DIY to Try: 8 Mother’s Day Gifts to Make

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Yes, Mother’s Day is almost here, but it’s not too late to make your mom’s day extra special with a handmade gift! Here’s a roundup of eight perfectly gift-worthy projects to inspire you…and spoil your mom with. xo Ez

1. DIY Rose Body Scrub (includes free printable labels) / Oh So Pretty | 2. DIY Leather Handled Cutting Board / Almost Makes Perfect | 3. DIY Mother’s Day Quote Jar (with free printables) / Julep | 4. DIY Ombre Leather Coasters / Almost Makes Perfect

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5. DIY Vanity Tray / LuLu’s Blog | 6. DIY Paper Flower Garland / High Walls | 7. DIY Color Blocked Rope Bracelets / Drifter and the Gypsy | 8. DIY Patterned Photo Mats / Design Love Fest

Bonus DIY gift ideas from the Creature Comforts’ archives:diy-mothers-day-gifts-3

DIY Gilded Votive Holders | DIY Brushstroke Glazed Mini Bowls | DIY Key Fobs + Bag Charms | DIY Fabric Peony Flower Accessories

…find even more in the Creature Comforts DIY Gallery

DIY Latte Bowl Floral Arrangement Gift

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There are few things that I enjoy having in my home quite as much as fresh flowers and my collection of colorful latte bowls from Anthropologie. So last Spring when I was showered with a bounty of gorgeous blooms from Flower Muse to practice with for my sister’s wedding, I decided that it only made sense to combine those two loves together to create a sweet floral arrangement using some of the extra roses that I had lying around. I snapped a few photos of the arrangement and then completely forgot about them until this past weekend while cleaning out some old files. What providential timing! This arrangement is simple to create, and not only looks great in your own home, but also happens to make a lovely gift! Maybe it will be just the thing to spoil your mom with this Mother’s Day!

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All you need to create this arrangement is:

  • an assortment of flowers | I used Garden Roses and Spray Roses
  • wet floral foam (Oasis)
  • assorted latte bowls | I stacked a couple together for my arrangement so they would make a more complete gift presentation, but you can easily use just one if you prefer
  • pruning shears
  • sharp knife
  • water

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Use just one or a stack of 2-3 latte bowls. Ignore the tape I used in my photos (it did not support the rose stems well enough for this arrangement)…you will be using wet floral foam instead. Use your knife to carefully cut your floral foam into a half-circle that fits the shape of your latte bowl. Submerge foam in water following manufacturer instructions. Once foam has absorbed water, transfer it to your latte bowl and add additional water as needed. Begin by placing two garden roses on opposite sides from one another (inserting the ends into the foam), taking care to place the blooms so that they are angled outward and supported by the rim of the bowl.

TIP: for longer-lasting blooms, be sure to use sharp clean shears to cut stems at a 45 degree angle.

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Place two more garden roses in the same fashion so that all four roses are evenly spaced around the bowl. Take your spray roses and fill in the open spaces along the rim of the bowl between each garden rose. Make sure your spray roses also angle outward (not up) and drape over the bowl slightly.

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Once you’ve filled in the outer rim with garden and spray roses, place five new garden roses in a circle, slightly overlapping the first roses. Place spray roses in between the five new roses until you achieve a look that you like.

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Add one perfect garden rose into the center of your arrangement and add additional spray roses as needed to fill in any gaps.

TIP: Keep your arrangement out of direct sunlight and make sure that the floral foam stays moist so that your flowers will continue to stay hydrated and fresh for as long as possible.

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Give your arrangement to your lucky gift recipient or enjoy it in your own home (it’s okay to spoil yourself sometimes too)! xo Ez

Gift Guide: 25 Gifts for Mom

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Hello lovelies! Over the past few weeks I’ve been souring the web for some of the prettiest gift-worthy finds for you all to spoil your moms with this Mother’s Day. I’m pretty happy with the selection I managed to collect…and just might have added a few items to my personal wish list too (shh). Hoping you find inspiration in my picks friends! Enjoy! xo Ez

1. Block Printed Denim Throw | 2. Britt Bass Tech Cases | 3. Rorschach Notebook Set | 4. Handmade Teardrop Vase | 5. Handcrafted Necklace + Bracelet Gift Set | 6. Monthly Fresh Flower Subscription

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7. Tree Peony Archival Print | 8. Garden Tool Set | 9. Orla Kiely Watering Can | 10. Produce Candles | 11. Jeni’s Ice Cream Sandwiches 4-Pack | 12. Kinfolk Magazine Subscription | 13. The Forest Feast Vegetarian Cookbook

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14. Kitting by Design Book | 15. Initial Charm Necklace | 16. Yellow Leather Key Ring | 17. Freya Cutout Cuff | 18. Handwoven Clutch / Makeup Bag | 19. Whole Leaf Tea | 20. Birch Tray | 21. Peony Rose & Vanilla Soap Set | 22. Leila Lou eau de Parfum | 23. Lemon Cake Lotion | 24. Wooden Lipstick Organizer | 25. Yellow + White Hammock

DIY Making Tape Stickers – Monogram / Alphabet Edition

diymaskingtapemonogramstickers2My apologies for the super late post today friends! My computer decided to go on strike last night, and it ended up taking me the better part of today to get it cooperating again. Phew!

Anyhow, I’m excited to finally have the chance to share a tutorial for these DIY Monogram Masking Tape Stickers that I created to top a gift I was giving a couple months ago. You might remember the DIY Layered Masking Tape Borders and DIY Easter Stickers I created a couple years ago using the same process. This time around I used a nice bold font for my sticker templates. You can download the version that I used in the PDF below (it includes the full alphabet in two different sizes), or use any font from your computer that you’d like. Just be sure to keep in mind that the more ornate the font is, the more challenging it will be to cut out.

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  • Printed letter template(s) | DOWNLOAD LETTER TEMPLATES
  • Japanese paper masking tape | available online and in craft stores
  • Parchment paper
  • Sharp scissors
  • Craft knife | optional
  • Self-healing matt | optional – for use with craft knife
  • mini binder clips or paper clips | optional
  • Wrapped gift | optional

diymaskingtapemonogramstickers3          Start by printing out your desired letter template(s) onto standard copy paper paper. You can choose to print the entire alphabet, or just select the letter you need from the PDF file. Once your template has been printed, place a piece of parchment paper on top of it. Note: I used waxed paper here, but it does not work nearly as well as parchment paper.

diymaskingtapemonogramstickers5Begin sticking strips of masking tape onto the parchment paper so that the ends of each strip are slightly wider / longer than the edges of your letter template. Overlap each new piece of tape on top of the previous piece.

diymaskingtapemonogramstickers6Overlapping the tape edges will ensure that your sticker holds together as one solid shape, and won’t easily peel apart.

diymaskingtapemonogramstickers7Once you’ve completely covered your shape with tape layers, remove your template from below the parchment paper. Trim around the edges of your paper template so that you are left with only a narrow border (1/2 inch wide is good). It is easiest to cut your letters out with a craft knife. To do so, place your taped parchment paper down on top of a self-healing matt, set your paper template on top of that, and then use a few pieces of tape to secure the template on top of the parchment paper.

diymaskingtapemonogramstickers8Cut any interior spaces in your letter design out first, and then carefully cut around the outside of your letter template until you have trimmed around the entire shape. Pull the paper template away…and Tada!

diymaskingtapemonogramstickers9You can also cut out your letters using a pair of sharp scissors (this will be a trickier if you have letters with interior shapes that need to be removed). TIP: To keep your layers from sliding around, you can use a couple of small binder or paper clips to hold everything in place while you work.

diymaskingtapemonogramstickers11When you are ready to use your letters as stickers to decorate a gift, carefully peel the paper backing from your design, starting at the top (where you placed your initial strip of tape). Adhere your sticker to your pre-wrapped gift, and you’re done!

diymaskingtapemonogramstickers12You can also use these stickers to decorate a wall in your home with an inspirational phrase or word (they are easy to remove without damaging paint)…or frame one for a quick and easy custom art piece!

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The Daily Find: Wood Block + Print Gift Set

dailyfindblockandphotosetEverything that Artifact Uprising creates is wonderful (they work with your regular photos or even your instagram snapshots to create beautifully printed works of art), but their newest Wood Block + Print Gift Set ($22) really caught my eye when it was introduced last week. I am probably always overly touting what great gifts The Daily Find picks would make…but here I go again, because this one is no exception (I’m thinking about Father’s Day)! Check out all the photo products that Artifact Uprising has to offer right here.