Published on May 7th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain0
Mother’s Day Craft for the Kiddos
So, if you are like me, Mother’s Day is basically a day that comes and goes without a lot of ado. I do get a treat of seafood, and perhaps a ride in the country. But it’s not a big Let’s-Fix-Mommy Breakfast-In-Bed or -Massage-Her Aching-Feet, or -Shower-Her-With-Gifts-And-Cards. I always got a fun little gift from the kid’s school, they would make a flower pot or tea pot for mom’s. And, how cute it was to receive those gifts being held by chubby little hands, so proud to share their art with me. I never wanted to create items at home, seemed selfish for me to create a craft for myself. It would have been totally different if they’d had grandmas to create for and shower, but it’s hard to send those items up to heaven. So guess what? I created a fun and cute little Mother’s Day craft, with items you probably have at home. And, if not, I have good suggestions to still create a fun craft, that doesn’t take too long, even the little ones can play along without getting too bored. So that you too can join in the fun, hopefully to send these adorable little crafts created for grandma. There will be a few moments that need adult help and assistance, but that’s at the end of the craft!
These butterflies can easily be made into plant stakes, or magnets, or window decor depending on what you want to do with them.
You’ll need a few supplies to begin. Coffee filters, spray mist (any kind of dropper ink) , you can also use those food colors in the bottles, since they come out in drops.
Some clothes pins (a couple bucks at any super store), glitter paper (or any kind of paper, washi tape, duct tape, nail polish or paint). Seriously, pretty much any kind of paint or you could just color them with markers.
First, I laid the coffee filters on some scrap paper, down so that the cup part was pushing up. No preference but it did help the filter from lifting up too much.
I started by dropping single drops of color onto the filter.
Then I began to add another color. I unscrew my lids and use the spray straw for the dropper. You can have big, little or medium drops. and you can flick it for splatters.
Continue adding color until you are happy with the result.
When they are done, hang them to dry. It’ll only take 30 minutes or so.
In the meantime, cover the clothespins.
I used glitter vinyl, but you can follow any of my suggestions. Using paper, cardstock, glitter, marker, nail polish etc…
They look super fabulous with glitter paper, that stays put. I used glue to adhere mine.
Now that your filters are dry, crumple them up and smooth them out again. Crumpling makes them easy to pleat.
Start at the middle and pleat to one edge, then to the other.
Take your clothespin and open it, then stick the filter in the mouth of the clothes pin.
Decorate your pins with wiggle eyes. Wiggle eyes make everything cuter.
For the antennae, take a black piece of cording, or floss, or don’t put them on. But if you do, tie knots and fold the cord in half, and hot glue them to the inside of the clothespin. Have an adult do this.
This next part is for an adult as well. You have finished your butterflies. you can make them into magnets. or what I did, plant stakes.
Simply take a bamboo skewer ( or chopstick -how many of those do you have sitting in your kitchen?) and hot glue it to the clothes pin. This takes a few moments to cool, so be prepared to hold it for a minute or so. After it seemed like it was cool enough, I stuck mine into a container to hold it upright and cool completely.
They are ready to gift away!
May you Mom’s and Grandma’s enjoy your day!