DIY Birthday Sign

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet, but it features a totally awesome DIY project. I always like to make handmade gifts for my family members, as I enjoy the process, and they typically enjoy the product. 🙂

With that in mind, I created these birthday signs for both of my grandmothers for Mother’s Day. I started with a plaque that I bought at Hobby Lobby, and I used little wood squares and circles for the months and dates. I decided on a color scheme for each, and I painted the plaque to match. I found a variety of scrapbook paper to use as well.  

 I found that it worked best to use jewelry loops to hang the circles together, as the wire is typically thinner and, therefore, easier to work with.


I didn’t take pictures of each step of the process, because to be honest, I was a little dubious that I could actually complete the project. However, here’s a great tutorial if you’re looking for a little more direction: http://acraftyescape-katie.blogspot.com/2012/04/i-made-these-for-my-mother-and.html

But, if you just want to use my pictures as guidance, feel free to do so! It was a fun project to complete and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I only pulled a few hairs out along the way.

Have a great rest of your week!

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DIY Mother’s Day Projects

May is almost here, so that means it’s almost time for Mother’s Day! In today’s post, I’ll share with you a couple of easy DIY projects that you can make for someone in honor of Mother’s Day. Now before you get worried, I warned my mom NOT to check my blog today as these are obviously her presents for this year. I just wanted to share them with you in time for you to make them for your own mothers!

The two projects I’ll describe today are a beautiful bouquet of flowers and some mini canvas magnets:

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I’ll start with the bouquet. You’ll need:

  • 1 Mason jar
  • Paint
  • 8 flowers (I got mine from Michael’s and yes, they’re fake)
  • Other decorations (gemstones, ribbon, stickers, etc.)

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Shake the paint well before opening it. Squirt a small amount in the jar – you can always add more, but you can’t get rid of it (wise words from the experienced, here).

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Swirl it around in the jar.

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Once the jar is completely covered, turn it upside down on old newspaper to dry. This can take up to a day.

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Meanwhile, you can prep your flowers. I cut off the ends in varying lengths and used a rubber band to tie them together to make sure they stayed in the arrangement that I liked.

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Once the jar is dry, you can decorate it till your heart’s content. I added gemstones all around the outside, and a cool rhinestone ring I found at Michael’s as well. You can use ribbon, baker’s twine, or stickers to make the jar your own. And voila! What Mom wouldn’t want flowers that never die? 😉

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Next up are these adorable canvas magnets. They are unbelievably easy. I picked up a pack of 8 at Michael’s.

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I used magnetic tape to add a small square to the back of each.

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Then, I used paint markers to decorate them. Use your imagination here! And if your imagination isn’t working, go ahead and use good old Pinterest for some inspiration.

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Once you have them painted and it’s dried, add a layer of glossy Mod Podge to take it to the next level. 🙂 Your mom/grandmother/wife/special someone will love having the handmade gift as an addition to their fridge.

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If you try either one of these projects, be sure to let me know how they turn out!

And in the meantime, have a great rest of your week.

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