Homemade Mother's Day Present
by Mary from www.craftingtales.com
(Palm Coast, FL USA)
Kids love to create and it makes them feel good when they can give something they made as a gift. Here's a fun plaque for kids to make Mom or someone special for Mother's Day. It will brighten their day! Made on a wood plaque and only requires a few supplies.
What materials did you use?
- 5X7" wood plaque ($1.00 from Wal Mart)
- Assorted ribbons
- Glue or Double back tape
Download and print out the animal patterns here
.How did you make it?
Decide what animal you want to make and choose your ribbons. You can use any width of ribbon and a variety makes it look interesting. Paint your plaque a color or colors that will go nice with your ribbons.
You can use glue to adhere the ribbons or double back tape. If using glue, try brushing it on or rubbing it with a finger so it makes a thinner layer and won't show through the ribbon. Do a few rows at a time. If using double-sided tape, you can cover the entire animal with the tape.
Use posterboard or cardboard from a cereal or cracker box. Cut out the animal by tracing the pattern onto this cardboard. Pull off the backing paper on a few rows of tape and lay one ribbon piece at a time onto the cardboard. Make it long enough so the ends lay over the sides. When you have it all covered, use scissors and trim around the animal, cutting off the excess ribbon.
Now you can decorate the animal any way you like! In these, I went with ribbon, buttons and wiggle eyes but you can use any embellishments that you like. Maybe a flower for an eye with a button in the center? Just use imagination and have fun!
Decide how you want to make your saying. You can write or paint directly on the plaque or use paper, like the ones shown here. Lay the animal on the plaque to get an idea of placement and how much room you will have for your saying. Once you are satisfied, glue all in place on plaque. Glue a ribbon bow hanger in back and maybe some buttons in each corner.
Check out more of Mary's fun craft ideas on her website www.craftingtales.com
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