Nothing warms the heart of a mother more than a handmade gift from her child. If Mother’s Day is fast approaching and you’re worried that your spouse won’t know what to make, take a deep breath and relax. You can make Mother’s Day crafts with your child yourself. No, they won’t be a great surprise, but they’ll still be lovely keepsakes that you’ll treasure forever.
The classic Mother’s Day card is a timeless classic that no mother would ever turn down, and even very young children can make one. Fold a piece of white paper in half and let your child decorate it with crayon or marker drawings. If you have more time and want to create something fancier with an older child, give her scraps of lace, ribbon or fabric and help her glue them to the card. Other craft supplies, such as beads, glitter and buttons, will jazz up a Mother’s Day card, too, but you’ll need to help with them because they can be choking hazards. Help your child squirt drops of craft glue on her card and then let her press the items into the glue. Cut out paper hearts from colored construction paper and let your child glue them to the card, as well.
Hand print Crafts
The image of her child’s hand print is a gift that any mother will treasure. Press your child’s hand into an ink pad and help him press it onto a piece of paper. Let your child dictate a message that you write inside the hand print with a black marker. For very young children who can’t dictate messages, glue a picture of the kiddo into the center of the hand print instead.
You might also get a large piece of paper and press five or six hand print images toward the bottom of the paper. Use a green marker to draw stems underneath each hand print so they look like flowers. Older children can draw the stems themselves. Give your child butterfly stickers to add above the flowers. Finish the project off by letting your little one dictate a heart felt message that you write on the picture.
Trace your child’s hand print 12 to 15 times on colorful paper, such as scrapbooking paper. Cut out each hand print, turn it upside down and punch two holes at the top. Stack the hand prints up and run a piece of ribbon through the holes to make a notepad, Kathy Ross suggests in her book “All New Crafts for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.”Jewelry
Purchase a package of inexpensive beads from a hobby or craft store and help your older child make a bracelet or a necklace. Moms love receiving jewelry as a gift, and it’s even better when it’s handmade by your child. Show your little one how to thread beads onto a piece of yarn or string. You can do this project with smaller children, but you’ll end up threading all the beads yourself. That’s all right, though, because your child can watch and you can tell her what color and shape each bead is as you string it. Once you or your child is finished stringing the beads, tie the ends into a tight knot. If you can find beads with letters on them, help your child spell out “I love you” or “best mom” onto the necklace or bracelet to personalize it. Wear your necklace or bracelet proudly, even when you’re going to the grocery store or running errands.Additional Crafts
Purchase an inexpensive wooden picture frame from a craft store and help your child decorate it, Arlene Erlbach and Herb Erlbach suggest in their book “Mother’s Day Crafts.” Help him glue beads or buttons onto the frame or help him paint it with your favorite color. Tiny ones can scribble on the frame with markers or crayons instead. Let the frame dry and then put in a picture of your child smiling his best smile.
You might also make a coupon book. Cut strips of white paper and help your older child choose a few things he’d like to give to you. Perhaps he could make a coupon saying that he’ll give you a back rub or that he’ll help you clean the kitchen. If your child is too young to think of things, come up with them on your own, such as a coupon promising that your spouse will get up on a Saturday morning while you get to sleep late. You might need to get your spouse in on this project if your child is too little to come up with coupons on his own. Let your tiny one scribble on the coupons to add his own touch to the project. Staple the coupons together on one side to form a book.
If you’re more into flowers than good deeds, buy a plain clay pot from the craft store and help your child paint it with tempera paints. Again, tiny ones can draw on the pot with markers instead. Once the paint is dry, plant a flower in it.