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Make your Mother Proud!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Mothers are honored the world over on this day for the unconditional faith, hope, and love that they exhibit for their children every day. In a past Blog post, I discussed the history of this holiday. In another post, I disclosed what some of us at Everything Summer Camp had planned for our Mother’s Day celebrations. This year, I want to focus on gift ideas. It may already be Mother’s Day, but it’s not too late to create a heartfelt gift to present to your mother.Happy Mother's Day to mothers everywhere!If a low budget (or lack of one) has kept you from preparing a Mother’s Day gift for your mom, then this is the Blog post for you! The following ideas are simple and require materials that you can likely find around-the-house. And you shouldn’t feel bad about not purchasing your Mother’s Day present; nothing says ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ quite like a homemade project!Greeting cards are a nice, simple way to say the things you want to say.

Make Your Mom a Card
Making your own card for Mother’s Day is a simple gesture that gives you the space to let your mother know exactly how you feel (not how a greeting card company supposes you do). An 8½” x 11” sheet of paper folded in half by its length transforms into a greeting card with a cover, an inside, and a back.

Get creative (and maybe a little messy too) with a message to your mother in visual art.Mother’s Day Message in Finger Paint
Creativity has the tendency to get a little messy from time to time. But, make no mistake about it, the more fun you have creating your Mother’s Day gift, the more your mother is sure to appreciate it (as long as you don’t leave a mess behind for her to clean up!). See what message you can send your mother through your own artistic expression!

Create a Picture
Tap into the visual artist inside yourself and create an image to express how your mother Do something like mixed-media artwork to show your mother your appreciation!makes you feel. You don’t have to be Michelangelo in order to create a work of art. The artist of the pictured example created a work of mixed-media art which uses a blend of techniques—in this case, a two-dimensional colored pencil sketch along with These pretty splashes of color trick the eye easily from a distance.the placement of actual flower heads.

Make Decorations
And last, you can make three-dimensional art for your mother to use as home décor. Plastic foam, straws, glue/double sided tape, ribbon, and buttons are a great means to mock flowers—an art project that’s growing in popularity. Arrange them so they ‘stand’ in a cloth within a vase and, if you’re good, your decorations might actual fool people from a distance. And your mother won’t have to worry aboutlwatering them!

These are just a few ideas that you’re more than likely to put to use for your own Mother’s Day gift. Otherwise, maybe they’ve inspired you to come up with a gift idea of your own. In any case, have fun in the creative process and make your mothers proud! Happy Mother’s Day to mothers everywhere and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

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