Gifts Mom’s Going to Actually Use!

I’ve been doing this mom thing since 2001, so I’ve gotten my share of Mother’s Day gift. While I appreciated each and every one of them because they came from my child, I wasn’t sure how many hand prints I needed of my baby. Or finger print trees. Or tissue paper flowers. I mean, I have 4 kids. Multiply that times 18 years worth of Mother’s Day gifts at minimum and that leaves you with 72 different gifts.
This year, I tried to find gifts that still allowed the child to be creative, but also didn’t require me to buy a vault to house them all. I went to Dollar Tree and got everything I needed to make this work without breaking the budget. Plus if you sign up for their email list, you’ll get coupons to use at their store! WINNING!

You’ll need a container filled with water. About 3/4 of the way full. Add several different nail polish colors to the water. Just pour a little bit in. The more colors the better the outcome. Slowly dip your mug into the colored water. Then slowly pull straight out. Rest the finished mug on old newspaper to dry. Lift the mug up every 10 minutes to make sure it doesn’t stick to the paper. Allow to completely dry/set overnight. We washed a few times with warm soapy water to get the nail polish smell off. This item is best washed by hand and not placed in the microwave or dishwasher.

You’ll need a mug, paint, letter decals, and a small circular tool to make dots. Place the letters MOM on the mug. Using the tool, dip into each color to create dots all over the mug. Let sit dry over night. Carefully remove letters.

You’ll need colorful popsicle sticks, a glue gun, a picture of your child, adornments of your choice. You’ll first need to make a base with your popsicle sticks. I did this by aligning several sticks side by side and gluing two sticks on each end of the bath perpendicularly. You’ll then glue two popsicles at a time using the log cabin method. Once you are at the height you would like, you will create a frame around your picture and add your adornments to the sticks. Have your child fill the box with hand written notes for mom.
Lastly, I liked the idea of a gift that I could cherish that did last a life time. Personalized candles are a big hit now. This ideas combines your child’s drawings with beautiful candles. The kids like to see their gifts in use. So they’ll get a kick out of seeing you light their candles. Plus once the candle is gone, there is no gift to store. I do recommend taking a picture of the candle before using so you’ll have that memory for later.

For this project, you’ll need a hot gun, candle, wax paper, tissue paper and markers. Draw your message on the tissue paper with your markers. Cut out the design as close to the image as possible. Cut out a section of wax paper 1 inch bigger than your tissue paper drawing. Wrap the tissue paper around the candle. Then wrap the wax paper over the drawing. Go over the drawing with the hot gun in a sweeping motion. Careful not to melt the candle. After 40 seconds, smooth out the wax paper and then carefully peel back wax paper,
Happy Crafting!

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