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Elegant Homeade Gifts for Mothers Day

I am not super crafty. I see something I like, I think “I could totally make that” and then I never do. The reason? I don’t get a huge kick out of it, in fact, it exhausts me. The problem? I like to give people gifts that are special, fabulous and thoughtful even though I don’t have a lot of money to buy people special, fabulous and thoughtful items all the time. The solution? Taking the time to make some simple homemade crafts (that you have probably seen on pinterest a hundred times) look uniquely beautiful and fabulous. So today I bring you two different crafting/recipe ideas that you could start today or tomorrow and they would be Mother’s Day worthy by Sunday!

For the Mom Who Loves to Bake:

This was taken after two months of maturation

Pure Vanilla Extract is really expensive! So I am telling you this is a very nice gift for a woman who goes through her extract quickly. AND it is ridiculously simple.The Ratio is 3 vanilla beans (I use Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Beans) to 1 Cup Vodka

Split the Vanilla beans down the center and place in a jar or bottle that can be sealed well. Cover with Vodka and give it a shake. Store in a dark, cool place for 2 months or longer.

When you buy vanilla extract in the store it is usually sweetened a bit with a little simple syrup. This is optional since it is totally unnecessary if your extract is used for baking. But if you tend to use vanilla extract in many things you may want to add some.

Here is a picture the first day:

For the mom who loves pretty things, even in the practical:

These were originally created to be coasters and it really is lovely to set a nice drink on a pretty coaster. But these could also be made as wall decorations, photography backdrops on Shopbackdrop, bookshelves or anywhere else you would like to look at them!

Materials Needed:

Basic White Tiles from your local hardware store (I used the 4.25″ x 4.25″ but depending on your project you could use bigger tiles)
Scrapbook Paper (in my case I used a fairytale themed paper for my fabulous, “lovers of all things romantic” friends) cut into a square a little bit small than the tile you are using
ModPodge for adhesive. I made my own out of equal parts elmer’s glue and water.
Sponge Brush
Gold Paint
Thin Paint Brush 
Clear Acrylic Spray Paint Felt Squares a little smaller than the tile

1. Paint a coat of ModPodge on the tile

2. Position the scrapbook square on the tile

3. Coat with Modpodge (making sure you totally saturate the paper) I did about 3 coats of this and I liked it better than when I only applied 1 or 2 coats

4. Allow to dry completley

5. Paint the edges of the tile in gold paint for an elegant touch and allow to dry

6. Take outside and spray the tile with a good coat of clear acrylic paint and allow to dry

7. Glue the felt square to the back of the tile)

You are done!

Remember to always give your homemade gifts your own fabulous flair! Beautiful glass bottles, Lovely labels, Sparkle and Shimmer…..these are all things that make items a little more special. Enjoy! XOXO- Christie

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6 Responses to Elegant Homeade Gifts for Mothers Day

  1. Alyx May 9, 2012 at 4:56 am #

    These are awesome, Christie!!

    • Christie May 9, 2012 at 11:28 am #

      Thanks Alyx!

  2. cate @ wild ruffle May 9, 2012 at 6:58 am #

    Oh, I love an easy craft!! I always think I can do anything when it comes to crafts… and my attempt is not usually Pinterest worthy.;) Thanks for the suggestions!

  3. Cierra May 9, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    Well done! You can officially stop calling yourself ‘not crafty’ because you were able to use the words ‘modpodge, spray paint, and felt’ in one posting. 🙂 What is Joe getting you I wonder? BTW- make me those coasters please, I will never make the time to do it and I LOVE them. Or when I come home in July we can have a Pinterest party and do them together! 

    • Christie May 9, 2012 at 11:28 am #

      Joe got me Wustof knives! <3 <3 <3 I will make you some tiles the next time I get a burst of energy! lol Or I would love to do a pinterest party with you for sure! love you

  4. Erika May 11, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    T he coasters are really good, quick and easy gift, and surely done by yourself is a best gift than anything you can buy. Nicely done!