Fair warning. This post is going to make you want to stop whatever you are doing, head directly to the craft store, and DIY your heart out for your mama and your sisterhood. If you can do that now, you are in great shape. If not, you might want to delay reading this post until you have enough time to jet out if you need to. 🙂
Do you remember the artistic gifts you used to make as a kid for your Mom, and the smiles they would bring to her face? They were often humble and a bit shabby, so there was worry it wouldn’t be enough to express how much you loved her – and then to your delight, you realized these gifts were her favorites.
Now that we have children of our own, I realize even more the immense joy of this act. Kids don’t have a lot of cash or credit, so they have to rely on very humble means to communicate their love. As a result, I am inspired and in awe of what the heart can create when money isn’t in the way. I wanted to capture that same feeling again, and as we inch towards Mother’s Day, came up with this easy DIY project to let the moms in my life know I treasure them with both my heart and my hands.
Garden Glass Earrings:
I got the idea for making these earrings from the glowing silk flower arrangement pictured above. I was lucky enough to take it home from a holiday gift exchange with girlfriends a few years ago, and I still love it. Especially in the wintertime, it’s nice to walk in to the kitchen to a soft light. After filling in the bottom of the vase with glass garden beads, I still have plenty of extras. The beads shine bright in the light, so I figured they might make a pretty set of earrings…and they do. It is such a fun, lovely project that I couldn’t stop making them!
Here are the easy steps:
What you will need:
Surgical Steel Earring posts: I found mine at Walmart, but the others have them too.
Clutch earring backs: Found at Walmart, but they sell them all over. The clutch style is a must though, because the smaller, traditional backs don’t work as well for this project.
Hot Glue Gun
Wash and clean a pair of glass beads that you think will look good together.
Use a hot glue gun to put a small amount of glue on to one of the earring backs, and attach it to the flat side of the bead. Let cool and dry. Repeat with the other bead and earring back. It doesn’t take long for the glue to adhere, and within 5-10 minutes you will be able to wear them.
Wrap in a special way, either in a small organza gift bag, or attached to cards like in the examples shown below.
These cute owl notecards are a gift from a super stylish friend! The brand name is Graphique.
It’s highly likely you will end up with enough supplies left to make a pair for yourself too. 🙂
Are you still on the Internet silly girls? These are crazy easy to make…go, go, go to the store and have some fun. The owl says goodbye and so do I.