Kid Craft: Something Thoughtful for Mother
Two special notes before we really get started:
1. I want to give credit for much of this idea to one of the websites I follow: Favecrafts.com.
2. MOTHER: If you are the one reading this, unless you are planning Mother’s Day gifts for the children to make for grandmother, STOP READING NOW. Give this page to someone else: an older child, or the father, in case they need an idea for a gift for you. Don’t worry; you’ll like it.
Now for the directions:
- A plain hand towel or dish towel in a light color, or white (Make it one that will look nice in Mother’s kitchen or bathroom. Something not too “fluffy” is best for this activity.)
- Acrylic paint that will contrast with the color of the towel
- Sharpie-type pen made to write on fabric (check the label)
- Something to cover the work surface (I don’t recommend newspapers, as the ink may come off on your towels.)
- Aprons or smocks to protect clothing
- Paint brush (I recommend the sponge disposable type, since they make cleanup so much easier and can actually be washed and reused if desired. They are also the best for this application since they will give a very even and smooth coat of paint.)
- Soap and water for cleanup
Note: All supplies should be available at a store such as Walmart or Hobby Lobby.
1. Divide the towel into approximately nine equally-sized boxes (You can just do this in your mind. It doesn’t have to be exact, but imagine it as three top boxes, three middle, and three bottom boxes when the towel is laid out vertically.) You are going “stamp” the child’s hand in the center of box number eight — that would be the bottom center box. In this way, the hand print will show when the towel is hung.
Note: You may want to try the hand stamping with your own hand just to see how it is going to work before you do it with your child(ren)’s hands. You could use old rags or washcloths for a trial run.
2. Lay the towel out flat on your covered surface.
3. Cover the child’s hand with paint. (In other words, don’t let the child do this step for himself.) It really is necessary for someone else to do this, even if two older children do it for each other. Try to get paint into all the creases, but don’t let it become “drippy.” You don’t want spots!
4. Take the child’s hand and “stamp” it straight down in the center of “box eight.” Again it is best if someone else does this for the child. Press on each of the fingers and the center of the hand to get the entire had to print, but don’t “roll” the hand. Raise the hand straight up when done.
5. Wash hands to get all the paint off. Acrylic paint comes off easily with just soap and water. The same is true for the brush and even clothes if you do get some paint on them, but be sure to not let it dry before trying to clean it.
6. When the paint is dry, let the child write (or print) his or her name with the marker in the same “box” of the towel as you stamped the hand. Make sure that the name is large enough to be seen and then date it. You or the child may have to go over the name a couple of times to be sure it will be visible.
Wrap it up and enjoy giving it with a card (handmade by the child) as a Mother’s Day gift!
Sherryl LaPointe, a retired teacher and children’s minister, lives with her husband, Harris, and dog, Muffin, in Gulfport. They enjoy frequent visits from their daughter, Linette. Sherryl enjoys pursuing many hobbies including crafts, art and writing.