To Mom, with Love: 6 Mother's Day Gifts Tiny Hands Can Make

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Photo by Courtney Rust / Stocksy United

For the ferrying, the cooking, the bedtime stories. For the hair de-tangling, the tooth-brushing, and the bread-winning. For getting up every morning and giving, giving, giving every single day.  

When it comes to mom, one day isn’t enough—like not even close. But when this day does roll around, well, we should all make the most of it.

So dads and partners and friends: Round up your littles and get ready to melt mom’s heart. These are the kinds of gifts every mom would love to get. (Bonus points for putting them in a basket with a gift certificate to a local spa.) Now that REALLY says how much you care.

And for all the moms out there: xoxoxo. You’re doing great. 

1. Footprint Butterfly Flower Pot

(from www.mamapapabubba.com)

This gift will touch the heart of any gardener—even the kind with no green thumb!

Materials:

  • Clay pot with sides wide enough for your child’s footprint
  • Acrylic paint in color of your choice
  • Foam brush
  • Sharpie
  • Matte spray-on clear coat

Directions:

  1. Paint your child’s foot with acrylic paint in any design or colors you choose.
  2. Carefully press her foot onto the side of the clay pot. Immediately wash foot soap and water. (You want to wash those tootsies before the paint dries!)
  3. Paint the other foot and place the foot print next to the first foot print to make the “butterfly wings.” Wash foot.
  4. Let the pot dry.
  5. Using a Sharpie, draw the body and antennae of the butterfly between the two foot prints.
  6. In a well-ventilated space, spray a matte clear coat on when paint has dried. 

2. Tissue Paper Flowers

(from the Mama Drama blog)

These are fun and easy to make—and they’ll last longer than the real thing!

Materials:

  • Three or four sheets of tissue paper per flower
  • Bobby pins
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Fake flower stems, pipe cleaners, or small branches

Directions:

  1. Lay the tissue-paper layers together and accordian-fold them
  2. Place bobby pin across the center of the folded tissues
  3. Cut off the ends to desired shape of flower petal.
  4. Using a marker, color the ends of the tissues.
  5. Holding the bobby pin, spread out each layer of tissues
  6. Cut off the flower of the fake flowers to use the stems for your tissue flowers.
  7. Tape the bobby pin to the stems.
Photo by sitriel / iStock
Photo by sitriel / iStock

3. Oatmeal Coconut Scrub

(from www.smartschoolhouse.com)

Yes, it is smells amazing and the ingredients are edible, but this luxurious scrub is made for exfoliating. Put it in a cute little Ball jar, tie a ribbon around it, and presto: kid-made luxury.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, blend oats until they become a powder.
  2. Combine dry ingredients.
  3. Add 6 tablespoons of coconut oil in liquid form and mix.

4. Sugar Scrub

(from www.mamapapabubba.com)

Get your kids involved in a lesson in measuring with this easy to make sugar scrub recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, liquid form
  • ¼ cup almond oil
  • Zest of two large oranges
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Divide into two small mason jars. 

5. Lavender Mint Foot Scrub

(from www.funhomethings.com)

Give mom’s feet a break and treat them to a nice relaxing foot massage!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • ¾ cup almond oil (grapeseed or jojoba oil)
  • 1 tablespoon lavender buds
  • 1 tablespoon crushed mint
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil

Directions:

  1. Mix Epsom salt, lavender buds, and mint in a bowl.
  2. Adults: using a blender, pulse until mixture is ground.
  3. Add almond oil, lavender oil and mix well.
  4. Pour into mason jar.
  5. Massage using a quarter-size amount to each foot.
Photo by Irina Bort / iStock
Photo by Irina Bort / iStock

6. DIY Bath Fizzies

(from www.playdoughtoplato.com)

Mom will love relaxing in the tub with these exciting fizzing bubbles!                                              

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ¾ cup corn starch
  • ¼ cup sea salt/Epsom salt
  • ½ cup citric acid or lemon salt
  • 10 drops food coloring (optional)
  • Few drops of essential oil of your choice (optional)
  • Spray bottle to spray food coloring
  • Silicon or metal molds in the shape of your choice (mini cupcake tins work well, too!)

Directions:

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together.
  2. Combine food coloring with a little bit of water in a spray bottle and spritz the dry mixture.
  3. Add few drops of essential oil and mix well.
  4. Press mixture into mold and let dry overnight.
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