Project Crawl: Mama mia!

Whoa! Mother’s Day is May 14?! How did that happen! Yikes. It’s time to make a gift … quickly. Try these ideas to make any mom prouder than punch this holiday.

Flowers always make a nice touch. If they’re in a vase, that is


Make your own vase to show off some lovely daisies for your mom. Glass etching is a nifty way to personalize an old jelly jar or 99-cent tumbler from the thrift store. The DIY Network has some helpful basics to get you going on the road to gift giving. Why not put mom’s initials, some puffy hearts or even a stick-figure portrait of yourself on the vase?

I’d like the buy the world a Coke AND my mom her Mother’s Day gift…


Not a fan of glass etching? Or, if you’re like me, do you drink too much pop and have a few hundred Diet Pepsi botttles hanging around your pad? Either way, Thrift Deluxe has a great take on the pop bottle vase, minimal enough to make a huge impact during Mother’s Day brunch. Just remember to tell your mom you brushed your teeth after drinking all that sugar-filled pop…

Take a note, mom


Oh, Martha. This is such a lovely idea that allows mom to write down all her important thoughts or, perhaps, some birthday ideas she has in mind for you… Make sure to pick some of mom’s favorite colors for the ribbons used on the journal. Might as well Modpodge a photo on the front while you’re at it, too. It’s the little touches, ya know?

This coupon is good for one hug. And that’s it.


Martha takes a stab at the coupon book, a kindergarten classic. Just make sure you don’t get too generous with your offers. You might be making dinner every Sunday night for the rest of the year if you don’t watch it… There’s even a PDF version of the template with the article to make this a super-easy idea.

…And to tie it all together…
When Mother’s Day finally arrives, serve your mom an old-skooll classic: bubble pizza! Remember, she’ll have to eat it; you made it. Moms get guilty like that.

If she seems a little hesitant over your culinary classic, try serving it up on a handmade record album serving tray. I made my own Lionel Richie version for a party not too long ago and it was the hit of the night. Well, that and the chocolate fountain, but that’s a different story. Simply find your favorite album that happens to be a gatefold (You know, the kind that opens up). Have a piece of particle board cut to size. Use super-sticky glue to attach the cover to the board. Feel free to slap some Modpodge on the cover to keep it safe and dry. In addition to the glue, I used some electrical tape to make a border and add extra “stickiness.” Pick up some old drawer pulls and nail ‘em down. Voila! Instant mom memories, courtesy of you and Lionel Richie. Who knows. Maybe you’ll all end up dancing on the ceiling by the end of the fun-filled holiday…