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Scrabble ArtDIY Inspired

Gifts for Mom: Scrabble Art

Find an old Scrabble board and letters (resale shops are a good bet) and create some art. And you’ll need a frame or shadow box and some glue to secure the letters. Just pick out letters for special words of your choice and glue them in place.

Wood Coasters

Gifts for Mom: Wood Coasters

Get cutting! These elm branch coasters are finished with an oil/wax mixture to protect the wood and bring out the color. And wrap up the coasters with a festive ribbon for great DIY gifts you can make.

Mattress Spring Flower WallPhoto: Courtesy of Modern Shelter Blog

Gifts for Mom: Mattress Spring Flower Wall

This clever DIYer used old mattress springs for a flower wall. The springs are hung on the side of the house near the patio.

hanging frame succulent wallPhoto: Courtesy of Earth 911

Gifts for Mom: Hanging Frame Wall

If you’re looking for an easy woodworking project, try building your own frame to use as a living wall. Use landscape fabric or even plastic on the back to contain the soil, and then hang the whole thing on a wall or fence.

mini greenhouse with old windowFamily Handyman

Gifts for Mom: Mini Greenhouse

If you don’t have space for a walk-in greenhouse, this mini greenhouse is the perfect alternative. It is made from cedar boards and a repurposed window to save time and effort in construction. The hinged lid is perfect for providing ventilation and acclimating your seedlings before planting in the garden. You can make this greenhouse in a couple of hours using basic power tools. And check out our guide to how to start seeds indoors.

Thyme Saver

Gifts for Mom: Thyme Saver

If your spices are jammed into a drawer with only the tops visible, this nifty rack that slips neatly into the drawer will solve the problem. And it only takes an hour to build. Make it with scraps of 1/4-in. and 1/2-in. plywood. Or build a two-tier drawer spice rack.

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