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DIY Mother’s Day Gifts!

It is Mother’s day again! I would think every day should be mother’s day and am sure my mom would agree =) I have been wondering what to do for mom this year. I being into green living have changed the way I do gifts for people close to me: I tend to make something special, useful and pretty {Mom likes pretty =)}

I have a list of 10 DIY projects I found online which you can create without much effort and please mom every day! Not just mother’s day =)

  1. A tee shirt tote for grocery shopping (this I find real easy and plan to do it ) – You know that favorite teeshirt you really don’t want to throw away though the edges have started fraying? This is the kind of project that tee was waiting for! It will help mom carry her groceries from here on forward. She will be happy you are rid of the tee and you will be happy it is still around! I love how simple it is to make. Follow This Link to the complete tutorial.

    Image courtesy Inhabitat.com

  2. Gardening – for the Green Thumb momma: Hanging garden for Mom done the Japanese way (Kokedama). I saw this and thought this would really be fun to do. It adds greenery to your living space even if you live in an apartment and are cramped for space. The author suggests using orchids in the mix; but I plan to stick to begonias and ferns (shade loving plants). You will also need sphagnum moss and bonsai soil (Akedama). Follow the Link for the whole tutorial.
  3. A DIY Laundry Bag in Mom’s favorite colors! – This is one cool tutorial if stitching is your thing. My mom has a small hoarding issue, so finding materials to work with will be a breeze for me. I plan to use a nice solid bed-sheet which is strong enough and colorful enough to her liking. The tutorial details how to make it very precisely. To check out the whole tutorial Follow this link.
  4. Candy Wrapper Jewelry – This is just too cool! I could not believe at first that it was candy wrapper which made such colorful beads!! The method is really simple and the result gorgeous! The wrappers are cut as per the template provided and rolled on toothpicks to create the beads! Ecouterre has the amazingly simple tutorial to create these one of a kind jewels, check it out here.
  5. Kitchen Essentials from stuff you already have – I really liked this idea because it was something mom could use for a long time and my mom never likes throwing away things, so I can pretty much find all the raw materials in her pantry/store room for sure. The Girl creative blogger has used clothes pins, an empty plastic canister, some glass marbles, dish cloth etc to create a basic kitchen essential set. She has used her creativity to make the everyday items look beautiful. For the detailed tutorial follow this link.

    Image courtesy Creative Girl

  6. The ruffle flip flop sandal for the hip mom – I saw this tutorial a little while back and thought it will make a neat adult sandals too. The tutorial converts a flip flop into a ruffled sandal. One could use it to renew a broken flip flop or to dress up a new plain one. Either way for the detailed tutorial .
    follow this link.  
  7. A ruffled clutch to go with it from Flamingotoes – She has transformed an old basic clutch to a stylish hip ruffled clutch with a few bits of fabric and stitching. It will go perfectly with the ruffled sandals above and will sure make mom smile when she heads out this summer. Follow this link to the detailed tutorial.
  8. DIY Picture tiles – I love this idea, a few pictures of the grandchildren and old pictures of her kids when they were young adorning the refrigerator should make every mom teary eyed with happiness =). All you need are digital pictures you want to print out, a few tiles (or use foam boards just in case you can’t find tiles), Printer, Scissors, Glue and magnets! Voila you have a perfect surprise! For the detailed tutorial follow this link. Like the Author says you will never buy a photo frame again =)
  9. Easy Flower vases from left over milk bottles (or any bottles with interesting shapes) – Remodelista a blogger has this amazing tutorial to reuse glass bottles and turn them into chic flower vases. She uses yarn from the store in her projects – I do think we could use any yarn left over from a knitting project etc… I used the yard from an old sweater which was fraying at the ends and loved the result. To make your own bottle flower vase follow this link.
  10. Bird feeders – Well I have one for you if mom has finches in her garden check out this link and this one which uses a juice or milk carton to create your very own feeder as a gift for mom.

When thinking about buying something for mom, I try sneaking in questions to figure out what she “needs” or “wants”… There is really nothing that she will mention and whatever I get her, I know she feels happy about it and says that over and over about how wonderful the gift is, but by the end of the next month that gift will also join all the other “stuff” my siblings and I have gifted her over the years.

So this year I thought I should make something for her (see when I make something for her she gives it a special place: not amongst the “stuff”.

So I will be making one of the things from this list I compiled, hope you find something too!

Happy Mother’s Day to you and your Mom! Cherish Mom’s every day!

6 Green Gifts For Mothers Day

Happy Mother's Day!!

May 9th is Mother’s day, the day to honor motherhood anyour mother. I was thinking about gifts for mom and thought it would be nice to make a list of gifts, affordable, useful and environment friendly! Just like a mom keeps on giving get her a gift which would keep on giving. After searching high and low these are some of the options I came up with :

  1. Instead of boquets why not a garden / a flowering plant? – it lasts longer and keeps on giving flowers! If one picks perennials it will come back year after year after year! You can make it a garden kit with accessories like kneelers, pruners etc… Check this link or Check out your garden store you will be pleasantly surprised at what you can find.

  2. Photo courtesy Diana

  3. Ecoist makes one of a kind handbags from candy wrappers! I thought they look pretty cool and stylish! Ecoist handmade handbags are made from recycled candy wrappers, food packages, soda labels, and other recycled materials. We collect waste and “upcycle” it into eco friendly bags, recycled purses, and one-of-kind, limited collection handbags. Price 22$ to 170$.
  4. Gaiam has these cool solar shoji lanterns for outdoor living, energy efficient! eye catchy and very useful for out door entertaining! It is weatherproof and also comes in a set of 3. Price 30-90$
  5. To buy Shoji lanterns

  6. You can adopt and acre of land in the Appalachian in mom’s name and that is a gift which will keep giving for generations to come!  When you give Adopt an Acre® Appalachians as a Mother’s day gift, The nature Conservancy will sent a packet in a special envelope to your mom announcing your gift. You can also set up an e-card to announce your gift on Mothers day. When you Adopt an Acre® today, you can choose to help protect forest in the United States, lush rainforests sanctuaries abroad, the grasslands in East Africa, or one of many magnificent coral reefs. Price 50$ per acre.
  7. Sunlight in a Jar!! Have you ever wanted to capture sunlight in a jar? Aww. Sounds nice, right? Well, now you can do it! Seriously! Pairing a traditional glass mason jar with a solar-charged high-tech energy efficient LED lamp, the Sun Jar generates soft natural light in a very appealing package. Just place the Sun Jar in direct sunlight during the day (perfect on your window sill), and see that sunlight returned in the form of glowing LED awesomeness at night. Perfect on a patio or in your garden, and quietly reassuring as a nightlight in a bedroom, the Sun Light is a very bright idea. It’ll really glow on you!  4″ diameter, 6.5″height price 45$
  8. Available here

  9. Canvas eco friendly shopping totes with Mom’s name printed on it is a wallet friendly green gift for every day!

    Check them out here

And there is always the option of donating to charities especially with the economy being where it is and all the natural calamities world over, they can use all the help they can get. The International Red cross, Doctor’s without borders, Clinton-Bush-Haiti-fund , Help Tibetan Earthquake victimsetc to name a few.

Will add more gifts as I find them, Let me know if you have something you would like to share. Happy Green shopping for Mom!