A fun Mother’s Day gift tutorial for all ages, inspired by one of my very fond childhood memories.
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I recently had a childhood memory rise to the surface of my mind, something I hadn’t thought of in ages. I have very fond memories of this and it brought a smile to my face just thinking of it, so I wanted to share it with all of you. I grew up in the Midwest, and come from a German heritage. Like all families, every heritage comes with traditions that are passed down. Some traditions change over time. Some stay the same from one generation to the next.
One of those traditions I had as a child was celebrating “May Day.” It is a very old German tradition of celebrating the return of springtime. It’s celebrated with all sorts of festivities, from dances to May Poles.
I would celebrate it by making little cone-shaped baskets from decorated paper and ribbon. Then I would fill the baskets with my favorite candies and hang them on the doorknobs of all my neighbors’ homes. It was something I looked forward to doing every year. I think the best part, was that after I hung the basket on their door, I would ring the doorbell then run and hide around a corner. I would watch with anticipation as they opened the door to find their gifts. I loved seeing their faces, the smiles and joy that this simple gift brought.
Making the little cone baskets of goodies wasn’t just a May Day activity. This was something we did for many special occasions. We would even make the little baskets, fill them with small gifts and hang them from the boughs of our Christmas tree.
Those fun little baskets are what I wanted to share with you today. You see, not only are they are great project for little ones to make for Mom, but you can make them as well for the special people in your life.
This week, I headed to my local AAFES (PX) and went straight to the card section in the back of the store to find what I was after. Even though we aren’t active duty army any more, I still shop at the PX on Redstone Arsenal pretty frequently. Here it was… the American Greetings section, filled with Mother’s Day cards. I love that not only do they have cards in every style imaginable for your own mom, but that they even have ones for other special moms in your life. Having lived an army life for 25 years, there were countless holidays and special occasions where the family was dealing with separations. Moms with toddlers in the US, and Dad off in a war zone somewhere. How touching would it be to grab one of these cards to give to that neighbor, to let her know she was thought of on Mother’s Day? Such a simple thing can mean the world to a mom dealing with that hardship. I know. I’ve been there, done that and got the t-shirt.
I have to say too, that cards are not what they used to be. I remember when cards were simple and flat…now they are little pieces of art that you want to cherish. I mean look at this! Gorgeous.
I picked up several cards for the special moms I have in mind this year…including my own of course. Right now, through May 14th, when you buy three American Greetings cards, you’ll save $2! Beautiful cards, and a deal. I’m all for that. I also grabbed some of their pretty tissue paper to use in my basket project.
For the project: Now I know, you might be telling me that you aren’t crafty, but I’m telling you – you can do this.
Here’s what you need:
- Standard sized 8×11 paper – use a heavier weight paper like card stock or construction paper
- Colored markers, pencils or other implements to decorate the paper
- clear tape
- a hole punch
- ribbon or string
- tissue paper
Start by decorating the paper. Let the kiddos use their imaginations. Grown-ups: You can use pretty decorative paper instead of breaking out the colored pencils…if you want. But I think everyone secretly likes to draw and color…
Next, roll the paper into a cone shape. Tape it in place along the seam with the clear tape.
Using a hole punch, put a hole on each corner at the top. Tie a little piece of ribbon or string as a handle. You could also tape the string down inside if you like, rather than tying it through a hole.
Line the inside of the basket with some pretty tissue paper. Finally, fill it with goodies. Traditionally, I have always filled these with my loved-one’s favorite candies or other treats. But you could put any little gift, or even a gift card in here – whatever you are inspired to give to that special mom.
This year, the cards I bought to give with the baskets, even come with gifts themselves. This one has a pretty floral window hanging that will bring joy all year long.
American Greetings has cards with bookmarks, magnets and other fun keepsakes, too.
This one, I purchased for my own mom. My mother, like me, is an animal lover – but she especially loves cats. The pretty wooden oval in the center of this card is a magnet that she can hang on her fridge. It’s perfect for her.
This one was too cute to pass up. Not only is the wine glass a magnet…but it “sings!”
Now that you have made your little “I Love You” baskets, and picked out your favorite cards, you are ready to give these special gifts to those awesome moms in your life. Whether it is for your own mom or maybe that mom who inspired you to be the best mom you could be.
Now the only thing that is left to do…is decided if you’re going to hand them their gifts…or do like I did as a child. Hang it on the door, ring the bell and run and hide to watch from afar as you try to suppress your giggles when you see their reactions.
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Have a wonderful Mother’s Day moms!