One thing that I love to receive for mother’s day is handprint craft; I love to compare them to the ones I was given the year before and feel both the pride and sadness that my little ones are growing up so fast. So inspired by this I have gathered three different crafts that you can make with your children to keep and look back to see how small their little hands once were – enjoy!
Photo frame that comes with the matt card framing
Paint – we used multiple colours but you could also use one colour or just a couple of colours
Sticky tape (not essential but makes putting the photo into the frame easier)
1. Dissemble photo frame and take matt out; put it onto a piece of larger scrap paper to protect the work surface from the paint overlap.
2. Depending on the age of the child allow them to use the paintbrush to paint their hand in whatever colour they want to use first or you can paint their hand for them. Tip – ask them to show you strong hands or star shapes while applying paint so that they stretch their hands out nicely for the print this also helps in the next step.
3. Guiding the child’s hand by holding their wrist press firmly onto the matt card. Tip – Children will tend to put their fingers together when printing to try and get their whole hand onto the card, just continue to ask them to show you strong hands or star shapes and demonstrate what you would like them to do before you do it. Perhaps even practice before you have paint on their hands and then on a scrap piece of paper with paint especially if your child is younger.
4. Repeat step 3 with different colours and in other directions until you are happy with your results.
5. Allow to dry completely then write the year, or happy mother’s day with the year or just Happy Mother’s Day.
6. Using tape stick the photo into the back of the matt frame then reassemble the frame.
Printed Hand Flower Poster
2 A4 piece of paper
1 A3 or larger piece of paper in a different colour
1 smaller piece of decorative paper (size is dependent on what size you want your vase to be)
Glue – craft glue and a glue stick
Paint – at least two different colours
1. Fold your decorative piece of paper in half and draw a half vase shape along the folded edge.
2. Cut out and unfold.
3. Glue one of the A4 pieces of paper slightly lower than the middle of the A3 piece of paper using glue stick. Glue vase shape on top of this.
4. Depending on the age of the child allow them to use the paintbrush to paint their hand in whatever colour they want to use first or you can paint their hand for them. Tip-ask them to show you strong hands or star shapes while applying paint so that they stretch their hands out nicely for the print this also helps in the next step.
5. Guiding the child’s hand by holding their wrist press firmly onto the paper above the vase shape. Tip – Children will sometimes tend to put their fingers together when printing, just continue to ask them to show you strong hands or star shapes and demonstrate what you would like them to do before you do it. Perhaps even practice before you have paint on their hands and then on a scrap piece of paper with paint especially if your child is younger.
6. Repeat step 5 until you have at least three ‘flowers’.
7. Allow to dry completely.
8. Once dry draw the stems and leaves onto the flowers.
9. Add the ribbon using the pva glue and allow to dry.
10. Hand writing or using your computer to print onto the other piece of A4 paper complete add this lovely poem onto the poster wherever you think it looks most effective:
This is to remind you
When I grow so tall
That once I was quite little
And my hands were very small
Happy Mother’s Day
Mason jar with lid (you can find these in the reject shop, Kmart and some $2 shops)
Paint in two colours (try and make sure you have one colour that is a fair bit lighter than the other)
Gift tag or small piece of card
Artificial flowers in mums favourite colours
1. Remove lid from jar and pour the main colour into the jar. Be generous as you need to have enough in there to cover the entire inside of the jar.
2. Put lid back on and shake shake shake until the entire inside is completely covered in paint. Tip – have a conversation with the child before you ask them to shake about what will happen if they drop the jar . . . we had a few near misses with overzealous shaking!
3. Remove lid and place jar upside down onto a scrap piece of paper to allow excess paint to drain. It will need to be left for at least half an hour, the more it is drained, the shorter dry time you will have.
4. Once it’s drained you can do your handprints. Paint both your child’s hands in desired colour. With you holding the jar by the top ask them to hold the jar on either side (don’t let go as their hands will be very slippery with the paint on them). Then ask them to let go. Handprints done!
5. Allow to dry. The total drying time will vary depending on weather but to be on the safe side I would recommend at least 2 days for it to dry completely.
6. Tie a nice ribbon with a little gift card with a little mother’s day message around the top of the jar.
Place your flowers in the jar and you are all done.