Mother’s Day gift and mommy and me skirts

Hey ya’ll! Check out my quick and easy tutorial over on The Country Cottage Chic for this cute votive holder/Mother’s Day surprise! (check below for the full tutorial, re-posted here)
Did you have a good weekend? I did! It involved my Dad’s brisket and cupcakes, woot woot! And these new skirts for the Sadester and I! I made them using this tutorial, and with some fabric that reader Greta sent me. She is too nice, thanks Greta!
The skirts are oh so comfy. and easy peasy to make.
A re-post of my tutorial originally posted here.
Here’s a quick and easy Mother’s Day gift that you probably have all the supplies for already! An easy votive holder-with an added Mother’s Day surprise.

Click below for more details!

You’ll need:
glass jar (mine is a salsa jar, that my mother fittingly gave me)
pretty tissue paper (I’ve literally had this in my stash for as long as I’ve been married…waiting for the perfect project!)
Mod Podge
foam brush
battery powered tea light
So first cut a piece of tissue paper long enough to wrap around your jar, and wide enough to wrap around the bottom an extra inch or so. I used the “factory edge” for the top of my jar and the “Jessica-cut” edge for the bottom since you wouldn’t been seeing much of that.
Then I slapped on some Mod Podge, and carefully stuck the tissue paper on, keeping it even along the top edge.
I continued around, overlapping the tissue a little bit, and tucked the extra on the bottom underneath.
I let that dry and then put another coat of Mod Podge on-tada!
Stick a tea light in, and you’ve got a pretty cute votive holder.
But to go one step further, since it IS a Mother’s Day gift, I cut out some strips of paper and wrote out things I was thankful for about my mom.
(things like Thanks for not disowning me when I was a teenager….and Thanks for teaching me to do laundry and sweep…..among cheesier, more sentimental things.)
Then I folded them up and tucked them in the jar-that way she can pull them all out, or one at a time to read. And since I used a battery powered tea light, definitely NO chance of burning up my sentiments. lol.
I also tied a cute little bow around the top, for presentations sake. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Mother’s Day! (or any day, really?)


  1. I had a feeling you would love that particular piece of fabric! ๐Ÿ™‚ The skirts look very comfortable and so perfect for both you and Sadie!

  2. Awww, SEW cute!!! I remember those “matching” days when my daughter was little…sigh!

  3. I love the matching skirts!! So cute!!
    P.S. I got my fabric all picked out for the sew along! Can’t wait!!

  4. I think the fact that it’s awesome brown polka dot fabric makes the matching outfits excusable ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I love the matchy-match skirts! Adorable. The votive holder is cute, too.

  6. Thanks for guest posting Jess!! ๐Ÿ™‚ You rock! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Oh, I totally want matching skirts!

  8. They look great! I tried making a skirt to match my daughters’ Easter dresses back when I was just learning to sew. No pattern either and it was close to midnight on Easter eve. I ended up with the BIGGEST, POOFIEST, most ridiculous thing! And it was pink. I felt like Glenda the Good Witch of the North!

  9. i LOVE the matching skirts!
    I probably wouldn’t wear matching shirts at the same time… I like to be sneaky with my matching… if it takes a minute for people to realize I’m matching with my kids I go with that I did it subtly or that I did it by accident, depending on whether its “Aw, you match!” or “Uh, do you match?!”
    One time I was shopping at Winners and the girl was like, “aw, it’s so cute that you and your little girl match!” and we were both wearing light pink tshirts and jeans of the same color. Like, dead on match. and it was NOT on purpose. And then i felt embarassed. ha. Maybe just because I was afraid she wore it better…

  10. That’s so cute! I should make some skirts for us. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I love the candle holders! Would it be safe, do you think, to use regular candles in them?

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