Story last updated at 5/6/2009 - 10:47 am
Don't buy anything for your mom this Mother's Day! No, this isn't an excuse to shirk your prodigal duties; it's more like a mandate handed down by the founder of Mother's Day herself, Anna Jarvis (I have a feeling she loved crafters).
Ms. Anna Jarvis, inspired by her mother Ann Jarvis, crusaded all her life to establish Mother's Day, a day for celebrating and honoring your mother. In 1905 Ann Jarvis died and in her honor Anna Jarvis passed out 500 white carnations to the members of her mother's church congregation.
From there she continued her efforts in expanding the holiday until it was adopted nationwide in 1914. So, why would Anna Jarvis be arrested just 9 years later in protest against Mother's Day? For the same reason that we protest during many American holidays; the real reason for celebrating is lost to commercialization.
I have to imagine that though Anna Jarvis protested against her own holiday, she would have been proud of crafty ingénues ready to make their mothers proud! She said herself that the use of store-bought greeting cards is "a poor excuse for the letter you are too lazy to write." Well, I have yet to meet a lazy crafter willing to buy a card rather than create one! So, in honor of Anna Jarvis and her mother, I've whipped up a pattern for making a white carnation for your mother this holiday. All ages can create this quick project with a bit of help so even the least crafty can give handmade to mom.
To make a white carnation for mother you will need:
- white tissue paper
- green pipe cleaner or wire and green floral tape
- A pin to pierce the tissue paper
The great thing about this project is that flowers, like mothers, are unique. Don't worry about perfection, just experiment and play to make the most exceptional gift a mom could ask for!
STEP 1: Cut out the circle templates provided here. Then cut 4 circles of tissue for each size (making 8 total, 4 large and 4 small). Lay them on top of each other.
STEP 2: Find the center of the circle stack and poke two small holes about ¼" apart. Fold the pipe cleaner in half and insert the two free ends into the holes. Pull through and twist together to create a stem.
STEP 3: Starting with the center circles, fluff and crumple the paper to create carnation-like petals. Fluff all the circles to create a full flower.
Now channel your creative side. Embellish your creation to make it to mom's liking. Add craft paper leaves, colored tissue paper petals, perfume for a lovely smell, whatever you can think of! Make an entire bouquet if that's what mom means to you.
Make sure when you present mom with her gift to attach a handwritten note, or cook up a Mother's Day meal with a white carnation centerpiece. You'll be sure to not only please mom, but also Ann and Anna Jarvis, the moms of Mother's Day.
Tanna Peters is a crafter and designer from Southeast Alaska. Send craft inquiries and info to firstname.lastname@example.org.