6 Spectacular DIY Mother’s Day Gifts Partners, Dads and Kids Can Make for Mom

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1. DIY NECKTIE NECKLACE

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
• 2 old silk neckties
• 24-inch length of wooden dowel
• 36-inch length of satin ribbon
• Access to a sewing machine

TIME: A few hours to 2 days depending on your skill set.

FOR THE KIDS: Stuffing and threading the necklace is a great activity for little fingers. It’s a great small motor exercise, and it’s loads of fun watching everything come together.

TIP: I found that the most difficult part of the project was resewing the neckties into a silken tube. In fact I had to outsource this portion to a neighborhood clothing designer who then was put in a spot when my wife visited the boutique to shop.

INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:

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2. CONFETTI EARRINGS

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
• Card stock (decorative and plain)
• Hot glue gun
• Thin gauge wire
• Earring hooks (you could make your own, but I’d suggest getting them from a craft store)

TIME: Minutes to a few hours if you have really young kids helping.

FOR THE KIDS: Punching the holes? Gluing the dots? This is a busywork project that couldn’t be more perfect for the preschool set.

TIP: “Using just tiny dabs of hot glue, start arranging and gluing your dots together in a random, but linear fashion. You want them to look like they are falling.”

Instructions via Evie S.

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3. RE-PURPOSED T-SHIRT

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
• One of your old T-shirts (maybe the one she always borrows, but never wants to keep in her section of the closet)
• Fabric paint
• Mod Podge
• Pantyhose
• Paint brush
• Sharpie (or other permanent marker)
• Embroidery hoop/Needlepoint ring

TIME: With kids, this project might take an entire day to complete.

FOR THE KIDS: They get to decide what stencil sends the right message and which color mom would like best. Plus, permanently making a mark on fabric is every kids’ dream.

TIP: If you’re working with kids under 6 years old, it might be best to go for a more abstract image using paint tape to create a negative image stencil.

+ A similar idea using freezer paper

Instructions via Calico Skies

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