I recently came across the idea of using a child’s handprint to make “flowers” for a bouquet.
This seemed both cute and simple, so I decided to help my daughters make a variation of it to send to their grandmothers for Mother’s Day. Here’s how we made each bouquet.
- Construction paper in various colors
- Crayons and colored pencils
- Chenille stems
- Transparent tape
- Glue or a glue runner
- 8.5 x 11 in. piece of cardstock (or a larger piece, if desired)
- Pen or marker
Select several pieces of construction paper (each a different color) and trace your child’s hand onto them. To save yourself some time and energy, avoid tracing your child’s hand several times (it’s hard to gain the cooperation of little kids for this). Instead, trace his or her hand once, cut this out of the paper, and trace the cutout onto the other pieces of paper. Have your child decorate the hand cutouts with crayons and colored pencils (you can also use stickers, glitter, paint, etc.).
Take your piece of cardstock and tape a piece of yarn that is several inches long towards its lower right corner. Place the chenille stems on the paper so they extend from the upper left corner to the lower right corner. Tie a bow around them with the yarn. Trim the stems to various lengths and fan them out, taping down the top of each. Glue a hand cutout over each (I used a glue runner and found it to be very helpful). Write a message in the lower left corner for your recipient.
It’s so easy! In fact, the most difficult part for me was getting both of my girls to look at the camera when I tried to take a picture of them with one of the bouquets!
Are your kids making anything to give to their grandmothers for Mother’s Day? If so, what?
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