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Sometime shortly after Easter, you’ll find me in the Mother’s Day aisle searching for Mother’s Day cards well before the actual holiday. I don’t like when the card aisle has been picked through, and I always spend time choosing the perfect card. The first year that my husband and I were married, we planned a Mother’s Day event for his mother and my mother. We didn’t tell them where they were going. My husband picked them up and brought them to our house for brunch, and then we treated them to a mani/pedi at a local nail salon. I can’t remember everything that we have done for each Mother’s Day after that first year, but the very first Mother’s Day that we celebrated as husband and wife with our mothers holds a special place in my and my husband’s heart. I’m forever grateful that we were able to celebrate Mother’s Day with them in this way.
Over the past few years, we have mixed homemade gifts with store bought gifts to create a customized gift for our moms on Mother’s Day. Both of our mothers have different tastes when it comes to gifts, but my starting with the same “base” gift, we can alter what goes in or on it to create a unique gift for both my mom and his mom. This year, the “base” will be a quick and easy Painted and Washi Tape Tray. By beginning with a plain tray, I can make each tray our moms’ favorite color!
- Plain wood tray- can be found at most arts and crafts stores
- Chalky finish paint
- Washi tape
- Exacto knife
- Mod Podge
While you can use any type paint, I like using chalky finish paint because it goes on smoothly and doesn’t require a primer coat on plain wood craft projects.
Paint the tray and let it dry completely. It took two coats for me to cover the tray totally.
Cut strips of washi tape and apply it to the base of the tray. You can cover the entire bottom or not– the choice is yours!
Use the exacto knife to clean up any washi tape edges that are not flush with the tray.
Apply a thick layer of Mod Podge over the entire tray to seal the washi tape and the paint. Let dry completely.
Now I can add pretty gift items to the tray! Be aware that these trays for craft projects do not hold much weight, so don’t buy a crock pot and put it on the tray. That would be a big uh-oh!
Maybe add a few of mom’s favorite chocolates?
Of course, I’ll have my cards ready to go! Heading to Walmart early to pick out cards for our mothers means that I am sure to get the perfect card with the perfect saying. American Greetings has a one-stop Mother’s Day card stop in my local Walmart. Cards, gift bags, and tissue paper are all handy to grab and go! Beginning 4/25, spend $5 on any American Greetings products at Walmart and save $2!
I tried to color coordinate my items on my mother’s gift tray this year. I’m not sure that I succeeded, but it definitely turned out pretty and feminine!
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