A few Mother’s Day Ideas

Posted: May 6, 2011 by emphelan in Crafts, Gifts, Kids

Bread or cake in a jar

bread jar

Bake you bread or cakes in your pint canning jars, and store them in your cool dark cellar.

Use you favorite cake or bread recipe, pour it into the PINT sized wide mouth jar, 1/2 way full, and bake with the lids off at 325 for 40-45 minutes. While those are baking bring a saucepan of water to a boil and carefully add jar lids.

Remove pan from heat and keep hot until ready to use. Remove jars from oven one at a time keeping remaining jars in oven. Make sure jar rims are clean. Place lids on jars and screw rings on tightly. Jars will seal as they cool. Cakes will slide right out when ready to serve. Unsealed jars should be stored in the refrigerator and eaten within 2 weeks. Sealed jars may be stored with other canned food or placed in a freezer. A properly sealed quick bread will stay fresh for up to one year. The cake is safe to eat as long as the jar remains vacuum-sealed and free from mold. Keep at a storage temperature under 70F If you are concerned about the safety of storing your cakes, an alternative is to store them in the freezer.


From TXmarina44

tissue jar

“Stained glass” Jar

Here’s an idea for a quick, inexpensive, and easy craft that you can make for just about any holiday. I remember making one of these for my mom for Mother’s day over 35 years ago (and I still have it–it has survived moves that some of my china didn’t). Just coordinate colors for the theme (Halloween, Christmas), or use the recipient’s favorite colors (mine would be in shades of purple, but since my kids aren’t old enough to read this yet, I’m SOL for a good while). If you start this right now (kidding, somewhat), it should be ready for gift-giving the day after tomorrow (for those of you needing a little something for Mother’s Day).

You will need:

clean glass jars

tissue paper (recycle from gifts)

liquid glue (glue sticks will not work for the final coating)

misc add-ons (glitter, stars, stickers, foam letters, dismantled jewelry)

small paint brushes (these may not survive this project without stickiness)

newspaper or other protective material for your work surface

The basics:

Protect work area and clothing of participants (I use daddy’s old shirts)

Tear up tissue paper into 1/2″ pieces.

Thin out glue with water. You can use the lids of the jars you’ve chosen.

Brush glue onto the jar, adhere tissue. Overlap the edges. When it’s completely covered, allow it to dry. Then, paint a final, sealing layer over the entire tissued surface. Any embellishments can be added after the final drying.

If you use baby jars (and now I’m really glad I didn’t give away that batch I cleaned out a week or so ago), they should be the perfect size for candle or LED tealights. The jelly jar I’d given my mom has put in years of service as my favorite pencil-holder.

If I ever figure out how to get my iPhone pics onto Flickr, I promise to show you our results. I’d love to see yours 🙂


Wine Glass planter

wine glass

Have a wine glass with no match, or a candy dish gathering dust? Add a bit of potting soil and some seeds or a plant for an interesting gift.

Pop bottle (or soda) terrarium are a great gift for the ids to make. Simply cut a bottle in half, and dirt, seeds or plant, water and put back together. Have the kids decorate the lower half of the bottle, or add colorful rocks or action figures inside.
pop bottle
You can also punch a few holes around the spout, flip it upside down and insert it into the bottom half, a self watering container.

The garden helper has a few plant suggestions.

Tin can lanterns are another gift mom’s love.
tin can

you will need;

Large tin can, label removed
Nails of different sizes
Small screw-in hook
20-inch wood dowel
Coat hanger
Votive candle

On the outside of the clean, empty can, draw a pattern for the lantern holes.
Fill the can with water and freeze it overnight. When the water is frozen solid, place the can on its side on top of a towel and use the nail tips to hammer in holes of various sizes according to his design. Be sure to make two holes near the top, on opposite sides, for stringing a handle.
Remove any chunks of ice from inside the tin can ( the hammered-in holes will have sharp edges).

Screw the hook into one end of the wood dowel, then string the length of wire through the hook. Wind the ends of the wire through the hanging holes on the can a few times until they are secure.
Use a small bit of melted wax or modeling clay to affix the votive candle to the bottom of the can.

If you have an older more adventurous child, My Upcycled Life has a great tutorial on a very fancy tin can lantern.

  1. i LOVE IT, thanks for sharing

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