A Mother’s Day Gift Waiting in Your Storage Unit?

Posted on May 7 2014 - 4:00pm by Emily Emmer


Remember when you used to make a gift for your mother in art class? She would place the less-than-perfect project by the kitchen window and talk about how much she loved it. Well, it’s time to get back to your roots this Mother’s Day! Plus, now that you’re all grown up you can make a more, ahem, perfect project!


Need another reason to be old-fashioned this Mother’s Day? How about making your own gift in honor of the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day? To get started, take some inspiration from your storage unit! Your …  storage unit? That’s right. There are lots of items in your storage unit just waiting to be turned into a fun Mother’s Day gift. Here are a few projects to get you started looking at your storage unit with new eyes.


Give New Life to Tired Bowls

Maybe you couldn’t bring yourself to throw out your old bowls, but they don’t have to sit in a box. Transform a few ordinary bowls in decorative lace bowls.


Image of Spring Lace Bowls Martha Stewart project from Plaid Online by Kirsten Jones

Image from Plaid Online by Kirsten Jones


Turn an Old Mirror into Something Stunning

Mom will applaud your artistry when you repaint an old mirror or two or three. Try a fancy Pantone color to make your repainted mirrors pop.


Image by Rhoda at Southern Hospitality blog

Image by Rhoda at Southern Hospitality


Make Something Useful from that Old Bicycle

Take some inspiration from this Pottery Barn “bicycle” planter, but use a real bike for your planter. Bob Vila suggests that this bicycle planter project can be easily completed with the right paint and wire baskets.


Image from Pottery Barn

Image from Pottery Barn


Write Behind that Picture Frame

Broken glass in that frame? No problem! Remove the glass and back from an old decorative frame, and use it as a centerpiece on a chalkboard wall. (Of course, you’d want to have a pretty good idea that Mom is up for some surprise redecorating before doing this one!)


Image from Hammers & High Heels blog

Image from Hammers & High Heels


Put the Ladder Back to Work  

Ah, the charm and potential of old ladders. Thrill Mom with a ladder photo display.


Image from Crafts by Amanda

Image from Crafts by Amanda


Whether you repurpose bowls or bikes, I hope you’ve found some inspiration to make this 100th Mother’s Day one to remember!


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  1. Amanda May 10, 2014 at 2:25 pm -

    Thanks for featuring my ladder! Lots of fun ideas here 🙂