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!
- 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.
- 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 .
- Place on your contact paper and trace with your pen.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pop some paint on the plate, dip your bath poof in it…
- 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.
- Let dry.
- 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.
- Remove the contact paper and cut the silhouette out in an oval when dry.
- Tape to the mat using permanent double stick tape.
- 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?
I have my long-awaited baby girl -who could ask for more?
I hope your first Mother’s Day with her in your arms is a wonderful day Teri!
cathy edington says
“Nothing says Happy Motherâ€™s Day like a card from your martian child” hahahahahahaha