With Mother’s Day fast approaching it’s time for dads to round up the kids and get crafty making a DIY present that she will treasure for years to come.candle holder

A Special Work of Art

One of the simplest presents to make that will thrill her is to get your child to draw a picture of their best memory of mum.  Let him (or her) use paints, felt pens, crayons – whatever your child enjoys using the most.  Sit and chat while he’s drawing/painting, helping to bring out the memories in more detail and encouraging the budding artist as he works.  Once the picture is finished, why not get it framed to put on the wall – this is a unique Mother’s Day present that she is sure to love.

Luxury Bath Bombs

Instead of going to Lush to buy some bath bombs, why not help your little ones to make their own using Mum’s favourite fragrances.  You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 2 tbsps baking soda
  • 1 tbsp citric acid (or ½ tbsp cream of tartar)
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tbsp Epsom salts
  • ¼ tsp oil (this can be any light oil such as coconut oil, almond oil or even vegetable oil)
  • 3 drops of Mum’s favourite smelling essential oil
  • 1 or 2 drops of food colouring
  • An empty jar and a ribbon
  • An old ice cube tray or mould of some sort (mould as in casting mould, rather than the stuff that grows in damp places)

Help your child put all of the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix up until all the lumps have disappeared.  Add the essential oil and food colouring to the light oil and then start adding this slowly to the mix, stirring all the time.  Keep stirring until the mix starts to clump together.  If it’s too dry, add a tiny bit of water at a time – be careful not to add too much though as it will ‘detonate’ the bath bomb before you get to make it.  The mixture should be crumbly.

Now get your little one to put spoonfuls of this mixture into the ice cube tray (or whatever mould you’re using), packing it down tight by pressing down with the back of the spoon.  Leave this to dry for at least 5 hours.  The pop the cubes out of the tray, put them into the jar and put the lid on.  Now help your child tie a ribbon around the neck of the jar and you’ll have a fab, DIY bath bomb gift for Mum to relax and enjoy a luxury bath.

Votive Candle

You’ll need a small glass with straight edges, a votive candle (those small, stubby ones that smell nice), some tissue paper in different colours, glitter and PVA glue.

Help your child to cut out a piece of paper that will wrap around the glass and glue it in place.  Now get your little one to cut or tear different colours of tissue paper into shapes or strips and glue these on to decorate the candle holder.  Before the glue dries, throw on some glitter – or you can shake some glitter onto a tray and roll the glass in the glitter – don’t use too much here, you’re going for a subtle effect.

Let the glue dry, pop in the candle and you’ll have a beautiful, brightly coloured candle holder that Mum will enjoy time and time again.

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