I just used what I had on hand, so please don't judge my sad little candy bouquet :).
Here is what you could use:
Small jar or small flower pot
Popsicle sticks or skewers
Cardstock or craft foam
Candy & Cookies
In the picture I filled my jar up with beans, but that didn't work very well, so I would recommend using the craft foam. You could always top the craft foam with some tissue paper and then stick the flowers through the tissue paper. You could even use a smaller piece of foam and glue it to the bottom, cover it with tissue paper and then fill the rest of the flower pot/jar with jelly beans.
The original post said to paint your sticks green. If you decide to do this I would probably spray paint them (that would be the fastest). If you don't want to paint them, just tie some green ribbon onto the sticks to make it look like the leaves.
For the flowers, I just searched 'Flower Templates' on Google and then printed out the ones that I liked. I then cut each flower out and traced them onto my foam/cardstock.
You could get very creative with the flowers and make it look really cute. I did this one really fast, so mine aren't fancy. :) Then just attach a piece of candy to the center of each flower and you've got a candy flower (I taped my candy, but glue would work too).
Another idea is cookie flowers. Make some cookies and then stick lollipop sticks/skewers into them and cover them with cellophane and tie the bottom with a ribbon.
I think if you have the flowers pre-cut you could let the children pick out their flowers and candy and then have them assemble the flowers. I think they would enjoy this gift idea and it's easy and quick enough to do during Sharing Time.
I also have a poem that I wrote that can go with the bouquets. And for the women that don't have children in Primary, I wrote a poem for them. :)
If you don't want to do flower pots/jars, just make your flowers and then wrap them in tissue paper and tie a pretty bow around them.
Since there are 5 Sundays in May we decided to take the whole Sharing Time on the 8th for Mother's Day. Then we'll just teach the 4th week's lesson on the 5th Sunday.
Click Here for the Mother's Day Poem for the Candy Flowers.
Another Idea that I Saw:
I did see another idea that I thought was really cute. It was an accordian type card (you could just make a regular card though) with cupcakes on it. Then on the inside it said "for the 'sweetest' Mom!" The card included a homemade cupcake magnet. You could also include a yummy cupcake!
To make it look really fancy...place the cupcake in a clear plastic cup (I'm thinking the short punch cups). Then wrap it in cellophane and tie it with some pretty ribbon. Attach a little note that says something like "To the 'sweetest' Mom in the world" or "To someone I think is really 'sweet' ".
Or if you have a Silhouette you could make some really cute cupcake cups.
Here's an example of how to package the cupcakes using a plastic cup.
Here's an example of what I'm thinking
If you want to get really cute you could buy some of those 'chinese take-out boxes' (you can find these online for sale) and cover them with some cute cardstock. Place some candy in the bottom (small candy would probably work best) and then place the cupcake down in the center of the cupcake. Add a tag with a cute little saying about being 'sweet' and tie a ribbon onto the handle.
Here's an idea for a little note:
For a Mom that's super 'sweet'
Here's some treats for you to eat!
But if you're looking for something really quick, you could create a card for each child, then have the children write something to their Mother. Have them give their Mother the card and a cupcake.
Here's the link to the cupcake card idea that I saw.
**And if you need a yummy cupcake recipe give these a try. I love these!! It supposed to be a cake, but I made them a few Sundays ago as a cupcake.
Click here for a yummy cupcake recipe.
OK. I think I'm done. I hope these ideas can help you out. I know it's always hard trying to come up with something new for all the wonderful Mothers.
If you have an idea you'd like to share...please do!!
Have a wonderful Easter weekend everyone!!