3 Super Easy DIY Gifts to Make for Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is nearly here, and you know she’s wondering what you’re gonna give her. If you’re still stumped on how to show mom just how much you appreciate her, why not go back to the basics and make her something special? We’re not talking about the macaroni necklaces and finger paint portraits of days gone by (although, who doesn’t love a good pasta-based statement piece?), but something slightly more sophisticated.

Today, we’ve got three projects that are sure to please her, and the best part? They’re all super simple. So you can show your gratitude this Mother’s Day without breaking a sweat. Check out the steps, below:

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Tea Tin Herb Planters

You’ll need:
Organic potting mix (be sure it’s food safe)
Herbs of your choice (we used sage, rosemary, and mint)
Large tea tins
A hammer
An awl or large nail

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1. Clean the tea tins using soap and water. Allow to dry. Create three drainage holes in the bottom of each tin using your hammer and awl/nail.

2. Select the plant you’d like to repot first and remove it from its container. Loosen the root ball by breaking up the soil a bit with your hands. Add some potting mix to the bottom of the tea tin, and then drop in the plant. Use more potting soil to fill in around the plant. You want to tin to be full and the plant to sit firmly in the tin, but don’t pack down the soil.

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4. Once you’ve potted all of your plants, soak each one with water and allow to drain. Follow the instructions for care that came with the herbs. Most indoor herbs do well in a south or east-facing window that gets at least a few hours of direct sunlight each day.

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Botanical Photo Frame

You’ll need:
Flowers (dried or faux)
A plain photo frame
Hot glue gun & hot glue sticks

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1. Decide on how you plan to decorate the frame.

3. Trim the stems off all of the flowers you’ll be using.

4. Once your hot glue gun is warmed up, use affix the flowers to the frame with the glue.

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Gold Coasters

You’ll need:
Plain white tiles
Spray paint
Painter’s tape
X-Acto knife

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1. Cover the tiles with the painter’s tape.

2. Use the X-Acto knife to cut out any designs you would like to add.

3. Spray the tiles with a thin layer of spray paint and allow to dry. Repeat until the gold is opaque.

4. Carefully remove the tape.

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About Julie O.

A lover of all things vintage and vintage-inspired, Julie bought her first 1950s frock in the fifth grade. Since then, Julie has become a self-described connoisseur of vintage and thrift shopping, which she shares on her blog, Orchid Grey. When she’s not scouring the racks for the perfect vintage skirt, this native New Englander can be found deftly navigating the slopes of a ski mountain, taking road-trips to the beach, and exploring new places with a vintage camera in her hand.

3 Responses to 3 Super Easy DIY Gifts to Make for Mother’s Day

  1. Amie M 05/06/2014 at 7:24 am #

    What do you recommend, style wise, to put under the tea tins to catch any excess water?

    • Julie O. 05/08/2014 at 8:24 am #

      Vintage saucers could look really cute, or you could rig the tops of the tins to fit beneath.

  2. JoAnna 05/14/2014 at 2:55 pm #

    I have my herbs in these same Harney tins in my kitchen window. I used long, rectangular ceramic appetizer serving trays underneath. They fit three tins with plenty of space between. They look clean and fresh and are easy to wash. The tin bottoms and lids will rust and leave marks, so take care when you place them.

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