Moms are wonderful. They toiled to give us food and a clean house to grow up in. They kissed our boo boos and dried our tears. Mom read us stories and sang songs to put us to sleep. She praised us for our successes and comforted us when we failed. There were days we caused her great sorrow, and days we gave her joy. Every Mom out there has willingly and happily done their job with little thanks or recognition except for one day and that day is fast approaching.
Mother’s day is such an important day, but can be difficult to celebrate. What do you buy or make for the woman that has done so much for you? She probably has just about everything she needs and wouldn’t care for things that are too fancy (at least our moms don’t). Why not make her a really special gift that has sentimental meaning? If you are having trouble coming up with one, here is a tutorial for an easy DIY mother’s day picture frame that she will love.
I found this tutorial on Shanty 2 Chic and tweaked it to use materials on hand.
Materials for 5×7 Picture Frame:
- 1×6 board (reclaimed wood is cheaper and has more character)
- Scrap 2×4
- Burlap ribbon
- Tiny clothespin
- Hot Glue Gun
- Tiny Nails
Let’s make the bow first, shall we? Cut 12-16 inches off your burlap ribbon.
Next, fold it in thirds and put a dot of hot glue on to hold it in place.
Now scrunch the folded ribbon in the center like so, and hot glue that together.
I used clothes pins to clamp it down while it dries.
While that is drying cut a smaller 4 inch piece of the ribbon and fold it in half.
Then, wrap it around the center of the bow and hot glue it on at the back.
Ok, enough with the hot glue for now. Let’s go outside and make our frame. Cut your board to 9 inches to fit a 5×7 picture and leave room for the bow. To make the stand, I just used leftover 2×4 and attached it to the back. Looking back a 1×3 would have worked better, so if you have that use it instead.
Attaching the tiny clothespins was tricky. They could be glued, but I didn’t have any on hand. What I did have were these itty-bitty nails and a hammer. First, take apart your clothes pin.
Then lay the bottom half on the board facing up and stick the little nail in there. I cracked a few apart, so be very gentle.
Next, reassemble it by pulling up the spring and sliding it in. I also attached the bow by driving a little nail through the top.
Now, get out some little hands to make cute prints on the frame. I did this because, while it was beautiful with the picture, I liked the thought of having a little surprise
Jordan loved the feel of the paint.
And, that is how you make a DIY Mother’s Day Picture Frame.
I’m sure our Moms are going to love these (sorry for getting them early moms!) and yours will too. They’ve done so much for us! Our achievements as adults are credit to their tireless and loving guidance and care as we grew. We owe the world to our Moms, but since we can’t give them that, we’ll give them our love through heartfelt gifts that were made with a lot of heart put into them.
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