Easy Mother’s Day Gifts

Post by Christina of Christina Williams Blog

Today we’ve teamed up with Paper Source to show you two easy, yet spectacular gifts that the kids can help make for mom or grandma for Mother’s Day. These gifts are made with love and serve several purposes, so they’re sure to be a hit with moms and grandmas alike!

Easy Mother's Day Gifts - Tabletop Herb Garden

This tabletop herb garden is perfect for the grandma who likes to garden or cook or entertain. She can keep fresh herbs at arms’ reach so she’s ready to whip up a batch of her famous focaccia bread anytime she wants. The container is wrapped in gorgeous wrapping paper from Rifle Paper Company so it will make a perfect centerpiece for her next dinner party. Bonus: she’ll love to tell her friends that her cutie grandkids made it for her. The project takes about a half hour to complete, and a handful of supplies.

Easy Mother's Day Gifts - Tabletop Herb Garden Supplies

Here’s what you’ll need to make the easy Mother’s Day gift – Tabletop Herb Garden:

And here’s how to make it:

  1. Trace the container onto the back of the wrapping paper. Cut out sections of paper to fit the sides you want to cover.
  2. Spread a coat of Mod Podge directly onto the container.
  3. Press the paper onto the glued surface, smoothing out wrinkles and bubbles as you go. (The extra coat of Mod Podge helps protect it from water and dirt).
  4. Spread another layer of glue on top of the paper. Work quickly and use your thumb to smooth out wrinkles. Let it dry (about 15 minutes) and then cover the remaining surfaces.
  5. Plant your herbs

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I the measured and cut the paper; the kids helped with the glue; and then they helped plant the herbs. Each kid chose one special herb for Grandma, and they were so proud of what they chose. We had such a great time making this gift, we kept going and made another versatile gift using the same concept. The full DIY for these  adorable Lined Trays is on my blog.

Easy Mother's Day Gifts - Cookie Tray

I’ve got tutorials up on my blog for these fun painted flower pots as well as the glitter-dipped succulent planters… stop by and see how we made them!

Christina Williams is a blogger and graphic designer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a night owl and a bookworm, as well as a mother to three children ranging in age from two to eight. She shares her latest DIY and design projects along with her adventures in parenting on her self-named blog, Christina Williams.

DIY ABC Stones

Post by Colleen of Lemon Thistle DIY ABC Stones

These DIY ABC Stones are the perfect gift for a little one in your life. They make great toys to pack along, younger kids love the colors, and as kids age they can be used to help with letter recognition, spelling and counting. I’m so thrilled with how these turned out, my littles are a bit too young to start learning letters but they love playing with rocks (what kid doesn’t?) and enjoyed showing me all the ‘nice’ rocks they had.

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A couple years ago I made some DIY Story Stones for my niece. She brought them to school for show and tell last fall and her teacher decided they needed to have some for her classroom. There’s something about brightly painted rocks that kids just can’t get enough of. And when they encourage learning and creativity? Us parents and teachers love them too!

They could not be simpler to make. Well maybe, if you wanted to get these done in a big hurry, you could find alphabet stickers.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your DIY ABC Stones unique to you:

  • River Rocks (Can be found at many dollar stores)
  • Multi Surface Acrylic Paint (I used Americana Satin paints and they are some of my favorites to use)
  • Several Small Paint Brushes
  • Spray Clear Sealer (I use Rust-Oleum Clear in a Satin Finish)
  • Carrying Case (The one shown is the smallest of the Bon Voyage Suitcase Set)

Here’s how to make DIY ABC Stones:

  1. Start by giving your rocks a good wash with dish soap and hot water. They need to be completely cleaned for the paint to adhere properly. Let them dry overnight if possible.
  2. Then, get creative and paint your alphabet!
  3. It will likely take a couple coats to get a good opacity. Let them dry in between coats. If you try when they are tacky, you will end up peeling off the layer that hasn’t fully dried.
  4. When you’re happy with the way your stones look, let them dry overnight and then mist them with the clear sealer. I tried to skip this step and ended up chipping a couple- so definitely take time to do the sealer!

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That’s all there is to it! These DIY ABC Stones would make a great gift for any child (probably stick to age 2 or 3 and up) or for an elementary teacher. My twins are 19 months old and do well with the stones as toys, but they’re not ready for the learning aspect yet. They had the most fun taking them in and out of the suitcase. When they’re ready for letter recognition, we will use them with an ABC book (they love any book). We really love the beautiful pictures in the Big ABC Book by Charley Harper.

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*Storage Pouf is a DIY I made, you can find the directions here.

Colleen is a wife, Mama to 19 month old twins, and the DIY and lifestyle blogger behind Lemon Thistle where she shares printable art and hands on tutorials for DIY home decor, parties and gifts. Colleen believes you can have a beautiful life, home, and party without spending a lot- we’re keeping it real on a budget so everyone can join in on the fun.

Kids Food Face Collages

Post by Rebecca of Not So SAHM

Kids Food Face Collages

Lately, it seems that my kiddos cannot. stop. eating. They’re both going through big growth spurts and we’ve spent a lot of time talking about foods that help us grow healthy and keep tummies full at the same time! Because eating every twenty minutes to constantly avoid a “case of the hangrys” is just not realistic (no matter how many snacks I tote around with us). So I thought it would be fun to do an art project showing you are what you eat: food face collages!

We’d done something similar before at the National Portrait Gallery, and the kids loved it. It’s super easy and really fun to see what the kids come up with. Kane wanted to use groups of fruit and veggies to make an overall abstract portrait of himself “wearing a hat” and using “carrots for [his] curly hair.” Cam decided to use an eggplant as her actual face and show herself eating a bunch of grapes. I even got in on the fun.

To make our food face collages, you’ll need:  

  • Clip art images of fruit and veggies — check your computer’s clip art, look for free art online (like this), or even purchase a set on Etsy
  • Heavyweight black paper (the food really pops against a black background)
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Simply let the kids cut out fruit and veggie shapes to create a face, and then glue the shapes onto black paper. I encouraged our kids to plan out their portrait first, but if they want to glue as they design (like Kane did), that’s fine too. Kids Food Face Collages

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Rebecca is a mom to two young kiddos and, in her spare time (ha!), likes to pretend she’s a back-up dancer, craft cocktails, and run long distances. A relatively recent SAHM, she blogs family-friendly activities, DIYs and celebration fun at Not-So-SAHM.

DIY Pom Pom Bunny Rabbit Towel

Post by Colleen of Lemon Thistle

DIY Pom Pom Bunny Rabbit TowelIt’s been warm and sunny around here lately, so I can tell Easter is just around the corner. This DIY is quick, simple and brings so much joy to your kitchen in no time (and I have a printable template for you!). My kiddos so enjoyed pretending to ‘bake’ up some ice cream (they clearly don’t know how it’s made!) with their new towel. Ready to make your own DIY pom pom bunny rabbit towel?

DIY Pom Pom Bunny Rabbit TowelHere’s what you’ll need to make your DIY Pom Pom Bunny Rabbit Towel:

  • Printable Template
  • Flour Sack Tea Towel (or any plain tea towel)
  • Black fabric paint (My absolute favorite is Tulip soft – in Matte) & Paint Brush
    • OR Print Template on Iron Transfer Paper
  • Yarn for Pom Pom
  • Large Fork
  • Scissors
  • Darning Needle

Directions:

  1. Print out the bunny template either on standard paper (if you’d like to paint it on like me) or onto Iron Transfer Paper. If you are choosing to iron on your design, you can find a video explaining how to do that here. If you’re going to give the bunny a thick painted look, read on!
  2. Tape your template down on a hard surface. Then, lay your towel over top, lining the design up underneath where you like. Then, give it a quick iron and tape the towel down to keep it from shifting while you paint. DIY Pom Pom Bunny Rabbit Towel
  3. Now it’s time to get painting! I used a thick paint brush- I love the heavy brush look that is on trend right now. I found I needed to reload my brush quite often to keep the edges of my lines crisp. Let it dry completely before adding the pom pom (4 hours). The paint dries to be a soft matte and is washable time and time again- perfect for a tea towel!DIY Pom Pom Bunny Rabbit Towel
  4. Now for the pom pom. You could easily use any pom pom you might find at a craft store, but I decided to use two different colours of wool to make my own. I really like the two tone colour of the pom pom, and since the wools are different thicknesses, it has a speckled look (fun!). To make your own, wrap your yarn around a fork until you have a ball of yarn slightly smaller than the pom pom sized you would like. Then, use another piece of yarn to tie through the slats of the fork around the centre of your yarn ball. Cut the edges and fluff it out. You might find your pom pom isn’t very ‘tough’ if you haven’t tied that knot tight enough. I added a few more ties in to make sure that no wool could pull out of the pom pom.DIY Pom Pom Bunny Rabbit TowelBunny Towel-15031619 Bunny Towel-15031621Bunny Towel-15031617
  5. Then, take your darning needle (basically the biggest needle you can find at the sewing store), and use one simple stitch to tie the pom pom on to the towel as shown in the photos above. DIY Pom Pom Bunny Rabbit Towel DIY Pom Pom Bunny Rabbit Towel DIY Pom Pom Bunny Rabbit Towel

That’s all there is to it! This bunny rabbit brings a fun pop of color into my kitchen (thanks to the pom pom) and makes my kiddos so happy- they run over and give it kisses throughout the day.

DIY Pom Pom Bunny Rabbit Towel DIY Pom Pom Bunny Rabbit TowelColleen is the lifestyle blogger behind Lemon Thistle – home to DIY, parties, printables, home décor and lots of babies. She’s a wife; mama to 18-month-old twins; and lover of pretty things. Colleen believes you can have a beautiful life, home, and party without spending a lot –  (keeping it real with a budget). Every day deserves to be special, there’s no accomplishment too small to celebrate. She hopes that her children will learn to love the little things in life.