In many parts of the world (including here in Australia), this Sunday is Mother’s Day. If you’re anything like me, a crafty gal, you like to make and receive handmade gifts. I’ve been working on some easy, sweet, DIY gift ideas for Mother’s Day this year that I’m sharing with you today.
After sitting in a box for nearly a year, I finally got my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine out and put it to action. I’ve had a Brother Scan N Cut machine for a couple of years now and I really love it. But I was quite keen to see how the Silhouette compared. In terms of cutting they are much of a muchness, however I love the ease of creating straight from my computer and sending directly to the Silhouette. My Scan N Cut was the version before they introduced that feature, so while it’s fab as a stand alone machine, I wanted the freedom of working directly from my computer.
Anyhoo I’ve only cut on paper and cardboard so far but already I am in love. I went on a paper flower cutting frenzy and now have a house covered in paper flowers of all styles and sizes. My dear old mum has been begging for more photos of her grandkids so I thought for Mother’s Day I’d get her a frame and put in a recent pic of them. However with paper flowers on my mind, my creativity turned to the cool idea of a paper flower garland frame. It has come up beautifully. I hope she’ll love it.
And while I was playing with the Silhouette I found some amazing websites that offer loads of free SVG (cutting files). There are a couple in particular I’ll mention here. BirdsCards is an amazing resource. She has loads and loads of freebies and is where I found the Mother’s Day card template. The other incredible website is Jennifer Maker. I literally got lost here for a day. So much information and also wonderful access to free cutting files. A couple of the flower templates used in the wreath frame were found there. It is also just an awesome crafty and DIY website.
I’m now on a mission to create my own SVG files. And also print and cut items, like stickers, vinyl cutting, planner printables project life cards and more.
If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know my other passion is hand lettering. I’ve started a new venture “Deb Baker Creative” which is the home for my design, illustration and lettering work. You can follow me at my new Instagram account @debbakercreative
I wanted to create something super personal and a special keepsake for mum. For the past near 20 years my parents have lived very close by to us and their only grandkids. Last Easter they moved away. It’s only a three hour drive, but far enough that we don’t see nearly as much of each other as we used to. We really miss each, so it’s important to me that I give her something personal and that reminds her of me and the kids.
So along with the photo of the kids, I created a lovely hand lettered Mother’s Day poem. I used my gold Finetec palette on black cardstock. It has come up so beautifully. I’ve put it in a frame for her to keep and display. It’s such an easy idea and can be replicated using any number of tools. You don’t need fancy pants inks, just a sharpie pen would do the job. Find some pretty paper to write on from a stationery or scrapbook store and write your own personal letter to your mum or find something meaningful online.
For some other quick, easy ideas that the kids can help out with – you can pot succulents in little terracotta pots or do what I’ve done and create a unique pot, using a cork. Dig out the inside of the cork with a scalpel or craft knife. It’s a bit of a fiddly job so probably best left for an adult to do. Pop in some soil and, if you’re anything like me, you’ll have succulents all over the place growing like weeds. They are so easy to grow from a cutting and then they self propagate everywhere. You can pull off the little ‘pups’ (which are the offshoots of the larger plants) and use them to grow new plants. So easy. I’ve also got loads of air plants around the place, so I added a little bit of that to the pot plant too. So easy, yet looks fab. Especially if you make a few of them and display as a grouping.
And now a super easy one for the kids. Get yourself a plain lampshade. I got mine from Kmart for about $10. The plainer the better. With your hot glue gun simply glue a length of pretty bias binding or ribbon around the top and bottom of the lampshade. I had a particularly lovely binding left over from my craft shop that has a crochet edge. So on the bottom of the shade I added pom poms. I sewed mine through the crochet edge. Such a super easy and quick project to pretty up a plain shade. I toyed with the idea of gluing some little crochet flowers I have in stock to the body of the lampshade but decided that might be overdoing it, so left it as is. But that is something you could do. Would look especially lovely in a little girl’s room.
So there you have a number of ideas for quick, easy gifts for mum for Mother’s Day (or in fact for any time of the year). Stay tuned for some cutting file patterns for your cutting machines. Do you own a Silhouette, Cricut or Brother Scan N Cut machine? How do you find it? Would you be interested in some exciting new patterns from me? Would love to hear from you. Happy Mother’s Day for Sunday to all the mums out there and for those doing it tough on Mother’s Day, please know that I am thinking of you. x