Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mother's Day Craft That's Not a Flower or a Picture Frame

In an effort to add to the classics, here's a new Mother's Day Craft! Make Mom this cute candy dish to put her keys, change, jewelry, cell phone, pacifiers - whatever trinket she can't keep track of!

What You Need:
for the paper mache' bowl: a few sheets of newspaper, flour, water, school/craft glue, small plastic bowl (small plastic takeout containers work well), large bowl, safety scissors

to construct: a sheet of felt,a piece of thick ribbon, paint/markers, decorations

What to Do:
Make the paper mache a day or two a head of time to allow it enough time to harden before decorating.

Cut the newspaper into strips and set aside. Then combine 1/4 cup of flour and 1/2 cup of water in a large bowl. Then add a few squirts of school glue. This will help make your bowl sturdy, however if you have very little ones or are concerned about your kid eating glue, then leave out this step. The bowl will come out just fine.

Turn the small bowl over, then help your child dip the newspaper strips into the flour-water mixture and cover the bottom of the bowl as if you were making a cast. make sure you cover the bottom completely, if the sides of your bowl are really deep you can stop at whatever you think is a good height for your dish.

Once the bowl is covered, run your finger over it to smooth out the edges as best you can and squeeze out some of the extra water. Let it sit and dry - it may take a few hours to a few days. (If you are pressed for time, you can use a blow dryer to hurry it along.)

After it is dry, carefully separate the paper cast dish from the small bowl. Trim down any uneven edges. Glue felt inside the dish to make a nice, scratch free surface for mom's things. Then let kids decorate the outside of the dish with paint, buttons, stickers, etc. When it is all decorated, use a piece of thick ribbon to cover the top edge and create a more polished look.

1 comment:

  1. This is one project me and the kids will be trying, sounds like fun. And we all love doing arts and crafts.