Homemade Mothers day gift

Homemade Mothers day gift

Thoughtful Memories

This homemade mother’s day gift will make your mom smile. Growing up I had 5 siblings and come to think of it I thought it would be an awesome idea to make a gift from all of us dedicated to our loving and caring mom. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I’m sure I’m not the only one on the hunt to find the best meaningful mother’s day gift. The idea behind this gift is to have the heart represent the love for our mom and the row of pictures will be featuring all of us kids.Β  All in hopes that this precious piece of artwork will last for years to come. πŸ˜€

Don’t get overwhelmed the nail art is a lot more fun then it looks and it’s a speedy process. This project doesn’t require much attention to detail. You’ll be done in no time.. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I got pretty good at nailing those nails.. I could probably whip another one out in half the time. πŸ˜€


I have these two free printables you can use (below). To print your M and heart you will need to print it Landscape instead of portrait. If you don’t know how to position your page landscape follow the instructions below.Β  I printed the letters and heart measuring at about 8.5 inches at their widest point (standard 8×10 printing paper)

(if you look at the heart below you can see I haven’t cut the sides yet.. So leave about 1.5 inches on each side when enlarging for printing)

(I used Openoffice.. it’s a free downloadable program similar to Microsoft word.. These instructions should be the same for Microsoft word)

  1. Open a text document
  2. Click on FormatΒ  (top left menu)
  3. Under format find page and click on it
  4. You should have a new tab open giving you the option to do landscape or portrait
  5. Pick landscape and click OK

That’s it πŸ˜€

(to print right click on each image and ” save as image ”Β  to your computer. Once you open a text document simply drag and drop your photo then adjust the size before printing)Β  Feel free to ask questions if this doesn’t make sense. πŸ˜€

What you’ll need

  • scissors
  • wallet prints
  • yarn
  • wood ( measuring 30″ by 12″Β  and 3/4 inches in thickness)
  • paint or stain
  • Nails (measuring 1 1/4 inches length.. make sure they have big heads for the thread to go around) I purchased mine at home depot in the construction nails area. (not the small craft nails)
  • mini clothespinsΒ  (I purchased mine at the $1 store after the ones from Michaels fell apart.. the cheaper ones from the dollar store were way stronger..weird!!)
  • hammer
  • Concrete floor or Metal for under the wood


  • copper leaf and gilding
  • rope

Let’s Do This !!

Ok so I will start off by saying you will NOT be cutting the top and bottom off the printable.. This is how you will know if your attaching the lettersΒ  on straight..Only cut off the sides. Example: Like the first letter M is showing on the left.

Mother's day gift

I stained my wood board in the color “special walnut”.Β  You can choose to paint or stain yours. If you stain it don’t forget to clear coat with something so you don’t get the stain all over your thread.Β  If painted, it’s a one step deal.

Without measuring how far off I wanted the letters from the bottom I simply lined the paper with the wood and measured the gaps in between the letters to make sure they are even. Then I taped them off and started nailing in.

Homemade Mother's Day Gift

My first letter.. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ all done.

Homemade Mother's Day Gift

Don’t forget to start from the center of the heart and work your way around.. Just like drawing one πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€Homemade Mother's Day Gift

Here’s a snippet of my mini clothespins.. Gosh it was like dominos.. They wouldn’t hold still. I had to prop them up with mini rocks. hehe. I decided to copper leaf them to match my pink rose gold heart. πŸ˜€Homemade Mother's Day Gift


To start threading your letters simply tie a knot at one end and start outlining the whole letter before you start getting all messy. πŸ˜€

Homemade Mother's Day Gift

Connecting the DOTS. πŸ˜€Homemade Mother's Day Gift

I did different directions and then went all messy towards the end filling in uneven gaps.

Homemade Mother's Day Gift

To finish of your threading simply tie a few knots around the nail heads and cut the remaining yarn off.

Homemade Mother's Day Gift

Adding A little Special Something…

Ok so this is totally optional but I decided to add a little more bling and make this heart extra special by copper leafing it to make it rose gold. I dabbed on the gilding and left it to dry for 15 minutes before applying the leafing to it. Homemade Mother's Day Gift

Ahhhh. Leafing on.. Yes at this point I was thinking how on earth I am going to remove all that.. You could leave it like that. πŸ˜€ . LOL. I used a bristle brush to get the process going and then once a bunch of it was stuck in the yarn I blew it out with my husbands air blower. You can also use a vacuum to do this. Homemade Mother's Day Gift

I lay out all the photos to see how close I needed to glue the clothes pins. Remember if your photos are to big you can always cut them to size. That’s what I did with mine. For some reason the wallet prints at Walgreens were huge so, I cut mine down a bit.Β  I ended up fitting 13 pictures and glued my pins measuringΒ  2Β  1/4 inches apart.

Homemade Mother's Day GiftTo seal the deal I used my E6000 glue. And that’s it πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ .Homemade Mother's Day GiftOh wait almost forgot.. If your attaching rope. This would be the time to staple it in. πŸ˜€Β  Now that’s it.

Homemade Mother's Day Gift

All of us kids are featured on top of that rose gold heart (with a few grand-kids here and there πŸ˜€ ) What do you think? Special Enough? I think she’ll love it.. (fingers crossed.)Homemade Mother's Day Gift

Homemade Mother's Day Gift

Homemade Mother's Day Gift


Homemade Mother's Day Gift


Thanks for joining me my lovely craftoholics. Until next time πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€Β  If you make one for your lovely Mother don’t forget to tag me on Instagram. I would love to see it.









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