Arts & Crafts: Holidays > Mother’s Day

Button Pin 
Added: 08-18-1998 
Original Author: Unknown

Need: Cardboard box, buttons, pin back, glue gun (Adult Only), wallpaper

Directions: Cut small hearts from a cardboard box. Glue buttons on the heart in whatever fashion the children want. You glued a pin back on the back of it with the glue gun and then made a small sack out of wallpaper for wrapping the pin and added this little note on a card;

This little heart
I give to you
Filled with buttons
Of every hue
On this happy
Mother’s Day
I love you
In every way.

Mother’s Day Egg Shell Art 
Added: 08-18-1998 
Original Author: Unknown

Need: Dyed egg shells, Rolling pin, Glue, Brushes, Card matt or paper plate

1. Collect egg shells after Easter.
2. Crush them with a rolling pin.
3. Glue crushed egg shells onto cardboard, matt board or paper plate.
4. If shells are not dyed, you should first dye them.

Window Knick-Knack 
Added: 08-18-1998 
Original Author: Unknown

Need: Cereal box for each child, clay, dried flowers, scissors (adult can do the cutting part ahead of time, if nec.) 

Directions: Cereal box can be the small individual size, or a larger one depending on what size you want your gift to be. Sit box upright and cut off part of the front  leaving enough at the bottom for a flower box (planter, so to speak). Cut little blocks from the back resembling panes in a window. Put a clump of clay on the bottom of  the box toward the front. Stick dried flowers into the clay so that they come forward and stick out of the “window”.

Mothers Day Snack Bag 
Added: 08-18-1998 
Original Author: Unknown

Need: Paper bag, hole punch, yarn, two napkins, microwave popcorn, two juice boxes

Directions: The children cut out of a pocketbook shape out of a brown paper bag. Punch holes around the edges and have the children thread together. They can then decorate the bag any which way they like. The children then place two napkins, microwave popcorn, two juice boxes, and place them in the bag. The children can go home and have a nice quiet snack with mom.

Added: 08-18-1998 
Original Author: Unknown

Need: Long paper (from a roll), String, bingo markers, Red paper

Directions: Let the child hug you. Then measure the hug with a piece of string. Put the string on the long paper and cut. Trace the child’s hands and attach on either end of the paper. Let them decorate with bingo markers or whatever. Add a small heart in the middle with the poem:
Here’s a happy hug a bunch
Wrap it around and feel the crunch
May smiles and Kisses come your way
With Lots of Love on Mothers Day

Added: 08-18-1998 
Original Author: Unknown

Need: Button, tissue, magazines, candy

Directions: You can use this along with a gift you’ve made as part of a card or make a book.
You sew the buttons on my clothes (glue button on this page)
You gave me a hankie for my nose (Kleenex on this one)
You make good things for me to eat (picture from magazine)
You buy me candy for a treat (glue piece of candy on)
You wash my clothes and mend my socks (picture from mag of clothes and a sock)
Dear Mother, I love you lots and lots!! 
(big heart – can put child’s picture in it)

Added: 08-18-1998 
Original Author: Unknown

Need: Doily, paper

Directions: Cut a doily into a heart (or buy it like that) and make it into a flower (add cut stem and leaves) put child’s handprint on top of doily.
Glue all onto bright colored paper.

A Piece of me I give to you
I made this flower
Because I Love You
The heart is for you
The hand is me
To show we are friends
The best there can be
I hope you will save it
And look back someday
At the flower we shared on your SPECIAL DAY!

Pasta Necklace for Mom 
Added: 08-18-1998 
Original Author: Unknown

Need: Pasta shapes, Wheels, Straight Pasta with holes, Hearts, Bow Ties (tie on with pretty ribbon), Other shapes w/ holes to string, Dye pasta w/ food color & alcohol. 

Directions: I use a sm. amt. of alcohol (1/2 cup or less). Use about 1/2 bottle of food  color in the rubbing alcohol. Add the pasta & drain. I do a small amt. of pasta @ a time & use a slotted spoon to drain the pasta. I keep using the colored alcohol. The pasta dries quickly. I use all kinds of bright colors. When dry let the children string the pasta on pretty ribbon. Tie on the bow tie shapes. This really is cute & fun for the kids. My mom’s were proud to wear these beautiful creations that their child made.

Mother’s Day Flowers 
Added: 08-18-1998 
Original Author: Unknown

Need: Colored tissues, yarn

Directions: The Friday before Mother’s day is provide them with a tissue corsage to take to work with them. Buy the colored facial tissue that is 2 ply. Fold the tissues in a fan, tie yarn around the middle and fluff them up. Round the edges to make them prettier!!!

Mom’s Apple Pie 
Added: 08-18-1998 
Original Author: Unknown

Need: Potpourri, Small Pie Tin, Pom poms, Gold Glitter, Tan Felt, Glue, Scissors, Pencil, Wax paper.

Directions: Place your pie tin upside down on the tan felt. Trace the shape with your pencil and cut out the “pie crust”. Open your packet of potpourri. Don’t eat it! It smells better than it tastes! Pour it into the pie tin. Fill up your pie tin with pom pom “apples”
Put a bead of craft glue around the edge of the pie tin and cover the pie with the felt crust. Place a sheet of wax paper on top of the crust and place a book on top until the glue dries. Don’t use a really heavy book, or you may end up with “applesauce”.
When your pie is dry, decorate the top by drawing lines with glue and sprinkle with glitter. Your pie is done! Doesn’t it smell yummy? Put it anywhere you’d enjoy the delicious aroma of fresh apple pie!

Mother’s Day Sachets 
Added: 08-18-1998 
Original Author: Unknown

Need: 8×8-in. square of nylon netting, a large cotton ball, dusting powder, ribbon and small artificial flowers.

Directions: Shake the cotton ball in a bag filled with the dusting powder. Center it in the nylon net. Gather the net around the ball and tie with a ribbon. Add a small artificial flower in the ribbon. An easy and cute sachet for Mom’s drawer. The kids like it because it smells so good!

Another Mother’s Day Sachet W/Poem 
Added: 08-18-1998
Original Author: Unknown

Need: Sheer Netting, potpourri, ribbon

I cut out 8″x11″ pieces of sheer netting. The children put in a handful of potpourri.
We tied up the corners to make a pouch.
Secure with a rubber band then tie a length of pretty satin ribbon around the sachet.
Then we attached this poem:

This pretty bag of potpourri
Was made for you by little me.
In it there are leaves and flowers
That will smell sweet for many hours.
I helped cut the ribbon and lace
And tied it in a special place.
So keep it somewhere it can stay
To remind you of this Mother’s Day!
I had the children write their names on the little card
(the ones that couldn’t I helped a little.)

Decorative Bathroom Soaps 
Added: 08-18-1998 
Original Author: Unknown

Need: Ivory Snow Powder, water, cookie cutters or molds, food coloring

Combine Ivory Snow powder (the laundry detergent) and water to make a dough. Be sure to add the water as you mix until you have a playdough like dough.
Give each child a small helping of soap dough and allow them to make what they wish. You can also use cookie cutters or molds. We made soaps in different shapes for Mother’s Day. You can add food coloring to the water before mixing to create wonderfully colored soaps. Just be sure to explain that this is soap and that the kids should be careful not to touch their eyes!!

Added: 08-18-1998 
Original Author: Unknown

Need: Kitchen supplies and plain, clear soap are all you need to make luminous bars of soap. They can be any color you like. Colors can also be layered in one bar.. natural additions make unusual, beautiful soaps. Try poppy seeds a spiral of citrus peel oatmeal, fragrant dried herbs, or a fern sprig. For molds use the bottom of a milk carton to make square soaps, or try a smooth sided tomato paste can for cylindrical shapes.  Plastic chocolate molds also work..

1. Chop bars of unscented glycerin soap (Pure Pleasure works well) to yield 2 cups of one half inch chunks. Melt soap in a double boiler or microwave on high for one minute until melted completely. Skim froth from top. Mix in tiny amounts of liquid food coloring. Blend colors as desired. For scented soap add essential oils- natural scented oils the essence of the plant from which they are derived. Can be found in specialty bath and beauty shops.

2. Brush chosen mold with more essential oil or with vegetable oil. Pour melted soap into mold and let stand until hardened, about 2 hours. To make layers, pour one colored soap into a mold and let it harden for about 20 minutes. Skim off any bubbles and pour another layer into the mold and let stand until hardened. The natural additions can be mixed into the melted soap or placed on top of one layer before adding another.

3. Remove the soap from the mold by ripping away the milk carton, opening the can at the bottom and pushing out the soap or inverting the plastic mold and tapping the bottom. Hardened soaps can be cut into smaller bars.

Animal Cracker Pins 
Added: 08-18-1998 
Original Author: Unknown

Need: Glue gun (Adult Only), safety pin, paint, and polyurethane

Directions: Using a glue gun, attach safety pin back to each cracker. Pins can be purchased in quantities of 10 or 15 at your nearest craft store. After attaching the pin back, have children paint crackers using tempera or poster paint and polyurethane for a shiny coat. Simple and adorable.

Added: 08-18-1998  
Original Author: Unknown

Need: Egg carton, paint, pipe cleaner, paper, ribbon, green tissue paper

Directions: Another pretty bouquet to give for Mother’s Day is one made of egg carton roses. Cut up cardboard egg cartons and trim around each cup to form the “rose”. I usually have each child make six. They then paint the cups red inside and out. When dry poke a small hole in the bottom through which a green pipe cleaner is inserted. Curl the top of the pipe cleaner to keep the rose from falling off. The children can cut a construction paper leaf for each stem and glue to pipe cleaner. You now have a beautiful bouquet of long stemmed roses! They can be tied with a ribbon and wrapped in green tissue paper like they are when you buy real roses at a florist, or put into a child-made vase!

Scrubber Flower 
Added: 11-09-1998 
Original Author: Unknown

Need: Net type scrubber, brad, paper

Directions: You use kitchen scrubbers (I bought mine at the supermarket at their dollar days and got them 4 for $1.50) Use a brad to attach the scrubber to paper and make it the flower. The kids add the stem and leaves and other things. Add the following poem that I changed up a bit.

To make your Mother’s day fantastic
I made you this flower of plastic.
I give it to you with this special wish…
May it help you scrub each pot and dish.
I want to thank you for all you do.
Happy Mother’s Day, I love you!
(remove brad and enjoy your kitchen scrubber)

Mother’s day Gift 
Added: 03-13-1999 
Original Author: Unknown

Need: Frozen OJ Lids, child pictures, magnet, lace and other decorations

Directions: Save frozen OJ lids. Take a picture of your child and cut it the size of the OJ lid. Paste on the OJ lid and decorate around to make it pretty lid. Put a magnet on the back and give it as a gift to mom or dad or sister or brother.

Mother’s Day Recipe Holder 
Added: 03-13-1999
Original Author: Unknown

Need: Small plastic plant pots, silk flowers, plastic forks, plaster of paris, stickers

Directions: Have the children decorate the pots using various stickers. Mix up a batch of plaster and fill each pot 3/4 full. Let stand for a minute or two or until the silk flowers will stand up in the plaster, insert a fork, handle first. Let harden, place a favorite recipe card in the fork. It makes a great recipe holder for your counter !

Mothers day vase and flowers 
Added: 03-13-1999 
Original Author: Unknown

Need: Nestea Bottle, tissue paper, glue, pipe cleaner

Directions: Take a Nestea bottle and remove the label have the children take small scraps of tissue paper and apply to the outside of the bottle with watered down glue and a paint brush. Next, take tissue paper two colors layered and squeeze in the middle so it looks like a butterfly and wrap a pipe cleaner there to hold insert the pipe cleaner in the vase. You will need about 4 flowers to have a full arrangement. Even the 2 year old’s find paining the jar easy.

I Love You Flower 
Added: 04-05-1999 
Original Author: Unknown

Need: Paper, chenille stem or straw, plaster or glue, paper cup

Directions: Trace their hand and then glue the fingers down to make the sign for Love (ring and middle fingers down.). Add a chenille stem or a straw as the flower stem. Put some plaster or glue in the bottom of a paper cup and put the stem down into the cup – makes a really cute present.

I Love You This Much 
Added: 04-17-2000 
Original Author: Unknown

Need: paper, yarn, envelope

Directions: Trace child’s hands and attach with a long piece of yarn (measure child’s arms)…. put into an envelope with a note that says, “MOM, ( or Grandma etc.) I LOVE YOU THIS MUCH…

Book of Kisses 
Added: 04-17-2000 
Original Author: Unknown

Need: paper, markers, lipstick

Directions: The children can make a “Book Of Kisses” to give to their mothers on Mother’s Day. Make booklets by cutting paper into 4 inch squares and stapling ten sheets together in one booklet for each child. Write “Book of Kisses” on the top page and invite the children to decorate the page that is the cover of the booklet. In small groups, color the children’s lips with lipstick and have them kiss each page of the book. Send it home with a note explaining that the mothers can redeem each page for a real kiss.

Mother’s Day Card  
Added: 04-17-2000 
Original Author: Unknown

Need: Construction paper, tempera paint, pie pan, scissors, and a pencil. 

Directions: Fold the construction paper in half to form a card. Pour enough tempera paint in the pie pan to cover the bottom. Have the child lay the palm of the hand in the paint. Take the hand out of the paint and press the hand on the front of the card, with the small finger along the folded edge. Let dry. Leaving the card folded, cut out the handprint so the card is now in the shape of the handprint. Open the card and write the message.

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