March 3, 2010

Mommy, I Made it Myself: Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day gifts should be all about celebrating the wonderful woman who has given you so much, and our NECK & NECK Mother’s Day gift ideas do exactly that. ENJOY!

Who needs to show off diamonds when you’ve got heirloom jewels like these?


Bottle cap
Needle-nose pliers
Pin backing (available at craft stores)
 White glue or clear glaze (available at craft stores)

To make your pin, use needle-nose pliers to bend out and flatten the rim of a bottle cap. Then your children can glue a pin backing to the cap. Let them decorate the inside edge of the cap- for example with nail polish and glue on glitter. Then they can trace a quarter around a photo of their choice and cut it out.The next step is to glue the picture in the center of the bottle cap and coat it with clear glaze or white glue that dries clear.

Bouquet of Photo Flowers

Looking for a bouquet of flowers that will never wilt or die? Make this precious keepsake for Mom this Mother’s Day and they will cherish it always.



What you’ll need:
Construction paper, various colors
Glue stick
Green chenille stems, one for each flower
Optional: patterned paper

How to make it:
Cut photos into circles to be used as the center of the flower.  Cut simple flower shapes out of construction paper.  Glue photo circle to the center of the flower. This step is optional: Glue construction paper flower to a piece of patterned paper. Cut around the flower giving your construction paper about a half-inch border of patterned paper. Tape chenille stem to the back of your flower. Make sure the tape is secure by pressing onto the tape with your fingernail.  Trim ends of chenille to the length you desire, depending on what you are using as a vase. If making a handheld bouquet, don’t trim the chenille; simply tie a ribbon bow around them all.

Instead of patterned paper, have children color white paper with various colored markers or crayons and use that as your border.  If you find it easier, instead of cutting around the border, trace it lightly first with a pencil, then cut. Even the littlest of children can make this craft, simply help them by cutting out photos and flower ahead of time and have them help with the gluing and taping.


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