Mother's Day crafts

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A gift from the heart is something Mom will always treasure
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I look back on my childhood and thank the stars above. For everything you gave me, but mostly for your love. - Wayne F. Winters, from "Ode to Mom"

Mother's Day is a great opportunity for us to show our moms (and those who have been "just like a mom") how we care without having to spend a lot of money on a store-bought gift. After all, moms most appreciate the thought that goes into the gift. So, if you're feeling crafty and want to show mom how much she means to you, read on!

Simple Motherís Day card

This is an easy craft that any child can make, using simple materials around the house.

Your supplies:
    • Construction paper
    • Acrylic paints
    • Crayon or marker
    • Small paint brush
    • Scrap newspaper

Make the card:
    1. Fold construction paper in half to create a card that opens.
    2. Draw a heart onto the construction paper.
    3. Squirt some of the paint onto the newspaper. Have the child dip the tips of his fingers into the paint and press onto construction paper while outlining the heart shape. Use a different color to fill in the heart.
    4. Write ďHappy Motherís DayĒ on the card with a marker.
**If you want to jazz up the card, spend some time collecting items from around the house (like buttons and beads, pipe cleaners, glitter and even dry beans). Moms always have fabric on hand, too, as well as twine and party supplies. Maybe you can ask Dad to help out. Glue some of the items onto the card to add a decorative, personal touch.

A bouquet of photo flowers

Mom will love this bouquet of flowers, especially since it will be graced with family photos. These flowers are destined to live long after Motherís Day.

Your supplies:
    • Construction paper, various colors
    • Photos
    • Glue stick
    • Tape
    • Scissors
    • Green pipe cleaner, one for each flower
    • Optional: patterned paper

Make the bouquet
    1. Cut photos into circles to be used as the center of the flower (make sure you have back-up copies of the photos youíre cutting!)
    2. Cut flower shapes out of construction paper.
    3. Glue the photo to the center of the flower.
    4. If you want more decoration, glue your construction paper flower onto the the patterned paper and cut around it, leaving about half an inch for the border.
    5. Glue or tape the pipe cleaner to the back of the flower and trim the ends.

Easy Motherís Day soap

OK, this might be the most fun of all the Motherís Day crafts - make Mom a bar of soap. Itís really easy to do.
    1. Go around the house and chip off pieces of soap throughout.
    2. Take the chips, place them in a pot with some water and heat until it begins to melt.
    3. Stir the soap while itís melting.
    4. Once it cools slightly and you can handle it, take it out and mold it into whatever shape you desire.
    5. Wrap it in some wax paper and tie a ribbon around it. Voila! A new bar of soap just for mom.
    6. The key is to blend colors and aromas so use as many different soaps as possible.

These Mother's Day crafts only scratch the surface of what you can construct using found materials around the house. Don't let these suggestions limit you - keep searching for items to add to your collection and who knows what you'll be able to create! For additional ideas on Mother's Day crafts, you can visit Kids' Domain or DLTK's Holiday Activities for Kids. For craft supplies, check out your local craft store or an online site like Sunshine Crafts.

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