Mother's Day in Australia falls on the second Sunday of May each year. The best gift to give and receive, is one that has been made with love. These ideas below are budget-friendly, thoughtful gifts which don't take long for kids to make. They also use items that you may find around your home, so you don't need to go out and buy materials. Hopefully, one idea will be just perfect, for the mother figure in your world...
Make mum a Dream Catcher using a plastic plate, beads, embroidery thread, foil and feathers!
Make a Dream Catcher using cheap materials - many of which you may have around your home. Get a plastic plate and cut out the inner circle, leaving the outer ring. Hole-punch 12 holes evenly around the inside rim. Join 3 colours of embroidery thread together and tape together at the end, like the end of a shoelace. Thread the embroidery thread through the holes, making sure they go through the hole directly opposite to crisscross the design. Add beads along each length as you go. When finished, tape each end of threads to the back of the plate.
To give the ring some bling, cut out foil and collage it to the outer ring using tape or glue. Make the hanging decorations by beading the end of the embroidery threads, attaching a feather and tying them to a hole in the plate. It is now finished and ready to catch mums dreams!
Make a Personalised Gift by thinking about what mum loves to do, but she doesn't get enough time to do it. Does she love to have a bath, but always gets interrupted? If so, make her a voucher that entitles her to 30 minutes in the bath without interruption and fill up a fancy bottle with bubble bath (we used a dessert wine bottle!). Add some bath bombs and accessories and put it all into a pretty gift bag. It will put a smile on her face - guaranteed!
Jazz up a cheap pot plant from the local plant nursery, by covering the plastic pot in jute rope. Start at the back by taping the rope to the pot and then turning the pot firmly around and round, making sure each level is tight against the one above, until it almost all covered. Secure at the back by tucking the rope under another level of rope, or with super glue. Paint the rope in mum's favourite colour and add a colourful tag. Cheap, but effective!
For younger children... Make a fridge photo frame, so mum can look at family photos every time she opens the fridge. Simply get a large piece of cardboard, or cut up a large breakfast cereal pack, and cut out the frame - with the inner rectangle just smaller than the size of a photo. Prepare an outside table (as it's going to get messy!) and give your kids a container of pom poms, glue, glitter and paint. When finished, give it a spray with a sealer or hairspray, so you don't have glitter on your floor for weeks. When dry, glue on magnets on the back and insert a family photo.
Your kids will feel proud to have something on the fridge, that they can look at each day!
Make a beaded necklace for mum, by printing out a flower design (we used this one here), painting it and glueing it to cardboard. When dry, pierce a hole in the top of the pendant. Make a small loop by cutting a small rectangle of aluminium foil, folding it over on itself and threading it through the hole. Twist on the other side to form a loop. Thread the pendant onto a long piece of jewellery elastic. Young kids will then enjoy threading large beads onto the elastic either side of the flower pendant. Knot the elastic at the back. This is a quick and easy project for the littlies and they will love seeing their mum wearing it all day.
These are just some ideas of what you can make on a budget for a Mother's Day present, or a special gift all year around. For every mum or mother figure around the country - Happy Mother's Day!