May 8, 2012

Get Crafty For Mom

Make This Mother’s Day Special With Handmade Gifts

By Meghan Gearino

The month of May brings us one of the most important holidays
of the year: Mother’s Day. While you could go the traditional route with
flowers, candy or jewelry, we tend to prefer the charm of handmade gifts, and we’re sure
Mom does as well! A homemade craft shows that you put heart, soul and thought into
your gift, and it’s sure to be one your mother will treasure forever. To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of fun,
creative and easy projects for the kids to show their love to the number one
woman in their lives! —


While we think your mama is beautiful enough, we can’t
resist this sassy beauty sleep mask – fully designed to give Mom optimal
shut-eye time and to relieve stress. Kids will also enjoy filling it with dried
lavender and flax seed for added aroma!

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Day Flower Door Stop

Why not make your mom something she can use non-stop, all
year round? This colorful, floral door stop will bring springtime cheer to the
house all year long. Kids can get super-creative by adding glitzy glitter and
bright paint.

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Book For Mom

With couponing being all the craze, craft queen Martha
Stewart gets in on the action for Mother’s Day. Get even more ahead
of the game by stocking her personalized book with all ready-to-use coupons for a day of

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Tile Coasters

Give your mom a personalized and homemade coaster, perfect
for setting her summertime lemonade on! These coasters are made using paper
napkins and there are literally hundreds of patterns to choose from. Make a
whole set for the entire family to enjoy.

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Mother’s Day Bouquet

A bunch of flowers with a sweet twist! Not only can kiddos
hand-make flowers out of colorful cardstock, but they can also add unique items to the bouquet such as Mom’s favorite flavor of lollipops.

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Day Picture Magnet

A specially designed craft for tiny tots (thanks to Fisher-Price!) that allows young kids to get crafty and show their love. Kids can
make refrigerator magnets out of plastic lids and include their smiling face in
the middle.

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Flower Pot Pen

A great gift for mom to bring to work! This special pen comes
with its own flower pot holder. It’s an easy craft for kids of all ages
to make, and since the pot is filled with coffee beans, the aroma is an added bonus.

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Breakfast in Bed

First thing’s first – start Mother’s Day off with breakfast
in bed. Have your kiddo write a special message with food coloring on toast.
Serve it all up with eggs, bacon, fruit – all of her favorite morning time foods.

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Let the kiddos get their hands dirty with this sentimental
gift. This is a great project for children and dads to create together,
and will be sure to tug at Mom’s heart strings for years to come!

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Dove Picture

Looking for a great D.I.Y. gift that the whole family can get involved in?
Brothers, sisters, dads, even baby! Everyone uses their fingerprints to create a meaningful picture with this piece of art.
Put the finishing product in a fun frame and you have an easy, creative and
colorful gift!

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Shrinky Dink Charm

An ’80s favorite is back! Straight from NYC’s own Craft
Studio, this funky craft idea allows kids to draw on shrinky dink paper and
then bake it in the oven to dwindle down to jewelry charm size. Have a
grown up poke a hole through it, string it onto silver rings, clamp together
and you have a personalized charm bracelet for Mom!

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