Mother’s Day Memory Candle

Mother’s Day has become a bit of a strange day for me since my mom passed away 4 years ago. While I am happy and grateful to be on the receiving end of this holiday, I can’t stop feeling the need to be on the giving end too. I still have appreciation and love for my mom even though she is no longer here. If you can relate to my situation, this project is for you. I hope it helps you along as it did for me…

I used a Sharpie paint pen and wrote out my feelings on a glass cylinder vase, filled the base with sand and dropped a pillar candle inside. I just went with every happy memory that popped into my head at the moment – no need to be perfect, just sincere.

Family Chic Mother's Day

Grab some Sharpie paint pens (available at Michaels) and a glass vessel and let out your feelings. You could also write out your mom's favorite poem or quote.

I placed the vase in my lap and worked around the entire vase going from top to bottom.

Sometimes it helps to let it out in a small way.


  1. Suan L  April 17, 2012

    Absolutely beautiful. Peace, comfort, and blessings to you this Mother’s Day.

    • camilla  April 17, 2012

      Thank you Susan, C

  2. catie  April 17, 2012

    this is the sweetest thing.
    and i’m sure it looks stunning after dark.
    such a beautiful tribute you have created ♥

    • camilla  April 17, 2012

      Catie, I always appreciate your comments – thanks for being such a supportive reader, Camilla

  3. teresina  April 17, 2012

    I love how you get the simple things look so nice

    • camilla  April 17, 2012

      Thank you Teresina.

  4. Carol  April 17, 2012

    Mother’s Day in the UK was in March. I still find it hard seeing all the Mother’s Day wishes, cards and gifts in the shops as, on 12th May, it will be 3 years since my Mum passed away. Thank you for such a lovely simple idea for future remembrances, I do burn a candle, now I can add messages.
    Hope you find quiet time to remember your Mum.
    Carol xx

    • camilla  April 17, 2012

      Carol – It’s funny how the soft light from candle can shift your mood and calm your thoughts. I’m sorry for your loss. Thank you so much for your kind words, I wish you the best, Camilla

  5. valerie (poetic chronicles)  April 17, 2012

    This is soooo beautiful and delicate!

    • camilla  April 17, 2012

      Thanks Valerie.

  6. Courtney  April 17, 2012

    This brought tears to my eyes, Camilla! Such a beautiful tribute to such a lovely woman.
    Thinking of you and your whole family! We miss you so!

    • camilla  April 17, 2012

      Thanks Courtney – my mom loved you and Scott – she could tell straight away how wonderful you are. We miss you!! Love, C

  7. Laura/Readerwoman  April 17, 2012

    tears sprang to my eyes as I read this – my beloved Mother passed away 6 years ago July 27 – and I miss her still. I have a small memorial shelf for her and my dad – this would make the PERFECT accompaniment. Thank you for a splendidly moving idea!

    • camilla  April 18, 2012

      Laura, The pain never fully goes away, it seems to only change in some ways. Thanks for sharing – I appreciate it. Take Care, Camilla

  8. Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist  April 20, 2012

    Sadly I’m in the same “club”. I agree with Camilla– the loss is always there, but you learn to live with it. This is a beautiful tribute to your mom and a sweet, happy reminder of all of your good times together.

  9. Kim  April 20, 2012

    Oh, you made me cry! Such a perfect idea. I always struggle with Mother’s Day too (as somone said, celebrated in March here in the UK), this is a great idea and I already have the perfect vase. I’m sure itll be great for using for quiet reflection every now and then. Thank you so so much for sharing, all my best wishes to you.

    • camilla  April 21, 2012

      Thank you Kim. Best of luck to you, Camilla

  10. Ana Cláudia  April 21, 2012

    So amazing!
    Your ideas are so beautiful and simple. I love it! And I always try to translate and reblog on my mother’s blog (

    I know that your mother is loving it too. =)

  11. Deb @ PaperTurtle  April 21, 2012

    Oh what a lovely idea! My mom has cancer and this very well may be the last Mother’s Day that I’m able to actually give her a gift. It’s hard to know what to give someone who is dying, but I think this would be the perfect gift for her this year. Thanks so much for the beautiful inspiration! I can’t wait to make this and give it to my mom!

    • camilla  April 21, 2012

      Dear Deb, Thank you for your comment. I am sorry to hear about your mom – this must be so hard for you. Enjoy every minute you have together and best of luck to you both. I send you my best wishes, Camilla

  12. eliana  April 23, 2012

    Such a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing this with us. You are really inspiring:)

    • camilla  April 25, 2012

      Thank you Eliana, Camilla

  13. Christy  April 25, 2012

    I am a step-mother of three children. I say children, but they are all adults now. They just lost their mom two days ago. We are still dealing with the funeral arrangements. She lived three hours away so I believe the family has decided to have her cremated and then have a wake when they bring the ashes back. This idea is so fitting. Thank so much for the idea. Each of the three chldren can make one and keep it as a memorial of their mom.

    • camilla  April 25, 2012

      Dear Christy – My heart goes out to you all during this sad time. Thank you so very much for taking the time to share this with me. I send love and strength your way.

  14. Michele N.  May 2, 2012

    This is so beautiful. I just lost my Grandmother last week and I think this will be a perfect tribute for me & my children to do on Mother’s Day. This year and I am sure for many years to follow, it will be a bitter sweet day.. Thank you for sharing this project and I am sorry for loss.

    • camilla  May 4, 2012

      Michele, So sorry for your loss. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your story. I wish you the best. Sincerely, Camilla

  15. Kristy  May 15, 2012

    You just made me cry and I can’t wait to start on my mother’s day gifts for next year!!!

  16. Mimi  June 24, 2012

    This is such a beautiful idea. My daughter is getting married in September and I’m thinking I could make one for her or, better yet, have a large one at the reception for their friends to write memories or messages.

    I also need to make one for my Dad whom I miss so much. What a wonderful idea. Thank you!