16 Creative Mother's Day Gift Ideas

16 unique, handmade Mother's Day gift ideas from recipes to kids crafts

Mother's Day is Sunday (eek!). I love what the day represents: a chance to give back to loved ones and say a small THANK YOU for everything they have done. Store bought gifts are nice, but when someone gives me something handmade I know it is especially treasured.

So today I am highlighting 16 creative gift ideas for Mother's Day: recipes (sweet things of course!) kid friendly crafts, quick DIY projects, and a few home ideas. I hand picked them based on their simplicity and budget friendly nature. Hope you enjoy!

DIY

free printable wrapper by A Bubbly Life

1. Add glamour to a simple flower bouquet with a free printable wrapper | by A Bubbly Life (pictured above)

2. Make mom a colorful tassel keychain using embroidery thread | by Alice and Lois  

3. Upcycle a thrifted vase with metallic paint pens | by Small for Big  

4. Make flowers that last using felt, a little glue, and straws | by Delineate Your Dwelling

KID FRIENDLY

DIY scribble tote by Small + Friendly

 

5. Help the kids make one of a kind art on a scribble tote | by Small + Friendly (pictured above)

6. Be creative with colors and make clay heart necklaces | by Tag&Tibby

7. No sew fingerprint skirt looks adorable and easy | by Sewing Rabbit

8. Help little ones add fresh flowers to vintage pots | by Cloudy Day Gray

 

FOOD

baked cinnamon sugar donuts by Feast + West

 

9. Make breakfast in bed with these baked cinnamon sugar donuts | by Feast + West (pictured above)

10. Create strawberry shortcake stars with fresh strawberries | by Pars Caeli

11. Serve a lemon angel pie (with a yummy meringue crust) for dessert | by Tag&Tibby  

12. Drool over these salted brown butter heath chip cookies | by this wild season

a creative home office makeover by Andrea's Notebook

 

DECOR 

13. Weave a faux tobacco basket with wood veneer | by craftberry bush

14. Make a family photo wall with wall decals | by This Heart of Mine

15. Give mom a creative home office makeover | by Andrea's Notebook (pictured above)

16. Design a vintage style pull down map | by Bless'er House

 

 

Bold Oak Bathroom Cabinet Makeover

Bold Oak Bathroom Cabinet Makeover via Tag&Tibby

Do you know how hard it is to hold a surprise for weeks? That is how I feel when I do a remodel project and have to keep it a secret! Last month I painted our dated 1990s oak cabinetry in the kids' bathroom. The cabinet was in good shape physically, but I wanted to make it more personal. More 2016.

The result was bold and cheerful with a slight Caribbean vibe, and the kids love it! 

Bold Oak Bathroom Cabinet Makeover (before!)

Head over here to eHow, where I share a detailed tutorial for how to sand, prime, and paint your oak vanity cabinet.

 

It cost under $100 to complete, was finished in a weekend. I can't wait to paint our master bathroom next! 

how to paint your oak cabinetry how-to
learn how to paint your 1990s oak vanity for under $100 (with new hardware!). fun project for a kids' bathroom | via Tag&Tibby

Simple Blueberry Basil Syrup Recipe

use leftover blueberries and basil to make this delicious syrup

A few weeks ago we drove a few hours south to visit my parents and grandparents. They have a wonderful place in the country, and my Grandaddy is always sure to offer us plants and food from his garden when we visit.

This time we took home blueberries from his bushes. I've been using them in smoothies the past few weeks, but had a hankering for something else. So I decided to try blending the blueberries with basil from our garden. The result was delicious! 

fresh blueberrries and basil

Blueberry Basil Syrup 

Makes approximately 1 cup

 

Ingredients

2 cups blueberries

1/2 cup water

1 cup cane sugar

10-15 fresh basil leaves

3 tablespoons lemon juice

 

Directions

In a large pot mix together blueberries, basil, water, lemon juice and sugar. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Then reduce to a simmer with lid, stirring occasionally for 8 minutes. Pour berry/basil mixture through a strainer into a bowl, mashing berries to get more juice. Refrigerate leftover syrup for up to 1 week.


ingredients for blueberry basil syrup
mix ingredients well in pot, boil then simmer for 8 minutes
strain cooked syrup before serving

The syrup is pleasantly sweet the fresh, with an aftertaste of basil. Serve warm over ice cream, drizzle over a grilled cheese, layer on pancakes, or create a drink with sparkling water and ice!

learn how to make this simple blueberry basil syrup in under 10 minutes
a fresh blueberry basil syrup recipe | tag&tibby
how to make blueberry basil syrup via tag&tibby

Tag&Tibby Curator Shop with Minted Home

Announcing a Tag&Tibby Curator Shop with Minted Home

I am thrilled to announce that I have curated a shop with Minted and my favorite summer-inspired products. Take a peek here or visit anytime at tagandtibby.minted.com

I am a long time loyal customer of Minted. They produce high quality content and value working with small artisans. And did you know they sell home products? Everything from curtains to pillows, lamp shades to table runners designed by independent artists. I used a set of Minted triangle napkins in my copper heart DIY and can vouch that the fabric and color quality is two thumbs up. The products in the image above include a Watercolor Dots Table Runner designed by Erin Niehenke, Summer Fun Napkins designed by Simona Cavallaro, and Strawberry Fields Napkins designed by Shirley Lin Schneider. 

PS // Ending today April 25th, take off 15% sitewide (excluding fine art prints and home decor) using code SPRING16.

Announcing a Tag&Tibby Curator Shop with Minted Home

7 Reasons Why I love Snapchat

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I was chatting with a few friends last night discussing classes we would teach (if we could). I was telling them how much I enjoy Snapchat and realized hey--that could be a blog post!

So, first to touch on the the topic of kids + apps. There will always be negativity around the web when new apps and programs are released, as we as a society navigate how to use new technology wisely. I know parents are worried about phones and Snapchat (when I was a teen the fear was over Instant Messenger and Myspace). We like to pretend that we lived in trees full-time as kids, but as a child of the 80s I remember spending time on the computer playing golf, flight simulator, and Riven (maybe I was just a nerd?). And I am pretty sure being a computer-adjusted kid helped me do well when I attended Georgia Tech. 

So I get it, I do! But the best thing I know to do is: learn the apps. Figure them out and enjoy them for what they are, and teach the kids how to use them wisely. And obviously monitor them. 

Okay. So, snapchat. There are a few reasons I am really digging it as a lifestyle blogger. 

1. Builds Brand Authenticity

Snapchat is a way of showing behind the scenes that Instagram used to be. Shopping for photo props, flowers, recipe making, or thrift store shopping. It is a lovely platform for showing video and photos without "overgramming." As a blogger if I share too many posts in one day on Instagram I loose followers. But the Snapchat followers I've gained so far have been very loyal (and patient!) when I share content.

2. Show a Sillier Side

I am a recovering overgrammer. Everyone has their tendency and I've really had to check myself when it comes to my Tag&Tibby brand. Snapchat gives me a chance to publish content without worrying about sharing too much. You can add text over images, add graphics, filter, speed up/slow down videos, and the selfie lenses are really fun.

3. More Personal

I feel more comfortable sharing a video of my family on Snapchat than I do on Twitter or my brand's Facebook page. And I can see who is watching the videos. Also, I admit to selfies with my dog. If you love to take 20 pictures of your cats a day it is a good place to share it.

4. Quality of photos+video doesn't matter as much

This is kind of huge for me. Natural light and good quality matters when it comes to editorial content. But 24/7 that is exhausting. I like that I can publish on snapchat and I might not be exactly centered. Its just less refined. And I kind of love that.

5. My kids get to play with the fun filters

Yup. They ask everyday if they can play on my Snapchat. 

6. Download the photos and videos you want to keep

This is kind of important (read point 7). Every once in a while I am able to reuse the content I shared on snapchat for instagram (like this one). 

7. It disappears after 24 hours

I also kind of like this. And no big deal if you don't publish anything for a few days. Some days I don't. I tend to publish more on the days I am working at home, it gives me an outlet to say "hello world!"

How to Make a Modern Faux-Succulent Wreath

how to make a cheerful spring wreath using faux succulents

Do you put wreaths on your front door? I grew up in the Southeast (Beaufort, South Carolina and later near Savannah, Georgia) and wreaths on the front door are just about as polite as offering iced sweet tea to unexpected visitors. They symbolize a cheerful "hello!" to guests.

I made a cotton wreath for Charlotte Home+Garden in December, and later a copper heart wreath  (that stayed on our front door wayyyy past Valentine's Day!). This time I wanted to add something that could stay out in the spring and summer months. Modern but still welcoming.

I happened across faux succulents at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago and knew they would work perfectly for the project! Read below for the supply list and a simple tutorial!

succulent wreath supplies

Faux Succulent Embroidery Hoop Wreath

makes 1 wreath

+ 4-5 sprigs of faux succulents

+ 18" embroidery hoop (affiliate link)

+ Stain with brush (optional)

+ Cloth Ribbon 

 

// Tips

If you select a color range of succulents the wreath will look more vibrant and less modern. If you go for all green with varying texture it will give the wreath a more modern feel. 

You can leave the hoop unstained for a natural look, or you can find a full tutorial on how to make a coffee stain here.


stain the embroidery hoop | faux succulent wreath via tag&tibby

Step 1:

Using a painter brush stain all sides of the embroidery hoop. Air dry for about 30 minutes. 

clip the plastic stem | faux succulent wreath via tag&tibby

Step 2:

Using scissors cut plastic stem off close to base of plant, leave metal wire intact. Repeat for each succulent.

wrap wire around screw closure | faux succulent wreath via tag&tibby

Step 3

Starting with the largest succulent wrap wire around embroidery hoop, covering up screw closure area. Repeat with smaller succulents and arrange in a cluster.

a simple, cheerful succulent wreath tutorial via tag&tibby

Step 4

Add ribbon to top of wreath and hang.

find out how to make this succulent wreath using faux succulents and an embroidery hoop | tag&tibby
a simple, cheerful succulent wreath tutorial | tag&tibby

Because the weight of the succulents is on the side, the ribbon will pull to the side. If you prefer the ribbon in the middle, decorate succulents along bottom center of wreath.