Mother’s Day is just around the corner and this year I wanted to try out six crafts I found on Pinterest that looked like they would make great gifts. I made all six in two days, so they aren’t hugely time consuming and they still give that personal touch. The best part is, you can make each of these fairly cheaply and keep to your budget!
The first three gifts are what I’m calling the “Spa Retreat”. These gifts are all about relaxation, great smells, and pampering.
The second group is the “Personalized Group”. These gifts are easy for kids to make (or help make) and can be personalized with photos, names, and almost any design you can think of!
All of the supplies are easy to find. I found everything I needed at Amazon.com, the grocery store, local craft stores, and Home Depot.
The Spa Retreat Gift Group:
- Lavender Soy Candle
- Shea Butter Soap in two scents (lavender and orange/ginger)
- Lavender Bath Fizzies
Lavender Soy Candle:
- 6 cups natural soy wax flakes (makes two 3/4 full mason jars)
- 2 natural candle wicks with metal base
- Lavender essential oil (about 30 drops per candle)
- 2 mason jars
- 3-5 wooden skewers for stirring, holding wicks
- Pre-measure the wick by lowering it into the the empty mason jar until the metal bottom reaches the base of the jar. Place a skewer across the top then make a hook with the overlap of wick around the skewer. Remove wick and skewer and put aside until step 5.
- Melt wax flakes in a double boiler (I used a glass bowl over a boiling pot of water). Stir occasionally with a wooden skewer.
- When melted, pour equal amounts into each clean and dry mason jar.
- With a wooden skewer, stir in 30 drops of lavender essential oil to each jar.
- Slowly drop wick (hanging from skewer) into jar and place another skewer across the top to keep the wick hooks from moving out of place (if needed). Some instructions suggest “gluing” the wick to the base of the jar with a bit of wax before pouring in the wax into the jars, but I found that it didn’t stay in place. Do whatever works best for you!
- Let cool overnight (do not cover).
- Trim the wicks to 3/4 – 1 inch.
- Personalize the candles by paining the lids, adding a label, or wrapping with raffia or twine.
Candle inspiration here.
Shea Butter Soap in two scents (lavender and orange/ginger):
- 2 cups Shea Butter Soap Base, cubed
- 15 drops Essential Oil (I used lavender for one batch, and both ginger and sweet orange for the other)
- Dried lavender or dried orange zest from two oranges (skip this for longer lasting soap)
- Liquid color (for soap and bath products)
- Silicone soap mold
- Wooden skewers for stirring
- Microwave cubed shea soap for 30 seconds at a time until melted (stirring each time).
- Once soap is fully melted, add essential oil and corresponding dried ingredients.
- If you want to add color (the zest may add enough color on it’s own), add liquid colorant at this time.
- Stir with wooden skewer creating as few air bubbles as possible.
- Slowly pour into molds and allow to harden for a few hours (I let mine sit overnight).
- Once solid, remove from molds by pressing from the back to pop them out.
- Add a personalized wrap or label.
Soap inspiration here.
Lavender Bath Fizzies:
- 1 cup Baking Soda
- 1/2 cup Citric Acid
- 1/2 cup Epsom Salt
- 1 1/2 tsp Lavender Essential Oil
- 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or Coconut Oil)
- 1/4 tsp water
- Colorant (optional)
- Silicone mold (any shape or size you like)
- Mix dry ingredients (baking soda, citric acid, epsom salt) in large bowl. Remove 1/2 cup and set aside.
- Mix wet ingredients (essential oil, olive oil, water) in small bowl.
- Very slowly, add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, stirring constantly. If it starts to fizz (or at the end when all wet mix in added), add in the 1/2 cup of dry mix that you previously put aside.
- Add colorant at this point if you wish, mix well.
- Spoon mix into silicone mold and press firmly to make sure it’s packed tight.
- Let dry in molds overnight then turn out onto a cookie sheet (they should pop out as soon as you turn them over).
- Store in airtight container or wrap as gifts. I used recycled jars with waxed paper tied with string as lids and added a label.
- When ready to use, drop in the bath and it will fizz and bubble and release an amazing scent!
Bath Fizzies inspiration here.
The Personalized (great for kid participation) Gift Group:
- Tile Coasters
- Butterfly Mug
- Tissue Paper Candle Holder
- White tiles (can find at Home Depot or Lowes for as low as $0.16 each, a bit more for better quality or colors)
- 4″x4″ cut squares of photos, printed art, or scrapbook paper
- Mod Podge
- Foam brush
- Cork roll
- Glue gun
- Spray acrylic sealant
- Make sure your photos or art are cut just smaller than the tile. You can keep the corners square or round the corners, it’s up to you. I rounded the corners, but in retrospect I prefer the look of a crisp square corner and wish I had just left them as they were. Next time!
- Using your foam brush, spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on the tile and place your photo on top. Let dry for 20 – 30 minutes.
- Once dry, paint a thin layer of Mod Podge over the photo (making sure you cover the entire tile and the photo edges). Start with horizontal strokes then vertical strokes. Let dry for 20 – 30 minutes, then repeat.
- Once completely dry, spray with an acrylic sealant.
- To the back, glue gun a square of thin cork (slightly smaller than the tile).
- Wrap with a ribbon or twine and you have a personalized gift ready for Mother’s Day or Christmas!
Tile inspiration here.
- White mug
- Oil based paint pens (I used Sharpie Paint medium point)
- Stencil of design you want to put on the mug (can be a letter, heart, etc. just keep it simple). My mom LOVES butterflies, so that was an easy choice for me!
- Baking pan and 350º oven
- Clean and dry mug.
- Create a stencil of your design (the card stock I used was too thick and did not lay flat on the mug, even with tape, and I had to hold it down as I went along. Making a sticker stencil or something with a sticky back, that’s easy to remove, would have worked much better!)
- Attach stencil to mug with something that will be easy to remove later and does not alter the design.
- Using the paint pens, dot the mug around the stencil design. I suggest doing a complete layer in one color then moving to the next. Don’t over dot…I went a little crazy around the design and could have used less for a cleaner look.
- Once you have added all your colors, remove the stencil and any residue from any tape or stickers.
- If you want to write a message in the paint pen on the back, now’s the time!
- Let the paint pen completely dry for about 30 minutes.
- Bake on a cookie sheet in a 350º oven for 40 minutes. Colors will darken a little, in the photo above you can see the difference from before baking (right) and after baking (left).
- Mug is now permanently set and safe for washing in the top rack of the dishwasher!
Mug inspiration here.
Tissue Paper Candle Holder:
- Tissue paper cut into shapes
- Mod Podge
- Foam brush or paintbrush
- Glass candle holders (I found cheap wine glasses at Christmas Tree Shops)
- Tea lights or votives
- Clean and dry your glass candle holders
- Cut out tissue paper into desired shapes. You can hand cut (I just cut squares) or you can use the fancy paper punches you see in the scrapbook section of the craft stores.
- Mix the Mod Podge with a little bit of water to thin it. I used a little too much water and it created a bit of a runny mess (see above photo). Start with just a tiny bit at a time, you can always add more, but you can’t take water out!
- Add tissue to the outside of the glass by painting glass with glue mix and attaching tissue. Overlap or don’t, create a pattern or don’t, whatever you want to do! Beware, the tissue paper will tear when wet, so be gentle.
- Once the candle holder is completely covered, make sure that all the tissue is completely saturated with the glue and that there are no pieces sticking out.
- Let dry for a few hours then put a tea light inside and see your colors come to life!
Check out my inspiration for the candle holder here. Her final products are beautiful!
There you have it, six homemade gift ideas for Mother’s Day that won’t take a ton of time and can be done on a budget!
Happy Mother’s Day!