Cheap But Chic: Gifts to Make Your Mom Smile


Mother’s day is springing up fast, here at cheap but chic, we have you covered with these few arts and crafts.

  1. Painted Tin Can

You will need the following to craft this according

-Tin can

-Paint color of your choice

– Washi tapes

– Other supplies found around the house

Step 1: Paint your tin can the color of your choice and let it dry.

Step 2: Decorate your can with washi tapes.

Step 3: Do whatever else you would like to decorate your tin can with.

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  1. Heart Painted Canvas according to

To create this simple Mother’s Day gift, you will need:


  • 3.5″ x 2.5″  Canvas
  • Mini Art Easel
  • Acrylic Paint or Stamp Pad
  • Rub-on Letters
  • Paint Brush
  • Krylon Clear Acrylic Coating Spray
  • Diaper Wipes
  • Wax Paper

Step 1: Choose the colors of paint that you want to create the hearts with

Step 2: Paint the tip of your finger with a paintbrush

Step 3: Press your finger onto the canvas at a slight angle to make one half of a heart.

Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 to create three more hearts

Step 5: Let the paint dry

Step 6;  Use the rub-on letters to place text onto the canvas

Step 7:Spray the canvas with an acrylic coating spray


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3. Coupon Book for Mom

To make this craft you will need the following according to

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Craft knife
  • Edge punch
  • Craft glue
  • Paper ribbon-style labels
  • 1-inch circle hole punch
  • Double-sided tape
  • Foam dots
  • Letter stickers
  • Butterfly punch

Be sure to have adult supervision,

Step 1: Start with a 12-by-12-inch piece of scrapbook paper. Foldpaper in half, then in half again, and then in half again, ending up with a 3-by-6-inch folded piece.

Step 2: Open folded paper piece. With a craft knife, cut a slit along the center fold, leaving 3

Step3: inches at the top and bottom intact. Fold to make coupon book (see video, to be posted Monday, May 11, for demonstration of how to fold).

Step 4: Cut a 3-by-6-inch strip of scrapbook paper, and use border edge punch along edges. Use double-sided tape to adhere to front cover of coupon book.

Step 5: Embellish cover strip with letter stickers to say “MOM.”

Step 6: Punch a butterfly out of paper and fold in half. Put a dot of craft glue on the fold of the butterfly and adhere to the cover.

Step 7: Download and print coupon templates. Cut coupons to size. Attach ribbon-style label to blank space on coupon using double-sided tape. Write “Happy Mother’s Day” on label.

Step 8: Punch circles out of card stock, and write a message for Mom on them. Place foam dots on the back of the punched circles, and adhere them to blank circles on coupon template. Using double-sided tape, attach coupon to coupon book. Repeat for the number of coupon book pages desired.

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  1.  Momma Bird Cards
    For this craft, you need to print out a downloadable file from


  • Print out
  • White Cardstock
  • Colored cardstock
  • Scissors
  • A Pencil
  • Gel Glue
  • 1-Hole Punch (½  inch)
  • 1-Hole Punch (¼ inch)

Here is how you make them:

Step 1: Download the PDF template and print it on heavy paper. Cut out the shapes. These will be your re-usable pattern pieces.

Step 2: Cut a letter size piece of white card stock in half to make two 5.5 x 8.5 inch pieces. Fold them each in half to create two blank cards.

Step 3: Cut two 5.25 x 4 inch colored pieces of cardstock for the card backgrounds and glue one each to the fronts of the blank cards, centered within the white margin.

Step 4: Trace the bird shapes lightly on colored card stock and cut them out (using small, sharp scissors or a craft knife will help). I like to reverse the pattern pieces and trace them on the back of the paper, so you don’t need to erase pesky pencil lines.

Step 5:Follow the build diagrams below to put them together. Use 1/16 inch thick pop dots to give each layer added dimension. For the smaller pieces, I put a blob of gel glue on a scrap piece of paper and use a toothpick to apply. The legs are tiny strips of white card stock.

Step 7: Use a small circle punch to cut a hole in black card stock. Then shift the punch over a bit to cut a slim crescent shape from the side of the hole you made to make the eyes for both birds. I used a 1/2 inch and a 1/4 inch punch.

Step 8: For the owl beaks, punch one 1/4 inch circle and one 1/2 inch circle. Trim off two edges of each circle to form a point.


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5.Fingerprint Dandelion Craft

Here are the supplies you will need for this craft according to

  • white/green/brown paint
  • small paintbrush
  • card stock paper
  • a finger

Step 1: Start by dipping your finger into the brown paint and pushing it down on the paper. Then take a small paintbrush to draw the stem part.

Step 2: After the brown paint dries, dip your pinky finger in white paint and make a dandelion puff! You could also make it look like they’re blowing in the wind by having fingerprints trail off above them.

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  1. Kangaroo Paper Craft

Here is what you will need according to

  • Cardstock
  • Colored Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Magic Markers
  • Paper

Step 1: Print the pattern onto tan cardstock

Step 2: Cut out the patterns and color them

Step 3: Write a message on the pocket and staple it onto the front of the mother

Step 4: Insert the joey into the pocket

Step 5: You can also write a note to your mother; fold it up, and place it into the pocket with the joey


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 7. Flower Petal Soap

To make this craft you will need these supplies according to

  • Soap compoun
  • Essential oil
  • Flower petals (we used chrysanthemums)
  • Mould (we used a yogurt pot)

Step 1: Melt the soap compound according to the package instructions (we did it in 15 second bursts in the microwave). Stir in flower petals and a couple of drops of essential oil. Pour into the mould and leave until set.

Step 2: Placed in a piece of coloured cellophane and tied with ribbon this would make a lovely gift.

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