If you are as forgetful and tight with your purse strings as I am, Mother’s Day always seems to sneak up on you and cause panic. Do-It-Yourself Mother’s Day projects have been my salvation. There is a project out there to fit every mother. Below are a few that I have found to be simple, frugal, and quick.
The Busy Body
This gift quickly became a favorite among my most stressed out friends and family members. For the mom who manages a hectic schedule yet manages to keep the whole family organized, give her a dose of at-home-spa therapy with this homemade Coffee Body Scrub. It only requires four simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen: coffee grounds, sugar, olive oil, cinnamon, and nutmeg. To make your gift especially cute, pour the scrub in a mason jar and tie a ribbon around it.
For the mom who loves to cook, consider making a set of Magnetic Spice Tins. You can pick up small metal tins from most craft stores. Use adhesive to attach a magnet to the back of each tin. Fill each tin with dried spices and print some fun labels to stick to the front.
The Animal Lover
Growing up with an animal lover mother, I quickly learned that the key to her heart is through her pets. Individualized Food & Water Bowls are quick and easy to make. All you need is a set of ceramic dog or cat bowls and a paint pen Sharpie. Tap into your creative side and free-hand a creative pattern and the name of your mom’s pet or play it safe and use a stencil.
The Fitness Freak
For a fit, gym-frequenting mom, consider making her a yoga bag. This simple Yoga Mat Bag is both cute and easy to make. All you need is a pair of pants, a belt, a shoestring, and rudimentary sewing skills. Next time mom takes off for her yoga class, she will have a unique bag to carry her mat in, thanks to you!
Avid readers with extensive libraries need a little help keeping track of their collection. If your mom always has her nose in a book she might appreciate a collection of Customized Bookplates. Martha Stewart provides a free template for stylish bookplates on her website. Print them on card-stock and cut them out to create a stack of cute bookplates for your family’s bibliophile. To go the extra mile, write her name neatly in cursive on each bookplate and then tie the stack up with a ribbon.