Mother’s Day is creeping up on us, and suddenly it’s the time of year that we have to dream up some creative and personal gift ideas again – check out these cute spring crafting ideas for Mother’s Day gift ideas
Mother’s Day is one of the best annual events crafting, and being one of the most sentimental yearly celebrations, the handmade gifts and cards route is a great one to take. Here are a few ideas for crafts children can put their energy, love and imagination into, and can be treasured by mothers for years to come.
Vase and Flowers
Versatile and durable, vases make a lovely springtime gift and allow plenty of artistic freedom for the budding young potters. Use a lump of air-dry clay and mould it into a basic vase or cup shape – you may choose to go for a more unique shape – and leave it to dry overnight.
Give the children a bunch of fun materials the next day to decorate their vases with, such as paints, sequins and glitter. Once the decorations have dried, finish the vase off with a few fresh daffodils for that special springtime feeling.
Another idea that allows children to really explore and get creative is a handmade picture frame, so again, make sure to give them plenty of materials to choose from, including things like coloured tissue paper and punchinella. The frame itself can be made from wood, twigs or lollipop sticks, but a basic cardboard frame template offers the most versatility in terms of what can be made of it. Put a favourite family photo in the frame once decorated and dried, and finish it off wrapped in patterned tissue paper and a ribbon to make it look extra pretty.
Cross Stitch Card
Cross stitch cards aren’t just pretty, they are also a fun and easy way to get children learning basic needlecraft skills, which can be incredibly useful. Pick out a simple pattern – there are plenty online or in haberdashery shops to choose from – and give the children a demonstration of how to create the cross stitch (it is quite easy so shouldn’t take too long once they have the hang of it). This gift idea may take a little more time than others and you may wish to spread it across a few sessions rather than do it all at once. Glue or tape the finished cross stitch into a window-style greetings card and complete with a heartfelt message.
Handprint/ Fingerprint Picture
It is surprising how wide an array of pictures can be made from handprints and fingerprints, and they make for particularly lovely gifts to look back on in the future. Designs that work well for Mother’s Day include a single flower made using fingerprints, or a green handprint bouquet with fingerprint petals at the ends. A single handprint can form the body of almost any four-legged animal, like a horse or unicorn, and double handprints make great birds or butterflies. Plenty of bright colours will make for a really eye-catching picture.
Papier Mache Plant Pot
Another idea with great scope for creative kids is customised plant pots. If you have any ceramic ones laying around they will work well, and if not, the plastic kind are just as good. Torn up tissue paper in a variety of colours are a fun and vibrant way of decorating the base of the pot, and once this initial layer is dry, it can be made really pretty with embellishments like glitter and sequins. Of course, a daffodil or other flower bulb is the perfect way to finish off this gift idea.
These are just a few ideas – Mother’s Day presents an amazing number of possibilities when it comes to crafting handmade presents that mums everywhere will love and treasure. Make this Mother’s Day a really special one, and show the love with handmade gifts.
By Charlotte Baldwin, Operations Manager at IQ Cards.
IQ Cards are a fundraising company that provide schools and establishments with the necessary tools to fundraise via selling high-quality and unique gifts designed by pupils. As part of the established on-demand print and digital solutions provider The IQ Digital House, ensures that all requirements and products are produced to the highest standards, delivered on time and at great value prices. Several of the IQ cards team are mothers and PTA members themselves appreciating and understanding school protocols extremely well. They are an approved supplier for Parentkind.