Five Handmade Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and while most of the country is still under quarantine, store trips (and spending money) are not plentiful.

Most of us would agree that the best gifts in life come from the heart and the hand. I would much rather my kiddos make me something than buy me something anyway. My mom and grandmothers would agree. Here are five easy and cute DIYs your mom will love.

1. Back Glue Heart Art

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I’m a big fan of DIY gifts you can keep. How cute are these framed hearts?

2. Picture tile coasters

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These picture tile coasters are cute, easy to make, and inexpensive to create. Your mom will think of you everytime she uses these coasters.

3. DIY Photo Cube

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This DIY photo cube will look cute on your mom’s desk or even on a shelf, or a coffee table. You could even add a hanger to it and use it as a Christmas ornament.

4. DIY Wood Trays

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Get a wood plank, stain or paint it, and add some drawer pulls. Instant wood tray! Your mom will use it often!

5. Sharpie mugs

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There are so many Sharpie mug tutorials on Pinterest you can check out. I personally love this one as most of my family lives in another state. Your mom will smile everytime she drinks her coffee or tea in your DIY mug.

I hope you love our Mother’s Day gift ideas! Stay safe and have a wonderful week. We will see you again on Thursday.

Scrap Wood Challenge: Adirondack tables

This week we are once again sharing a scrap Wood challenge, but as my husband pointed out, is it really a challenge to build something from an Ana White plan? After all, she makes it so easy.

And what is a group of Adirondack chairs without a side table? I truly did challenge myself with this one, as I did not use any kind of plan. I simply figured out how big I wanted the table and went from there. I didn’t really think I’d need a plan, as a table really isn’t hard to build.

You will need:

4 2×4’s cut to 15 inches (45 degree angle on each side)

5 1×4’s cut at 17 inches

4 2×2’s at 18 inches

2” wood screws

1. I began by cutting my 2x4s to 15 inches at 45 degrees on each end.

You will want your cuts to be in the opposite direction.

2. Make a “picture frame.”

Then, drive your screws at an angle to join the edges.

2. Flip it over and attach the slats at 1/4 inch apart.

A little imperfection is ok.

3. Flip it back over and attach the four table legs.

Almost done!

4. Flip your table over

You have just built a table!!

And now you can sand or paint it any way you like!! Hope you enjoyed!

5 Spring Wreaths You Can Make Yourself

I love having a pretty wreath on my door. Sometimes I buy wreaths from a friend at church who makes beautiful wreaths, but sometimes when I have a little more time, I make simple wreaths myself. I am going to share a few of my own creations but also a few from around the Internet. Enjoy!!

1. Simple hydrangea wreath

I made this one a few years ago from an oval wreath and some very realistic hydrangeas.

View the directions here

2. Painted letter wreath

You know how much I love monograms!! I made this one entirely from materials I had on hand.

View the directions here

3. Simple tulip wreath from Chatfield Court

This cute little wreath would look great on your front door! You could make it fairly cheaply as well.

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4. DIY Eucalyptus Wreath from Bitterroot DIY

This wreath is simple and beautiful! I love it and I love the colors.

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5. Hula hoop wreath by Living Letter Home

I’ve never made a giant wreath before, much less one from a hula hoop. But this blog post makes me want to try.

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What beautiful spring wreath have you made recently?

How to beat the boredom during the covid-19 self quarantines

As you know, I am predominantly a DIY blogger but one portion of my blog pertains to parenting. Like many of you, we are navigating our new normal as homeschool parents who work from home and self quarantine to safe guard our families against getting sick with covid-19.

Being quarantined doesn’t mean you must stay indoors.

While we have mine and the girls’ school work to occupy a lot of time, and we can go outside to occupy a bit more time, sometimes we still find ourselves a little bored and lonely. Thankfully, there are plenty of fun and useful ways to bond as a family , and to teach your kiddos a little something in the process.

1. Cooking

Get yourself some cute kitchen helpers.

Everyone needs to eat, and once you’re tired of all the takeout options, you might as well cook at home. I’m kidding, sort of. In all seriousness, cooking is hands on, a cross curricular activity and something your kids will need to know as adults. You don’t have to make a full meal, you could even make something as simple as a tray of cookies. My child hates math but she loves cooking. She doesn’t realize we are practicing math skills when we cook. She just thinks it’s grown up to help mom with dinner.

2. Take a nature walk

Nature’s playground

Recess at school serves the same purpose as recess when you’re schooling at home. Fresh air and activity give the brain a refresh. You can make a science lesson out of it and go on a nature walk. You can go on a nature scavenger hunt and find rocks, acorns or flowers. Or, you can go outside and simply enjoy the great outdoors.

3. Roast some marshmallows

This one requires lots and lots of supervision. Reward your kiddos for their hard work by allowing them to make a few s’mores. Even if you only make one s’more, they will love it!

4. Paint a picture or make a craft

Make a cute little footbird

We made a bird painting from a little paint and our kids’ feet and they turned out so cute. You can also just hand your kiddos some paper and colored pencils and let them take the reigns- creativity at its finest!

What sort of “sanity saving learning activities are you all using?

Favorite Spring Crafts: DIY Faux Birds’ Nests

Spring is fast approaching and each day, our trees bloom a little more. I’m also noticing our birds becoming more active. I love watching the birds each spring, and I even love incorporating birds into my decor.

As much as we love our little fine feathered friends, decorating with a real bird’s nest would be a bad-and unsanitary- idea. You can DIY a super cute faux birds nest that looks like the real deal.

First, get some grapevine twig moss or dried Spanish moss.

Then, take some aluminum foil and shape it into a little bowl. Now, make a little Spanish moss bowl and glue it to the aluminum foil bowl. I use hot glue but craft glue will work too.

Then, pop some faux eggs into your cute little nest. I found these at Walmart.

And best of all? These things cost less than $5 to make. What cute spring craft have you made recently?