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Design expert and host of "The High Low Project" on HGTV Sabrina Soto shares fun and inexpensive projects dad can do with the kids to make mom extra happy on Mother's Day!
Assemble a fun storage space.
Why is this important? Kids will put things away if they feel like they have their own space and storage. Most rooms are small and they just need something simple to call their own to put their toys in. All you have to do is purchase inexpensive bins and a bookcase that you can buy at your local discount store or a consignment shop. You can create some fab labels out of ultra neat scrapbook supplies and colorful felt and then you can attached them. Once you are done personalizing the bins, let the kids go to town stacking and storing the toys the way they want to do it.
Let your child personalizing the storage space.
If a child is given the chance to personalize their own storage bins they will take ownership and will use the storage space. Kids want to feel like they are in charge of their room. They don't want a label that tells them what to put in the bin. They want a tag that is fun and inspiring. I suggest letting your kids come up with their favorite words like, Mom, Dad, Play, Wish, Laugh, Dream, Happy or their name. Or let them pick their favorite animals.
Design a framed tribute.
This is one of my favorite ideas to design a framed tribute to mom and family on the wall. Everyone always wants to design a framed photo wall, but most are afraid to try it. This is a family affair project to pay tribute to mom and family. First have everyone in the family pick their favorite photo featuring mom in the photo, then pick a favorite photo of yourself, and then another with mom, and round it out with a family shot. Then take the photos and scan them into your computer and make them black and white. This creates a uniform look with all the photos. Then go to your local discount store and pick up 9- 8x10 frames that all look alike to create a smooth symmetrical look. Once you frame the pictures, it's time to hang them.
Use Construction Paper for reference when hanging your photos.
To hang each frame straight put up a piece of construction paper to get the proper spacing and to see where to put the nail. This simple tip keeps you from putting several misaligned holes all over your wall.
Make a mobile pampering station.
Another great Mother's Day gift is to make mom a mobile pampering station. I know from being a designer that not everyone has the room in their house to set up a permanent pampering station, so we have one you can keep in your closet and roll out when you need some pampering. You can take it to the bath, or the living room, or where ever you need your pampering most. And each drawer is set up with a different Spa station giving you a choice of spa services. On top of the table place a computer created card from the family that reads Mom's Spa Menu. Again you can use scrapbook supplies to decorate the menu. Open the menu and it can read, "Dear mom, roses are red, violets are blue, anytime you want a spa day, just pull out your pampering station and we'll be here to do it for you." Love your family.
Next, to make the table easy to use and store. You will find all the things you need for a spa day in the drawers. And to personalize the table you can add a vanity mirror and a glass tray to the top that you can decoupage with family photos.
Now take each drawer and label it like a station at a spa. Again you can make the labels with scrapbook items.
Call the first drawer the Bath Spa Station. In this draw put moisturizing oils, a loofah to rub off dry skin, and tea light candles in a nice wine glasses to set the mood. On candles , stay with smaller tea lights they are safer. Also always remember to contain the flame. You can get creative in containing a tea light by using a wine glass as a holder. Include mom's favorite book, CD or iPod. Be sure to add in a nice body scrub, a purifying face mask and a conditioning hair treatment. Last but not least, include soft fluffy slippers and a light spa robe. It's a spa party In a drawer.
In the Foot and Leg Spa drawer mom should find towels, aromatherapy salts and foot scrubs. Be sure to pick aromas that help mom feel like she is getting a spa experience. Also include soothing foot cream, so the kids can give mom a relaxing food massage.
Good tip here is you don't have to use the bottle the scrub, salts or creams come in. You can get creative and pick up some different bottles and then you can create nice labels on your computer to put on the bottles. You want the the labels you designed to look good and give the illusion of being at a spa.
In the Manicure Spa Station drawer mom will find a hand soak, nail file, clippers, cotton balls, and nail polish remover. Don't forget to add mom's favorite hand cream and nail polish.) (As you can see putting uniform nice labels on all drawers will help mom find what she is looking for and it will also help her to quickly put things away when she is in a hurry to get to other things done.
In the last drawer are things mom uses every day and that take up a lot of space in the bathroom. Now you've created a space for mom to store her hair items that will help her keep her counter tops clutter free. In this drawer you will put her hair dryer, curling iron, curlers and brushes.
This mobile mom pampering station is easy to do, is great storage for all of mom's things, and it makes it easier for mom to have a spa day any time and any where in the house. And best of all the pampering station stores away in the closet when you are done with it, out of the way of everyday life.
Create a custom headboard.
This is a great way to show your wife how much you love her by making a custom headboard for your bed in her favorite material.This next project is a really great project for a husband to do for his wife on Mother's Day. It looks like a big project, but it's fairly inexpensive and easy. First, you take ply board and attach batting and foam with spray glue that you can get from your local crafts store. Tip: Instead of buying expensive foam, you can save money by buying a foam top mattress to complete the stuffing in the headboard. Now it's time to attach the fabric. My mom and I love big graphic prints. And from a design aspect bigger prints make a small room look bigger. You can choose from a variety of inexpensive designs at your local fabric store. Aisha, go ahead take the staple gun and attach the fabric design on the headboard.