Mother’s Day Craft

After a wonderful week long family vacation, a busy but lovely mother’s day plus a day to recover (and do 10 loads of laundry) I finally have some great new posts coming your way.  Today I’ve got a short and sweet Mother’s Day craft post, and stay tuned later this week for a fun and tip-filled post about our week vacation in LA and Disneyland.

Mother’s Day Craft

A few months ago a friend posted a photo of a craft that caught my eye on facebook.  It was a painted flower pot with a butterfly image created from a little ones footprints.  Now since I’m no tech genius I couldn’t seem to figure out where the post originated so I took a mental note of the photo and decided to wing it when it came time to create some Mother’s Day magic last week.

This turned out to be an easy, affordable and adorable gift for my little one to give to her grandmas and great-grandmas, and they all loved it!

I started with 8″ terracotta pots that I found at Wal-Mart for $2.99  each.  First, I did two coats of white paint on each pot. Then came the hard part…getting a 21 month old to hold still while I painted her foot and then printed that painted foot twice on the side of each pot.  I turned it into a game letting her first paint my foot and make a print with it on paper.  I also let her choose the color I would paint her foot each time.  She was very hesitant at first and kept trying to pull her foot away.  Once we got going though she didn’t want to stop!

Now in the original photo I saw the foot prints were multi-colored, but I figured let’s not get crazy and was happy to get the single colored prints I got from my squirmy little one. Later that day I let her help guide my hand while we painted the rest of the butterfly image.  Much to my surprise she pointed to the picture we created and said “butterfly”.  Now I know they aren’t perfect but if she could make it out that was good enough for me!

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We then went to Trader Joes and grabbed some potted plants ranging from $5.99-$8.99 (honestly Trader Joe’s is the best place for great cheap flowers) and stuck them in the pots.

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I let my girl choose which color butterfly and which flowers would go to each grandma and she was so proud to hand them out on Mother’s Day.

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As for my Mother’s Day gift, apparently the craftiness going on in this house is rubbing off on my husband too.  He created a fun mama’s happy hour gift box with some of my favorite drinks, drink accoutrements, and a new to go cup along with beautiful flowers and a heartfelt card.

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Hope you and yours had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend as well!

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