Mother’s Day craft: adorable hand print flowers
I am always having a weird feeling around Mother’s Day: that’s one holiday I never get a perfect gift. The “Mom projects that kids get to do in school are surely cute, but they often lack imagination component, and always lack personality. That is my kid’s personality. I don’t mind getting messy, weird looking and childish scribbly projects that have my kid’s own creativity written all over it. I do mind pretty-teacher-corrected ones that show me how much she is helping/directing them and how little they get to express themselves in those art projects. Well, if I don’t get to enjoy getting Mothers Day projects that come from the bottom of my kids’ hearts, I do get to enjoy making it with them!
Grandmas always like getting some made-not-in-China but by-a-dearest-little-grandson gifts. Their aunt who always showers my boys with her love, gifts and fun times together – deserves one too. One of these ideas is always perfect for my boys’ cousin-dance recital. One… like this one: pretty, very easy to make and lots of fun for all my kids – from a toddler to a 9 year old.
- kids. Kids’ hands, to be exact.
- Finger paints
- glue dot or a little glue
- optional: brush
- mess cover up helpers: disposable table cloth, old newspapers, paper towels, kids aprons.
If “messy and “kid-made are your favorite art project descriptions, then stop right there. If “pretty is part of the job description for you, then suggest your kids a limit on colors: for example, just three. I love the color wheel and launching a mini-discussion on how the colors can go together.
- Let kids dip one hand into finger paint. You can use a brush to get to all depressions and crevices.
- Let them smash a handprint in the upper side of the paper.
- Let kids dip another hand into another color finger paint.
- Smash! Another flower petals get stamped onto the paper.
- Repeat for as many hands/kids/flowers as you wish.
- Show kids how to dip one finger into green paint and use it to make some stems.
- Dip a finger into a contrasty color and make some hearts/circles in the middle of the hand prints – that will be middle of the flower.
- Tie a ribbon into a bow
- Use a gluedot or a little drop of glue to secure the ribbon “around your flower stems
- Optional: If you really wish to go full throttle, you could print out a few kids’ headshot photographs (YOUR kids’ headshots, the ones who created the flowers), and glue them inside their hand prints.
Very important part: admire your kids’ creations! They can make one little bouquet for the whole family, a few little bouquets for the specific special ladies in their life (grandmas, aunts, sisters, teachers, cousins often fit the bill here), or one humongous bouquet full of flowering colorful hands!
I love projects that involve hand and foot prints. I feel it not only cute and sweet, but also becomes a memory keepsake – that’s how big were the hands of this little artist! If you do end up with a picture in the middle – that’s how he looked at the moment of the creation of this project too!