Every year May rolls around and my husband and daughters ask what I would like for Mother’s Day. All I can ever think of when asked though is “a nap, and for someone else to make the meals for the day.” I think my real answer is, “I just want a little extra attention from the family members I spend so many hours taking care of every single day.” They don’t need to get me a Mother’s Day gift, all they need to do is think of a way to give me a little extra TLC.
My favorite breakfast? Sounds great. Time and quite for a nap? Sign me up. A handmade gift? Absolutely wonderful.
It’s all about the thought for me. Isn’t that all any mother really wants? Some loving thought and effort from her family members. A little bit goes a long way too. What better way to show a mom you’re thinking of her, than making it known she lights up your life? A homemade gift with a loving sentiment? Thoughtful, loving, and perfect if you ask me.
Supplies needed to make a Mother’s Day Luminary
- Patterned tissue paper
- Clean glass jar
- Mod Podge
- 2 inch sponge paint brush
- Twine or ribbon
- Tea light candle
How to make a Mother’s Day Luminary
1. Measure and cut your piece of tissue paper so it is wide enough to wrap around the whole jar and tall enough to reach from just under the lip below the threads at the top and a quarter inch or so below the bottom edge so it can cover the curve. Be sure to chose a tissue paper with a fun print or pattern to give the luminary lovely detail when it is lit up.
2. Paint a light and even layer of Mod Podge on the jar. Do this quickly because it will dry quickly. Line up the tissue paper and then gently roll the jar and press the paper into the layer of Mod Podge.
3. Paint Mod Podge onto the bottom curve of the jar and press the excess tissue paper down to cover the curve.
4. Paint a light and even layer of Mod Podge over the top of the tissue paper. This will give the tissue paper a layer of protection, and will give the finished product a bit of a sheen.
5. While the Mod Podge dries make a tag to hang from your Luminary. My girls decided to write “You light up my life,” but you can write whatever message you like on yours.
6. Tie the tag onto the top of the jar with a piece of twine or ribbon. Place the tea light candle into the jar and you have a beautiful handmade luminary.
If candles aren’t your mom’s thing you can also skip the candle and fill the colorful jar with flowers for use as a vase.