Monday, July 30, 2012

Birthday Crafts for My Mom's 50th

Since July is nearing an end, I decided I better post this while I still can. My mom turned 50 on July 7th, and I wanted to give her an amazing birthday present for it. Since we all know that teachers don't make much money, I decided to try my hand at making her something she would love even more than anything I could buy. But first, I had to give her a gag gift, right? After all, she did turn 50! I made both things, but the second gift, the one with the photos, is the meaningful one. Check them both out!

Gag Gift -- 49 Sucks, but 50 Rocks!

First, I bought glass bowls and painted on them: 49 sucks... but 50 ROCKS! 

Then, I put one of those weird foam flower things inside the "49" bowl...

I counted out 49 suckers...

... and stuck them in! :)

Doesn't it look cool? :)

Then, I filled the "50" bowl with 50 rocks...

... and the finished product! 49 SUCKS, but 50 ROCKS! 

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Okay, so that was the FUN, silly gift, but here is the special one. I decided to collect several pictures of my brother, Derek, and me from when we were growing up. I made sure to have an equal amount of photos of JUST Derek, JUST me, and a good amount of us together. I made them square by putting them on Instagram (on an alternate account so no one had to be bored by these photos) and then ordering them through Snapfish. I made one a little bigger so it could go in the middle. The small photos are 2x2, and the one in the middle is 4x4.

I started with a 12x12 canvas and some printed pictures...

All finished! Yay!

Detail...





That gift took so much time to make, but the supplies were really cheap. I did put two layers of matte Mod Podge on top to ensure that the photos won't fall off of the canvas. I think it turned out great for my first one, and I'm excited to make more like this! 


2 comments:

  1. These gifts really rock! What was your mom’s reaction when she saw them? I’m quite sure she loved all of it! But I consider the collection of photos the best give that you gave to your mom. Every picture in it is a good memory that’s worthy of being kept and cherished.

    Tucker Inman

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  2. So sorry I just saw this comment! Oops! I moved my blog in January, and I NEVER check this one... but today I was curious to see if I had any comments, so I logged in.

    Thanks so much for commenting. I appreciate it a lot. My mom LOVED the photo collage, and she got a big kick out of the suckers and rocks! :)

    Janelle

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