3 Craft Dummy-Tested and Approved Projects
Hey there Mom or Dad. Have you ever tried helping your kid make a craft to give to a special person but ended up throwing it in the garbage and schlepping BACK to the craft store right before it closes? The disheartened shell of your former self then doled out more money for supplies that you just knew would end up joining the first botched project in the dump.
There are loads of Pinterest pins and blogs out there written by moms brimming with creative and inspired ideas for homemade gifts from children. Let me be clear here. I used to be jealous as h*#l of those mamas.
I would look at those darling creations and feel my chest tighten up. I’d feel defeated before I would even attempt them, because I am a scissor-challenged grown woman whose artistic abilities never developed past 3rd grade.
Does any of this resonate with you?
Well, this one’s for you, you poor fellow Craft Dummy.
I’ve chosen several projects to share with you that this Craft Dummy was able to proudly lead her young twins through to completion.
Do you want to get a jump on your Father’s Day gift? Or maybe you would like to help your tykes make something special for the graduate in your life? Chin up, Craft Dummies! Doesn’t matter what occasion you have coming up, these ideas are just right for any occasion.
Handprint Heart Cards
Supplies needed: construction paper, scissors, markers/crayons, stickers or anything else your child likes to decorate with!
Ok, to be perfectly honest, due to my aforementioned scissor disability, I did have to do a few test runs of this craft before I was completely pleased with the finished product. I recommend practicing this using your own hand first because, hey, we know that your kid will run out of patience with you really fast if you have to trace his hand a bazillion times.
You may save yourself the extra practice time if you have your child’s thumb and index finger hang off the construction paper a bit so that the heart will be connected once you open it up.
Then it’s all ready for your little one to go to town decorating it! Super cute AND super easy.
Thumbprint Flower Pots
Supplies needed**: terra cotta flower pots, paint pens, acrylic paint, paper plates to hold paint, small paint brush, wet towels for easier hand clean up
Thanks so much to MomAlwaysFindsOut.com for sharing this fun little gem on Pinterest! Check out Nicole’s website for the easy step-by-step instructions. This project seemed a little daunting to me at first, but once we mastered the art of getting the right amount of paint on little thumbs, it ended up looking great. I bought the pots for a song (a dollar and change) at Hobby Lobby and the other supplies were relatively inexpensive as well as useful for future (possibly dump-bound) projects.
Craft Dummies, I’d suggest that you do as I did and practice perfecting those thumbprints before you begin pressing thumbs on the pots. Children may need a little practice as well not smearing their thumbs. You can use the paintbrush to fill in any spots that are too bare.
**Note: I just discovered that these pots can also be sealed on the inside to keep the outside dry. The pots I have already completed were not sealed and the paint has stayed on, but the moisture from the plant inside does creep to the outside of the pot. For future projects, I am going to experiment with stone sealant. Of course all of that can be avoided if you intend to use an artificial plant.
Popsicle Stick/Craft Stick Picture Frame
Supplies needed: 4 popsicle/craft sticks, a favorite kid photo (bonus points for the photo including your tots and the gift recipient!), wood glue, paint pen, any charms or baubles which tickle your child’s fancy and (optional) a small photo stand
My twins had a ball with this craft! If you are looking for a completely frustration-free project with which your children can be more involved from beginning to end, you will want to give this one a whirl.
Step 1: Snuggle up with your tiny ones and browse through recent photos. (If you are short on time, you can preselect a handful of your own faves from which your kids can choose.) Order a 4×6 copy.
Step 2: Locate a Michael’s, Hobby Lobby or other large craft store. You should find all of your items in one place. Grab an employee if you feel overwhelmed! My kids loved picking out charms for the frames. If they can’t agree, just make 2 frames! It will cost you only a marginal amount more.
Step 3: This part is just for the grown ups, unless you don’t mind a lopsided frame! Glue the popsicle sticks together and leave them alone to set.
Step 4: Jot down your message with a paint pen. (Ideally you will have someone handy who has much better penmanship than yours truly, as demonstrated in the above photo!) If you intend to use a frame stand and want to write the message on the front of the frame, you may want to write only at the top of the frame so it will be visible once it’s in the stand.
Step 5: Have your kids go to town with the charms! Leave the frame alone to allow glue to dry. You’re done!
Final Words from the Queen of the Craft Dummies
My wish for all of my Craft Dummy peeps out there is that you boldly reenter the craft world. Fearlessly lead your tot through one of these projects. Now step back and admire the finished product. You did it!
Always remember: flaws add to charm! Not only have your children affectionately created a one-of-a-kind gift, you have captured a special moment in time. Nothing can duplicate the feeling we get from receiving a love offering from a child who is precious to us.
You can do it, Mama!
Are you a fellow Craft Dummy? What kind of tried-and-true projects have you taken on? Do tell!