DIY & Crafts

DIY Mothers Day Bouquet

I cannot believe May is here already. This year has flown by. The weather is also, finally starting to feel like spring, we were even able to have our first beach day! We have been trying to soak up every minute we can outside, because we have been cooped up in the house for, what felt like, the LONGEST WINTER EVER!! So we haven’t been spending much time on our arts and crafts. I have been thinking a lot lately on what I wanted to do for Mother’s day and what I would gift my mom and my MIL. I am totally a homemade gift-er. Especially when it comes to family and such. I love it and I know it is something they can and will cherish forever. So I thought about it and BAM. The DIY bouquet of flowers, was born.

 

 

I feel like this is a gift that any mother or grandmother would love. These little handprints are now able to be cherished forever… so much more meaningful than real flowers. I’m lucky, because my mom doesn’t even like real flowers (daughter win!?)

 

Materials needed:

  • White Cardstock
  • Paint brushes
  • Washable paint, any color
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Vase
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

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To make your bouquet,

To start off our bouquet we colored our popsicle sticks. I only had regular ones and I thought the green would add a little more pop to the bouquet. So we improvised and colored all of the sticks green. You can totally skip this step, I know they make green sticks, but it was fun anyways!

 

The patience for this only lasted a few sticks, hence the “you can totally skip this step” HA! We did end up with a few fun “personalized” sticks. It would almost be fun to write little messages on each stick as a surprise, maybe with an older child!

Next we started in on the paint. I only ended up having 3 colors near by and so I decided to throw in a little color lesson. I had blue, yellow and red. I put the three colors on a plate and then mixed other colors in to make new colors and it was fun to watch them all change. Anna was amazed and you could see the little gears in her brain turning. Love little experiments like this!

 

Now as a mom you always have the perfect vision in your head on how a project, or anything for that matter, is going to go. Well my only advise for this project is … go with the flow. Holy cow it did not turn out how I expected at all, but you know what that is ok. No art project for a 2 or 4 year old is going to be perfect and that is what I love about it. THEY made it.

Anyways, we started off by just painting their hands and making little handprints on the paper. Anna made two full sheets and I got 3 whole handprints for Colton.

This is when all perfect cleanliness went away! and yes, Colton ate the paint. Why the heck not… picking my battles here and well, its nontoxic and I tried my hardest to keep it out of his mouth, but yeah right.

The paint was EVERYWHERE.

 

Finger painting happened and the brushes were being used to mix the paint all together on the plate. It was everywhere and there were no neat, sweet, little handprints on the paper. Just a huge hot mess.

I wont lie, at first I was like what, the heck. We are going to have to re-do these ugh. I cleaned up for a solid while and got the kids cleaned up while I was letting them dry and I saw this …

HOW STINKING CUTE IS THIS!?

 

If you’re like me, I literally save every piece of art that either of my kids have ever done. I mean, I still have Annas very first scribble that she ever wrote, on a post it note. This is mom life for you. This is when I was at piece with what I thought was a ruined project. We are making this our own!

I  called the kids back and had them put their hands back onto their papers and I just TRACED their hands. This way I had handprints and artwork that I turned into handprints.

After all of the handprints were cut out, I simply glued the back of the handprint to one of the popsicle sticks and let them dry.

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Last I cut some dry floral foam up and put it inside the vase. (this helps because the popsicle sticks are not very long and it helps keep them sturdy.

Stick the popsicle sticks into the foam and you have your self a DIY Bouquet of flowers.

I am in love with the way these came out and am so excited to give them as gifts for mothers day! What is something special you have planned for mothers day?

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