Let’s get this straight from the beginning. These are not gifts you are making for yourself for your kids to give to you. No, no, no, no, no. These are gifts you make for grandmas, with your kids. While I love having this adorable picture hanging on my fridge, Grandmas really appreciate everything your kids make, so this gives the kiddos an opportunity to recognize the importance of gift giving, and you don’t have to shell out tons of extra money for a gift from them. I give my mom and mother-in-law a gift from my husband and me, and a gift from the kids. I want my kids to understand why gifts are given, and the joy associated with giving a gift from the heart. Of course, I associate gifts from the heart as homemade.
Here’s a few simple ideas:
Homemade Picture Frame
1. Gather Your Art Supplies, 6 popsicle sticks, glue, embellishments, adhesive foam sheets.
2. Paint or color the popsicle sticks; add glue on top and bottom of two sticks. Layer with two more popsicle sticks, add glue on both ends, and layer with the last two sticks.
3. Add embellishments with glitter, glitter glue, or adhesive jewels.
4. Cut out foam sheet to size of frame, sticky side on back of popsicle sticks, turn over and place picture on top of sticky side. Add magnets to the soft side of the foam.
1. Gather your supplies: clear, acrylic marbles (stones), Mod Podge, scrapbook paper, or drawing paper, scissors, brush.
2. Have your child draw pictures, or select scrapbook paper with images small enough to fit inside stone. One more option, select clip art from Word and print it out.
3. Cut out the images.
4. Mod Podge on the back of the stone, add the image facing the back of the stone, mod podge one more time. Add magnet.
5. Admire artwork on fridge.
One more simple idea:
Homemade Bath Salts
I used the recipe from the Martha Stewart website here. I poured the mixture into my glass jar. Measure and cut some brown craft paper, attached with a glue stick. I printed out some labels and attached those with mod podge (or you could use just a glue stick, but it might come off easier with the humidity in the bathroom).
I hope you enjoy spending time with your kiddos making these gifts! Happy Mother’s Day!
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