With or without an occasion, here’s something for all crafters!
And for all of us out there who just need to create, even one day a year brings forth a glorious opportunity to pair our creative gifts (which largely came from moms) to appreciate her as a central figure in our lives.
Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing!
Make Your Own Picture Frame
When you think of your mother, your mind inevitably flits to sacred moments — her joy at your wedding, your graduation, when your child was born. Every big moment is more special when you share it with mom, when her smile lights up the place, a beacon of her immeasurable love.
So, for this craft, let’s celebrate one of those indelible moments of joy by placing it in a frame you’ve crafted yourself.
Of course, try your best to make a frame that speaks to some special corner of her heart. Does she love the ocean? Gather driftwood and make a frame from pieces of wood that have been knocking around in the sea.
Is there perhaps an old door left after a remodel you could repurpose? Perhaps that option is unlikely, but you get the point. Do your best to craft a frame that speaks to her.
And if you’re worried you don’t have the right tools in your arsenal, don’t fret. You don’t need all that woodshop gadgetry. As a matter of fact, the craft tools you almost certainly have at your disposal are likely enough to get the job done. Skeptical? Perhaps this power-tools-free guide to frame making from Thrift Diving will set your mind at ease.
Pressed Flowers — A Bouquet That Lasts
And if you’ve crafted the frame and would like a meaningful item to display in said frame, it’s hard to beat the beauty and expressiveness of pressed flowers. Again, go with a flower that speaks to her — her favorite kind, something special from her garden. Or perhaps HER mother had a favorite. Press that.
To properly press a flower, all you need is a little weight and a little time. Of course, a proper craft knife can’t hurt. And if you feel like you could use a little inspiration, too, dig into this guide from FTD.
Keep Her Cozy with DIY Wine Bottle Candles
Is there anything better than sharing a laugh and a glass (or two) of wine with dear ol’ mom? (Except when you’re too young.) When it comes to comfort, it’s truly hard to beat pairing mom with a glass of fine wine. It’s good for you, and it’s good for her, too.
This next craft idea is designed to provide that uplifting, comforting presence even when the two of you can’t get together to share a glass and a laugh. We’re talking wine bottle candles. Perhaps you’ve seen them in the store and thought, “Heck, wish I could make those.” Well, the fact is, you can! And it’s not especially difficult.
Once you get the hang of it, you can begin unlocking the seemingly endless aromatic options of at-home candle making.
Sign Her Up for Art Classes
One of the finest craft gifts you can give mom is the key to her own creativity! What are we talking about? We’re talking pottery classes, painting classes, cooking classes, drawing classes. If there’s some artsy element your mom has considered exploring over the years, sign her up for classes! But don’t just send mom off by herself — attend those classes with her!
Let that creativity serve as a shared bonding experience! Help mom find her inner artiste while you harness your own! Who knows? Perhaps you’ll end up creating priceless works for all those DIY picture frames you’re about to start making!
A Regular Poetry Swap with Dear Ol’ Mom
As mom’s big day approaches, do yourself a favor and sink into all the love you’ve felt from her over the years. Explore how glorious that feels. And then, craft a poem that expresses the boundless love and gratitude you have for mom. If you haven’t done this before, you’ll find yourself exploring your love from all sorts of new angles. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even find yourself writing a series of loving tributes.
But all that heart-opening and brainstorming? That’s just step one (or maybe it’s steps one and two). Because when you give it to mom, ask if you can’t have one back. The goal here is to begin something of a little poetry writing workshop with mom. Initially, it should be all about your mutual love. But as you write and share, you can expand to different topics. The real goal here is twofold: express your love and forge a real creative bond.