April may have just begun, but May will be here before you know it. And for all the hard-working mamas out there, next month will bring a holiday that’s all about appreciating all they do. Since Mother’s Day was first celebrated over 100 years ago, it’s become synonymous with breakfasts in bed, beautiful flower bouquets, and various kinds of presents. But often, the best gifts come from the heart — and are made by hand.
Approximately 25% of the population waits until the last minute to purchase gifts, but opting for homemade presents means you won’t have to go searching through several stores before you find the perfect present. Instead, you’ll be able to create it yourself from scratch. And while the U.S. construction market was worth approximately $1,162 billion in 2016, constructing your own crafts will be a lot more affordable (and a lot more fun to create). Whether you’re going to help your kids make some heartfelt crafts for Grandma or you simply show your spouse this post in the hopes that they’ll get the hint, here are some project ideas that will make any Mother’s Day even more special.
Rather than spending a fortune on fancy scented soaps, you can easily achieve the same effect with these homemade decoupage soaps. Stock up on some inexpensive guest soaps in a pleasing scent and pick up some printed craft paper with some floral, botanical, or otherwise fun designs. Cut out those shapes on the craft paper, paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of a bar of soap, and add the cut-out piece. Finish it with a final layer of Mod Podge and let dry. Then, you can wrap in cellophane or place them into a pretty box for Mom to unwrap. The images should stay put throughout the soap’s use, and it’s much more personal than what you’ll find at a Crabtree and Evelyn or a specialty store.
It’s traditional to head to your local florist or grocery store to pick up a bouquet for Mother’s Day, but these no-sew felt flowers will last for much longer than live ones. All you need is some felt sheets (in both green for leaves and various colors for blossoms), a hot glue gun and glue sticks, buttons, scissors, a pencil, and some twigs from the yard. There are several different flower shapes you can make, like roses and mums. When you’re done making the flowers, you can affix the leaves and attach them all to the stems (twigs). Keep in mind that an adult will need to do the hot gluing in this tutorial for safety’s sake. When you’re done making flowers, you can arrange the bouquet in a vase made out of a painted tin can or a mason jar.
DIY Bath Bombs
Sure, your loved ones could go to Lush or another high-end boutique to pick you up some items to pamper yourself with. But these DIY bath bombs are a lot more fun to make and to receive. Not only will your kids get a bit of a science lesson, but their gift will really encourage you to develop a self-care routine. They’ll need baking soda, citric acid, Epsom salts, water, olive oil, food coloring, essential oils (so make sure they’re supervised), and a bath bomb mold to make this project work. After combining all dry ingredients into a bowl and whisking them together, they’ll mix the liquid ingredients (the oils and the food coloring) together in a jar. This, of course, is the fun part where they’ll get to decide how the bath bombs will look and smell. Once those decisions are made, it’s time to slowly add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix. Then, add the mixture into the bath bomb molds, pack tightly, and allow to dry. After that’s done, package the bath bombs in an appealing way and get ready to relax.
If you want to show someone you truly care, handmade is the way to go. Whether you’re a mom yourself or you want to make something special for the moms in your life, these homemade crafts are perfect for both kids and adults to try.