3 Crafty ideas for Mother’s Day
We all know it’s easy enough to wander down the high street, grab a bunch of supermarket flowers, a box of cheap chocolates and a generic greeting card. But when you present these to your mom – or indeed are presented with these by your darling kids – on Sunday, is it really enough to show you care?
Bryony Sutherland gives some ideas to celebrate Mother’s Day with gifts involving a little more time, effort and thought.
For you: Why not bring out your inner child by revisiting the arts and crafts you so loved as a youngster? Your local craft store will have hundreds of materials for grown-up card-making, and you can tailor your mum’s exactly to her favourite colours, preferred interests or hobbies. You could also feature a treasured photograph, evoking memories from a special time. While you’re at it, write your own verse inside – whether it’s witty or sentimental, it’ll mean so much more to her.
For the kids: Let the children go to town with their felt tips, crayons and paints, drawing a picture of Mammy and decorating it accordingly. One particularly easy idea for a paint stamp for toddlers is to dent the top of a used toilet roll insert to make a heart shape. Simply dip in colourful paint and stamp away! Other inexpensive printing options include used corks and carefully cut potatoes.
Fun alternatives to chocolate boxes
For you: If you’re a whizz at baking or can cook up a storm with confectionery, then now’s the time to showcase your skills with some of mum’s favourite treats, presented in a pretty box perhaps, or maybe wrapped in tissue paper and tied with a ribbon. If you’re not well-versed in the kitchen, then it’s highly likely your mum will already know this, and your efforts will mean even more to her… provided they’re edible of course!
For the kids: A tried-and-tested recipe I have followed time after time with my sons as gifts for grandparents, teachers and friends, is Mary Berry’s famous Fork Biscuits. They’re easy enough for even clumsy toddler fingers to tackle and can be varied in so many ways, using cocoa powder, lemon or orange juice, raisins or chocolate chips. The basic version involves only three ingredients (butter, caster sugar and self-raising flour), which junior chefs will enjoy measuring, while kids young and old love the highly specialised squishing-cake-balls-with-a-fork technique.
For you: Another option to buying a flashy bouquet at your local florist is to select and pick the blooms yourself. At this time of the year you may find daffodils, tulips, irises and dianthuses growing in your garden. Add a few sprigs of pussy willow and tie with naturally-coloured twine.
For the kids: This takes a little forward planning, but why not plant hyacinth bulbs in a flowerpot in the autumn and have your child decorate the pot with stickers, glitter and anything else that comes to mind? Failing that, your little ones will enjoy picking a mini bunch in a beaker using snowdrops, bluebells and crocus flowers from the garden. Simply top up with water and present to mum! If nothing’s in flower just yet, a happy afternoon can be spent fashioning homemade flowers out of pipe cleaners and tissue paper. Encourage your child to indulge her creative side and experiment with different colours, petal sizes and leaves.