Awesome DIY Mother’s Day gifts sure to melt her heart

 

love sign distillery

Love sculpture in the Distillery District in Toronto

Even if you’ve already picked up something for Mother’s Day, you may want to supplement it with something personally made by you. I used to be the Queen of the DIY gift. Time became an issue, and I started buying gifts. But I’m back to carving out some time to make things again because they’re so personal, and some don’t have to take a lot of time or skill. I’m personally much more adept at artsy computer things than I am other crafts, so I tend to make cards, calendars, books or photo collages. But I do some others too.

the art of being fabulous_cover

The Art of Being Fabulous started out as a book of inspirational quotes I wrote for my niece and then evolved eventually into this blog!

Here are some ideas for Mother’s Day that I’ve used in the past, or will be using again. I can’t share which ones in case she reads this! I didn’t add calendars to this list because it’s already May.

Book of quotes – with a template (computer/laptop friendly)

Mothers Day Cover

Cover page from the template

I created the Art of Being Fabulous book in PowerPoint. If you’re not good with PowerPoint or even if you are and want to save time, I’ve included a template at the end of the instructions , so all you have to do is change the photos and words. Here’s how to do it.

Material

  • PowerPoint: You can find it on your desktop, laptop, or as an app on your phone or mobile device.  Not everyone has it on any, so if you don’t skip this one. If you want to make it, find someone or somewhere that has it and do it there
  • Either: A hole punch and ribbon, a stapler and staples, or glue
  • Optional: Stickers, glitter, paper glue, and scissors to decorate the front and back covers

Instructions

1 – Click on the link to the template to open it

Mothers Day Template

Note: The template automatically downloads when you click on it, I don’t know how to stop it from doing that!

  • You will see a cover page, a blank page and then pages with pictures and words

2 – How to change the photos

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One of the pages in the template

  • Right click your mouse on the photo and a list of choices will pop up on your screen. Choose “Change picture.” It will let you pick a photo from one of your files.

3 – How to change the words

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Click where it says “Write quote here” and put in the words you want to use

  • Move your mouse to the front of the first word, left click the mouse and then drag it across the words to delete all the words. Type in the words you want to use.

4 – Put the printed book together 

USB

USB / portable storage

  • When you’re done, save it and then it’s ready to print.
  • If you have a color printer at home, print it. If you don’t (like me!) find a place around you that can print it. You will have to put it on a USB / portable storage and take it to them, or you can email it or upload the file to the location and pick it up when it’s ready.
  • Assemble pages in the order you want
  • Staple or glue the pages together 1/4 cm on the left-hand side of the paper (if gluing, make sure you glue all pages together), and it’s ready!

OR

  • Punch 1-3 holes 1/4 cm on the left-hand side of the paper
  • Tie the ribbon through the holes
  • Wrap the ribbon around the folded part of the book, and it’s ready!

Optional: To make it extra special, write a personal message on the blank page. You can also use stickers, glitter, paper glue and scissors to decorate the book.

Notes

  • Keep the blank page after the cover page. It looks better, and you can hand write an extra message if you want.
  • Keep the words simple, like short quotes.
  • Click “save” after every page or two to make sure it saves.

Party or dinner mood enhancer and keepsake photo collage

NYE

Taking a photo in front of a picture collage on the tv I made for a New Years pre-party get together with photos of all the guests. 

I make a photo collage for every party or special dinner I host.

Instructions

usb_tv

USB plugged into the back of the tv

  • Put as many pictures past and present you can find of the person or people you want to include in the collage.
  • Put the pictures on a USB /  portable drive
  • Plug it into the USB port at the back of your tv (like shown in the picture) and let it play until dinner or the party is done.
  • Give it to the guest of honor afterward.

It goes over well with everyone. It makes them feel special.

DIY at-home spastravaganza

lemon-and-honey

Lemon and honey for one of the spa treatments

 

To save space, I’m will link to the post I wrote that gave detailed instructions for each item. The main spa menu treatments include:

  • Facial steam
  • Body and face scrub
  • Hair mask
  • Spa lunch
  • Bath or steam shower
  • Facial mask
  • Massage

You can do all for her or pick and choose the ones you’d think she’d like. For details read, “Feel like a million bucks with this all natural DIY Spastravaganza.”

Get her glowing with this homemade skin care product basket

cellophanebasket

Basket wrapped in cellophane and tied with a ribbon and bow

This is all natural and quick and easy to make! Bonus if you include the spa day! The basket includes:

Material

Jars

250ml jars

  • 1 small gift basket
  • Ribbon
  • Tissue paper
  • Cellophane paper
  • 3 x 250ml clear jars
  • 3 labels for the jars
  • A marker to write on the labels

Ingredients

olive-oil-sugar-scrub

Olive oil and sugar body and face scrub

Bath oil: 250ml coconut milk, 4 tablespoons of almond oil, and eight sprigs of fresh mint, blended until smooth.

Body and face scrub: Mix a cup of white or brown sugar with enough olive oil to make it into a paste.

Face mask: If you know her skin type, choose the right one from the lists below. If you don’t, go with either the anti-aging one or for normal skin.

  • For acne or discoloration: Make a lemon and honey mask. Cut 10 lemons in half, squeeze the juice, and add a 10 teaspoons of honey.
  • For oily skin: Blend 3 fully ripe bananas, 3 tablespoons of honey and juice from 3 oranges or lemons.
  • For dry skin, also for anti-aging:  Blend 3 ripe avocados, 6 tablespoons of honey and 3 teaspoons coconut oil
  • For combination skin: Blend 3 ripe bananas, 3 tablespoons honey and 3 tablespoons of oatmeal
  • For normal skin: Blend 3 apples and 6 tablespoons honey

Instructions

tissue paper

Tissue paper for the inside of the basket

  • Label the jars
  • Make your products
  • Fill the jars
  • Decorate the inside of the basket with tissue paper and put in your jars
  • Wrap with cellophane and tie a ribbon around it

3-course tasting lunch

Quinoa tabouleh

Quinoa tabbouleh

To save space I’m going to link to the post I wrote that gave the recipes and nutrition and health benefits, but the main items include:

  • First course: Chorbat el ads (lentil soup or dhal) – vegan
  • Second course: Harissa chicken or tofu on quinoa tabbouleh – meat or vegan
  • Optional third course: Salted almond butter fudge – vegan

For the details read, “Middle Eastern inspired meat or vegan spastravaganza menu.”

6-course tasting menu dinner

Spaghetti Bolognese

Pasta course

To save space I’m going to link to the post I wrote that gave the recipes and nutrition and health benefits, but the main items include:

  • First course: Appetizer – Blistered Shishito peppers – vegan
  • Second course: Soup – Creamless mushroom soup – vegan
  • Third course: Salad – Bibb salad – vegan
  • Fourth course: Pasta – Meat or tofu spaghetti – meat or vegan
  • Fifth course: Main – Beef or mushroom pot roast – meat or vegan
  • Sixth course: Salted almond butter fudge – vegan

Did I mention that I included wine pairings for each course?

For details read, “This six-course home cooked tasting menu for one, two or more is boss.”

Take it back to childhood with a fun card

Card

Still in my pajamas finishing up a homemade birthday card a few years ago

So, I have done this for almost everyone I know at least once. All you need is to remember what it was like to make cards when you were little and then amp it up a bit.

Material

Construction paper

Construction paper

  • Construction paper folded in half, how many pieces will depend on how many pages you want to do. I usually did a 4-8-page card, so 2-4 pieces of construction paper. Many places sell it like Walmart.
  • Pencil crayons, colored markers and/or crayons (I did say take it back to childhood!)
  • Glitter, stickers, whatever you feel like using!
  • Glue for paper or scotch tape
  • Scissors
  • Pictures of her favorite things (personal or from a magazine)

Instructions

Glitter stickers

Is there anything better than glitter stickers?

Basically, all you need to do is:

  • Cut out enough photos to fill the pages you want to use,
  • Write her some messages, or quotes around each picture
  • Draw whatever you want around the pictures like hearts or flowers
  • Add your glitter or stickers

Note: You can also buy a scrapbook and do this as a scrapbook too

These are some of my DIY ideas, what are some of yours? Have a wonderful day!

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  1. Hey I love your Mother’s Day DIY gifts I made cupcakes and cookies for Mother’s Day and decorated them with icing and hearts she loved them but my mom and I couldn’t resist we ate all of them couldn’t take a photo but hey pls check out my blog its cooking delight web just started pls check it out

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  2. I went a bit crazy for this year. My siblings and I got a Cancun trip for my parents to celebrate their 38 year anniversary, Mother’s Day and my mom’s birthday all in one 😬❤️❤️

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    • That is so awesome of you guys!! They are going to love it!!! Sometimes you have to go a bit crazy. This is so special and meaningful. I can’t wait to hear about it! Wonderful of all of you 🙂 xoxoxoxo

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