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6 DIY Mother's Day gift ideas that will melt a mom's heart

by Limor Suss / / Source: TODAY

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The countdown to Mother's Day is on — and if you're still scrambling to think of a gift, lifestyle expert Limor Suss is here with some DIY ideas that are perfect for mothers, grandmothers and any other woman in your life.

Infused olive oil

  Limor Suss

Materials:

  • Glass Jars with cork stopper
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Your desired infusion flavor, such as rosemary, sage, basil, etc.

Note: Infusing olive oil isn’t as simple as just adding flavors to olive oil. Since bacteria can grow, you want to make sure that herbs are fully dried.

Directions:

  1. Combine two cups of olive oil with 4-5 herb sprigs in a saucepan.
  2. Cook over low heat for five minutes.
  3. Cool to room temperature.
  4. Transfer to glass jar and seal. (You can strain the herb sprigs and just keep one for garnish.)
  5. Refrigerate and use within a week.
  6. Bring to room temperature before using.

Afternoon wine and cheese time

  Limor Suss

Materials:

  • Mini heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • Two types of cheese
  • Crackers
  • Wine

Directions:

  1. Select two of mom's favorite cheeses. (Keep in mind that soft cheeses like goat cheese don’t cut well.)
  2. Cut out heart shapes in cheese with the cookie cutter.
  3. Display on cheese plate.
  4. Serve with glass of mom's favorite wine.

Chalkboard color-block planters

  Limor Suss

What you'll need

  • 2 colors of chalkboard paint
  • Chalk marker
  • Planters

Directions

  1. Paint the planter with a coat of chalkboard paint.
  2. Let dry and repeat.
  3. To get the color-block effect shown, use a second chalkboard paint color to paint the top of the planter.
  4. Let dry and repeat.
  5. Once dry, write a note for your mom with the chalk marker.
  6. Take it to the next level by adding a plant to the planter.

Handprint or footprint canvas print

  Limor Suss

Materials:

  • 8-inch by 10-inch canvas
  • Non-toxic fingerpaint
  • Little hands or feet
  • White chalk or sharpie

Directions:

  1. Lay down a blanket or sheet.
  2. Layer a paper towel or sponge with paint.
  3. Dab onto the little hands or feet. (Note: If child is younger than 1, this will be more challenging than it seems.)
  4. Press hand or foot onto canvas.
  5. Lay flat to dry.
  6. With chalk or a metallic sharpie, write the child’s name and current year.

Note: Buy an extra canvas as this might not go as planned the first time around.

Gold confetti picture frame

  Limor Suss

Materials:

  • White picture frame
  • Gold adhesive paper
  • Hole puncher
  • Color printer
  • Patience

Directions:

  1. Punch holes in the gold adhesive paper and start placing the circles on the border of the picture frame.
  2. On a word document, select color, type mom in your desired font and add a border.
  3. Print to a color printer.
  4. Cut to size and attach to cardstock using double sided tape.
  5. Place in frame.

Breakfast in bed

  Limor Suss

Materials:

  • Finished wood tray
  • Black Chalkboard paint
  • White chalk marker
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Painters tape

Directions:

  1. Using painter's tape to tape down the inside of the tray.
  2. Paint the bottom of the tray with black chalkboard paint.
  3. Once finished, paint the outside of the tray with acrylic paint.
  4. Let dry for about an hour or two. (Note: Some paint will take overnight so plan accordingly.)
  5. Repeat.
  6. Remove painter’s tape and finish painting the inside of the tray.
  7. Let dry then repeat for a second coat.
  8. Once all has dried, figure out the placement of each item.
  9. Map out plates onto the tray.
  10. Mark placement with chalk marker.
  11. In the morning, fill up the plates with mom’s favorite goodies and you have a beautiful breakfast in bed for mom.

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