Can you believe that it is May 1 today and that Mother’s Day is just around the corner?
Frankly, I can’t!
This has been a busy and productive 2015 so far, between renovating the rental property, our family holiday in March, and then working on finishing off the kitchen and the craft room this past month. I am so excited that we are “almost there” on both those projects.
And I’m even more excited about my own personal Mother’s Day gift this year from “my boys”! I am going away to a Spa for a night with a couple of close girlfriends. Is there something inherently wrong about leaving your children behind to go and celebrate Mother’s Day?
Maybe don’t answer that!
In actuality I will be home for the “real” Mom’s day – and, even though I am a Mother now, I am still responsible for Mother’s Day gift ideas for my Mom and my Mother-in-Law. They are both amazing women and deserve some recognition for that amazing-ness.
I love to give them something cute from the boys, and I thought that these little DIY Child’s Silhouette Tea Towels would be an adorable way to give them a little reminder of their adorable grand babies even when they aren’t around messing up their houses.
Today I am sharing my Mother’s Day Gift Idea as part of a blog hop with some of my favourite fellow-Canuck bloggers. Take a look at what they have come up with to help celebrate Mom… (links are at the bottom of the post).
To make this simple DIY Child’s Silhouette Tea Towel, I used some bar mop towels that I picked up at Walmart, printed images of my boy’s side profile, scissors, a pencil, a Sharpie laundry marker, and a large Tulip Paint pen. If I were to redo this project I think I would prefer to use fabric paint and a brush rather then the paint pen as it took a few coats to get decent coverage. But as I live in a town without a single craft store, I had to make do with the one fabric pen I was able to find at Walmart.
I ironed the tea towels first to, obviously, remove the wrinkles…
Then I cut out each boys face…
I folded the towels into neat thirds, and then laid out the silhouette cut outs…
I traced around them with a pencil. I used a mechanical pencil and it wasn’t great. I would use a regular ol’ HB if you have one… I think the thicker end would work a little better.
Before using my slightly-less-then-successful paint pen I put some layers of scrap paper between the outline and the rest of the towel so the paint wouldn’t bleed all the way through it.
Third this-craft-was-almost-a-failure tip: Outline the silhouette first with a thinner marker. I used a Sharpie laundry marker that I had on hand to go around the pencil outline, and then filled the whole shape in with my Tulip fabric marker. As I said, I think I would have preferred a fabric paint (or black craft paint with fabric medium). Next time…
It took a few coats to get a decent level of “black”. These would also be adorable in another colour if you had access to a store with a better selection of fabric paints or fabric markers. The nearest Michaels is an hour away and I am itchin’ to get there soon. Can you tell?
I think it still turned out pretty adorably though, don’t you?
Think you might want to try this? As a gift or even for your own kitchen?
And here are the rest of my Canadian-blogging-friends amazing Mother’s Day projects….
Shauna of Satori Design for Living made a Pink Grapefruit Salt Soak
Christina of The DIY Mommy shows you how to make a Mini Fairy Garden in a Tin
Jenn of Clean & Scentsible made Vintage Wood Transfer Photo Coasters
Tara of Suburble put together a Weathered Gift Tray Tutorial
Kristi of Making it in the Mountains shows you how to make a DIY Blanket Ladder
Lucy of Craftberry Bush shows you how to make this Press Fern Resin Tray
Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs has a recipe for a Lemon Coconut Sugar Scrub
Alex of Northstory made these fantastic Photo Tea Bags
Virginia of Fynes Designs has a free Apron Sewing Pattern
Krista of Happy Housie made a DIY Silhouette Image Tea Towels
My Canadian-blogging-friends and I have almost joined forces to offer you an amazing Giveaway as well!! If you win, would you keep it for yourself?? I think I might… (sorry, Mom!)
What do you have planned for Mother’s Day this year? Do you do something extra special for your Mom, or let the day slide? If you are a Mom yourself, are you responsible for organizing it, or does your family surprise you?