Easy, Do-It-Yourself Mother’s Day gifts

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Mother’s Day is upon us and for lots of folks, that means scrambling to find something great to wrap up and give to Mom. Fortunately, a touching and appreciated Mother’s Day gift doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy. And there’s still time to do it yourself and make something special just for her!

Joining us Saturday on Good Morning Connecticut, Charlotte Smith, the blogger behind Ciburbanity.com, shares three very simple homemade gift ideas that you can make in no time, with basic supplies you can find anywhere.

Click on the video above to watch the full segment and see Charlotte demonstrate how to make the gifts listed below:

1. Monogrammed Coffee Mug
-1 adhesive vinyl letter (found at many drug stores and office supply stores)
-1 white coffee mug
– Permanent Marker (oil based is stronger, but any ol’ permanent marker will work.)
 If you have a craft store nearby, these Sharpie oil paint pens work the best, but regular of drug store permanent markers also work… go easy on them when washing as excessive scrubbing can remove the pen.  Place your sticker on your cup and make sure to really press down all the edges.  With your pen, start making dots… thickest around the stencil and then gradually getting further and further apart as you move away from the monogram.  Once you have a pretty array of dots, remove the sticker. Bam. Lovely monogram for your lovely mama.
2. Homemade Salt Scrub
– epsom salt (available at drug stores)
– oil
– scent
 The basics of a homemade salt scrub are SUPER easy: fill a jar half way with any type of salt, add any type of oil (except baby oil) to the jar until it’s almost full, and then finish it off with a scent from either extracts or essential oils. Stir together and add a pretty bow for Mom!  Epsom salts have nice soothing properties and certain oils like almond oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, safflower oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, peanut oil, rosehip oil, sesame oil, macadamia nut oil, sunflower oil and olive oil have skin nutritive properties.  Consider adding ground up citrus peel or rosemary for an invigorating twist!  Use during showers or baths to exfoliate and gently energize tired winter skin!
3. Photo Mosaic
– photos
– mounting tape
– circle punch (or something to trace with and scissors)
– frame
– paper for background (plain white or decorative if you want to add a personal touch)
Photos are always a treat for mom, and this is a simple way to display your photos in a fun way.  If you don’t have extra prints lying around, most drug stores have photo kiosks where you can either print yourself or email your order to pick up the same day.  Using your circle punch, cut out images from each photograph and tape onto your paper in a grid.
For more information, you can go to www.ciburbanity.com.

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