I have been thinking of Mothers Day, rare for me to think this far ahead (I guess it isn’t that far, 3 weeks away). Maybe because I live far away from my Mom I have to be on the ball and make sure I have time to ship something to her and my mother-in-law. I got a mothers day idea after a call from my Grandma, she was searching for her mothers famous Carmel Popcorn Ball recipe. She couldn’t find it and none of her sisters had it either. I had actually written it down for a high school assignment and saved it in my recipe book. I thought a family recipe would make a perfect piece of art! It would never be forgotten. I also shared a few other easy and sentimental mothers day gift ideas that you can just order if you aren’t feeling like doing a DIY project.
DIY How-to Mother’s Day Recipe Art-
I like to reuse things that I no longer like or need anymore and repurpose them. Like these wrapped canvas prints that can be found on clearance at Home Good stores or at Target. These were two that I had and wasn’t using anymore. I painted right over the prints with paint that I had.
I typed out my Great Grandmas Carmel Popcorn Recipe in a font that I really liked. I used Pic Monkey, it is a free photo editing website. You can use any format you like, such as Word or Publisher.
After you print it out in the right size, turn the paper over and write with pencil over the top of the letters. The trick is to make sure the pencil marks are dark so it transfers over to the canvas. I first saw this technique on My Sweet Savannah Blog.
Then I took the bottom of a Sharpie and rubbed over the letters to transfer the pencil to the canvas.
You can see after I rubbed the pencil on the canvas it left a light pencil shadow of each letter.
Then I traced over the top of the pencil with a fine tip Sharpie. The larger the letters the easier it was to trace. The smaller the letters the harder it was to follow the exact letter shadow.
I get asked all the time on my Instagram how I hang plates on my subway tile in my kitchen. I just use Command Strips. I cut them down depending on the weight and size of the plate or picture I am hanging.
Make sure to follow the instruction on the Command Strip package. I press the piece I am applying to the tile for about 30 seconds.
Although the letters are not perfect, it looks really great finished and mixed with other pieces. I am planning on making one of these for my mom and for my mother-in-law. It might be tricky to find a favorite recipe or a family recipe, but take the time and ask other family members. The effort will show and they will love it.
Here are a few other Mother Day Gift Ideas-
#1- If you don’t want to do a DIY project for a family recipe you can just order one! I love the look of this one. You can easily type out your recipe and select the font and frame. Recipe Art HERE
#2- My DIY Mother’s Day Recipe art:)
#3- I really love these rings SO much (maybe a hint for the gift I want:)) I searched for awhile looking for rings with kids names you have custom made. I like these because they come in gold and also the font and size are really well done. Personalized Rings HERE
#4- I have seen these silhouette’s before and have always liked them. I really like that you can just print these and put them in any frame you find. They are also modern looking. Silhouette HERE
#5- I have wanted a Letterboard but I don’t have a big space for one. I like these smaller scale ones and they are more affordable than a larger one. How cute would it be to letter something that your mom always says or a favorite quote or scripture. Letterboard HERE
#6- I love to frame my kids art and this is a gorgeous way to display children’s art. You could commission your kids to draw a picture for your mother (or wife, if a husband happens to be reaching this) and then have it turned into a work of art. Your Childs Art turned into art HERE.
One more gift idea for mothers day is family pictures! Have your family pictures taken or give a gift certificate to have pictures taken. Really this is priceless.
We just had some pictures taken and I am in love with them. I have only seen a sneak peek of one picture and had to share it with you since today is Finn’s 1st birthday! I am so honored and feel like I hit the lottery with my girls and this little boy.
If you are back East and are looking for a photographer- I highly recommend- Laura Barr Photography she was so darling with my kids and very professional.
Also I know I will be reading THIS blog post today, Finn’s birth story, I just cant help it.