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Mother’s Day craft: A gift Mum will cherish

Mother’s Day craft ideas

Mother’s day is just around the corner and we believe that most mums would prefer to receive a gift that has been handmade by the kids rather than a costly, generic store-bought gift. That means it’s time for Dads, partners and carers to get into the crafting spirit and assist the children with making a unique, homemade gift for mum using our Mother’s Day craft ideas.

We know that may not come easily for some and so we have compiled a list of ideas to help you on your way. There are simple craft ideas that the little ones can make to more detailed craft ideas for the older kids.

MUMMA BEAR CRAFT CARD

Do your kids love to call Mum ‘Mumma Bear’? If yes, this bear card is simple to make and will fit perfectly with the name.

What you need:

1 x coloured cardboard – to form the base of your card

1 x white piece of paper

Craft supplies, googly eyes, pom poms etc.

Textas, pencils, crayons or paint

Glue and scissors

Directions:

Design and draw a bear or print one like this on your white paper.

Colour your bear in with textas, crayons, pencils or paint.

Cut your bear out and stick it to the front of the coloured cardboard.

Decorate your bear with googly eyes, pom poms or any other craft supplies on hand.

Finally, add your message to the inside of the card.

CANDLE MADE OF CRAYONS

This is a two-in-one  project: it creates an adorable candle for Mum while also using crayon nubs that are too tiny to colour with. Make sure to include Mum’s favourite colours.

What you need:

Wax (candlewax, beeswax or paraffin)

Wicks (make sure the wick is right length for your bottle/jar)

Double sided adhesive sticker (for attaching the wick)

Old Crayons (paper removed)

Glass jar / old jam bottle

Directions:

Using the double sided adhesive, attach a wick to the inside base of your jar.

Separate your crayons into similar colours.

Follow the instructions on your wax to melt it in small batches adding a crayon colour to each batch. E.g. blues to the first batch.

Once the wax/crayon mix has melted, holding on to one end of the wick, gently pour the wax into the jar.

Once you’ve poured a layer, place it in the refrigerator to set.

When the layer is cool and firm, repeat with the next crayon/wax colour and layer.

Continue until there is no more room for layers.

MOTHER’S DAY MASON JAR VASE

Decorate some old mason jars with paint and children’s imprints.

What you need:

Old jars of various sizes

Paint (not water based)

Ribbon/string etc

Small card

Directions:

Add some paint into the inside of the mason jar. Swirl it around until the entire inside of the jar is covered.

Pour out any excess and allow to dry over night.

Once the base coat is dry, allow the kids to paint their hands with another contrasting colour and place their hands on the outside of the jar. Allow the jar to sit while drying.

Create a card with the children, adding their message to mum. Using a nice ribbon or hessian string, tie the card to the neck of the jar.

Add some flowers for a nice finishing touch.

Picture Coasters

These picture coasters are always a winner with mum and grandma.

What you need:

Glazed white tile or pre-made coasters.

Felt furniture adhesive pads (if using tiles)

Children’s pictures printed smaller than tile

clear glue

Clear varnish or clear enamel paint

Process:

Print the children’s photos and trim to size

Glue photo to the center of the tile and sit to dry

Once the photo is in place the glue has dried paint a thin layer of enamel across the top to seal

Whatever craft option you decide to make, we are sure Mum or Grandma will love their Mother’s day craft creation.

Make sure you share your creations with us by tagging us @freddy.and.co on Instagram or Facebook.

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7 crafty uses for your toilet paper rolls.

Unicorn toilet roll craft

7 crafty uses for your toilet paper rolls

So here is why we needed some toilet paper roll craft ideas…  Toilet training toddlers is a really super fun time – said no parent ever! Thankfully Freddy was pretty quick with his training and accidents were minimal. But with his new found toileting independence has come the desire to go it alone when it comes to using the bathroom.

This is great in theory but has on many occasions ended in giant messes. I’m not talking the disgusting bodily fluid type. I’m talking rolls and rolls of toilet paper spread over the room, usually when I’m feeding PJ his lunch or putting him down for a nap. Yes, I try to move them and put them down but he isn’t the only one in the house using the bathroom and they often get put back on the holder by people trying to be helpful… Needless to say, I have plenty of extra toilet rolls coming my way and am on the hunt to find crafty uses for them.

Just to recap I am not naturally arty or crafty at all. In fact I rely heavily on family members and friends to make sure my kids are getting their artistic fixes in life. But, in my defence I’m trying to up my game. Yesterday Freddy came out of the bathroom with two toilet rolls in hand. He placed them up to his eyes and told me he had to go outside to do some bird watching (WTF! where did he learn this??). So I put my trusty (read rusty) skills to work, got out the sticky tape and made a very quick and easy set of binoculars for him to play with. And so the hunt for toilet paper roll craft continues.

Binocular toilet roll craft:

Our binoculars consisted of toilet rolls and sticky tape, but if you want to get fancy check out these instructions… Love the suggestion from kinder art for adding a coat of paint. We might do this tomorrow to up our game.

binocular toilet roll craft

The boys using their binoculars at our local cafe… kept them busy long enough for us to have a coffee.

Toilet roll snake:

We live next to the bush, so snakes feature pretty heavily in our discussions. We know there are plenty of carpet pythons around as we spot them regularly. As Freddy is a play outside kind of kid and he loves digging through the gardens and exploring we have had to talk to him about what to do when he sees a snake (get Mum – not Dad).  

So here is a nice and fun and friendly snake that we are going to make (and maybe even scare Daddy with).  

Easy Peasy and Fun toilet roll craft:

toilet roll craft pencil organiser

Toilet roll pencil organiser – cannot wait to try it. From Easy Peasy and Fun.

We haven’t tried any of these yet but we are obsessed with the activities we found on Easy, Peasy and Fun’s website. Cannot recommend it enough and we will be checking in regularly. First on the list for us to try is the caterpillar pencil organiser. I’m going to save the unicorn craft for our next play date. The wind sock idea also sounds great. We often discuss the weather in the mornings and this can become part of our discussion. We can use it to talk about wind speed and direction but mostly it’s fun and looks pretty.  Finally, the flower craft is a great opener for some free creative art. I like the idea of showing Freddy how to bend the circles to create other shapes. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.

Colouring toilet roll templates for bowling:

colour in toilet craft

More animals to colour to make our bowling alley

Finally some colouring in craft. This one looks like the easiest of the lot and we are working our way through it as we speak. We decided to choose 6 animals to colour in (this means it will take us a week or so to finish). By choosing six animals we will then be able to play bowling with our finished creations. Yep, what a great use for toilet rolls… to play bowling. This is right up Freddy’s alley. We are going to turn our play mat in to a bowling alley for a quick game.

colouring in for toilet roll craft

He couldn’t leave the parrot alone long enough to colour the other animals playing on our blue geo play mat

If you have any other suggestions of activities, we would love to hear them. We are always looking for fun and easy craft activities that we can do.

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