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Mother’s Day Gift Idea ~ Personalized Flower Pail

A few years ago, my Mother in law gave me this flower pail.  I loved that it was personalized by my kids.  It may have been a simple gesture, but it is still one of my favorite gifts of all time!  While I can’t claim to have actually made it, I thought it was such a good idea I wanted to pass it along for anyone looking for an inexpensive, personal, creative Mother’s day gift this year.

You will need

A small pail

sharpies or other permanent marker, or paint marker

kids to color on the pail

Something to fill the pail (My Mother in law picked Gerber daisies, my favorite!)

Really it doesn’t take a lot of explanation for this. You have your child draw on the bucket with the permanent markers. Easy enough, right?

It is so simple and easy to make this. My kids are older now, and draw much differently, but I love that I have this little snippet of a time when they were so little!  My favorite part is that all of my kids added something to it and I have a small piece of each of them that I will treasure always.

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How To Make A Paper Daisy

Giving a flower to someone is a token of affection and love. But getting fresh flowers is not always an option, so these paper flowers  are a fun  DIY project for kids. Perfect for a get well gift, or a Mothers Day bouquet. They can be made in just a few minutes and cost pennies to make.

To make these you will need:

  • Chop stick or Straw
  • Green tissue paper
  • Tape
  • White crepe paper
  • Glue
  • Yellow tissue paper

 

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To Create a Paper Daisy:

1.       Wrap a chopstick with green tissue paper, securing with tape. (You can also use a green bendy straw.)
2.       Cut a 16 inch long section of white crepe paper.
3.       Fold it repeatedly in 1 inch sections by wrapping around your fingers.
4.       Cut strips into the top 3-quarters of the paper.
5.       Unwind the frayed paper and glue the bottom un-cut portion to your green stem.
6.       Circle the paper around the stem, occasionally securing with a tiny dot of glue.
7.       Once the entire length of paper is spiraled around the top of the stem, secure with glue and fluff petals.
8.       Tear off a small portion of yellow tissue paper, about the size of a quarter, roll or crunch it into a ball and glue into the center of the daisy.

 

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DIY Ring Holder ~ Thrifty Mother’s Day Gift Idea

Looking for a thrifty Mother’s day gift that is guaranteed to be loved and used for a very long time?  This is a great idea!  And even better, the supplies are inexpensive and mom doesn’t have to know!

You will need

A small photo frame (Mine is from the dollar section at Michael’s)

Small scrap of scrapbook paper

Thumbtack

Hot glue

Sticky jewel for the front of thumb tack

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Begin by taking out the piece of paper that comes inside your frame.  Also remove the clear plastic or glass inside.  Now, use the paper from the inside to trace the shape on the back of your scrapbook paper and cut it out.

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Add that paper into your frame.  Take your thumbtack and put the sticky gem (also from the dollar section at Michael’s) to the front of it.  Poke the thumbtack through the cardboard backing of the frame.  If desired you can secure it on the back with a little super glue or hot glue.  Just to make sure it isn’t going to fall apart on Mom!  This is perfect to keep by the kitchen sink to use while washing dishes, the bathroom for shower time, or even next to the bed so she can hang her rings while she sleeps.

That is it, a complete Mother’s day for your Mom!  If you want to earn a few extra brownie points, you could always add a ring too!

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Simple Alphabet ~ Say “I Love You” With DIY Art

This Mother’s day, give Mom something from the heart that will mean so much more to her!  This gift is easy, thrifty, and handmade.  Add a beautiful frame and customize it to fit in with Mom’s decor.  Such a great gift from older kids, or for a new mom, even Grandmother’s would love it!

To begin decide on the size you want it to be.  Ours is a 5×7.

You will need

Cardstock or scrabook paper (1 color for the back, 1 for the letters, and 1 more for the “I heart you”

picture frame

Scissors

Glue sticks

Once you have your size decided, you can open up a blank document in that size in any program.  Word works great. Now, if you want it to be 1 dimensional, depending on your program, you may be able to just create it exactly how you want it and print it off and be done.  I did mine with my trusty, favorite craft tool ever, my Silhouette and cut my letters out with black, textured card stock for depth.  I haven’t tried to just do it as a printable, so I am going off of what worked for me.

Choose a simple, easy to read font and type your alphabet.  I am assuming if you made it this far in the post you know your alphabet. ;)  In place of an O, use a heart shape.  (I know that in Microsoft Office programs you can find one up in the insert shapes tab). Instead of leaving it all the same color, change the I, heart and U to a different color.  It is hard to see, but I used hot pink.

Now, if you want it to be more dimensional, you can just print in either your desired color of ink, and then cut each letter out if you don’t have a craft cutter.  Or you can print outline only onto the desired color of cardstock.  It is a little monotonous to have to cut each letter out by hand, but the end result will be a beautiful gift for any mother in your life!

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Here is a quick and easy safety tip that can be done on a budget…. Replace A Worn Out Trampoline Safety Pad With Pool Noodles .  Plus it looks really cool, I love how the bright colors POP and make the trampoli look bright and cheerful.

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We have had a trampoline for a few years now and I think we take pretty good care of it.  We take it down for the winter, and try to avoid the kids “abusing” it.  Unfortunately, I can’t say the same thing for the weather!  All it took was a few bad wind storms last year and the poor net and safety pad were trash!  I am sure I am not the only one who got pinched by a trampoline spring or two as a kid. It doesn’t feel good!  I was hoping to avoid that with my kids. Since I am thrifty, I didn’t want to spend a lot on a replacement.  These pool noodles were from the dollar store.  I bought 10 but only ended up needing 9.  Can’t beat $9!  Not to mention, I think it looks fun and brightens up the back yard!

You will need:

Pool noodles

box cutter

A tool to remove the springs (we got one with our trampoline that we saved. but I found a replacement here for super inexpensive if you need one!)

Begin by measuring your spring and deciding what length you would like your sections to be.  Then measure and cut your pool noodles into as many sections as it will provide.  You will probably end up with little pieces off the ends, save them, they will work for summertime crafts for the kids!

Once you have them all cut, it is time to put them over the springs. Using your nifty tool, remove one spring at a time, sliding the pool noodle onto the spring before replacing it.

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This isn’t hard, just monotonous.  Thankfully I had my husband do it for me and it took him just a few minutes.

There you have it!  A bright, cheerful trampoline makeover that will be fun all summer long!

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Easter Tomb Snacks ~ Easy, Great Way to Teach Kids About the Real Reason For Easter

Each week my family has what we call Family Home Evening.  We take the time to spend some quality time together, and usually we have a spiritual lesson about a scripture story.  All of us take turns preparing the lesson, and since my 5 year old was in charge this time and it was Easter, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make something a little bit different to go along with our evening.  Not only will it help as he teaches his siblings about Easter, but as he helped me prepare the snacks, he got in a little extra lesson on the subject!

You will need:

Graham crackers

Small donuts

Icing

Green food coloring

Oreos

A knife for spreading icing

Sprinkles

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These are super simple and can be put together rather quickly!  It was easy enough that my 5 year old did most of the work with support from me of course.

With your green food coloring, color your icing.  I used the gel colors but I am sure the traditional food coloring would work just as well.  Spread the icing on your cracker, as thin or thick as you would like.  Remember though, first that these are full of sugar by the time you are done, but also that the donut and oreo won’t stand up without enough icing to hold them there. I didn’t do a lot, but enough that you couldn’t see cracker peeking through the icing.

Once your icing is on, add your donut standing up in the center, back of the cracker.  Now add your oreo also standing up, but placed in front and to one side of the donut.

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Once I got those made I added sprinkles that came with the icing!  Who doesn’t love sprinkles?  I then made little tags for each treat using a toothpick, small piece of washi tape and a marker.  Just fold your tape around the toothpick and push the sticky sides together. Then write your Easter message on the tag before poking in the top of your donut.

Not only are these a great way to teach about Easter, but they are also a very simple treat for a church class on Easter Sunday!

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