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How to Bake a Cupcake Bouquet for Mother’s Day

Want to treat Mum to a very special bouquet this Mother’s Day? Give her a sweet treat? Why not do both with a CUPCAKE BOUQUET!

Dale from Jackley’s Bakehouse has shared with us a tasty recipe and instructions on how to make Mum’s day with this unique handmade gift. You can also watch him and his daughter Tia create it in this video (from around the 30 minute mark).  

 Have fun and happy baking!

Ingredients

200g unsalted butter, softened

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 cup caster sugar

3 eggs

2 ½ cups self raising flour, sifted

½ cup milk

Method

Preheat oven to 160-180 (fan forced).

Beat butter, vanilla and sugar in a bowl until white and fluffy.

Add one egg at a time, beating after each addition.

Stir in half the flour, along with half the milk and mix.

Stir in remainder of flour and remainder of milk.

Deposit mix into cupcake trays with papers.

Bake for 15 mins or until golden brown.

You can also bring the Jackley’s Bakehouse deliciousness into your kitchen with Jackley’s Bake at Home Cupcake Kit  or  their Bake at Home Cake Kit – normally $55, currently $45 and for Pakmag readers …use code PAKMAG at checkout to receive an ADDITIONAL $10 off!!!

 

Mother’s Day Activity Blog – Button Bookmarks

Have a mum that loves to read? This is the perfect Mother’s Day gift (and it’s super easy to make too).

What you will need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Buttons
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Coloured paper or felt

STEP ONE

Depending on what kind of popsicle sticks you have (regular or coloured) get your little one to paint these any colour they would like.

STEP TWO

Once dry, glue on your buttons to the popsicle stick, this will be the stem of the flower.

STEP THREE

Cut out a flower pattern to add to the top of our popsicle stick and glue it down.

Add another button in the middle to act as the pollen. Once dry, give to Mum to save her place in her favourite book this Mother’s Day!

 

Check out our other Mother’s Day activity blogs to see how you can make a mason jar vase and egg carton flowers and how you can Paint the Perfect Present for Mum
Visit our Mother’s Day Gift Ideas blog for more gift inspiration and our Mother’s Day DIY Recipes blog  for ways you can pamper your mum at home.
For more craft activities including DIY Cards and a ‘Reasons Why I love my Mum’ flip book to give to her on Mother’s Day, check out this FREE downloadable

Mother’s Day Activity Blog – Egg Carton Flowers

If you’ve managed to score yourself some eggs during isolation, turn the empty carton into a cute little bunch of flowers for Mum this Mother’s Day!

What you will need:

  • Paint
  • Egg carton
  • Straws (plastic or paper)
  • Pom poms
  • Scissors
  • Glue/sticky tape
  • Paint brush

STEP ONE

Get an adult to help cut out our ‘flowers’ from the egg carton. A regular 12 egg carton should give you 3 flowers, 4 petals per flower. Trim the edges to create a more curved flower.

STEP TWO

Let’s get painting! Go crazy, let’s get those flowers looking nice and vibrant.

STEP THREE

Once the paint is dry, it’s time to give our flower a stem and some pollen. Glue a pom pom to the center at the front and tape a straw to the back. And there we have it! A beautiful flower bunch for Mum on Mother’s Day.

 

Check out our other Mother’s Day activity blogs to see how you can make button bookmarks,mason jar vase and how you can Paint the Perfect Present for Mum
Visit our Mother’s Day Gift Ideas blog for more gift inspiration and our Mother’s Day DIY Recipes blog  for ways you can pamper your mum at home.  
For more craft activities including DIY Cards and a ‘Reasons Why I love my Mum’ flip book to give to her on Mother’s Day, check out this FREE downloadable

 

Image Credit:

https://www.iheartartsncrafts.com/egg-carton-flowers-kids-craft/?

 

10 GIFTS MUM WILL LOVE THIS MOTHER’S DAY

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and many people are still searching for that perfect gift to show Mum how much she’s appreciated. So, we have done up a range of the best gifts that Mum will love this Mother’s Day. Whether your budget is $20 or $200, you’re sure to find something here.

CHOCOLATE BOUQUET
www.edibleblooms.com.au

1. Chocolate Bouquet

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, do you go for the chocolates or roses this year? Why not both? Get her a bouquet of chocolates from Edible Blooms – you can’t go wrong.


RUBY OLIVE
www.rubyolive.com

2. Statement earrings

You can really never have enough jewellery. A beautiful pair of statement earrings from Ruby Olive is an excellent gift for this coming Mother’s Day.


MACARTHUR BASKETS
www.macarthurbaskets.com.au

3. Thoughtful gift basket

MacArthur Baskets has put together the perfect hamper for all those deserving mums out there. It includes a rose scented body butter and a range of chocolate hearts, all presented in a beautiful box.


PLANTOSAURUS PLANTER
www.yellowoctopus.com.au

4. An adorable planter

This one is for all those plant-loving mums out there, which is most of them. Ideal for succulents, the Plantosaurus is the ultimate modern-day plant holder.


WIREWORK HANGING LAMP
www.aprilandoak.com.au

5. A hanging lamp

Light up your mum’s life with this beautiful Iron Wirework Hanging Lamp from April and Oak.


SHOP ZERO
www.shopzero.com.au

6. Go wireless

Treat your mum to a new pair of Apple Airpods – the days of tangled earphone cords are finally over.


CELEBRATE GIFTWARE
www.celebrationgiftware.com.au

7. Something personalised

If you want to make mum feel extra special this Mother’s Day, a personalised gift from Celebration Giftware is the only way to go.


LYCHEE ROSE FRAGRANCE DIFFUSER
www.circahome.com.au

8. A sweet scent

Tropical lychee, sweet rose, strawberry…can you smell it yet? Circa Home sells the sweetest fragrance diffusers which is sure to have the family home smelling beautiful in no time.


CUISINART JUICER
www.livingstyles.com.au

9. Create rejuvenating juices 

No more squeezing fruits until your hands hurt…LivingStyles Cuisinart Juicer makes having a fresh juice easy. This is a gift the whole family can enjoy.


BEST IN SHOW TEA INFUSER
www.yellowoctopus.com.au

10. A pup-tacular tea infuser 

If you’re after something that’s not going to break the bank, why not get mum a dog shaped tea infuser? Quirky, yet effective!

HOMEMADE TEACHER GIFTS – PENCIL DESK ORGANISER

Pencil Desk Organiser

Source: www.southernrevivals.com

Supplies

Acrylic paints in pink, silver metallic, light yellow and black
45cm 2×4 wood
Saw
Drill
25mm drill bit
Sand paper
Painter’s tape
Light wood stain

Method

1. Work out the size of your pencil tip. From there,
draw out the angles on the wood plank.
2. Using the saw, cut away the triangles along the lines drawn on the wood to form the tip of the pencil.
3. Using the 25mm drill bit, drill out the holes on top of the pencil for holding stationery. Drill them 2.5cm apart and approximately 8cm deep.
4. Roughly sand the pencil. Pay attention to the rubber end and ensure you achieve the rounded look you’re going for.
5. Use a light stain on your wood to mimic the look of a real pencil.
6. Using painter’s tape, tape off the rubber, tip, lead and main sections.
7. Paint the lead with black paint, main section with light yellow paint and rubber with pink paint. Carefully remove the painter’s tape and paint the section underneath the rubber a metallic silver colour.

PakMag tip: Write the teacher’s name or a thank-you message on the side of the pencil organiser.

TOP TIPS FOR CHRISTMAS PREPARATION

Christmas is just around the corner! How did that happen? Make sure you’re prepared for the big day with our handy list of Christmas preparation work.

  1. Book your pets into accommodation early if you are going away.
  2. Make sure you have your passports and all travel arrangements up to date.
  3. Start a savings account for extra food and drink costs or purchase a $20 gift card from the grocery store during your weekly shop to save for the Christmas season.
  4. De-clutter the guest room and make space for the extra gifts.
  5. Purchase your gift wrap, cards and or make your own.
  6. Get your kids thinking about what they want to give to those for Christmas (like their teachers) rather than just receive.
  7. Freeze some cooked meals for those extra crazy days in December when you don’t have the time to cook.
  8. Make a calendar of upcoming events – Christmas pageants, school functions, work parties – and organise a babysitter for the kid-free nights.
  9. Give all the indoor and outdoor furniture a good clean, especially if you are hosting a Christmas breakfast, lunch or dinner outside.
  10. Create a Christmas gift spreadsheet so you have an idea of what kind of budget you need to stick to.

What Christmas preparation does your family do?