DIY Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

By Catherine | 1 May 2013

DIY Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

​Mother’s Day is fast-approaching! If you’re short on ideas for what to get mom this Mother’s Day, here are three DIY ideas to try! 

Aromatherapy Candles

These candles can be made with a variety of different essential oils, with their own health benefits, but the effect achieved from each candle varies. Aromatherapy candles made of basil improve a person’s concentration level, lavender removes fatigue and depression and helps you relax, and chamomile can help give you a good night’s sleep.

To make these candles, you will need:

  • 15 oz paraffin wax in pellets
  • 12 oz gel wax
  • 1 teaspoon of dye wax
  • 5 inches nylon wick
  • Favorite essential oil
  • Kettle, stove
  • Scissors
  • Wooden stick
  • Wick sustainers
  • Disposable cups
  • Glass jar, minimum 4-inch diameter

How to make:

  1. Melt a small amount of wax.
  2. After dipping the wick in the melted wax, place one end to the wick sustainer. Let it cool.
  3. Drain out some pellets in a small basin.
  4. Pour drops of essential oil in the pellets, mix well.
  5. Transfer that into the disposable plastic cups.
  6. Add the dye wax by using a wooden stick (or pencil) until the color blends into the pellets.
  7. Place pellets into a glass container, depending on desired shape or form.
  8. With the nylon wick stand in the glass container’s center, position the wick up to the base of the container.
  9. Let the gel wax melt inside the kettle, let it cool.
  10. Pour the gel wax over the pellets. Wait for it to set completely. 

Cabochon Bobby Pins 

To make these bobby pins, you will need:

  • Flower cabochons 
  • Plain, bare bobby pins
  • High strength glue (Choose one that dries quick and leaves no mark)

How to make:

  1. It’s a simple process; take a small amount of glue and place it onto the end of bobby pins. 
  2. Press your cabochon on top. 
  3. Leave them upside down to dry for at least 24 hours. 

Homemade Coin Purse

To make these purses, you will need:

  • Fabric scraps
  • Lining fabric 
  • Purse frame with a nice clasp 
  • Pressing cloth
  • Matching thread
  • Heavy interfacing

How to make: 

  1. Cut the pattern paper, place the purse fabric on it, and draw a shape.
  2. Using your pattern, cut two pieces from the fabric—both for lining and outside. 
  3. Place your fabric right sides together between the layers of interfacing. 
  4. To sew, take the sides of the fabric and interfacing piece. Sew along the bottom. 
  5. Repeat the same process for sewing the lining. 
  6. Use a heavy-duty fabric glue inside the purse frame.
  7. Insert the purse into the frame. 
  8. Let it dry.
photo credit: James Jordan via photopin cc





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