Tears of joy of course!
If you’re anything like me, you’re all about the sentimental, memory building gifts and decor these days and Mother’s Day is THE perfect time to pull out some DIY love…even for your mother in law.
Mother’s Day is kind of a bittersweet day for me these days. My mom passed away just over a year ago, so while I love the sweets, cards, and flowers lavished on me, I get pretty teary when it comes to my own mom.
In spite of my mother not being around, I’m so pleased to say that I’ve been blessed with an AMAZING mother-in-law. I’m one of those fortunate souls who doesn’t have to cringe when I see my mom-in-law’s number on my phone.
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We are cut from similar cloths. ( both are smitten by a certain guy right?) I say similar because I’m a classic black and tan kinda girl and she’s a kaleidoscope of life. But she’s just as into sentimental gifts and heartfelt gifts as I am.
And she’s also one of the best wordsmith’s you’ll ever meet. Prayerfully some of her colorful storytelling skills will rub off on me to your benefit. Her love for words and her sentiment helped me NAIL her Mother’s Day Gift last year.
I made her this Scrabble Board with our names and sweet little note. It MAYBE took me a 1/2 hour to put it together. All I had to do was purchase the shadow box, dig through my stash of fabric, layout the names and message and BOOM! A sentimental mother’s day gift that will make her teary!
My first try, I just added the words to the board. But the canvas and the tile just blended together. So I added some fabric that I knew she would like.
I’ve rounded up some more easy Mother’s Day gifts from around the blogosphere. Start planning to make memories. We love the flowers but these projects last a lot longer.
Related: Make Memories Without Sacrificing Style
Supplies for DIY Mother’s Day Scrabble Shadow Box
- Shadow Box (The one above is no longer available.)
- Scrabble tiles (don’t go buy the full game!)
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Any Embellishments you desire.
5 More Thoughtful DIY Gifts Ideas for your Mother in Law on Mother’s Day
Make a DIY Stepping Stone
While this sweet little project created by Sisters Sonja and Janie wasn’t made for mother’s day specifically. It would be an awesome project to start from Grandma. ESPECIALLY if she has a garden. Think about all the creative things you could do year after year.
Colorful Grandkids Make Life Grand Wood Sign Photo Display
I mentioned my mother-in-law is a kaleidoscope right? This sign would be right up her alley. Print all those iPhone pics you’ve been hoarding all year and make this cute little sign. If you don’t have a Silhouette Cameo or Cricut. you could always buy premade lettering and Mod Podge them on the boards.
If signs aren’t her thing, you can still give her memorable photos with these seriously cute coasters. Make them all black and white or full color, but these are really special drink holders.
DIY Sharpie Mug
Sentimental notes that greet her every morning with her coffee (or in my MIL case…chai tea) would be such a fun project to create from the kiddos. The key to making it ‘stick’ is using oil-based Sharpies...NOT the regular ones sitting around in your junk drawer.
Ok, these are nothing new. I mean I made a silhouette portrait of myself for my mom when I was a kid. BUT if you frame them out so they look extra chic, they make a fantastic grown-up gift that you and the kiddos will feel great giving to grandma on Mother’s Day. A steady hand and some sharp scissors are key to making this look great. I like to use high-quality paper and matting when framing. You don’t have to spend a fortune on frames either. Grab a Michael’s coupon and pick up something simple to compliment the ‘art.’
And if she’s not into homemade, a vacation would probably work too 🙂
Do you like memorable gifts?’
Tara Adams says
I am a “sucker” for sentimental things. The scrabble shadow box is everything! I’d be in tears too.
Kenyatta Harris says
Aww a fellow mush like me. 🙂
I remember doing the concrete step when we were kids for my grandparents! We had such a time figuring it out with the DIY kit, but then once we had it on a roll we had so much fun! It wasn’t the prettiest thing in the world, but my grandparents loved it all the same. <3
I love the scrabble idea! <3
Kenyatta Harris says
Thank goodness grandparents love not so pretty things!