There’s just something about seeing tiny handprints that mothers love.
Maybe it’s the way that they freeze time, or maybe it’s the endless amount of crafts that can be made with handprints and just a few supplies.
With Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday, giving her a homemade gift that’ll be a keepsake is one way to include the kids in making Mom’s day special. There’s a lot more to make out of handprints than Thanksgiving turkeys. Here are a few suggestions for hands-on Mother’s Day gifts.
Wreath: Pick out a few springy colors of construction paper to transform this classic Christmas activity.
Cut out handprints, arrange them in a circle with the fingers facing outward and glue them together. Layer the handprints for a fuller wreath, or stick to a single circle if you’re working with especially small hands. To accent the wreath add a bow or let the kids draw their own special doodles on the hands.
Canvas: Plain canvases can be perked up by allowing your child to take hold of them.
Paint the canvas a solid color and let it dry. Then, paint your child’s hand a
contrasting color and have them leave a print. A single handprint in the middle is eye-catching, but smaller kids would also enjoy making a collage of prints in various colors on a single canvas. You also could have everyone in the household make their own canvas and create a family tree of prints.
A nice size canvas for this project is 10-by-10 inches, and the canvas boards will only cost you about $6 apiece.
Frames: A similar project can be done with construction paper, paint and picture frames.
Cut the paper to the size of a frame — 4-by-6 inches or 5-by-7 inches work best — and place a handprint in the center. Using dark paper and metallic paint is an easy way to embellish the simple project. Once the paint is dry, place the paper in the frame and wrap it up for Mom.
Totes: Canvas tote bags are simple gifts that can be easily customized by children, plus you can find them at craft stores for about $5.
With some fabric paint, handprints can be left in designs, such as flowers (you’ll need to paint a dot in the center and a stem), caterpillars (upside down handprints in a row with a plain circle as the head),
or as single prints with your child’s name and the year underneath. This is one of the more functional crafts that kids can create and it’s sure to embarrass them down the road when Mom is still carrying the bag.
Flowerpot: Flowers are a classic Mother’s Day gift, but you can make this gift a little more personal by letting your child paint the flowerpot. Leaving a contrasting handprint with the date written underneath adds character and creates an instant keepsake.
In lieu of flowers, kids can cut out construction-paper handprints, attach them to straws and stand them up in the pot. A grown-up or sibling can help them by writing things they love about Mom on each hand. When she’s ready to use the pot for planting, Mom can remove the hand “flowers” and have a bouquet.
Kitchen accessories: For moms who love to cook, a personalized set of dish towels, potholders or an apron could be the perfect gift. You just need some fabric paint.
For an apron, consider making the handprints “flowers” and let the kids paint stems from the bottom of the apron up. Use a paint pen or permanent marker to add the date and/or names if desired. Look for towels or potholders in the
clearance section, where you usually can find them for $5 or less. Plain aprons can be found at craft stores for $10 or less.
Kids don’t stay little for long, so moms are sure to love these gifts that will remind them how small their children once were.
Do you still have handprint crafts from when your kids were young? What’s your favorite handprint craft for kids?