Homemade gifts to give this Mother's Day
It’s so easy to buy something for Mother’s Day, but we think it’s all the more special when you take the time to handcraft a gift all of your own. If you think so too, why not try one of the three ideas below? Choose from a heavenly smelling selection of three pamper-ready presents – or if you’ve time and want to really push the boat out, make them all!
3 Homemade Gifts for Mother’s Day…
1. Jo’s Rose Petal Lip Balm
“I love this DIY remedy for its sweet taste of vanilla with just a hint of rose. And because it’s made with 100% natural ingredients, its super moisturising, edible and free of any chemicals. Oh, and did I mention it makes enough to give to your mum with some left for you to enjoy, too?” – Jo
To make four small lip balms
1 tsp beeswax (grated or cut into pieces)
1 tsp shea butter
1 tsp cocoa butter
1 and 1/2 tsp almond oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
A handful of dried rose petals
Small heatproof bowl
4 small sealable containers (10–15ml)
1. Measure and add the beeswax, shea butter and cocoa butter in a small heatproof bowl and place it over a small saucepan filled halfway with water. Bring the water to a simmer to melt the mixture.
2. Remove the melted mixture from heat and add the dried rose petals, which will steep them, releasing the natural oil and scent of the petals.
3. Strain the rose petals if you wish. (I left them in as I think they look quite pretty).
2. Becky’s Eco Soy Lavender Candle
“My mum absolutely loves lavender and I know a lot of Mum’s do! I wanted to make her a gift that was handmade, but also had a special element to it. My inspiration came from the Free People Blog, which features a lovely pressed flower candle.” – Becky.
To make 1 candle…
500ml Kilner jar, or pretty glass jar
500g of eco soy wax (flakes or pellets are easiest I think)
Candle wick (you’ll need the right length for the jar you’re using. It’s better to go for longer than shorter. You can simply cut down any excess length).
Cocktail stick or wooden skewer
6-8 dried lavender flowers (or real lavender if you have some)
Lavender essential oil
Tin can – empty and clean
Paintbrush – an old one or one you’re happy to keep for candle-making
Jute string or raffia string and gift tag to decorate
1. Fill your empty tin can with your eco soy flakes.
2. Put your saucepan on the hob and place the tin can in the middle. Put about an inch of cold water in the pan, and turn on the stove.
3. You will notice your wax start to melt. To help this along, stir occasionally with the paintbrush.
4. Once this wax has fully melted, take a dried lavender flower and with the paintbrush, dip this into the wax and paint one side of the lavender flower. Quickly dip the brush in the wax again and paint the inside of the jar with more wax, and apply the flower. Hold the flower in position until the wax has dried. This shouldn’t take long – 10 seconds maybe.
5. Repeat this step so that you have flowers all the way round the inside of the jar.
6. Using the paintbrush, dip in the hot wax and secure your wick to the bottom of the glass in the middle. Tie the top of the wick around a cocktail stick and balance this on the top to keep it central through the candle.
7. With the rest of the melted wax, add in a few drops of lavender essential oil. Pour into the jar carefully and slowly, but only fill half so that the flowers stay glued to the sides. If you fill all the way your flowers will float in the wax. I learnt this the hard way!
8. Let the wax cool and harden – this may take 15-20 minutes.
9. Once the wax has hardened, melt more wax on the hob and fill the rest of the candle! This way the flowers should have stayed to the sides
10. Once the candle has cooled – tie your raffia string with a nice tag description around the neck. Voila! The perfect little Mother’s Day gift.
3. Aimee’s Floral Body Scrub
“I love body scrubs that not only leave you with soft, silky skin but also leave your skin smelling wonderful too. And what’s more appropriate, for a Spring body scrub, than the beautiful scent of flowers? This scrub will leave your mum feeling relaxed and uplifted!” – Aimee, Wallflower Girl
500g / 2 cups coarse sea salt or granulated sugar
240ml / 1 cup oil (olive oil, coconut oil – melted and sweet almond oil are good choices)
2 tbsp rose water
Dried flower petals
2 tbsp dried lavender
A clean jar or container
1. In a large bowl, mix together the sea salt (or sugar) with the oil. Add more salt if it’s too oily, or more oil if it’s too dry.
2. Stir in the rose water.
3. Stir in the dried flower petals and lavender. Enjoy the heavenly floral aroma!
4. Transfer to a jar or container and keep for up to 2 months.
For a few other ideas, check out our other post on DIY Organic Beauty Recipes. And look out for a home-baking gift idea from Aimee, and something green-fingered from Lou of Little Green Shed (our brand new Thoughtful Friend). Both posts are coming next week.