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DIY mini kitchen rolling cart
DIY project; a basket to organize my kitchen counter
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A Homemade Mother’s Day Gift for my Mother-in-law

www.nowathomemom.com mothers day gift

Happy Friday everyone

So happy the weekend is almost here, unfortunately for us the weather doesn’t look to promising for outdoor activities. Hubby will have to work on Mother’s day but that’s fine, Nate and I will go and visit my mom Sunday morning to give her a small gift. So any spray painting projects will have to be put on hold for these next two weekends. May 20th is my baby boy 2nd birthday and I have to get ready and plan something fun for him. I need to come up with fun treats for a “Spiderman” theme party. I will try to take cute pictures of him and share them with you later.

I am posting this project very late and so close to Mother’s day because I don’t want my mother-in-law to read and see what I prepared for her. We might visit her tomorrow instead of Sunday and I can’t wait to see if she likes her gift or not.

Please let me share with you how I made this simple, fun and almost free Mother’s day gift I prepared for her on behalf of her grandson.

 

I wanted to print her a giant Mother’s day card and glue pictures of Nate to the card, so I went upstairs to print some recent and baby pictures of him.  Aww! I know, he’s my son but I love looking at his baby pictures, he was too cute and delicate back then.  After printing the pictures, I was looking for glue and found two pieces of wood inside one of the drawers of Nate’s changing table, which you know I am using as a work table for now.

These two pieces of wood, used to be nailed inside of the small closet from my craft room. Two months ago we wanted to make room for a “workspace” inside that tiny closet (it’s not ready yet, future post), we removed the old shelves and I remember keeping these two pieces of wood for a “maybe/future” project. I forgot all about it but when I saw them again, I knew I had to use them for this project. So, I looked for my mod podge, a foam brush, a paint brush and craft paint and was ready to start:

craft tools for nowathomemom project gift-mothers day gift

I started by lightly sanding the two small pieces of wood. I choose yellow and pink for the colors of the craft paint and gave them two small coats on all sides. I left the paint to dry for at least 15 minutes:

pieces of wood for mothers day gift

Once the paint was dry, I applied a thin coat of mod podge to one side of the wood using a small foam brush, I then applied a thin coat of mod podge to the back of the photo, put it on top of the wood and gently pressed it with my fingers. I cut the pictures to size with an x-acto knife after I had placed the photos on top of the wood, big mistake. I should’ve measured the length of the photos first and cut them before gluing them. In the picture below you can see how the edge of the photo exceeds the piece of wood.

I let it dry for at least 10 minutes before top coating it “sealing it” with a thick layer of mod podge. I used the foam brush to give it a final coat. Note that when applying the last thick coat of mod podge your image will look cloudy, not to worry, it will be clear once it’s dry. Let it dry for a couple of hours. I left mine to dry for an entire day:

homemade gift idea-mothers day gift

note:  use a “brayer roller” to eliminate bubbles or wrinkles, or gently press the photos with your fingers; if like me you don’t own one. You will be able to create a smooth surface when you will top coat it with mod podge.

This last weekend, we worked hard on our yard and one of hubby’s tasks was to trim the branches of our tree. He left them on the side of our house, but while he was away at work this week, I was sweeping the yard and found a perfect small piece of branch, I instantly knew what I would do with it. I quickly peeled off the bark and it looked great. I had only intended to give my mother-in-law these two pieces but now the scope of my project had changed again. It was time to take my drill out:

homemade gift mothers day gift

I decided to drill two holes at the end of each piece of wood, I was too scared of using the drill on such a small and fragile piece, so I had to wait for hubby to do it for me the next day:

homemade gift mothers day gift

The next step was to get the twine in each one of these holes. I thought this step would be the easiest one but it wasn’t. I spent an hour trying to figure out how to do it. I got upset, I couldn’t believe I couldn’t put a thread through a hole. For a moment, I hated this twine and wanted to use “rope” instead, I looked for some but I only had white and yellow rope around the house. If I would’ve use the ropes I had available, I would’ve ruin the look I was going for. I gave up and decided I was going to give her this gift as is. Fortunately, that same afternoon, my dad came over to drop off some tools I needed for our yard and I asked him for help. He taped the tip of the twine, used a small pencil and his patience and was able to get the twine through each one of the holes:

Thank you daddy!

twine and gift ideas mothers day gift

using twine for gifts mothers day gift

To leave a space between each piece of wood, I cut small pieces of twine and made knots as seen in the picture below. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to align them, so they are a bit uneven on the sides, you will see this in the next pictures:

homemade gift-mothers day gift

The bottom, wasn’t an issue because I looped it all around:

using twine for homemade gift mothers day gift

Almost there, now I just need to attach the twine to the piece of wood found in the yard:

www.nowathomemom.com mothers day gift

Finally, got it. It was not easy to put them together, I tried it many times. It would’ve been easier, if I would’ve had an extra pair of hands to help me and more patience. It’s not perfect, but I still love how it looks. She will be able to display it in her house however she wants to. Knowing my mother-in-law, she will probably be able to align these herself better. After all, she is a “DIY” girl herself.

Now, I will be looking for more pieces of wood and see if I can do something similar for myself and hang it in my craft room to look at these 2 guys every day when I’m up there:

homemade mothers day gift

homemade gift with mod podgemothers day gift

Last minute idea; I decided to make these two personalized cards for my mom and one for my grand mother. I printed these cute pictures of me and Nate in black and white again, attached them back to back with a small red ribbon and wrote a small note inside:

homemade card idea mothers day gift

homemade card mothers day gift

homemade card for mothers day gift

Just want to let you know, I didn’t edit these pictures with any software, I was just playing with the shadows, the sunlight in the room, the settings of the camera and they were not taken on the same day. I love how different they look one from the other. I also know that pictures are very important when posting a tutorial; they should be bright with no shadows but I just wanted to have fun today. And it’s my blog right? this is the space where I can have fun and experiment with my photos!  😉 I promise to follow all the rules for my next tutorial!   I hope everyone realized, I’m just kidding around! 

To all the moms, soon-to-be moms, future moms and all the ladies, I wish you all a happy Mother’s day weekend and hope you will be able to somehow be around the ones you love!

Thanks again for stopping by!

Ingrid

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  • Amy Frisinger Mayen says:

    It’s so cute!! I’d like to do one in rustic (?) colors and sepia photos…I love this idea! She’ll love it too! Good job.

    May 10, 2013 at 2:00 am
    • now at home mom says:

      thank you Amy 🙂 I was going to choose different colors too but because it’s mother’s day I went with pink and yellow for her! 🙂 thanks Amy, really glad you liked this idea 🙂

      May 10, 2013 at 11:01 am
  • gotasté says:

    Ingrid, this is a priceless gift! You are so lovely.

    May 10, 2013 at 4:36 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Oh! thank you so much Danny! 🙂 glad you like it so much! 🙂

      May 10, 2013 at 11:02 am
  • kalamitykelli says:

    So cute and creative! Your mother-in-law will love it!

    May 10, 2013 at 6:42 am
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 thank you Kelli! Oh! I hope so too, we will see tomorrow 🙂

      May 10, 2013 at 11:03 am
  • memyselfandkids.com says:

    Looks like a neat project.
    I think it is funny when you say Nate was so cute when he was young. Now, that he is nearly two – well, the glory days have nearly passed. Ha ha.

    May 10, 2013 at 7:52 am
    • now at home mom says:

      ha!ha! 🙂 Larry you just made me laugh, too funny! 🙂 It’s hard to explain but I don’t know why I can see my son older than he is and when I look back at his baby pictures; I ask myself “where is that adorable and calm little boy?” ha!ha! now, he is running everywhere and is very independent! Thanks Larry 🙂

      May 10, 2013 at 11:05 am
      • memyselfandkids.com says:

        I hear you. I was just giving you a hard time. You know me.

        May 10, 2013 at 4:44 pm
        • now at home mom says:

          🙂 ha!ha! I know Larry!

          May 10, 2013 at 5:20 pm
  • ohlidia says:

    As usual, you astound me with the things you create with just stuff laying around the house! I love that picture are in black & white, it gives a timeless feel to them. Your photos are always great and I don’t go for that “everything has to be perfect” rule. I noticed you wrote in Spanish for your mom’s card and I seem to remember a mention of you being Mexican? Oh Ingrid, I just LOVE Mexican food! Not the North American version of it but the real stuff. I think I’m pretty good at Mexican cuisine but would certainly love some tips from you someday! Nate is the cutest and I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day Ingrid!

    May 10, 2013 at 8:31 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Oh! love that “timeless feel” 🙂 thank you so much Lidia, you are always so kind! 🙂 I guess everything “homemade” can’t be perfect and like you I love things like this “they come from the heart” !!! No, sorry Lidia; I’m not “Mexican” but like you I love “Mexican” food and my aunt used to be married to a lovely “Mexican” man and she taught us how to prepare “real Mexican” plates; delicious, they are the best and nothing to do with the North Ame version! 🙂 Thank you Lidia, I wish you a lovely and happy Mother’s day weekend with your family, I hope you will be spoiled with food, gifts and lots of hugs too! 🙂

      May 10, 2013 at 11:12 am
  • Pillows A-La-Mode says:

    So cute! She will LOVE it!!! 🙂

    May 10, 2013 at 10:14 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you Katherine 🙂 I think she will and I’m really hoping she will 🙂 hi!hi!

      May 10, 2013 at 11:15 am
  • Green Door Hospitality says:

    These are both such amazing and wonderful gifts Ingrid!! Your mother-in-law will love this gift! So perfect! And the cards to your mom and grandma are truly special!
    Happy Mother’s Day Ingrid!
    Kenley

    May 10, 2013 at 11:10 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Kenley! & thank you for being so sweet with your lovely comments 🙂 I’m glad you like this and think it’s special! I’m happy with the results even if I changed the outcome of this project a couple of times ha!ha! 🙂 thanks again Kenley! 🙂

      May 10, 2013 at 11:17 am
  • Alex @ northstory says:

    Very sweet Ingrid! I love your honesty about the drill. You have no idea how many projects I sit by and wait for my husband to be around to um, “help” me with b/c I just know I am going to mess up something. Your MIL will love this!

    May 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you Alex! 🙂 I know, I have to admit that the drill scares me 🙂 like you I have to wait for hubby to help me with many projects! Ih! I really hope she likes it and that she has not read this post yet ha!ha! 😉

      May 10, 2013 at 1:11 pm
      • Lauren @ The Thinking Closet says:

        I’m going to join in this conversation because I, too, have drill fears. I’ve used a drill many times, but always with a quick tutorial before starting. So if hubby isn’t home to give me a run-down, I usually let “sleeping drills lie.” Lol. Anyway, all that to say, this project turned out great! And I loved hearing your whole thought process, Ingrid, and how this project changed from your initial vision. Isn’t that always the way? Your writing is so “real” Ingrid, and I appreciate that very much! Happy (almost) Mother’s Day to YOU!

        May 11, 2013 at 12:54 am
        • now at home mom says:

          LOL! “slepping drills lie” ha!ha! 🙂 we should write a post about this Lauren! 😉 I’m scared of drills too, so when hubby is not around, I have to wait. Last year, I wanted to get a pink one but didn’t because I knew I wouldn’t use it unless hubby was around! glad you liked this small project and can’t believe how many times I changed my mind about it. Thank you Lauren, I hope you will have a great weekend too! 🙂

          May 11, 2013 at 8:41 pm
  • mtetar says:

    Hi Ingrid!

    Happy and a Bless Mother’s Day in advance! Great project as usual, but most of all for me I like the fact you made good use of your yard finding. It is a very unique and precious gift and will make a great keepsake. Happy Birthday Nate in advance! I’m sure It’s going to be an enjoyable one. Be Blessed, Mtetar

    May 10, 2013 at 1:37 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      thank you very much Mtetar and happy bless Mother’s day to you Mtetar! I hope you will have a beautiful weekend with your family 🙂 thank you, yes, I’m hoping she will keep her gift; the picture of her son and grandson for a while 🙂

      May 10, 2013 at 1:56 pm
  • easycraftsforchildren says:

    How lovely Ingrid, your mother in law will be very pleased 🙂

    May 10, 2013 at 4:55 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you Izabel, I really hope she will like it, can’t wait to see her reaction when we will give it to her! 🙂 Hope you will have a great weekend Izabel!

      May 10, 2013 at 5:23 pm
      • easycraftsforchildren says:

        Have a great weekend you too !!

        May 10, 2013 at 5:25 pm
        • now at home mom says:

          Thank you Izabel 😉

          May 10, 2013 at 5:27 pm
  • Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog says:

    What a sweet project!!! She will LOVE it! Your little guy is so, so cute! What a sweetie! Happy Mother’s Day to you, Miss Ingrid! Hope your weekend is the best!

    ~Abby =)

    May 10, 2013 at 9:25 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Abby! 🙂 & hope you will have a Happy Mother’s day too with your two boys! 🙂

      May 11, 2013 at 7:56 pm
  • Julia @cuckoo4design says:

    I’m sure she will love it! Happy Mother’s Day!

    May 10, 2013 at 9:34 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Julia & I wish a wonderful Mother’s day too! 🙂

      May 11, 2013 at 8:01 pm
  • Crystal @ 29 Rue House says:

    Ingrid this is so cute! I love it!

    May 10, 2013 at 9:45 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 Thank you Crystal! 🙂 Hope you are having a great weekend with your family!

      May 11, 2013 at 8:02 pm
  • Cul de Sac says:

    What a nice way to celebrate mother’s day!! love your choice of colors! we really should get together sometimes haha! enjoy your weekend Ingrid! lots of love!

    May 11, 2013 at 12:44 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Merci Josee! I love these colors too; very feminine and perfect for Mother’s day & spring! 🙂 I know, we really should Josee, it would be fun 🙂 Je te souhaite une super belle fin de semaine avec ta famille et un super bon dejeuner pour celebrer la journee des meres !!! 🙂

      May 11, 2013 at 8:44 pm
      • Cul de Sac says:

        merci!! et de même à toi aussi!! bonne fête des mères Ingrid!

        May 12, 2013 at 10:00 am
        • now at home mom says:

          🙂 Merci Josee! j’espere que tu as eu une belle journee! 🙂

          May 14, 2013 at 2:50 pm
  • Bella Grace says:

    This is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. Look forward to doing it with my children.

    May 11, 2013 at 5:06 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you! I hope you try this cute project with your children! glad you really liked it too! 🙂

      May 11, 2013 at 8:45 pm
  • motherhoodisanart says:

    This turned out perfect Ingrid!! I bet your mother-in-law loved it! Also your cards are absolutely gorgeous! I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

    May 13, 2013 at 6:43 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you Melissa, she did, thank you!!! 🙂 We had a good day at my mother’s house, I hope you had a good time too! will go visit your blog soon! sorry, I’ve been without my laptop! 🙂

      May 14, 2013 at 2:52 pm
  • Lora @ Craftivity Designs says:

    Cute idea! I bet she loved it 🙂

    May 13, 2013 at 4:51 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you Lora! 🙂 yes, she did! thanks

      May 14, 2013 at 2:59 pm
  • Lara says:

    I wish I had an ounce of your craftiness. 🙂 Your little man is the cutest! Hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day!

    May 13, 2013 at 11:51 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 hi!hi! thank you Lara! & thank you for your sweet comments!
      I hope you had a happy Mother’s day too with your family! 🙂

      May 14, 2013 at 3:01 pm
  • rhema3one7 says:

    Anyone with pink heart will definitely love it 🙂

    May 14, 2013 at 1:02 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you so much Rhema! 🙂

      May 14, 2013 at 3:01 pm
  • Cathy Compeau says:

    SUPER CUTE!

    I would love for you to share your favorite posts and link up at my TGIF Link Party.
    http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/2013/05/tgif-link-party-2.html
    The party opens Thursday night and closes on Wednesday night at midnight.

    Please, invite your friends to party too! The more the merrier!

    Hugs, Cathy

    May 14, 2013 at 8:01 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Cathy for the invite and glad you liked them! 🙂

      May 18, 2013 at 1:25 am
  • Time With Thea says:

    What a brilliant idea for a gift. So creative! I am inspired! ~Thea

    May 14, 2013 at 10:55 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you so much Thea for the lovely comment 🙂

      May 18, 2013 at 1:25 am
  • little poppits says:

    Ingrid that is the cutest idea EVER! love it have a lovely day. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    May 16, 2013 at 3:20 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Teresa! 🙂 I hope you will have a beautiful weekend! 🙂

      May 18, 2013 at 1:27 am
  • Brandi says:

    Ingrid, you are so thoughtful. Your mother in law will treasure her gift always. Handmade gifts are the best.

    May 18, 2013 at 9:53 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Brandi, very sweet of you to say, I love preparing homemade gifts and receiving them too! 🙂

      May 18, 2013 at 10:01 am
  • rhema3one7 says:

    Lovely idea. I’m gonna adapt this idea for my son’s 3rd birthday. Thanks Ingrid.

    May 23, 2013 at 3:28 am
    • now at home mom says:

      thank you very much to you for your lovely comment Rhema!

      May 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm
  • Calling it Home (@callingithome) says:

    You are so smart. this is just the cutest thing. I love this idea.

    May 29, 2013 at 9:39 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you Linda! 🙂 I really enjoyed preparing this small project for her! I’m also glad she liked it too! 🙂

      May 29, 2013 at 3:51 pm
  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl Art says:

    What a sweet project this is! I love that the rawness of the hemp yarn with the sweet pink and yellow paint colors. What a great gift!! Great way to use photos for the card too. I bet she loved it!!

    June 2, 2013 at 11:03 am
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 oh! thanks Katja! 🙂 she did like her gift, it was a very nice project to work on and love the wood and twine! 🙂

      June 2, 2013 at 8:29 pm

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