With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it can be easy to get caught up in the annual panic of ‘what the heck do I buy?!’
I personally find that handmade objects are much more special than any shop bought alternative. So it got me thinking about inexpensive crafts that kids could make themselves.
This post forms part of a series throughout the week. First up, this heart mobile made from natural and recycled materials.
You will need:
- Shaving foam
- Recycled paper or card (we used a white paper bag for the hearts)
- Small tree branch
- Food colouring or liquid watercolours
- Cocktail stick or needle
We started off one day in advance by making the marbled hearts. Of course, if you have the real kit, go for it but we used a mix of shaving foam and food colouring to create ours. Here’s how:
First off, spread a layer of shaving foam onto a plate. Use the back of a spoon to create an even surface.
Next dot the food colouring onto the plate (depending on the type of product used, you might want to use a pipette.)
Using a cocktail stick, swirl patterns into the mixture, like this:
You will then need to press your paper hearts (or shape of your choice) into the foam. It’s best to press firmly so that the colours get absorbed into the paper.
Once you’ve completed the previous step, scrape off any excess foam. A pretty marbled pattern should be revealed! We left the hearts to dry over night before moving on to the next step of making the mobile.
For the mobile itself, you will need a branch. We checked ours for weaknesses and any sharp edges first.
The next part can be rather fiddly so younger children may need some assistance. Our seven year old found it to be a great fine motor skills workout!
Using a cocktail stick or needle, puncture a small hole into a corner of the heart:
Here’s where sewing skills come in handy because you then need to thread the string through the tiny hole and tie a knot to secure. Keep repeating this step for all of the hearts you made.
Finally, decide on how you want to display the hearts before tying the string to the branch. You should have one heart mobile for your efforts!
I personally love the contrast between the natural colours of the branch and string alongside the bright marble patterns of the hearts:
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