Latin Style in Less Than 4 Hours
Homemade Mother’s Day gifts are very special. I remember when my mother opened her gifts on her special day and her eyes always seemed to lit when she received a homemade gift that reflected her personality.
Latin Decor & Handcrafted Jewelry for Mom
I know firsthand it is not easy to make a classy, beautiful looking Mother’s Day gift, one that doesn’t scream crummy and cheap. Here I come to the rescue.
Mother’s Day is a special time to celebrate endless love that our mothers give us, especially in our Hispanic culture where mothers take the center stage. Here are a few special Latina ideas for mother’s day that will help you blend the thoughtfulness of a homemade Mother’s Day gift with a little dash of Hispanic culture.
Mother’s Day Luminarias
If you have ever seen a room lit by Mexican luminarias at night, you know what special magic the intimate patterned light from these traditional punched tin lanterns can bring. You can make your own personalized luminarias for your mom using materials you probably already have at home. You will need:
- At least one empty tin can with a nice pattern or no ads on it
- Small candle
After thoroughly cleaning your tin can inside and out to remove the label and any leftover bits of food, fill the can with water and stick it in the freezer. After it is frozen solid, take the can and place it on its side on a hard surface. Use the towel to keep the can from rolling around.
Now gently use your hammer and nails to make holes in the can and create a pattern. The ice inside will keep you from accidentally bending or denting the can. I like to create a heart shape so that the luminaria will project a big, bright heart on the wall when I light it for my mom.
Once you’ve finished punching all your holes, melt the ice in a hot water bath. You can decorate the can or paint it if you wish. Pop in a small candle and you have a special homemade luminaria.
TIP– At container stores you can find beautiful tins that come with patterns or colors that your mother may love. Buy them, they are generally not that expensive and you can make a set for her to light votive candles.
Mother’s Day Heart Soaps
My mom always called us kids “mi Corazón” as a term of endearment, so heart shapes are always special to us for Mother’s Day. One fun way to incorporate this into a homemade Mother’s Day gift is to create heart-shaped soaps with special messages on them. Here’s what you will need:
- 2 cups glycerin soap base
- Essential oils
- Food coloring
- Optional soap enhancers
- 1 ounce castor oil (improves lathering)
- 1 ounce shea butter (moisturizes)
- 2 ounces ground oatmeal (exfoliates)
- 1 teaspoon beeswax (hardens soap)
- Nonstick pan
- Heart cookie cutter
- Microwaveable bowl
- Wooden spoon
You can get glycerin for your soap at a craft store. The essential oils can be anything that your mom especially likes, such as soothing lavender or vibrant citrus scents. Do not try to use vanilla or mint oils, as these can discolor the soap or irritate sensitive skin.Start by cutting your glycerin base into little cubes and placing them in the bowl.
Put it in the microwave on medium power until the glycerin is melted. If you want to include any of the optional soap enhancers, stir them in now. Then add your colors and scents. You should limit the colors to just 1 or 2 drops to avoid creating soap that will stain Mom’s hands. You should add about 10 drops of essential oil for the scent.
Now pour your soap mixture into the nonstick pan and let it set for about 2 hours. Then pop it in the freezer for 10 minutes before turning the pan upside down to remove your block of soap. Using the cookie cutter, cut out your heart shapes. If you want, you can carve a special message into the soap just for your mom.