Mother’s Day and “I Love You Baskets” – a Fun Tutorial

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A fun Mother’s Day gift tutorial for all ages, inspired by one of my very fond childhood memories.

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 was leaving surprise gift baskets on the doors of my neighbors’ homes. I would make 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 their houses. 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.

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.

How to Make the Gift Baskets

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…

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Next, roll the paper into a cone shape. Tape it in place along the seam with the clear tape.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day moms!

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