It’s almost Mother’s Day here in the UK, I’m sure the stands of cards and large sign reminders in shops haven’t passed you by! It all seems to get rather commercial around special days, you’re encouraged to buy a card, a gift and flowers, take your mum out for a meal or a spa day. All of this is wonderful and great to do for your mum, but when budgets are tight it’s not always possible! When we have more money around I would love to take both my parents out for a meal and treat them for a change, they are fantastic parents and deserve it, but for now I will consider some more frugal ideas to celebrate Mother’s Day.
I will definitely make a card, it won’t be blog worthy I’m sure, no matter how great any if my crafts have been I just don’t have the eye for car making, but it’s the thought that counts?!
My gift will be DIY, I’ve not quite decided what yet, but here are some ideas:
Origami flowers can be quite simple, we made these paper lily centrepieces for our wedding and scattered the lilies on the tables. They would look great for a bouquet of flowers or decoration on a table if you cook your mum a home cooked meal. If you Google origami lily then you’ll get lots of tutorials, more or less the same, here’s one.
Another photos from our wedding, tissue paper flower bouquets. Take a little practice, but fro the price of some tissue paper and floristry wire and a little ribbon you can have a gorgeous bouquet that will last for a long time and are very frugal. Again there are loads of tutorials over the web, Google tissue paper flowers. Once your flowers are finished insert a piece of wire into the middle of the flowers and use some floristry tape to wrap around the base of the flower to attach it to the wire. Wrap the stems together with ribbon, tie in a bow and add some beads to make it look really special.
These little wooden hearts are so cheap and easy to decorate, I already had these particular ones in my stash, but you can get 10 similar ones for £2.97 at Craft Shapes. Paint, embellish, add glitter, however you want to decorate them! Drill a hole if they don’t already have one, add a keyring (check Ebay for cheap keyrings) and you’re finished. You can easily add a message to the opposite side if you like as well.
Mother’s Day Biscuits:
Think flowers and heart shaped biscuits to be traditional, or go for whichever design you think your mum would like. I love all the fancy iced bought biscuits you can mail order nowadays, but you can easily make your own with a basic biscuit recipe, cutter and icing. When icing use a thicker Royal Icing to outline the edges of your shapes and then water it down to flood the middle. it’s great fun to play around with designs. If you add runny icing to each other while they’re wet you get lots of interesting patterns melting into each other or you can wait until the first lot of icing is dry and then add some more thicker icing on top to make intricate raised patterns and words. Here’s a good tutorial on icing biscuits from The Biscuiteers. The picture and recipe for the photo above can be found on A Helicopter Mom.
Painted Tins of Succulents:
I’m sure you will have all seen these type of flower displays, tin cans cleaned out and painted pastel shades, some twine wrapped around the tin and filled with soil and herbs or succulents. They are very simple to make and look excellent! You can use most paints, I used general emulsion for ours and a succulent I already owned, but wasn’t taking good care of (I may actually give this to my mum in the hope she can look after the plant better than I have!
This was another wedding make (for our mums), but would be great for a Mother’s Day gift. Plain white handkerchiefs are cheap and you can use your imagination to embroider whatever image you like on the fabric. Our wedding was woodland themed, hence the tree. I used chain stitches and satin stitch to make the tree and letter on this handkerchief.
This is a jewellery roll I made my mum a few years ago. It looks more complicated than it is, the tutorial for this particular one is here (Angharad): I’ve made it twice now and it’s worked great. You can use old clothing for the fabric and borrow a friends sewing machine if you don’t have your own one.
This was so much fun to make (it was actually A’s first birthday cake, but easily adapted for other occasions) and great for a mum who doesn’t want lots of chocolates or cake. To make this you need to cut the skin off (as thinly as possible) and the watermelon ends off and then cut two slices as thick as you can to make the tiers. Secure any other fruit with cocktail sticks or long skewers. As an alternative you could make a fruit bouquet using flower and heart cookie cutters to make shapes in the melon and then sliding them onto skewers to make a fruit bouquet.
Are you going to make something for your mum for Mother’s Day?