Hey, beautiful people – today’s post is going to be something creative. Hell yeah, get excited!
So, in case you didn’t know, we’re currently in Cyprus for my mother’s birthday trip. This posed a couple of issues for me – the main being that it is, in fact, my mother’s birthday. Which means gift selecting, shopping, wrapping, etc. etc.
Now, I love buying gifts. I love the look on someone’s face when they open a gift I’ve given them to discover “wow . . . this is actually something I like”. It’s like I own a small piece of their happiness; they’re now indebted to me and when I make my move to enslave the human race my army has pre-recruited soldiers.
The problem is that my parents are polar opposites. My mother’s bar is astoundingly low while my father’s is ridiculously high.
This means that on my dad’s birthday he was spoiled to a ridiculous degree (while he deserved it . . . my bank account didn’t. My savings still haven’t recovered. Severe PTSD.) – and so, my mother also has to be. Easier said than done when she never wants anything of quality. You know what she asked me for?
Patterned socks. £2 patterned socks from Primark.
One – one – of my dad’s gifts was a £350 bracelet. That presents a slight inequality issue.
In the end, I decided to go with meaningful gifts and experiences as opposed to buying her a bunch of expensive junk she wouldn’t want just to even the imaginary scales. One thing my mother loves is DIY gifts – she loves them. Show that you’ve put a ‘lil bit of love and effort into a gift and, even if it’s complete shit, she’ll treasure it.
Well, as much as she treasures anything. She’s lost both her engagement and wedding ring a few times. They only got married two years ago.
So today’s DIY post is an incredibly cute room decoration, yes – but it’s also a great gift for a mother!
What are we making? Well, if the title and featured image didn’t give it away . . .
How To Make A Memory Keepsake Gift
You will need:
- Glass frames.
Glass frame – Amazon US – $20
- Alternatively, you can use 2 glass panels (from photograph frames) and glue them together
- Flowers – either pressed or live
And that is it!
I picked up these gorgeous, vintage-looking frames from Amazon for under £10 for a pack of two.
Remember, it’s important that you get double-glass photoframes.
What You Need To Do
Step 1: Collect your goodies. You can buy pre-pressed dried flowers from places like Amazon and craft stores, press your own flowers – or you can use live ones! The photo case will press them together anyway.
Step 2: Position the items. You don’t just want to chuck them in there and create something sad, boring and unaesthetic; we aren’t basic bitches.
Step 3: Jazz it up, if you’d like! You can jazz up your little composition with other things too – glitter, polaroids, etc. I wrote my mother a tiny little birthday note and stuck a terrible photo of us in.
Step 4: Close the photo frame and enjoy the product of all that hard work.
This was just a quick and easy DIY – but what a gorgeous gift! You can keep it simple as nice house-hold decoration, or you can personalise it to make it a truly special keepsake. Originally, this was going to just be a pressed flower tutorial . . . but the possibilities just wouldn’t let it happen. I tried to keep it clean and minimal, but there was an insidious voice whispering “but this will be so much more fun” and, well, this happened.
That being said, I think that this makes such a thoughtful DIY gift – every aspect can be thought out and planned.
In the end, I actually bought my mum two tickets for Book of Mormon (I’ve been and it’s hilarious!), a bullet journal that I set up and left tips etc. in and a tattoo session for her birthday! Here’s hoping she enjoys it!
Speaking of enjoying things, I hope that you enjoyed this ‘lil post. Did you like the DIYs – would you create them or anything like them? Let me know your thoughts below!