Many Americans will spend this Mother’s Day — Sunday, May 10 — in quarantine, but professional crafters say you likely don’t even need to leave the house to make Mom a sweet gift.
“She’s not gonna want you to put yourself at risk in order to do something nice for her, especially given the circumstances,” Bushwick-based miniaturist and performance artist Heather Morowitz tells The Post. With some basic art supplies and knick-knacks from around your home, you can craft something special without even making any online orders.
The first step is taking a look around with Mom in mind.
“By this point you’re probably pretty familiar with the interior of your home,” says Morowitz. “Start collecting any little items you might have and get them all in one place, and then you can get creative,” says Morowitz, who identifies as a “hot-glue guru.”
Many households already have obvious art tools like scissors and glue as well as empty food packaging — milk cartons, paper bags and bottles — which, when paired with a small sentimental object, can be used to make an array of giftable items.
“So long as there’s one thing in there that’s very special to you that you can give back to your mother, that’s really all you need,” says Morowitz.
Here’s how to make a few quick but meaningful gifts for Mom.
Necklaces are likely the simplest to make in terms of jewelry crafting, artist Tara McManus tells The Post. You’ll need a chain, a trinket and, ideally, eyehooks (earring hooks can be repurposed and used) — although a safety pin can suffice in a pinch.
“It can be as simple as weaving a decorative ribbon through a chain or a belt and then adding a little charm,” McManus says.
“You don’t even necessarily need to buy a fresh block of wash if you have a lot of candles at home,” says McManus. But, you’ll just need to purchase a wick if you don’t have any.
“You can melt down the last bits of old candles on a stove,” McManus adds, pour it into a metal coffee can, put it back onto the stove, reheat it and pour it into a tin with sentimental value — or one you later decoupage to have some.
There are also kits.
To personalize it, consider using nostalgic fabric like a set of sheets, a costume from your childhood or an old but beloved T-shirt.
Even a total crafting newbie would have a hard time messing up creative freelancer Jessica Delfino’s minute rings. The sweet bling can be made in just three steps.
“I use jewelry wire to shape the band — though I bet even a paper clip would do — write a word on construction paper, use a hot-glue gun to attach it to the band and then seal the word with hot glue so it doesn’t get damaged,” Delfino tells The Post. There are also visual instructions on her Instagram, and she sells the rings on her Etsy.