Make Say Cheese Flowers

Make Say Cheese Flowers

Looking for a cute and creative gift that won’t break the bank? This sweet card stock bouquet featuring your child’s photo is sure to make Mom or Grandma smile on Mother’s Day or any day of the year. With plenty of cutting and coloring, this craft is also great for your child’s fine motor skills.

What You Need:

  • Several sheets of card stock in various colors, cut into 4” x 4” flower shapes (you can use a flower-shaped cookie cutter)
  • Crayons or markers
  • Small photo of your child
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Clear tape
  • Glue
  • 1 full sheet of card stock

What You Do:

  1. Encourage your child to decorate at least three or four of the card stock flowers with crayons or markers.
  2. Glue your child’s photo in the center of one of the decorated flowers.
  3. Help her tape green pipe cleaners to the back of each flower to create stems.
  4. Invite her to decorate the full sheet of card stock with crayons or markers.
  5. Roll the card stock into a funnel shape and secure with clear tape. Make sure the decorations on the card stock are facing out.
  6. Place the flowers inside the card stock funnel to create a fun bouquet.

Helpful Hints

Use a large flower-shaped cookie cutter as a pattern for creating the flower shapes.

Instead of card stock use index cards, poster board, or cardboard scraps for the flowers.

Personalize the bouquet by writing the letters of the recipient’s name on the flowers.

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Mom Card

Mom Card

Celebrate Mom’s special day with a card that truly has heart! Forget about expensive store bought greetings, this handcrafted card truly delivers, while actually helping your kid learn valuable lessons about letter recognition and problem solving. M-O-M spells mom, and this cool craft will have him using his imagination to invent creative color combinations for this alphabet-inspired card. Cut out a peek-a-boo heart shaped window in the “O” and fill it with glued tissue paper that looks just like stained glass.

What You Need:

  • 8″ x 10″ card stock or other thick paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Plastic wrap
  • Tissue paper
  • Clear drying, non-toxic glue
  • Tape

What You Do:

  1. Fold the card stock in half from top to bottom. (It should look like a tent when you set it down.)
  2. With the card stock still folded in half, help your child write the letters M-O-M on the front, in large letters. These should be double lines, or bubble letters, that take up the entire side of the folded card stock. Instead of making an inner “o” on the letter “O”, consider making the hole a heart shape.
  3. Cut around the edges to reveal the word “Mom.”
  4. Cut out the heart from the letter “O”. This may be difficult for little hands, so it’s best that a parent at least starts the process. Poke a hole through the card stock in the middle of the heart, or fold and cut a slit in the middle. Cut up to the line of the heart, and then cut around the edges.
  5. Make sure that the card is folded, and have your child trace the heart onto the other side of the card, directly beneath the cut-out. Cut out this heart in the same manner described in step 4.
  6. Cut a small square of plastic wrap that is slightly larger than the heart whole.
  7. Using safety scissors, have your child cut pieces of colored tissue paper into shapes (circles, squares, triangles, and more), and then glue them onto the plastic wrap. This is meant to mimic stained glass. Set aside to dry.
  8. While the tissue paper plastic wrap is drying, ask your child to color in the letters that spell mom with markers. Help her to write a special message on the inside of the card as well.
  9. Place the tissue paper plastic wrap behind the bottom of the card, with the plastic facing up. Tape or glue the edges to the back. When you close the card it will reveal a faux stained glass heart in the middle!

Older children may want to get more creative with the faux stained glass detail. Use permanent markers in black to draw lines (these are similar to the leaded parts of stained glass) in the form of shapes on the plastic wrap before adding tissue paper. Create patterns or even a mini-landscape.

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