Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother Day gifts to make

I loved the Dalmatian Picture Frame idea and used to make jewelry boxes like the treasure below.

Mom's Treasure Box

Materials:  Small box with a lid (you can buy a plain brown one at most large craft stores for a dollar or so), Scissors, Scrapbook paper, Paintbrush or foam brush,    Mod Podge or similar glue sealer, Assorted notions and trinkets for decorating, such as buttons, sequin, faux gems, and stickers, and Tacky glue

Cut pieces of scrapbook paper to cover each side of the box as well as the sides and top of the box lid. You can use one piece per section or fit together several small pieces collage-style. Attach the paper pieces by brushing Mod Podge on the backs and then pressing them in place.
Once the box is covered, seal the surface of the paper with Mod Podge and let it dry.
For the finishing decorative touches, glue on assorted notions and trinkets.

Dalmatian Picture Frame

Help from an adult maybe need or older sibling.

Materials:  White t-shirt (sweatshirt for colder climates), White shorts (sweatpants for colder climates),  Piece of thin cardboard, Small paper/plastic disposable bowl, Black fabric paint, Round sponges in different sizes, Red felt,     Marker or glitter glue, and Black headband and white felt (or pre-made dog ears)


Make a frame using thin cardboard and then cut out the pieces.
Cut out the tracings. It will be easier to cut the inner portion from the frame front if you first use the craft knife to make an opening in the cardboard for the scissors to fit through (an adult's job).
Paint the frame pieces white and let them dry.
Spread glue along the side and bottom edges but not the top of the frame back. Then place the frame front on top of it, pressing down firmly to stick it to the frame back.
Bend the stand about an inch from the top. Then glue the top of the stand to the back of the frame, as shown.
For the finishing touch, glue black buttons onto the frame face to create a random pattern of spots — just like a Dalmatian's. Then slip a photo or a piece of artwork into the frame from the top.

Mother’s Day Bookmark

Materials:  Scissors, Cardstock or heavyweight craft paper (black, white, and red), Glue stick, Paper hole punch, Red ribbon or cord, 2 black beads

Make a template and use the pieces to cut out the shapes from the specified colors of cardstock.
Glue the white bookmark front atop the black back, centering it in place.
Glue a red letter M atop each of the black M’s. Then punch a series of random holes in each of the double-layer letters.
Glue the M’s and the Minnie Mouse head atop the bookmark, arranging them to spell the word MOM. The white cardstock will show through the holes in the letters to create Minnie’s signature polka-dots.
Punch a hole in the top of the bookmark, and thread a piece of red ribbon or cord through the hole. Slip a bead onto each ribbon end and tie a knot below it to keep it from sliding off.

Flower Bouquets

Materials:  Thread spool (one for a short vase, two for a taller one),    Scissors, Strips of colorful scrapbook paper, Glue dots, Thin floral stem wires, green craft wire, or thin green pipe cleaners, Flower stickers (three-dimensional stickers look especially nice), and Tiny honeybee stickers (optional)

For the flower “vase,” wrap strips of colorful paper around the center of the thread spool and use glue dots to hold the overlapped edges in place. You can even layer two or more color/patterns, if you like. If you want a tall vase, glue one thread spool atop another, leaving the center holes open for inserting the flower stems.
To create the flowers, snip the wire or pipe cleaners into the desired lengths for the stems. Tip: You can also bend a longer length into a V-shape to create pairs of connected flowers.
Top each stem with a pair of matching flowers stuck together back-to-back with the wire sandwiched between them.
Arrange the flowers in the thread spool vase, and add two or three honeybee stickers, if you like. Presto! -- Your fairy bouquet is ready to present to Mom. 

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