DIY Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day is May 12, get started on your DIY Mother’s Day gifts now!

Everyone loves the sentiment behind a handcrafted present, but Mothers are especially fond of them. A gift made by your children, no matter what their age, holds special meaning, so strongly consider some of these DIY Mother’s Day gifts for your mom this year.

Here are two gifts with guidance on how to do them.

1. Teacup Candles

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How original and thoughtful is this idea ?!  You can find mismatched, discarded teacups and saucers at garage sales or secondhand stores. Just one of these sweet little candles make a great Mother’s Day gift, but feel free to make several. The clashing thrilling  look adds a great deal of charm.

Here is what you need :

-Teacup
-Microwavable wax (you can do it with any kind of wax, but for the less experienced this is easiest and fastest)
-Candle wicks (at least 1″ taller than your cup)
-Candle fragrance and/or dye
-Microwave safe bowl
-Hot glue gun

Steps to making Teacup Candles :

1.Make sure your teacup is clean and completely dry.

2.Hot glue the base of your wick to the bottom of the cup.

3.Heat wax in the microwave until it is a translucent liquid.

4.Add dye or scent according to package directions.

5.Pour into teacup and straighten the wick.

6.Let sit until the wax is cool and solid.

7.Trim the wick down to 1/4″.

 

2.Photo-tube Vase

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This idea is very unique and  perfect for Mother’s Day because it incorporates family photos as well as flowers, two things mothers love.  You can make this creative vase as big or as small as you would like by using more tubing and a larger base.

What you need:

PVC Pipes of various widths
PVC Caps to fit the pipes
PVC Pipe Cement
Outdoor Mod Podge
Wooden Base
Glue
Laser copies of old photos
Foam Brush

Steps to making Photo-tube:

1.Have the PVC pipes cut to different sizes, staggering the heights.

2.Use the pipe cement to secure the caps to one end of each cut pipe and allow them to dry completely.

3.Re size photos to fit each pipe and print them with a laser printer (if you don’t have a laser printer, get them printed at Kinkos, Staples, Office Max, etc).

4.Soak each photo in a bin of water for about a minute while you coat the outside of each pipe in the Mod Podge.

5.Use your fingers to remove most of the excess water from your photos and wrap them around the tubes carefully.

6.Smooth any bumps out with your fingers and set the pipes aside to dry completely.

7.Once dry, trim any edges that may be extending past the pipes.

8.Coat the photo covered tubes with Mod Podge and allow to dry.

9.Use glue to adhere the photo covered pipes to your base.

10.Fill with water and your choice of flowers.

 

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