A Couple of Inexpensive Mother's Day Gifts You Can Make

We all think our Mothers are special people and want to do something nice for them on Mother’s Day. Sure the traditional things like a bouquet of flowers or going out for brunch or dinner are great, (and I’m sure Mother appreciates them), but wouldn’t it be great to actually make something for her that will be useful and last a whole lot longer than a dinner. Here’s a couple of Mother’s day gift ideas that your Mom will appreciate, since you took the time to make her something yourself.

Idea # 1 - Wooden salad lifters

All you need to make these is a piece of 1 x 2 hardwood about 12” long, some ¼” hardwood dowels, a power drill, some sandpaper, glue and food grade oil.

  • Start by cutting the hardwood into 2 pieces about 6” long.
  • Firmly clamp or fasten these pieces with the narrow side facing up. Place marks ½” apart all along the length of the wooden pieces.
  • Place a piece of masking tape up ¾” from the tip of a ¼” drill bit or simply mark the bit with a permanent marker.
  • Drill a series of ¾” deep holes into ‘handles’ at the markings.
  • Next, cut the hardwood dowel into pieces, 6” long.
  • Use a sander to sand down one end of each piece to about a 45-degree angle.
  • Put wood glue into the holes in the hardwood handles and push the wooden dowels down into the handles making sure the angled ends are facing the same way in each handle.
  • Wipe away any glue that oozes out of holes and leave then to set up overnight.
  • All that’s left to do is finish your hardwood salad turners with a couple of coats of food grade oil and your salad turners will be done.
  • On Mother’s day you can give her these unique, one of a kind salad servers that you made with love.

Idea # 2 - Teacup candle

Here’s another gift idea gift that literally keeps on giving, each time your Mother uses it. To make these candles all you need is a pretty cup and saucer, some paraffin wax, a wick, coloring, scented oil and a double boiler. Other than the teacup itself and the double boiler, all the supplies you need are available at craft stores.

  • Start by selecting a teacup and saucer you know your Mother will like. (You don’t want to use one of her own teacups, but you can usually find a good selection of older cups at a second hand or thrift store). Be sure the cup you choose doesn’t have any chips or cracks in it.
  • Break the paraffin wax into chunks and melt it slowly in the double boiler. (If you don’t have a double boiler you could use an old metal soup can placed in hot water in a saucepan).
  • While the wax is melting, place a teaspoon in your teacup carefully pour some hot water into it. (If you don’t warm the cup first, it could easily crack when you pour in the hot wax).
  • Cut the wick to length by measuring the depth of your teacup then adding about 3”. Use the extra length to tie the wick onto a pencil to hold the end out of the wax.
  • Once the wax has melted, you can stir in color chips (even crayons will work) or scented oils.
  • Pour out the warm water and thoroughly dry the teacup. Position the wick in the teacup then slowly pour in the wax. As the wax cools it will shrink a little so let it set up for a few minutes and add some more wax to fill any gaps.
  • Allow the wax to cool and harden for a few hours, then cut the wick to length.
  • Finish your Mother’s day teacup candle, by hot gluing the saucer to the cup.

Now who’s Mother wouldn’t be pleased with her own homemade Mother’s day candle?

Murray Anderson is an experienced freelance writer with over 500 articles published on the web as well as in print magazines and newspapers in both the United States and Canada. He writes on a wide range of topics and is a regular contributor to DoItYourself.com. He can be contacted at [email protected].