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Heart Mobile 

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
  • String
  • 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
  • Scissors

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.

The white paper bag pictured was used to make the hearts.

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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Fingerprint Hearts

When we found this box canvas in Riot Art and Craft, we were inspired to do something special. We initially did this as a Valentine’s Day activity, but it could just as easily work for Mother’s Day or even a birthday.

Our finished result has pride of place in our lounge as it just looks fantastic!
In actual fact, without the box, you could even send this to someone special who lives far away!

You will need:

  • Acrylics in complimentary colours
  • Mini canvas
  • Scrap paper
  • Baby wipes
  • Paint tray or similar
This mini canvas cost less that $5! 

It’s advisable to practise the heart shape first. All you need to do is dab the paint onto your forefinger and print diagonally in one direction, then the other to make the heart. We found that you only need a little bit of paint on your finger to avoid big splodges:

We tried out our hearts on scrap paper first!

Once you’re happy, you should be able to move on to the real deal. Here’s our final product:

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Simple Mother’s Day Crafts 

Call me crazy, but I actually prefer homemade gifts on Mother’s Day. I think it shows heart: the effort and thought that goes into a craft or hand-made card means so much more. That being said, a beautiful bunch of blooms would never go amiss!

Beautiful Blooms

So I know I’ve just said that I love the real deal, but we loved making these egg carton flowers. The end result was really vibrant and fun!

You will need:

  • Egg carton
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Glue gun or craft glue
  • Acrylics
  • Chenille sticks 

Start off by cutting up the egg carton using a craft knife. If you’re doing this with kids, it definitely needs supervision or an adult to complete this part for them.

Once each egg compartment is separated, you can begin to use scissors for the shape of your flowers:

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Then you can start to paint up your flowers. We used non-toxic acrylic paint. This process took a few days, mainly because Harrison was completing the project after school.Once the initial coat is dry, you can start to decorate:

Leave the paint to dry fully before attaching the chenille sticks as ‘stems.’ If you don’t already have one, I seriously recommend buying a low temperature glue gun. Ours only cost $12 and it’s been a bit of a crafting revelation!

Once the glue is dry, you can start to arrange the flowers. We put ours in a recycled jar, with washi tape as decoration. For more recycled crafts, click here

Candle Holder

This is a fairly quick and just a little bit messy! It’s easy enough for toddlers to try under supervision too.

You will need:

  • A clean glass jar (coffee jars work well)
  • Tissue paper 
  • Mod podge glue 
  • Baby wipes 
  • Foam dabber or glue paster

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Start off by cutting the tissue paper. Whilst we initially thought that a heart shaped hole punch would look beautiful, it actually didn’t work on the tissue paper!

Next spread the mod podge glue over the jar, leaving space a few cm from the top. Then start to apply the tissue paper . Keep repeating this process until you have a layered effect.

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Once you are happy with the design, you can add a final layer of mod podge to seal in the design. You’ll need to go quite gently with the glue brush here, otherwise there’s the risk of tearing all that hard work!

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Tissue Paper Blooms
I’ve seen some incredible creations on Pinterest, but these are made by my seven year old. Even better is the fact they’re still going strong months after we first made them!

You will need:

  • Tissue paper
  • Chenille sticks 
  • Scissors 

Start of by layering 3-4 sheets of tissue paper. You can choose to use the same colour or different shades. Then ‘concertina’ the paper, before tying a chenille stick around the middle like this:

Next you can choose to round off the edges of the flowers, or snip the ends to create carnation type flowers. Then you can fluff out the flowers and use sticky tape to join the ends.

The end result can be displayed in a vase ready for Mother’s Day!

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This Ladybird ‘How it Works: The Mum’ book is hilarious!

You can also try a similar craft using doilies and chenille sticks. You can find out more here 
Handprints on Calico

Calico is a wonderful, durable fabric that is inexpensive to buy. I decided that I wanted a collaborative​ art work for my Mother’s Day present so we’re turning this fabric from Riot Art and Craft into a giant wall hanging.

You will need:

  • Calico Fabric (or even a bedsheet!)
  • Non-toxic acrylic paint
  • Hands of various sizes!
  • Wooden branch
  • Colourful yarn or wool

The craft itself is pretty self explanatory: simply coat hands in paint and then stamp onto the calico!

For the next part, fold the top of the calico over the tree branch/ wooden pole and use a glue gun to secure the top of the fabric to the underside. Finally, attach yarn to either end of the branch – you could even choose to plait the yarn or thread beads for extra decoration! (More photos to come when our project is finished)

Magnetic Flower Pegs

Simple to make, but again may I recommend having a glue gun handy for this one!

You will need:

  • Felt
  • Wooden pegs
  • Glue gun
  • Magnetic tape

First cut out the felt into the shape of flowers – this is a great way to practise fine motor skills!

Next, use the glue gun to attach the flowers to the wooden pegs. Once dry, you can place the magnetic tape on the back. We are going to use ours to display photos and notes on the fridge.

We also made fingerprint gift bags using pre-made calico bags from Kmart.

 

I hope you have found some ideas you like for a Mother’s Day craft session! Please also see previous posts on Fingerprint Hearts and our Heart Mobile for more ideas. Also check in regularly with our Instagram feed which is updated daily, Comment below if you have more ideas for us to try!