4 mother’s day gift crafts for kids
The best Mother’s Day gift of all is one that’s made with love. Specifically, it’s one that proves that a child has wrested himself from the video games, or put down her cell phone, long enough to create something just for Mom.
The younger set will need a bit of help from Dad or an older sibling, but tweens and teens can handle some of the more advanced crafts alone.
Start with recycled paper and various sized of circular items to trace out circles (think glasses, coffee jars). Trace out a half a dozen various sized of circles from paper (we suggest white or light colors) and cut out those circles. No need to be perfect – flowers have jagged edges. Break out the watercolor paints and let the kids get artful with colorful whirls and swirls on their circles. Once the paint is dry, simply stack the circles, biggest to smallest, and punch a hole out of the center (you may have to do them one at a time). Line up the holes and attach the “petals” to white cardstock with a pretty brad. Attach it toward the top of the paper, leaving room below to paint on a stem, leaves and a sentiment for mom.
Frame it with love
She’ll love a picture of her kids, and she’ll love it even more if it’s in a frame they helped create. You can buy wooden frames and paint them her favorite color with acrylic paint. Look through craft shops for her favorite objects to decorate the frame with, like these flower embellishments. With paper flowers and a glue gun, you have a picture-perfect frame.
Didn’t Mom always tell you to add character? You can add plenty of character to cards or storage boxes with stencils. First, figure out what she loves. If it’s the sea, find stencils that sing a sea song, then consider how to use them. You can start by experimenting on cardstock and then move to your final project. Trace out the shapes, then paint them. Present the card or gift to mom with a promise to help her with one project – be it adding a bit of life to an old painted bureau, or creating a seaside wonderland out of a wall.
Let the light in
Pick several votive candles in her favorite scents and colors, then pick up a bunch of clear glass candle holders, just big enough for the candles. Spritz water lightly on the inside of the candleholder, then spray a thin mist of gold paint on the inside (let Dad help with this step if small children are helping). The gold paint over the water droplets will leave a lacy layer of paint that will let off a golden light for mom. This will work with other colors, as well, but a combination of gold and silver is a winner.