Grandma’s Brag Bag – Mother’s Day Gift

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Grandmas love to brag. It’s what they do and I plan to brag like crazy when I have grand kids too. Grandmas have their photo books, or iPhones packed with images of their far away grandchildren but now thanks to Martha Stewart Crafts by Plaid my kids and I made their Mimi ( Grandma in Texas) a brag bag. When I agreed to be part of this Mother’s Day campaign I knew I had to do something with my kids because that is what No Time For Flash Cards is about. The bag was created by my kids and I and we even  tried to make sure it was a little fancy cause they like it fancy in Texas. You gotta check out how I turned my son’s writing into a custom stencil, enough talk you just have to see it.

  1. Gather your materials.  This is what they sent me. martha stewart craft paint by plaidAmazing right? What we ended up using were the heat tool, the stencil film, stencil tape, craft paint ( I am in love with this paint), sponge tip bottles, stencil brushes and stencil adhesive. I also bought a tote bag and we used some wood cut outs, thread, needle, glass, paper, marker and a thumbtack we had.
  2. I started by getting my son to write Mimi on some paper. This was the central idea for this craft. I wanted to make sure it was his writing on the bag. Martha Stewart Craft Paint
  3. Then I put the paper under some glass and taped the stencil film on top. martha stewart craft paint
  4. Time to cut with the heat tool. Now as you see my kids are not doing any of these steps and no child should. This is adult time for sure. This heat tool is seriously hot. It’s easy to use and hold correctly but please it’s only for adults. It cut so easily through the film. I am in love with this idea of custom and re-usable stencils. I am thinking hand prints, silhouettes… the possibilities are endless. I specifically kept the edges rough to make it match my son’s writing. martha Stewart Craft Paint by Plaid
  5. Next I sprayed the adhesive on the stencil and applied it to our bag. I totally put it on wrong and just like the can said, I could reposition it no problem.
  6. Then using the stencil tape I added a few stripes as per my son’s request. I let my kids choose the colors , ok so really I let them choose pearl or satin.
  7. Then I painted the bag.
  8. I think it turned out really well. Also something for moms like me that can fit adult crafting in only if  you can do it fast, this paint dries quick. I love that it does. It’s also non toxic which is so important to me.
  9. We weren’t done yet though. I wanted my daughter to add her touch as well. These sponge tips that can be added right to the paint bottles were the perfect tool for her to help. { There are no warnings on these products but please use the utmost care and give any young child your complete attention when crafting}.
  10. I used some wooden flower cut outs we had and made them into buttons by hammering a pushpin into them. Use one as a guide so all will line up.
  11. Then I taped then to a paper towel and let my daughter paint them.mother's day gift for grandma
  12. Once they were dried I threaded them together into a cluster.
  13. Then sewed them on to the bag as the dots on the i’s . mother's day craft

Now all we have to do is send this to Mimi in Texas for her to carry around telling everyone how her brilliant  grandchildren made her this amazing Mother’s Day gift.

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Silhouette Mother’s Day Card

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I very shamelessly borrowed then modified this idea from my son’s preschool who sent a large canvas project home last year . You don’t have to make this a card, it would be precious framed as a gift for Mom or Grandma too!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 blank card or 2 large pieces of cardstock, a bath poof, plate, paint, double stick tape, contact paper, pen, scissors, crayons or colored pencils. As well as a picture of your child in profile.
  2. Start by cutting out the picture of your child. Tip use sharp fine pointed scissors. I luckily had 2 photos on hand, this is not the first which when cut with my dull old scissors made my son look rather alien-esque. Nothing says Happy Mother’s Day like a card from your martian child .
  3. Place on your contact paper and trace with your pen.
  4. Cut out. Make sure you place the picture in the right direction, I had to do this twice because I wanted the profile facing right. See a trend? I was up too late watching the news the night before.
  5. Peel the contact paper off the backing and place on card stock. Make sure to place it on the finished side , if it’s on the unfinished paper it may rip a little , it did for me, but I wasn’t going to have my daughter redo it , it looks ok but would have been better if I’d been paying closer attention or got more sleep.
  6. Pop some paint on the plate, dip your bath poof in it…
  7. And paint. She squished the poof in her hand for a good 3 minutes before attacking it. Yes it was messy. Unlike her brother she didn’t eat too much paint, bath poofs tend to elicit more touching with hands than tasting.
  8. Let dry.
  9. While it’s drying use another piece to make a mat , even though it’s behind it will look like a mat when it’s done. Color however you want, write words , whatever your child wants. The big guy put his playmobil away to come do the part his sister couldn’t . Although you could totally just add another color of paint to the plate and paint more. This was just a good way of making one craft with two siblings.
  10. Remove the contact paper and cut the silhouette out in an oval when dry.
  11. Tape to the mat using permanent double stick tape.
  12. Trim and tape to the card.

Besides this wonderful card( or equally awesome kid made creations)  what do you hope you are given this Mother’s Day?

Flower Crafts for Mother’s Day

Year after year when you ask young kids what they want to make their moms for Mother’s Day they might say their favorite thing ( firetruck, superhero, princess…) but after some prodding you will probably hear “Flowers!” . So here are some of our favorite flower projects but if you want firetrucks, superheroes or princess crafts we have those too.

Pool Noodle Flowers - they look great for years not days!

Mother’s Day Cupcakes – fun and easy for kids to help decorate.

Even though this Poppy was made for Remembrance Day but it’s so pretty ( and easy to make) I included it.

These Newspaper Flowers would be a perfect addition to any green mama’s Mother’s Day card – just make them smaller and glue to a plain card or recycled paper.

These Family Flowers celebrate love and you could make them of  your mama’s kiddos if you want.

Give mom what she gives you every day - Bunches of Love!

Pasta Bouquet For Mother’s Day

by Kim

Flowers are almost a requirement for Mother’s Day. With this fun craft you won’t have to worry about them not lasting.

You will need rubbing alcohol, food coloring, chenille stems, styrofoam ball (or floral arranging piece), paint, zipper sandwich bags, and Fiori style pasta – they look like little flowers.

Dye the pasta by adding 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol, 15 drops of food coloring, and pasta into a zipper bag. You can have your kids massage the bag and make sure the pasta gets coated really well.

I let the pasta sit in the food coloring for a few hours. Then I lined a cookie sheet with paper towels and placed the pasta on it to dry. I let the pasta dry overnight. It was the easiest way to make sure the kids didn’t mess with it and I could put it in a well ventilated area.

I while the kids kneaded the pasta, I cut the styrofoam balls in half and got some paint. I had them paint their half whatever color they wanted. They had a lot of fun. I let the paint dry overnight along with the pasta.

I cut the chenille stems in varying lengths. I had the kids thread the stem through the flower-shaped pasta piece. Only have the stem go through it by about an inch. Bend that end over and twist it to the longer part.

I gave each of the kids a bundle of stems and had them put the stems into the ball halves. The result was as individual as each of the children. It was BEAUTIFUL!

Now you have a gorgeous floral arrangement, centerpiece, desk decoration, or dresser ornament. And it will never wilt.


Kim is a contributing writer for No Time For Flash Cards, a mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a foster parent, too. She juggles her day by trying out fun activities and crafts with the kids. After all, she is just a big kid herself. See what she has been up to over at Mom Tried It.

Easy Mother’s Day Gift

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One of the most common questions I get asked by readers is ” What do you do with all the art work?!” Which I usually answer back with ” Most gets recycled. ” which is true but with the amount we make I still have a lot that ends up on the fridge. I love using clips like this to hold art work and thought we could make one extra pretty and wrap it up for a great handmade Mother’s Day gift.  Although I would suggest this for 5 and up ( cutting foam is tricky) you could easily have the pieces  pre- cut and have younger children do it successfully too.  So make one of these, have your little Picasso paint a picture and send it off to Grandma for Mother’s Day.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 3 or more colors of foam sheets, some clothes pins, magnetic tape, scissors, a pen and glue.Mother's Day Gift
  2. Start by drawing your flower. Don’t worry about perfection this  will be the back anyway. Cut out.Mother's Day Gift
  3. Draw some leaves , cut out. Mother's Day Gift
  4. Using the flower shape, trace a larger flower in a different color. Mother's Day Gift
  5. Cut out and a middle of your flower as well. Mother's Day Gift
  6. Layer and glue together on the clothes pin. Let dry. Mother's Day Gift Mother's Day Gift 008
  7. When dry glue the magnet on the other side of the clothes pin.  Mother's Day Gift
  8. Hang your beautiful art work with your beautiful art work ! Mother's Day Gift

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