Mother’s Day is coming soon and sometimes it’s hard to find those gifts that are meaningful, useful, beautiful and affordable. We have three handmade gift suggestions for you that are thoughtful, stylish and practical. Any mother would absolutely love love love!
Handmade Flower Impressed Fabric Journals
For a simple gift that will leave a lasting impression, follow these steps to make beautiful flower impressed journals and boxes that your mother will love!
1. Begin by punching fabric flowers: Lay a piece of fabric in a shallow tray. With a medium paintbrush, apply enough fabric stiffener to saturate, but not soak, the fabric. Let it dry, about 1 hour. Repeat with any remaining fabric.
2. Stiffen fabric and punch out flowers or petals.
3. Lay out your design on the object. For linear patterns, use a grid ruler as a guide to keep them running straight.
4. Apply petals or flowers with a glue stick; make sure to cover the back of each shape completely with adhesive to prevent curling.
Homemade Invigorating Body Scrub
You will need:
Sea salt or organic cane sugar
12 oz. PET Jar with cap
Combine 1 cup of body oil with 2 cups of sea salts or organic cane sugar. Add lemon zest for color and fragrance and then package in a cute jar with ribbon decor and personalized sticker labels!
Iron-on Tote Bags
1. Scan copyright-free clip art from books or download it online or from a CD. Buy iron-on transfer paper for your tote; choose paper for light cotton fabrics and for dark cotton fabrics, depending on your project.
2. Print the images on transfer paper, following the manufacturer’s instructions, and cut them out. Cut around the images cleanly (use a craft knife, for precision); avoid making jagged edges.
3. Arrange the images on the bag, face up, for a preview (keep in mind this is a mirror image of the final design). When you’re ready to iron, place the images face down. Press on top of images, starting at the edges of each one and using even pressure so that the image doesn’t slide; do not move the iron back and forth, or image will blur or pucker.
4. When iron-ons have cooled, remove the backing paper. Replace the bag’s handles with equal lengths of colorful twill tape or cover them with ribbon, if desired.