Wednesday, May 4, 2011

For Mothers's Day or Any Day-->Straight From The Heart

I remember, as children, my sister and I would always make our own cards or gifts for our mother on Mother's Day. As the years went by, we started buying her "real" gifts such as jewelry, sweaters etc...But the ones that always meant the most to her were the homemade gifts. Those are the ones that are truly unique and cannot be bought last minute anywhere. The ones we took our time to make and put extra pride into. Now that I have my own children, I wanted to have them make things are fun and special also. Since both my mother and my mother-in-law are such amazing mothers in their own special ways, I wanted the kids to make (with lots of help from me) something for them both. A finger painted flower pot. And yeah, kids love paint+hands+mess. Make sure you do not do this on the uncovered wood dining table like I did.

Things you will need:
  1. Plants or flowers of your choice
  2. Pot to paint
  3. Acrylic paint-any colors 
  1. Paint brush
  2. Hot glue gun
  3. Tiny mosaic tiles
  4. Clear spray sealant 
I visited my local Loews and bought two pots of beautiful Chinese Wisteria plants. They will have the most magical and prettiest blooms soon!  They will have to be transferred to the ground near a fence or trellis. This way they grow better and healthier. I also picked up two terracotta pots for the kids to finger paint. I had extra mini tiles left over from the Garden Coasters tutorial so I decided to use them up on these pots.
This is not what I had in mind but my son decided to mix the paints together and it actually came out great! Ahh the beginnings of a masterful painter...
In order to get a decent outcome and proper placement of the petals, you can first make a mark with a pencil and guide their hands or fingers to where they should place the paint. I just braved it and placed his tiny fingers all over.  Make sure he is using only one index finger at a time, it's less messy.

After he had his fill with all the paint and excitement, I drew on stems and leaves of the flowers-If your child is old enough to draw his or her own, let them.  Keep in mind that it does not have to perfect. It's the little sloppiness and imperfections that makes the homemade gifts so special...
After the pots are dry, transfer the plants into their new pots and it's all done. Use a hot glue gun to place tiny tiles to the pots if you wish. You can either paint on letters or use a permanent marker to write letters on your tiles. Spray one or two coats of clear spray paint to seal and protect the precious finger paints from fading or peeling.
Happy Mothers Day to all Mothers, Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers. Your unconditional love and care are much appreciated and acknowledged every single day.

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1 comment:

  1. Aww, Jace is getting so big! Love this creative idea!


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