1. Learn how to make your own candles, and then break out the power tools to fashion a new Wooden Candle Holder to keep them organized. Instructions on the candle holder helpfully provide a snack break during step three, and include the disclaimer: “Use common sense or succumb to evolution.”
2. Perhaps the biggest shortcoming of our duct tape abusive lab test was the failure to evaluate the tapes’ potential as textiles. As the Duct Tape Apron (aka Taperon) proves, it was a major oversight. This splatter-proof smock looks great, and if it gets damaged, for once you’re actually supposed to use duct tape to fix it.
3. Help mom unwind with a saline soak accompanied by these simple homemade Bath Salt Bars. Bonus points for wrapping them in cheesecloth, but there’s no need for fancy ribbons.
4. This time of year, florists hustle roses like they’re selling umbrellas in a thunderstorm. A little prior planning can keep you from getting gouged. If you learn to dry those roses, you can buy up the buds before the rates peak, preserving the gift and maximizing mom’s exposure to your, um, generosity.
5. Turn a plain teak platter into a unique serving tray in the shape of a button. This project gets a big thumbs up for its inclusion of a well-worn hole saw, heavy-duty C-clamps, and the designer’s willingness to describe the project as “cute as a button.” Puns can be sew shameless.
6. This Bamboo Fruit Bowl is probably the most labor-intensive project on our list, but it’s also one of the most attractive. If laser-cutting the pieces and tying them together in 40 places seems too hard, you can always just drill some holes in a board and stick some candles inside.
7. Spring is a great time to hang a new birdhouse or bird feeder. Turns out a coconut shell can be either, depending on the size of the hole you make in it. These outdoor accessories are so easy to make that you’ll be able to fill several of mom’s backyard trees with them8.Leaf and Flower Prints may sound like particularly girly projects, but these ones require a hammer (or several) and brute force instead of ink.
9. Chances are, mom is always reminding you to use coasters. Here are some tree-limb onesyou can make here that everyone in the family will actually want to use.