Three Quick DIY Mom Gifts
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So it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday and you were meaning to find time to gather the kids and make a beautiful and meaningful present, right? There’s still time.
Here are three practical DIY gifts that everyone in the family can collaborate on for mom. We list them here in order of ease/speed of achievement.
1. Washi Tape iPhone Case
1. Lay strips of washi tape across the phone case, leaving enough to wrap securely over the edge. You can line up all the tape carefully as most of the tutorials recommend — or go freeform as Jessie from A Tiny House did above. 2. Cut away the excess tape with an x-acto knife or scissors.
If you have the time or inclination for this step: 3. seal the case with a coat of gel medium, mod podge or even clear nail polish. Done in an afternoon!
2. Monogram Mugs
For this craft you need a plain white porcelain mug, transfer paper (carbon paper or the kind used for sewing patterns works fine) and a black Pebeo Porcelaine Pen (which you can find at Curry’s, Michael’s or any art supply store; you can also use the Sharpie paint pen for use on porcelain).
1. Print out or draw your monogram on a piece of paper, and transfer to the mug surface. Being careful to get a good flow going from the Pebeo pen or Sharpie pen (keep blotting paper handy) outline and fill in the letter. 2. Let sit for 24 hours.
3. Bake the mug in the oven to set the ink – follow the instructions on the pen, but 30 minutes at 300 degrees does the trick. BE CAREFUL AND HAVE YOUR GROWN-UP CAREFULLY REMOVE MUGS FROM THE OVEN. Better make at least two, just in case.
The plain letters above look fine, but to get more creative ideas do a quick search for “Monogram Mugs” (oh look, I did it for you) and find some other DIY mug decoration ideas. I like this idea of decorating with a line from a song she likes.
I think the mug would look fabulous presented with a hot cup of coffee inside, served up Sunday morning!
3. Toy Truck Printed Scarf
My kid did a craft like this at Playschool on just regular paper, so I know it’s possible to produce a beautiful work of art with a two-year-old, a toy truck, and some paint.
In any case, all materials required are fairly cheap, so why not experiment? Danielle Reiner and Andrea Folsom adapted this technique to make a scarf on a guest post for Rhythm of the Home, a blog for Waldorf and Montessori-inspired education.
As you can see from the photo, the gritter and more textured the toy truck tires, the more complex pattern you will produce.
1. First, you need to cover your kitchen floor with newsprint or kraft paper. Tape it down with masking tape. You need 1-2 colours of fabric paint and a piece of cotton jersey in a light colour, of a width 8-20 inches and about 40-60 inches in length. Conversely, you could choose light-coloured fabric paint on a darker piece of fabric.