OK, Dads . . . This One’s For You!

32233444-Happy-Mothers-Day-Stock-VectorOK, Dads . . . this one’s for you.  Sorry, it’s not a brewski, but it’s something to do with your bud.

Next Sunday is Mother’s Day, and the best present your munchkin(s) can give Mom is a gift made with his two little hands.  Borrowing from Genny Upton’s site, GoAskMom, this flower bouquet is the ideal gift for Mom because it doesn’t need to be watered, it will never outgrow its pot, and if it gets droopy, bends back into shape.  Pre-schoolers will need your help, older kids your guidance.

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Here’s what you need:

* clay pot, any size

* washable tempura paint, about 6 to 8 different colors

* artist paintbrushes

* pack or two of multi-colored construction paper or card stock

* flower-shaped cookie cutters (optional)

* scissor

* 2-3 plastic lids from food container

* wet wipes

* green chenille pipe cleaners

* Easter grass, Styrofoam, tissue paper or shredded paper wet wipes

* glue gun or bottle of glue

We suggest you paint the pot first, giving it a chance to dry before the flowers go in.  You can probably pick up a medium sized clay pot, and some paint and brushes at any craft store. Let them use their imagination for the design of the pot.

Here’s where Dad comes in. Begin to make the flowers by cutting flower shapes out of construction paper or card stock. (The easiest method is to trace around a flower-shaped cookie cutter to create a pattern.)  Cut out two of each color you want to make because you will need a front and a back for each flower.

Using washable tempera paint, squirt dots of various colors onto a plastic lid from a food container to be used for thumb printing. Start by dipping a thumb into a color and making a print in the center of a flower. Wipe off the paint from the thumb, then choose a different color and make thumbprints on each petal. Repeat for as many flowers as you’d like to make.  Remember it takes two flower shapes to create one completed flower.

Once the paint is dry, align two flowers of the same color back-to-back, so that your flower now has a painted front and back. Insert a green chenille stem (pipe cleaner) in-between the flowers to serve as the stem and glue it all together. It is suggest to use a hot glue gun so that it’ll be ready instantly, or you can buy a bottle of Elmer’s glue and wait for it to dry.

Bend or cut the chenille stems to the desired height and insert into the flowerpot.  Easter grass, Styrofoam, tissue paper or shredded paper can be used as filler to support the flowers.

That’s it – all done.  Truly a masterpiece made with lots of love.

How convenient is it that you live at The Alexander!  You and your children can hide away in the Library, or children’s play room to create your pièce de résistance, while remaining unseen from mom’s peeping eyes. Make sure to cover the table surface with a durable cloth, or heavy cardboard to prevent any paint or glue drippings.

If you have a child wanting to do a craft, but he wants to do a different project, how about decorating a candle?  This idea is courtesy of ComeTogetherKids.com.

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If you have any questions see the visual instructions on their website for step by step directions.

Here’s what you need:

* white tissue paper

* markers

* pillar candles (white or other light colors works best)

* waxed paper or parchment paper

* hair dryer or heat embossing gun

First thing you need to do is decide what size candle is appropriate.  Then cut a piece of tissue paper to fit around the outside of your candle, keeping it a little smaller than the candle itself.

Using markers, have your child decorate the tissue paper. Stress not to press down too forcefully on the markets as the tissue paper is pretty delicate.  Encourage simple drawings and discourage coloring in large areas or the paper might tear.

When the drawing is completed, cut a piece of waxed paper slightly larger than the candle.  Wrap the tissue paper artwork around the outside of the candle, and then wrap the waxed paper on top of that, using the extra length as a little handle.

Next, use the hairdryer or heat gun to melt the design onto the candle.  (The hairdryer works fine, it just takes a little while to warm up enough.  Put it on the highest heat setting and hold it blowing as close as possible to the candle.)  As the wax melts, the tissue paper will become part of the candle.  You’ll be able to see it change color through the waxed paper, going from white to the color of the candle.  Continue until you can’t see any more tissue paper.

Carefully pull back the waxed paper to reveal your child’s artwork, which is now a permanent part of the candle.  You can burn the candle just as you would any other candle, although we doubt any sentimental mother would.

After everything is dry and ready, wrap the presents in a colorful tissue paper and don’t forget a beautiful bow.

We’re sending a shout-out to the dads – good job!

We’re sending a shout-out to the kiddies – great job!

And, to their lucky moms.

Happy Mother’s Day!