Hi, I love looking at your blog and looking for inspiration on new projects but its my mums 40th birthday and I want to make her something special and don’t really know what to do she’s not really into jewelry and i’ve got a mental block. Can you suggest anything ?
I can tell you from experience what I’ve given as gifts that have been really special and well received.
- The first sounds cheap and corny but I’ve done it several times and it has gotten the biggest positive reaction of all: a list of reasons I love someone. If you are having a party be prepared to read it out loud! I just did this for my mom on mother’s day and my best friend for her birthday. So think up forty reasons (funny, little things, big things) why you love your mom and she will always treasure it long after all the other gifts have been thrown away.
- Other ideas are books you make (simple book binding or just glue on an image/photo onto a notebook) here: truebluemeandyou.tumblr.com/tagged/books
- You could make one of those maps of where your mom was born, lived, lives now etc… with a roundup of ideas for that here.
- I love this jersey no sew scarf made from a square of material and just cut and fringed here.
- Easy and cheap sugar scrubs here.
- I put all the cheap but thoughtful gift ideas I liked the best here: truebluemeandyou.tumblr.com/tagged/gift
Any suggestions from the creative people on Tumblr?
- nuestrahermana said: For the person with the question about presents for their mother: Last year I made a “spa” pack with hand knit colorful washcloths, handmade soap, lotion bars & lip balm. Here are some easy suggestions: DIY sugared pecans, soy wax candles in recycled tea cups/mason jars/jars, DIY resin charms are SUPER easy and themed gift baskets are fabulous too! :) Good luck!
- maddisnow answered: Maybe make a decoritve picture frame or some sort of wall art?
- mamaguru answered: My sister just turned 40. I made a book with 40 reasons she’s wonderful and 40 things to look forward to. She loved it.
- a-forest-grew answered: What about home decor type things?
- suchan0utrage answered: I have done the list also, but instead I got a deck of cards and printed each one out, then glued them to the back of each card.
- authoredadornmentsshop answered: Maybe you could take an old picture of her/your family and blow it up and frame it or something.
- sk8itange answered: Vintage book clutch you have great tutorials on that,and if you do it with a twist of a book cover made by you that would be a great gift.
- jaz0ful answered: You could do like a voucher book with things she can reedeem like a foot rub, a dinner cooked by you and just little things that don’t cost
- aboutshed answered: I would log onto Pinterest and search terms for DIY gifts, or “turning 40” etc. Also try entering in some of your mom’s interests and search.
brokenwasher asked you:
my blank canvas is about the size of a piece of paper, maybe just a hair bigger! I have absolutely no idea what to do with it. I’ve painted 2 things on it so far and sanded them off and painted it white again. I’m completely idea-less.
I have a really eclectic group of wall art tutorials ranging from silhouettes to string art to stencils so I’d check out my posts here: truebluemeandyou.tumblr.com/tagged/wall-art
Do any readers have any suggestions? BRAINSTORMING and outrageous welcome!
- oheverybodysstarryeyed answered: I hot glue gunned a rainbow of buttons onto a canvas about that size, but that involves being like me and having thousands of buttons.
- amandatriplet answered: I have two that size hanging in my hall. I grated crayons onto them, then put a piece of wax paper over it, and ironed over it (on low.)
- errikosartdesign answered: take a look here pinterest.com/pin/114… LEAF ART
- jmassabrook answered: spray paint with different colors of choice but do it at any angle so they blend together in certain areas really nicely.
- sk8itange answered: T shirt wall art :) I think whytney sews has a great tut on youtube :)
- bookaddict209 answered: try doing that thing where you glue crayons on the top and then use a blow dryer to melt the wax onto the canvas