One of the most common questions I get asked by readers is “What do you do with all the artwork?!” 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 artwork and thought we could make one extra pretty, then 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.
- Gather your materials. You will need 3 or more colors of foam sheets, some clothespins, magnetic tape, scissors, a pen, and glue.
- Start by drawing your flower, then cut it out. Don’t worry about perfection, because this will be the back anyway.
- Draw some leaves, cut out.
- Using the flower shape, trace a larger flower in a different color.
- Cut out and a middle of your flower as well.
- Layer and glue together on the clothes pin. Let dry.
- Once it is dry, glue the magnet on the other side of the clothespin.
- Hang your beautiful artwork with your lovely artwork!
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I had a friend make a recommendation years ago of how to keep your children’s artwork from taking over your home. Whenever they make something or bring something home from school, take a picture of it. Once you’ve collected a bunch of pictures, you can have prints made and let the kids scrapbook them, or you can have a book made (this is what I do) from a site like blurb.com, snapfish.com, or the equivalent. The actual artwork can stay on the fridge for a week or two, and we do save some of their favorite works, but the rest will be documented in books.
We recycle crafts as well – large paintings are used as wrapping paper for the grandmas, little paintings are used as colourful paper for different crafts. Anything we’re “done” with is given to the boy to practice his cutting, and then we use the scraps for yet more crafts. It’s the only way I can justify the amount of money I spend on the supplies. lol
Cute! Now I wonder how many of you readers are moms that will make this with their kids themselves versus dad who will actually get in there with the kids… just curious. 😉
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I always wonder that too. I assume Grandmas get the bulk of the mother’s day things from here.