Updated: May 3, 2019
Once again, we won the prize this year for the most creative Mother's Day gift!
As usual, we wanted to honour our mothers, grandmothers and aunts in our lives in a special, creative, memorable way.
This DIY gift was affordable and fairly quick and easy to put together.We made bouquets, but instead of flowers, we used small products that our recipients would use, as well as photos of the recipient's kids and grandkids.
We made 3 tea bouquets and 1 beauty bouquet.
What you'll need:
- a few flowers (real or fake) (optional)
- balloon sticks
- glue gun and sticks
- doily (optional)
- tissue paper (optional)
- kraft paper (or wrapping paper)
- copies/printouts of baby pictures of the person's kids/grandkids, cut in 2" circles.
Start off by getting some balloon sticks. I ordered a pack of 100 from Amazon, which I thought would have been way too much, but to my surprise, I used almost 80 of them on 4 bouquets!
For the tea bouquets, I got various individually wrapped tea bags, such as Twinings, Stash and Celestial. For two of them I did a mixture of different flavours, and for the third one, I did only green tea, since the recipient is currently on a diet ;)
I also got some long handle tea spoons. There was 12 in a pack, so each bouquet got 4 of them.
Finally, I added some tea biscuits to complete the theme. If you can get individually wrapped ones, that would be the best, but I couldn't get my hands on any, so I went with a single pack and made it the centre of the bouquet.
I also thought that honey sticks would be a perfect addition, but I didn't give myself enough time to source/order them. But I definitely recommend putting them in as well!
For the beauty bouquet, I put many various small items: lipsticks, eyeliners, mascara, makeup brushes, perfume samples, nail polish, emery boards, hand sanitizers, chapstick, shampoo samples… you name it, it was in there!
The next step is to source and gather photos of the recipient's children and grandchildren (and any other significant people that would consider them a 'mom'). I used baby/toddler pictures of everyone (even those who are adults now). This was particularly touching, since all moms love to remember their kids as babies.
Scan the pictures and print out approximately 2" circles of the kids faces.
Once you have all of your items, it's time to glue them to your sticks. This was quicker and easier than I thought it would be. Just one line of glue on the back of them item did the trick.
Once they're all stuck and dry, lay your arrangement out on the ground and tie it together with the twine.
Although we're calling this bouquet "Non-floral", I decided to add a few fake flowers to the arrangements to add some variety and colour. But this is totally your call!
Cut your kraft paper in a square. Line it with the tissue paper and/or doily. Place the arrangement diagonally in a corner. Wrap the bouquet by folding from left to right… then the bottom… then finally right to left. Secure with tape and finish off by tying another piece of twine.
Now that it's all wrapped up, it's time to add the finishing touch… a "punny" greeting card: "Grandma, Wishing you a "tea"riffic Mother's Day" or "Mom, Wishing you a "beauty"ful Mother's Day" :)
As with most creative gift ideas, you're definitely not limited to one occasion. This would be an awesome Valentine's or Birthday gift as well! Think of your recipient and choose a theme they would love!