Not all of us still have our mothers in this life, but if you do, here are three DIY ideas to celebrate Mom!
First up is a delicately colored greeting card with a woven embellishment made from–what else, coming from Granny P?–watercolors! Sometimes I have small scraps of watercolor paper leftover from trimming larger paintings to size. These small pieces are great for crafting. I painted a mostly pink wash on one scrap and a blue-and-yellow wash (that kinda sorta looks green) on another.
I cut 12 strips of pink watercolor and 12 strips of green for decorating the card. The strips were two-tenths of an inch wide, but the exact width doesn’t matter at all of course. Also, instead of cutting strips, you could use a ruler and tear the paper.
I chose to cut the strips, but that’s just my preference. Tearing them would add more texture:
I taped the weft down to a piece of junk mail and started weaving.
I’m using Strathmore Windpower paper. It’s pretty grippy when woven, so all I had to do was trace a heart and cut it out. The strips stayed in place. Then I glued the woven heart to a folded piece of cardstock. It’s a good idea to score the cardstock to make it easier to fold. I simply drew a fold line and used the point of a scissor blade to score the paper.
The finished card:
Next is a card for the mom who enjoys hiking, camping, and the like. It’s a nature-inspired card incorporating raffia. Look for natural raffia because it takes glue better than the fake stuff, and it’s biodegradable. I made the raffia heart in the same manner as the woven watercolor heart, but raffia is thinner, so I used 40 strips altogether instead of 24. Raffia is also slippery as heck, so I got out the heavy duty duct tape and taped like crazy to keep everything in place while weaving.
I dotted the woven raffia here and there with glue to keep it in place for when I cut the heart shape. A Sharpie will write just fine on the fibers when tracing the heart. Instead of the pale pink paper I used earlier, I glued the raffia heart to a piece of kraft paper for a more rustic look. The finished raffia card:
The third Mother’s Day DIY is for those of you who are blessed to have Mom living nearby. It’s a fragile little gift, but you can hand deliver it rather than trying to mail it. We’ve all baked cookies and stuck ‘em on a plate to take to someone as a gift. It’s nice, but predictable.
Instead, how about giving your mother a vintage TEACUP full of cookies? Old teacups are beautiful and feminine and perfectly suited to Mother’s Day celebrations. Bonus points if you can hunt down a teacup that matches the pattern in Mom’s china cabinet! This particular teacup has dainty, pink flowers on it, so I chose a pink cookie. It’s Betty Crocker’s Cake Mix Gooey Butter Cookies made with strawberry cake mix instead of yellow cake mix. You can find the recipe here: https://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/cake-mix-gooey-butter-cookies/f7a9017b-870f-4b20-b37f-392f53c65fbc. Boxed cake mixes have shrunk in volume over the years, so I ended up adding ¼ cup flour to put some stiffness in the dough. A little tag tied to the handle, and I was done.
Make this day even better. Consider:
• Look for a drawer that’s hard to open because of the stuff that’s crammed into it. Release (to the trash, recycle bins, or proper storage) the jammed paper and paraphernalia. Afterwards, enjoy the way the drawer feels when it glides as it should!