9 Recycled Mother’s Day Crafts

mother's day craftMother’s Day crafts don’t have to be elaborate they just have to be made from the heart. These crafts also take Mother Nature to heart and are made with one of more recycled material like scrap paper, old books, even those little plugs from milk and juice cartons.

Recycled Picture Frame
Book Order Bead Necklace
Love Bomb
Recycled Vase
Napkin Rings
Toddler Made Recycled Necklace
Newspaper and Button Flowers
Milk Plug Ring
Recycled Paper Hearts

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My mom loves being a grandma and if you asked me I would tell you that I love her being a grandma too. She adores my two trouble makers and every single thing they do. She endures the torturous phone calls where my daughter grabs the phone and talks too loud while running all around the house. She spoils them with treasures from her travels bringing back funny hats from Venice , a chess board from Moscow and countless things with maple leafs on them from home so they don’t forget they are half Canadian. What I love best though is that when you come over to my house when my mom is there I can bet she is doing 1 of 3 things with my kids – sitting on the floor playing, sitting in a chair reading or making a mess in my kitchen baking with my kids.

Now if you go to my mom’s house the first thing you might notice is her fridge. It looks like a preschooler lives there because it’s covered in art from my two kids.  The art work is proudly displayed not just for her but so my kids can see how much she loves their creations.grandma

She is a great grandma and deserves a great mother’s day card from me to say thanks for this and so much more. When I was browsing Cardstore.com for the right card I saw so many I thought would be great . Funny ones, sappy ones , even edgy ones for hip mamas.  There are multiple ways to customize your card with text, your own photos and even a signature. When I saw this one and it was just perfect!  It let me upload a photo of my daughter’s painting and turn it into a card for my mom.  Absolutely perfect for us!

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As stated above this post was sponsored by Cardstore.com but the kids, grandma, artwork and all the opinions are mine.

 

 

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.

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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.