Homemade gifts are made with love, but I always worry that we won’t be able to make useful or attractive gifts. I’m not naturally gifted on the handicrafts front, so it needs to be pretty simple if it’s to be successful. Homebase sent us some supplies and ideas, so H could make his own Mother’s Day gifts, but some of these things might be kicking around your loft anyway (well they might be if you have a loft like ours). We decided on homemade coasters with bespoke designs from H’s imagination.
To make the coasters, you’ll need:
- 8 felt pads
- 2 matte tiles (ours were plain white)
- Tester pot of paint
- A paint brush
- PVA glue
First you paint the tiles with one or two coats of paint to get an even base using the paint brush (wash the brush out with soapy water afterwards – if you are using emulsion paint this will be all you need to clean the brush). While the paint is drying, you can create designs for your motif on ordinary plain paper and some pens. H used ball point pens for his chosen motifs, but felt tip or coloured pencils would work well too. Then cut round your designs.
Then cover the whole tile with a thin coat of PVA glue – you can put in on using the paint brush. Don’t worry that the glue is white as it goes on, it will dry clear. Once it’s dry you can put a felt pad on each corner to protect your furniture.
What do you think?
For more great Mother’s Day present making ideas visit Homebase.