Great Craft Projects for Mother's Day

Here are some darling crafts that you and you child can make for Mother's Day.
Courtesy of Martha Stewart Living. I just love her crafts!

Pressed-Pansy Coasters
Colorful flowers floating between squares of glass make beautiful and useful coasters. Press the flowers yourself, or use prepressed blooms. Although we used pansies and violas, you can use any variety of pressed flowers or leaves you like; a collection of coasters is even more charming if each one is unique.

Tools and Materials Needed:

Glass squares (two for each coaster)
Pressed pansies, or other flowers or leaves
Non-water-based clear-drying craft glue
3 1/2-inch toothpick or small paintbrush
Binder clips
1/4-inch-wide silvered-copper-foil tape
Pencil or ice pop stick

Pressed Pansy Coasters How-To:

1. Have a glazier cut 1/8-inch-thick glass into 3 1/2-inch squares, and sand the edges.

2. Wipe the panes carefully with glass cleaner and a paper towel. Be careful not to smudge the glass or trap any dust between panes while you work.

3. Handling the flowers carefully with tweezers, position them on one pane until you are satisfied with your arrangement. Using a tiny dab of glue on a toothpick or small paintbrush, adhere the flowers to the pane. Allow glue to dry before continuing.

4. Carefully place a second pane on top, sandwiching the flowers between the two panes and aligning the edges exactly.

5. To seal, hold the panes together with binder clips, moving the clips from one side to another as you tape. Place the end of the metal tape along an edge of the glass, and wrap the tape around the entire perimeter. Overlap the ends slightly, then snip the tape with scissors.

6. For a tight seal, rub the tape thoroughly until the edge is smooth, using the side of a pencil or ice pop stick as a burnishing tool.

7. If necessary, clean the coasters with a soft cloth or paper towels and glass cleaner. Do not submerge coasters in water; the tape does not produce a watertight seal.

Mother's Day Coupon Book

Moms, these are great for Breakfast in bed, luxious day of pampering, Clearing the table, vacumning, or my favorite "I (child)WILL clean my room without asking." lol!

I love these! I get to enjoy them after Mother's day, so the holiday goes on.

Supplies Needed:
Mother's Day coupon template
Colored card stock
Tracing wheel
Mat knife
Hole punch

1. Download and print our Mother's Day coupon template onto colored card stock.

2. Create perforated left- and right-hand edges: Lay the ruler on the line where the coupon and the bind meet, and use a tracing wheel (usually used for pattern making), to scribe the edge of the coupon. Roll the tool along the ruler edge three or four times, creating the perforation. Repeat for remaining side.

3. Using a mat knife, cut out the coupons. Make sure to leave the tab on the left-hand side of the coupon for the bind.

4. Bind the coupons together: Stack coupons on top of one another, and using a hole punch, make two holes in the binding. Thread and tie a 1/4-inch-wide piece of ribbon to bind the booklet. Write in your redeemable gifts by hand.

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