?
4. For the mother who insists she wants nothing for Mother’s Day
Does your mom want nothing more than just to spend time with you on Mother’s Day? Well then give her that quality time, but perhaps you should do something more. Get your mom flowers or, better yet, spend a day working in her garden planting flowers. If you get her flowers, splurge for a nice vase as well! Or how about a nice necklace or bracelet? That’ll make up for all of the macaroni jewelry you made her over the years.
5. For the mother who is soon to be a grandma
Are you about to make your mother a grandma? If you haven’t told her you’re pregnant yet, buy her something that says, “#1 Grandma” or a baby onesie that says “Grandma Loves Me” and see how long it takes her to figure it out. If your mom is a grandma, get your kids in on the action of gift giving. Nothing is sweeter than a present with the handprints of her baby’s baby. This will be sure to bring a tear or two to your mother’s eye.
Note: Don’t let your mom know that you waited until the last minute to figure out a gift for her. Otherwise, you’ll probably hear about it for years.
This week for our DIY project, we are going to get a little more in-depth, but it will be worth it when it’s done. We are going to make a flower pot bird bath by stacking flower pots one on top of another and then placing the bird bath at the top. This is the perfect decoration for spring and summer to liven up your yard. But let’s start with our materials.
What You’ll Need:
- One 8″ flower pot
- Five 6″ flower pots
- Outdoor spray paint
- 62″ of rebar
- Drill and bit that can drill through the bottom of the pot without cracking or breaking it.
- potting soil
- wide mouth, shallow bowl
1. The first thing you need to do is to drill a hole in the center of the bottom of each pot. Be careful not to crack or break the pot. Go slowly.
2. Then paint each pot with your desired color. The color will last longer if you primer them first.
3. Hammer about 2 feet of the rebar into the ground so that it is secure.
4. Carefully slide the 8″ pot onto the rebar through the hole and sit it level on the ground.
5. Fill the 8″ pot with potting soil
6. Slide the first 6″ pot down the rebar and let it tilt to the right so that one side is resting completely on the rebar. Fill with potting soil.
7. Repeat step 6 for the remaining pots, tilting each one in the opposite direction of the last.
8. If you get the last pot on and the rebar is still sticking out more than half of the pot, hammer it down GENTLY so that it is about halfway down in the pot.
9.For the top pot, try to make it level because this is the pot that your bird bath will be sitting on.
10. Place the bowl on top of the stack, making sure to make it as level as possible.
11. Plant flowers in each pot and fill bath with water and Viola! A beautiful flowery bird bath!
Party supplies and home décor are expensive items on a list of must haves. Once it all adds up, it get’s a little pricey. So again, in the interest of saving you money and giving you the ability to make something great, I bring you our DIY project of the week. This week we will be making tissue paper flowers/pom balls. There are so many occasions and situations you can use these for including party decoration or just to add a little color to a room. In fact, I personally did this craft and made the tissue paper balls to decorate my daughter’s room. They turned out amazing and no her room looks a little brighter.
So here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 pack of tissue paper in assorted colors with 18 sheets (or more or less depending on how many you want to make).
- Floral wire (found in the craft section at Walmart)
- String or ribbon (for hanging pom balls)
Tissue Paper Pom Balls Directions:
1. Lay out the full size sheets of tissue paper one on top of the other. The more sheets you have the fluffier the ball will be, but keep in mind that if you get it too bulky it will be more difficult to handle. I recommend around 6-12 sheets. You can lay them in color order or make a pattern (i.e.: 3 pink, 3 purple, 3 green/1 pink, 1 purple, 1 green, repeat).
2. Fold the paper accordion style vertically.
3. Pinch the paper in the middle and wrap a small piece of floral wire around the center tightly enough to keep everything in place.
4. Take a piece of your string or ribbon long enough to tie around the center and make a loop at the end to hang it by.
5. Cut each end into a rounded shape.
6. Then gently pull each piece away from the rest one at a time until they are all separated and have formed a ball-like form.
7. At this point you are probably going to look at what you’ve got and wonder why it looks nothing like the picture above. Well I had to learn the hard way that the only solution was to gently rip or cut the last folded inch of each layer at the bottom and top of the ball and fluff them.
Tissue Paper Flowers Directions:
1. Layer each piece on top of each other like above.
2. CUT the stack in 8X8 inch squares.
3. Fold accordion style.
4. Wrap a piece of floral wire securely around the center.
5. Cut each side into a rounded edge
6. Pull each layer or tissue paper toward you on each side until every layer has been pulled apart from each other.
7. Fluff and add to anything you want. Your finished product should be fluffy on one side and relatively flat on the other.