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April 27, 2015
These simple, inexpensive DIY projects will make perfect, last-minute gifts for Mom.
By the time the clock hit 8:30 pm, we had learned how to make a terrarium and completed some ourselves. Here are my two creations. Since the terrariums I planted are very open to the air, I will need to water them about twice a week with a water bottle se

Terrariums are not only a wonderfully green gift to give to Mom, but they're also fun to make. Starting with a clean glass container, add a light layer of rocks or pebbles to the bottom of the planter for drainage. Next, add crushed charcoal for a fresh-scent mixture, followed by a healthy fill of soil. Add succulents, and you've created a terrarium. Get even more creative with decorative trinkets and a top layer of colorful pebbles or moss. For more detailed instructions, read our step-by-step guide on Glass Jar Terrariums.

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Why have the kids spend their allowance on fancy iPod speakers when they can make their own handcrafted creations, plus learn a bit about science in the process? This simple DIY speaker project requires four paper cups, two tooth picks, an mp3 player, and earbuds. Feel free to add a touch of color with crayons or paint pens.

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To create paper-covered votives, such as these vintage style candleholders by Norwegian Cathrineholm, start with either frosted glass votives or use a frosted glass spray on the outside of inexpensive clear votives. To create the paper cutouts, kids can use a decorative paper punch, or with the help of an adult, a utility knife can be used to cut out designs traced from a stencil.

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Voila! Success! Re-roll the brayer on the ink and stamp before you use it each time. I knew I was going to have the red Santa hat to add, so I made a bunch of these golden cones, laid them flat all over my apartment, waited for them to dry, then did the n

Handmade Mother's Day cards will mean more to Mom than presenting her with a generic gift card. To accompany the sentimental words and unique drawings that will surely go into this DIY project, we recommend using decorative stamps for added personalization. Getting started the weekend before the big day will also give you enough time to make the stamps yourself.

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Place a piece of waxpaper between each endsheet so that the moisture from the glue won't affect your inner pages. Close the covers and place the heavy books or weights on top. This will ensure that the glue sets evenly, as well prevent buckling and bulgin

Here's a DIY gift that's sure to please all bibliophile moms. While the saying may suggest not to "judge a book by its cover," it's always nice to pick up a book that's loved both for its outer appearance as well as its inner pages. Re-covering an old book is as simple as using some decorative fabric and spray adhesive. Our step-by-step guide on bookbinding will also walk you through creating a blank-page book, which would make a perfect journal for Mom.

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I loved the patterns on these simple bowls by Vancouver-based <a href="http://eikcam.com/">Grace Lee</a>.

Handpainted dishware are a heartfelt way to tell Mom she's loved. Food-safe ceramic pens can be used to create all sorts of interesting designs. For the more talented artists in the family, food-safe ceramic paints work wonders. 

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A generic zigzag stitch—done with a sewing machine or by hand—added strategically to colorful felt fabric makes pretty coffee cup cozies that are perfect for Mom.

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By the time the clock hit 8:30 pm, we had learned how to make a terrarium and completed some ourselves. Here are my two creations. Since the terrariums I planted are very open to the air, I will need to water them about twice a week with a water bottle se

Terrariums are not only a wonderfully green gift to give to Mom, but they're also fun to make. Starting with a clean glass container, add a light layer of rocks or pebbles to the bottom of the planter for drainage. Next, add crushed charcoal for a fresh-scent mixture, followed by a healthy fill of soil. Add succulents, and you've created a terrarium. Get even more creative with decorative trinkets and a top layer of colorful pebbles or moss. For more detailed instructions, read our step-by-step guide on Glass Jar Terrariums.

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