Mother’s Day this year is Sunday 22nd March and much as we LOVE a beautiful bunch of flowers and a yummy box of choccies a little something created by our children is always a winning touch! We have put together some crafty ideas to make Mum and Grandma feel extra special this year…Hopefully there is something that most ages can have a good go at…
Handmade bunches of flowers
Tulips These are really easy – younger children will need a bit of help with the cutting but older ones will be able to have a go. Cut out the leaves. For the flower, cut out the shape and fold 3 times. We used a green plastic straw (type with the bendy bit) which we won’t be buying again to help the environment but we have then so we are using them up!
Daffodils Again very easy and the children could decorate them further with patterns, glitter, sticks etc. All you need is a lolly stick, petals (again younger ones may need help cutting out), a circle and a cup case. The children loved using the glue sticks to assemble.
Handprint Flowers A lovely gift to make with your younger children. All you need is some paint in Mummy’s favourite colour and some green pipe cleaners. Make handprints with the little ones, allow to dry, cut them out and then attach to the pipe cleaners and add a card.
Easy to make – fold the green paper in half and staple into a circle (top and bottom) then use the scissors to cut down (leave bottom 1 – 2 cm in tact). Depends how old your children are as to how much you will have to do. Then they can decorate with stickers.
A Love Bug Eliza made this at nursery and I thought it was so lovely. Something that could easily be done for Mothers Day
Finger Painted Cards Since Christmas, we have been quite into finger printing. So easy and lots of fun without the same mess – there are loads on Pinterest.
This is so much fun and so easy. We did it for Eliza’s birthday party for party bags too! All you need is the plant pot, seeds, compost, stick, something to decorate. Lovely present to give Mum or Granny as hopefully it will grow. We currently have two growing – sweet peas and sunflowers. The children can decorate the “flag” (what my kids call it) how they wish. They could decorate the pot too!
These beautiful, simple fingerprint heart ornaments are made from baking soda clay or salt dough. They are really easy and inexpensive to make. You could even mount them on a card or attach them to a bunch of Mums favourite flowers.
To make the clay you will need:
1 cup bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1/2 cup corn flour (corn starch)
3/4 cup of warm water
Simply add the bicarb and then the cornflour into a pan and then add the warm water. Stir over a medium heat until bubbles form and the mixture starts to pull away from the side of the pan,
Allow the dough to cool for a few minutes before giving it a kneed.
You can use the dough warm or cold. Create your shapes and press the fingerprints and make a hole for the ribbon before baking at 80 C for about 2 hours, turning once. Paint the next day once they have dried thoroughly.
Mother’s Day Candle Holder
This simple and creative gift will keep the kids entertained! All you need is a jam jar, paper, primer, acrylic paint and a tag!
Begin by cutting out a heart shape out of your paper and placing it onto your jar. Then using your primer cover the jar with a layer and allow to dry. Then the fun begins- it’s time to paint! Let the kids be creative, embrace their inner Jackson Pollack (as long as you have newspaper down!!). Let them pick their own colours and then as the paint dries they can paint or write the tag. Once it is dry peel off the paper shape and place a candle inside. Use string or ribbon to attach the card.
If you can get the paper shape off in one piece you can create a matching Mother’s Day card too!
One for the older kids now, these beautiful cards and easy to make and all you need is card and wool!
Have an adult punch the holes in the desired shape, a heart or a flower maybe, Thread a needle and tie a knot at the end of the wool. The kids can then sew from the top to the bottom of the shape and work their way around until the whole area is covered. Maybe add an empty picture frame to Mum’s present list so she can keep the card and see it every day.
Homemade Cookies or Truffles?
We all love a biscuit to dunk into our tea and the kids will love cooking up a storm in the kitchen (and licking the spoon!) for Mother’s Day!
We love this simple cookie recipe from BBC Good Food and you can even make a box for them simply from a paper plate and a ribbon!
Feeling brave?? Try these delicious Chocolate Truffles…
With only 3 ingredients what could go wrong!
300g good-quality dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids
300ml pot double cream
50g unsalted butter
Break the chocolate and tip into a large bowl. Pour the cream and butter into a saucepan and heat gently until the butter melts and the cream reaches simmering point.
Remove from heat, then pour over the broken chocolate.
Stir the chocolate and cream together until smooth.
Add any flavourings to the truffle mix at this stage (divide the mixture between bowls and mix in liqueurs or other flavourings, a tsp at a time, to taste. Try bourbon, Grand Marnier, coconut rum or the zest and juice of an orange), or leave plain.
Cool and chill for at least 4 hrs.
To shape the truffles, dip a melon baller in hot water and scoop up balls of the mixture, then drop the truffles onto greaseproof paper. Or lightly coat your hands in flavourless oil (such as sunflower) and roll the truffles between your palms. You could also use a piping bag to pipe rounds onto greaseproof paper.
Coat the truffles in chopped nuts or coconut or simply cocoa powder as soon as they are shaped.
Keep in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container or they can be frozen for a month.
Happy Mother’s Day! xx
*** Pictures courtesy of Pinterest and Mumbler’s own ***