To Mom, with love: Six Mother’s Day gifts tiny hands can make

Here's to moms!

Here’s to moms!

For the ferrying, the cooking, the bed time 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 —not even close. But when this day does roll around, well, everyone should make the most of it.

It’s time to round up little helpers and get ready to melt the heart of every mom, grandmother, and mother-like person around. 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.)

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

Materials:

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

Directions:

  1. Paint child’s foot with acrylic paint.
  2. Carefully press his/her foot onto the side of the clay pot. Immediately wash the child’s foot with soap and water before the paint dries.
  3. Paint the child’s other foot and help him/her place a second foot print next to the first foot print to make the “butterfly wings.” Wash foot.
  4. Let 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.

Tissue paper flowers
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. Help children lay the tissue-paper layers together and accordion-fold them
  2. Place a bobby pin across the center of the folded tissues
  3. Help children cut off the ends of the tissue paper to desired shape of flower petal.
  4. Color the ends of the tissues with the markers.
  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 the tissue flowers. (Do this for the children.)
  7. Tape the bobby pin to the stems.

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

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup oatmeal
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 6 Tbsp of coconut oil, liquid form

Directions:

  1. Blend oats in a food processor until they become a powder. Place in a bowl.
  2. Help children add and combine all dry ingredients together.
  3. Add the coconut oil and mix.
  4. Pour the final product in a jar.

Sugar scrub
This craft can also become a lesson in measuring.

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Divide into two half pint jam jars.

Lavender mint foot scrub
Give mom’s feet a break with this scrub.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • ¾ cup almond oil (grape seed or jojoba oil)
  • 1 Tbsp lavender buds
  • 1 Tbsp crushed mint
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil

Directions:

  1. Mix Epsom salt, lavender buds, and mint in a bowl.
  2. Pulse the mix in a blender until everything is ground up. (This is an adult-only step.)
  3. Help children add almond and lavender oil and mix well.
  4. Pour into a half pint jam jar.
  5. For use: massage a quarter-size amount into each foot.

DIY bath fizzies
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 a few drops of essential oil and mix well.
  4. Press mixture into mold and let dry overnight.

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