Oh no. It’s the 28th. You’ve been reminding yourself for weeks that you must buy that absolutely perfect gift for your dear old mum in time for Mother’s Day but it looks like the inevitable has happened again. You’re going to have to use a little DIY initiative to get something special to the woman who gave you life, aren’t you?
Fortunately, Two Little Fleas have taken a little time out from being full-time online bingo experts to share 5 fast and fabulous, handmade Mother’s Day gifts. Glue sticks at the ready!
1. Thread Wrapped Necklace
If you’re the crafty type, this pretty gift (courtesy of Studs and Pearls) can probably be made from bits and pieces you have lying around in your pots and boxes. Otherwise, you may require a quick trip to your nearest crafts shop to pick up the rest of the essentials. You’ll need:
- Craft wire
- A chain (you could also try your local charity shop for a cheapy!)
- Clear nail polish
- Embroidery thread
- Round nosed jewellery pliers
Now the fun can begin. Cut about 10 inches of wire. Create a loop at the end of your wire, tie on your thread and start to wrap it tightly all the way along. Tie it off tightly around an inch from the end and secure the first knot and your last knot by painting them with clear nail polish. Create another loop at the unfinished end. Next start bending your thread-covered wire into your chosen word or shape. Once you have your word, all that’s left to do it attach the chain and add any embellishments you fancy!
2. String Heart Art
This speedy DIY project (courtesy of Green Wedding Shoes) looks lovely and takes no more than an hour or two. All you’ll need is:
- 1 piece of wood (size is entirely up to you!)
- Spray paint in the colour of your choice
- String in your chosen colour (plain string looks just as lovely)
- 1 box of nails
- White paper
Once your wood is sprayed in a lovely colour and thoroughly dried, draw a heart shape out of white paper to fill the required space. Lay this on top of your wood and hammer nails at regular intervals along the outline you have drawn. Remove the paper and start tying the string from one nail to another at random until you’ve created a beautiful piece of heartfelt art! You can complete this project with any shape you like.
3. Tasty truffles
Who can resist chocolate truffles? Not us! Thankfully, they are mercifully quick to put together (presuming you don’t eat them as fast as you make them). You’ll need:
- 280g good quality dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids) – chopped
- 283ml double cream
- 50g unsalted butter
Heat the cream and butter together in a saucepan until the butter has completely melted and the cream starts simmering. Turn off the heat, then sprinkle in the chopped chocolate and stir until the whole lot melts together. Cool and chill for a minimum of 4 hours.
Now its time to shape your truffles. We recommend using a melon baller dipped in hot water, but a warmed spoon will work OK as long as you don’t want perfectly shaped truffles. Once you have the right shape, pop them on some greaseproof paper and dust them with cocoa powder. Yummy!