Mother’s Day is coming soon and what better way to show a prepper mom you care than to create a repurposed gift she’ll adore for years to come. Even if it isn’t your mother your making something for, you could easily use some of the following ideas to help a group of kids to come up with a lovely gift this Mother’s Day. I’ve made some of these gifts in the past and seen a few in magazines here and there. Hopefully you’ll find them useful or they will inspire you to come up with your own ideas for repurposed/recycled Mother’s Day gifts.
Jewelry from Bottlecaps, Earrings, and Bobbypins
Bottlecap jewelry has been around for decades and there are some pretty cool bottlecaps out there. You don’t have to be an avid drinker of beverages with bottlecaps either. I’ve found jars of bottlecaps in thrift stores and the assortment is amazing. You can hotglue bottlecaps to an old necklace chain, a piece of cotton cord, or any string of your choice. Put a small picture inside it or a little trinket of some sort if you like. You can even make a pair of matching earrings to go with it.
You can also use old clip-on earrings to make some fancy bobbypins. Take the back off of the clip-on and hotglue the earring to the bobby pin. I’ve found some bright and sparkly clip-on earrings leftover from my grandmother’s costume-jewelry-wearing days and she was more than happy to pass them on to me. The bottlecap idea can also work with bobbypins as well. Just about anything can be attached to a bobbypin to fancy it up a bit.
Biodegradable Flowerpots for the Gardening Mom
I’m always coming up with new ways to utilize newspapers. Making biodegradable flowerpots is a time-consuming process, but being given a bunch of already-made ones would be an excellent gift. Use any small tin can you have available and cut off both the top and the bottom. I use either a small mandarin oranges tin or one from tomato paste. Both are the perfect size for starting new plants in. Tear or cut a full sheet of newspaper into 4 squares. Place the tin can in the middle of one edge of the newspaper sheet and roll it up. You’ll be able to tuck the loose ends inside the can and slide the can out the other end before tucking the bottom flap up and around the can.
A Hotpad for Mom to Use in the Kitchen
You probably have an old pair of denim pants that really should be retired, but you just can’t bring yourself to toss them. Do you know how many hotpads you can get out of a single pant leg?! Measure about 10 inches up the pantleg and cut it off. Be sure to leave the seams intact so you only have to sew up two sides. Fold up a couple of smaller squares of denim and place them inside the 10 inch square you cut off, so as to make the hotpad thick enough to be useful. You can also use old shirts or whatever clothing you have on hand as a filler inside the denim square.
There’s no End to What you can Make!
You can recycle old things and create something new in a short amount of time. For instance, if you have an old chick feeder you no longer need, put some eye-hooks into the metal part and attach some chain to create a hanging bird feeder. Put a handle on an extra muffin tin to make a tray for carrying extra rubberbands, paperclips, thumbtacks, etc or for simply storing these loose items in a creative way. You could gather up some mismatched drawer knobs, place them in a line on a painted board and hang jewelry or other items from it. Even old records can be made into bowls to hold all sorts of what-nots. Who knows what you’ll come up with when you look around the house to see what you have on hand.
What’s your most creative repurposed/recycled item you’ve made?