When it comes to Mother’s Day gifts, moms aren’t terribly hard to please.
The challenge is how to include the kids in gift-giving without simply writing their name on a gift they had little to do with, or sticking her with a trinket they made that she's never going to use. But even with children to take care of, it's important not to forget about nurturing your relationship.
The key is to warm her her by reminding her of all the incredible moments that parenting brings, as seen through the sweet acts of your kids.
Never you fear, these six options will get you sorted in no time and are far more impressive than throwing together a last-second breakfast in bed.
Bath bombs are a floral and sometimes fizzy array of powder mom can throw in the bath. But they don’t have to cost $20 a pop. This homemade version offers every bit of the aromatic, water tinting joy, with the added bonus of being made by little hands.
Supplies: K-Cups, baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, Epsom salts, water and essential oils.
Optional: Dried flowers and food coloring.
Total time: 24 hours, including drying.
Instructions: Remove netting from K-Cups. Fill the bottom with sprinkles and dried flowers. Mix in bath bomb mixture. Once everything hardens separate bombs from the cups with a knife.
Complete instructions can be found here.
Hat tip to Coupons.com for teaching us how.
Decorating a tea towel is more art than craft, but mom will love the way they brighten up the kitchen. Leave them hanging on oven handles and refrigerator doors and they’re sure to be put to good use.
Supplies: Waterproof paint, tea towels.
Total time: 3 hours, including drying.
Instructions: Cut fruit in half. Dip in paint. Stamp on the towel. Let dry. You get the idea.
Hat tip to MakingHomeBase.com for teaching us how.
Everyone needs a candy stash. Nothing says “I love you” more than doing the legwork for mom, making it pretty, and not eating all of the candy in the process. Shopping for the kind of treats mom will like is bound to be a fun project for kids of all ages.
Supplies: A box of some sort (plastic container, cardboard, or tin), printable labels, store bought candy.
Total time: 1 hour, including candy shopping and printing.
Instructions: Print label for container and fill with candy.
Complete instructions and printable label found here.
Hat tip to Eighteen25.com for teaching us how.
Not only are these hand-painted coasters pretty, but they’ll keep the furniture looking good too. Even better, they only cost about $4 to make.
Supplies: Cork coasters (from craft store), painter’s tape, acrylic paint, water sealant. Optional add-ons include felt and glue.
Total time: 3 hours, including drying.
Instructions: First tape the design to the coasters to make geometric shapes and allow for sharp edges that can be color-blocked. Paint. Spray with water sealant. Remove tape. Optional: Glue felt to the underside.
Complete instructions found here.
Hat tip to ThinkingCloset.com for teaching us how.
If you can’t get mom to the beach, this shower scrub is the next best thing.
Supplies: Jar, coconut oil, white sugar, shredded coconut and lime oil.
Total time: 30 minutes, not including any added jar decoration.
How to: Combine the following: 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted), 1 cup white sugar, 1 TBSP shredded coconut and 6-8 drops of lime oil. Place in a pretty jar, and wait for mom to be wowed.
Hat tip to TheIdealRoom.net for teaching us how.
“Cupcake bouquet.” Even before mom knows what that means, hearing the words is sure to make mom smile. A bit of a warning: While starting with store-bought cupcakes will leave you with an Instagram-worthy result, anything less is likely to lead to a speech about how it’s “the thought that counts.”
Supplies: Flower pot, styrofoam ball, cupcakes, toothpicks.
Total time: 10 - 20 minutes.
Instructions: Place ball in flower pot. Attach cupcakes with toothpicks.
Hat tip to Seevanassacraft.com for teaching us how.
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