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5 gifts that you can make for Mother’s Day

SAFETY FIRST: Ask an adult to help with tools you haven't used before.

Mother’s Day is May 8. Show Mom you care with these handmade gifts.


HEART ART

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Mom can always keep you close to her heart with this matchbox locket.

What You’ll Need:

  • Scissors
  • Matchbox
  • Paint
  • Colored paper
  • 28-inch ribbon
  • Small photo of you
  • Glue

What You’ll Do:

1. Paint the inside of the matchbox.

2. Glue a 2″ x 4″ strip of paper around the outside cover, or paint it.

3. Glue a photo of yourself inside.

4. Tape or glue the ribbon on the back to make the necklace.

5. Sign your name and print the date on the back.


SEE-AND-SEW

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Mom can use this handy organizer to store her smallest sewing supplies.

What You’ll Need:

  • Canning jar with lid
  • Cotton
  • 6″ x 6″ soft, thin fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue

What You’ll Do:

1. Draw around the lid on the back side of the fabric.

2. Cut out a fabric circle about 1 1/2 inches bigger around than the penciled circle.

3. Put a handful of cotton on top of the fabric circle’s back side. Put the flat lid upside down on top of the cotton. Press it down.

4. Wrap the fabric up and around the lid. Glue or tape it to the lid. Let dry.

5. Fill with sewing supplies, close the lid and push pins into the top like a pincushion.


PAPER PROTECTOR

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Your mom can keep her papers in place with this “rocking” paperweight.

What You’ll Need:

  • Smooth rock about 5 inches across
  • Soft, thin fabric
  • Small flat brush
  • Tablespoon
  • White glue
  • Container for mixing
  • Scissors
  • Water

What You’ll Do:

1. Wash and dry the rock.

2. Cut the fabric into pieces about 1 inch wide.

3. Mix 1 tablespoon of water into 3 tablespoons of glue.

4. Brush glue on a small part of the rock, and then lay on the first fabric pieces.

5. Cover the whole rock this way. Glue the fabric edges down smooth, but don’t use too much glue. Let dry.

6. Finish with a coat of glue mixture and let dry.


STUCK ON YOU

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Here’s a new way for Mom to display your best artwork and school papers.

What You’ll Need:

  • Clothespin
  • Colored paper or cloth
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Adhesive magnetic strips

What You’ll Do:

1. Lay a clothespin on the back of the paper or cloth, and draw around it.

2. Cut it out.

3. Glue it to one side of a clothespin.

4. Cut a piece of magnetic tape as long as the clothespin and stick it onto the other side.

5. Clip a Mother’s Day card onto one, and you’re done.


MOM’S STUFF

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Mom can keep her pens and pencils in the perfect spot with this flowery pot.

What You’ll Need:

  • Fake flowers
  • Scissors
  • Pens (caps off)
  • Tape (green floral tape is best)
  • Small decorated pot or vase
  • Pebbles or beans

What You’ll Do:

1. Strip leaves off stems. Cut stems about 3 inches long.

2. Hold a pen and stem together and tightly wrap a short piece of tape around them at the top.

3. Wrap more tape around and around, all the way down.

4. Wrap around the bottom a few times and cut off the tape.

5. Put in a decorated pot or vase of pebbles or beans.


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