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One of the hardest things with the upcoming PCS (military move) that my husband and I are facing is moving away from family, specifically my family. My grandmother, mother, sisters, and myself are all incredibly close, and I’m fortunate that my husband is currently stationed just 2 hours from my hometown. I’m the first person in my immediate family to move out of my home state since my great-grandparents first moved to Kentucky in the early 1900s! I know it will be difficult for my tight-knit family, especially my mom and Mamaw. They are the two (along with my grandfather) who raised me into the woman I am today.
With Mother’s Day coming up, I wanted to do something extra special for them, especially since this will most likely be my last holiday to celebrate while still living in Kentucky. On a recent shopping trip to the commissary (military grocery store), I stopped by the AAFES Post Exchange (PX) to check out their selection of American Greetings greeting cards and gift wrap. It was super convenient, because our commissary and PX here at Fort Knox are side-by-side, plus I didn’t have to make a trip into town and go through the hassle of driving back on post and having a dreaded car inspection as I returned home. Thanks to the suggestion on the bottom of the American Greetings tissue paper package, it gave me the idea to make Mom and Mamaw tissue paper flowers. It was a super simple DIY project that even a non-crafty girl like me could do, and unlike real flowers, these last forever!
-Tissue paper (I opted to use three colors for more variety)
1. Unfold your tissue paper and lay three sheets of paper on top of each other. If you are wanting multi-colored flowers (like I did), you will use one sheet of each color. You will want them to line up exactly with each other, although I didn’t in the below photo so you could see there are multiple layers of tissue paper. For smaller flowers, you will want to cut the tissue paper stack in half vertically.
2. Fold tissue paper stack one inch at a time in opposing directions (aka accordion style.)
3. Wrap a pipe cleaner around the middle of the tissue paper stack.
4. Round the edges of the flower by trimming it with scissors.
5. Open your flower accordion.
6. Gently pull your flower petals up and into shape.
7. Repeat making flowers until you have enough to fill your vase.
These flowers look so adorable that I want to keep them for myself! Mom and Mamaw can display these in their homes to remember me by after I have moved away 🙂
While at the PX, I also grabbed some American Greetings Mother’s Day cards. Knowing that military families are often away from their extended families during holidays, the Post Exchange stocks a large variety of Mother’s Day cards to send to our loved ones. They also had a good selection of cards to celebrate the other women in my life, like sisters, aunts, and friends.
In most PXes, American Greetings is having a special promotion from April 17th through May 14th where you can save $2 when buying 3 cards. In addition to the cards I bought to give to Mom and Mamaw with their tissue paper flower bouquets, I bought one to mail to my mother-in-law to take advantage of this promotion (and because, let’s be honest, if I made my husband buy a Mother’s Day card for his mom, it wouldn’t happen. I don’t think he even knows when Mother’s Day is!)
For more Mother’s Day gift ideas, and to look at their card options, check out Expressions of Happiness!
How do you plan to celebrate the special women in your life this Mother’s Day?