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This Sunday is Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday, in Britain it is celebrated in March on the fourth Sunday in Lent, it is also celebrated in 46 other countries around the world (on different dates) and is the day that millions of people honour and thank their Mums, Grans, Great Grans and those who care for them for raising, looking after, caring and supporting them and for just always being there.

The origin of Mother’s Day dates back to the ancient Greeks who celebrated an annual spring festival dedicated to maternal goddesses and to honour Rhea who was the mother of many of the Greek gods and goddesses, ancient Romans too celebrated a spring festival, called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess. Early Christians honoured the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ, this was later to include all mothers and was then called Mothering Sunday or Rose Sunday because roses were handed out to all women in church on that day. Flowers represent purity, beauty and life they are traditionally given on Mother’s Day and are always well received and much appreciated.

Fresh flowers can sometimes be expensive why not have a go at making your own, I always think that home-made gifts are nicer as they are unique and personal and made with a lot of thought, time and effort, why not have a go at our:

Paper Waterlily 8

Water Lily Mother’s Day Card

What you will need

  • Thin Paper (Coloured, White, Wrapping paper, pages from magazines)
  • Scissors
  • White card
  • Green felt tips/crayons/paint
  • Favourite Sweets/Chocolates (optional)

What you need to do

1. Cut your paper into squares.

Waterlily 1

2. Fold the square paper in half diagonally, corner to corner, crease the centre, unfold and repeat with the two remaining corners.

Water Lily 2

3. Fold all four of the corners into the centre, and then repeat again.

4. Turn your square over and again fold the corners into the centre.

Water Lily 3

5. Then carefully fold each corner over to about half way into the centre.

Water Lily 4

6. Place your thumb on the tip of each corner and carefully pull over the corner flap which is underneath whilst pressing down on the straight edge of the folded corner with your other thumb, this is the tricky part, don’t worry if the corners of the ‘petals’ tear slightly, a bit of practice may be required.

Water Lily 5

7. If you use different sizes of squares you will get varying sizes of flowers, you can then stick one flower inside another.

Paper Waterlily 7

8. Draw a Lily Pad on a piece of card and colour/paint green or cut one out of green paper and stick onto the card, stick your flowers on top of your Lily Pad and add your message, if you wanted to you could make a flat card and put some of your Mums favourite sweets inside the flower.

Have fun this weekend and Mums have a lovely Mother’s Day

Gill

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Flowers are the most popular gifts given to mums and grandmas for Mother’s Day (on 30th March) often they can be quite expensive so why not make your own flowers complete with a vase, for just a few pence using items that can be found in your kitchen cupboard.

Carrier bag Mothers Day flowers

What you will need

  • Plastic/Carrier Bags (different colours)
  • Drinking Straws
  • Sticky Tape
  • Scissors
  • Clean Empty Jam Jar
  • Kitchen Foil
  • Small Bowl/Cup for a template
  • Pen

How to make your flowers

Flatten your plastic bags and using your template draw circles on them, they can be on the edge or in the middle of the bag.

Carrier bag with templates

Cut out the circles, they do not have to be perfect.

Put 2 or 3 circles together they can be the same colour or different colours.

Pinched flower
Holding the circles in one hand push your finger into the centre and pinch the back of the circles together and fasten with Sticky tape.

Flower on Straw
Tape your flower heads to the top of the straws, either one per straw or 2 or 3 to create a ‘double’ flower.

How to make your vase

Put your jam jar in the centre of a large piece of kitchen foil.
Bring the edges over and into the jar, press the foil firmly against the sides of the jar.
Cut off the carrier bag handles and tie them around your jam jar, trim the ends and scrunch to form a bow.

Arrange your flowers in your vase; you can cut the bottoms off the straws to give different heights.

Why not have a go, they don’t take long to make, Thomas will be giving these to his Grandma, I am sure she will love them.

Gill

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This year Mothering Sunday is on 18th March, little over a week away, here are a few suggestions (which are also on my wish list) for Mothers Day Gifts available from The Recycleworks.

The Family Kitchen Garden. This invaluable book provides clear instructions on growing vegetables, fruit, herbs and cutting flowers including an A-Z of plants and month-by-month advise on what to do when. A must have book.

Grow your own gift pots, these seed kits contain all you need to grow either Basil, Cape Gooseberry or Chilli on your windowsill in a stunning hand painted terracotta pot.

Watering Cans are a very useful gift and are available in all sizes and attractive colours.No gardener would be without a good pair of gloves and these Rostaing Violette Ladies Gardening Gloves are perfect for protecting your mum’s hands and look great too.

Our Fairtrade products are currently on offer and our range includes some lovely handcrafted items, by buying these you will be helping the most economically-deprived people of the world improve their lives.

I hope that I have given you a few ideas but there are many more products available on our website so take a look for your perfect gift.

If you want to be creative and make your own gift click here for details of how to make a homemade card and a decorated windowsill pot.

So go on spoil your loved ones on their special day, and my idea of a perfect Mothers Day – a nice sunny afternoon spent in the garden, I am keeping my green fingers crossed!

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