A Handmade Mother’s Day

Although Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days around the world, it is traditional to celebrate Mother’s Day in New Zealand on the second Sunday in May, which this year is May 13th.

There is no one way to celebrate Mother’s Day, but theoretically it is a day when Mum gets to relax and be pampered, a recognition for all of the things she does for family all through the year.

Some people, including myself, think Mother’s Day is just another opportunity for retailers to cash in, but Mother’s Day was celebrated around the world long before the commercial aspect arrived.

Most common ways to celebrate here in New Zealand are giving Mum a card or gift, making breakfast in bed, or with flowers.

It’s quick and easy to pop down to your local shopping centre to pick up a card and gift, but a handmade gift can show you really thought about Mum, and made something special, just for her.  The time and effort you put into making her something is as much of a gift as what you actually make.

Here are some ideas for you to make a lovely gift for Mum (or Grandma) to show her how much you appreciate everything you have done for her over the past year.

Easy Paper Flowers  You can use coloured paper, of even recycle old magazines with their glossy coloured pages to make these easy paper flowers for Mum.  They will last much longer than regular flowers.  Cost: Minimal.

Carnations for Mum  These beautiful flowers take a bit more effort to make, making them more suitable for older children to attempt, or with parental supervision.  Cost: Minimal for materials, but you do need some specialist equipment or you may be able to improvise.

I personally love the pampering products for Mum, but they are often full of nasty ingredients and are generally expensive.  So, how about making your own body scrub, bath salts or body polish for Mum.

My favourite of these is the Coconut and Sea Salt Body Scrub. You simply need:

1 cup of coarse sea salt

1 ½ Tbsp. coconut oil

4Tbsp coconut milk

Mix the melted coconut oil (it’s solid at room temperature) and sea salt in a large bowl.  Add coconut milk by the spoonful until it reaches the desired consistency.  You can add more if needed.  Mix well and put into jars with lids.  Decorate.

One of the easiest things to make is a card.  Why pay upwards of $5 when you can make one yourself, which she will treasure more because you made it!

There are sites online which provide you with printed card templates (for free) so you can print them out and fill them in, but I still prefer making a card from scratch.

Here are the instructions to make a Cupcake Card, a beautiful Butterfly card, and a Stained Glass card.  All of the instructions are easy to follow and suitable from age 3 and up with adult supervision.

Stuff also have some great ideas for ways to show Mum your appreciation, including the following suggestion that if your mum is not the flower-type – she might prefer a pot filled with some of her favourite herbs like rosemary, chives and mint. And she’ll be even more impressed if you plant them all yourself.

You could check out this article on how to make something for Mum by recycling your old newspapers.  They suggest using a well selected page to make your own wrapping paper, plus there are instructions on making paper beads and jewellery, among others.

I hope these ideas help you to make Mother’s Day special for Mum this year.  Do you have any other ideas for how to pamper Mum?

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