3 Charming DIY Mother's Day Ideas (1)

With Mother’s Day being right around the corner I was trying to come up with a cute idea for our daughters’ gifts this year.  And I did!  But I can’t tell you because it’s a secret…..sssshhhhhhhh! Cause they might read this 🙂 !

But while I was browsing and researching I found some other darling inspirations and thought I would share.  I’m sure before May gets here I’ll have a list of a dozen or more.  I’ll keep you posted.

These 3 charming DIY projects are from the Lowe’s creative ideas website.

A Lantern to Light up Her Day ~

The inside is a vase for flowers while the outside is a vessel for candies.  So cute! You could also accomplish basically the same affect by placing a smaller glass cylinder into a larger cylinder.

mother's day candy and flowers vase


  • Small curved satin nickel lantern or any lantern you may have or run on to.
    • Insert a jar, vase, or drinking glass in the center of the lantern. Its rim should be about even with the rim of the lantern.
    • Fill the lantern with small, loose candy — the more colorful the better.
    • Fill the glass in the center about half-full of water and add flowers.

How cute is that?

Frosted Votive Candles~

lowes votive candles


  • 1 package wide mouth mason jars, quart size
  • Valspar spray paint: Frosting, Frosty Berry, Everglade Glen (Valspar is the Lowe’s brand name. It’s really good paint).
  • Wash and dry the mason jars.
    • Choose a stencil. Cut the stencil out and stick it on the jar.
    • Apply three light coats of Valspar Frosting spray paint to the jar. Let it dry and then remove the stencil.
    • Remove the center of the lid and spray-paint the rim with a paint of your choice. Add a candle and voila!

Depending on the stencil you choose these candles can be made for any holiday.  I have one with Autumn leaves stencils and a brown satin ribbon tied around the lip of the bottle.  It’s darling with some fall foliage.

Floating Picture Frames~

Lowe's floating frame baby


  • 15/32″ x 2′ x 4′ sanded pine plywood
  • 2′ x 4′ clear acrylic sheet
  • 1″ x 2″ x 4′ whitewood board
  • 4 — 1/4″ hex-head bolts 2.5″ long
  • 4 — 1/4″ lock nuts
  • 3/8″ x 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ steel spacers
  • D-ring hangers

If you purchase your materials at Lowe’s or Home Depot they will cut the plywood and acrylic to the size you want.  I think they do up to 10 cuts for free.  Good deal!!

  • Cut the plywood and acrylic sheet into 2′ x 2′ squares.
  • Stack two squares of acrylic on one square of plywood and clamp together.
  • Measure 1-1/4″ from each corner and slowly drill a 5/16″ hole through the acrylic and plywood.

TIP:  If you have a drill press, using a clamp-on fence and a stop block will make this quick and easy.

  • Sand the plywood faces and edges with 100-grit sandpaper. Wipe off dust with a cloth.
  • Cut a 10″ long piece from the whitewood board to use as center support. This will keep the acrylic squares from sagging in the center of the frame.
    • Glue the end of the support to the middle of the plywood’s front side. (The artwork will hide the support.) Weigh down the support while the glue dries to ensure a good bond.
    • Mount a large D-ring hanger to the back of the plywood with a screw.
    • Center and tape your photo or artwork to one acrylic square. Top with the second acrylic square. Then connect the acrylic and plywood pieces using the hex-head bolts, steel spacers, and lock nuts.

(Insert picture of baby in floating frame)