April 16, 2010
Here are a couple of printable Mother’s Day Cards you can print in a snap. These unique cards are designed for your kids to attach their small school photos. Of course… they can color the card… or there is a pre-colored card available for them to just cut and give. I suggest the cards be printed matte photo paper or card stock.
I just read that Mother’s Day is one of the most commercially successful U.S. occasions. According to the National Restaurant Association, Mother’s Day is now the most popular day of the year to dine out at a restaurant in the United States. The occasion is now celebrated not so much with flags as with gifts, cards, hugs, thank yous and other tokens of affection.
I’m pretty easy when it comes to Mother’s day. In fact this year, the mothers in our family will be sharing the day with my grandson Wyatt. He will celebrate his 14th birthday. We will also be celebrating Easter with the belated Easter Egg hunt… since the weather played havoc on April 3rd.
So… all in all… we plan to have a fine day. Hope you will too.
P.S. How are you going to celebrate Mother’s Day. Does your family take the lead… or do you?
April 30, 2009
These Mother’s Day coloring pages are just in time for your kids to make a card for Mom or Grandma. There are two Mother’s Day cards and two flat coloring sheets the kids can hang on the fridge or on the door to surprise Mom. Here are the Mother’s day Cards:
Click on the red links. Print the free Mother’s Day cards on 8.5 X 11 paper. Fold in half and fold again. The downloads may take a few minutes so be patient.
Click on the red links. Print the free Mother’s Day Printables on 8.5 X 11 paper. Again… the downloads may take a few minutes so be patient.
Bring out the crayons, and markers and let your kids color a Mother’s Day card or Coloring pages.
P.S. They could attach their card to a Mother’s Day gift. In fact… check this one out. It’s so easy… even a three year old can participate.
P.P.S. These Mother’s Day cards and coloring pages are great for pre-schools and elemenary schools. If you know if a teacher who who would enjoy these coloring sheets… pass the word along… They will appreciate it.
April 28, 2009
These Homemade Mother’s Day gifts are just the ticket for kids to craft. This cup and saucer flower holder is so easy to make that a three year old can easily participate. I gathered my grand kids around the kitchen table to make this simple mother’s day craft projects for their moms. A few of them were a bit disappointed they couldn’t give the gift to their moms immediately and had to wait a week for Mother’s Day.
The first mother’s day craft is Cup and Saucer Flower Folder.
The supplies you’ll need are simple. Some of the grands and I went to the local thrift store and found a great variety of cups and matching saucers. We paid about $.50 cent for each piece. Then off to the craft store to purchase the “flower frogs.” Now just try and explain to at 3 year old why they are called “frogs” when you really don’t know yourself. We found our frogs at Michaels Craft Store. There were 3 to a package. We purchased the smallest size. We also bought E6000 glue. This glue is used to hold mirrors into place. It is a clear glue strong glue. We also purchase a bit of ribbon that we will use to attach the mother’s day tag to the handle of the cup. Of course you will need the tags… which are offered at the bottom of this post. If you run across tea cups from a child’s tea set or a very small ceramic container… pick them up too. They make darling flower holders for the dandelions and small flower bunches the kids bring in from the yard. Last of all.. you will need flowers.
Apply the glue to the bottom of the “flower frog”
Place the “flower frog” inside the cup. Little ones may need a little helping placing the frog in the center. Allow the glue to dry.
The tags can be run off on Avery sticker paper and attached to a larger paper backing, or you can run them off on matte photo paper. My grands chose their own tags, we cut them out and they signed their names. Insert a hole in the tag and thread the ribbon and tie it to the handle of the cup.
On mother’s day… insert the flower into the “flower frog” and fill the cup with water. (We purchased our flowers at Costco… and one bunch filled 8 cups.) You could also scour the neighborhood for tulips and daffodils of you only have a couple of cups to fill. I have neighbor’s who are pretty willing to share their a few of their blossoms.
Watch the grands in action. They had such a good time crafting their mother’s day gifts.
Our second homemade Mother’s Day gift is a Pedestal Cookie Plate.
Again… the supplies are very simple. During our trip to the local thrift store, we purchased large salad plates. Pretty ones were a bit harder to come by… but we got what we needed. Antique plates are fun for this project. You will also need glass candle holders. We found them in various shapes and sizes and they were in abundance at the thrift store. The E6000 glue is also used to attach the plate to the candle holder. Don’t forget a bit of ribbon so you can attach your mother’s day tag.
Apply the glue to the top of the candle holder.
Turn the plate upside down so you can place the candle holder in the middle of the plate back. Let it set for a few minutes before you turn it upright.
Attach the tag to the pedestal base with the ribbon.
Fill the plate with cookies or small slices of cake… cover the plate with plastic wrap. The kids will be thrilled to present this to their mom’s or grandmothers on Mother’s Day.
Again… watch my two cute grand daughters, Ella and Claire put this mother’s day craft together.
Now if you want these free mother’s day tags… simply give us your name and e-mail address and we’ll send you the download link. If you’re already receiving free Insightful Nana downloads… you will not have to sign in again. I’ll automatically send these tags to you.
Make sure and watch the videos so you can see how easy these homemade mother’s day gifts are for your kids or grand kids to make.
Have fun with this mother’s day craft.
P.S. This kids loved these Mother’s day printable they colored. Best of all they are a free download.
P.P.S. Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts are just the best. I remember getting homemade gifts the kids made in school. I still have them… they are priceless to me.
April 22, 2009
Hanging baskets are will be available in the nurseries soon. Actually, it’s not too early to begin thinking about Mother’s Day gifts. Hanging planters make an ideal gift because they give Mom and Grandma joy all summer long.
Picking out hanging baskets for Mother’s Day gifts for Mom and Grandma will be a snap if your follow a couple of simple rules.
1. Select the flower planter according to where it’s going to be hung. Will the flower basket have full sun most of the day… or will a shady porch or patio be its home? If the planter will get only the morning sun or a very few hours of sun… shade flowers are the best. If the planter is going to get afternoon sun… or hot sun… make sure you select flowers than can stand the heat.
Many nurseries will have the full sun planters separated from the shade planters. If they don’t have them separated… ask “customer help” direct you to the appropriate kind you need.
If you find the hanging basket is full of Impatients,or Begonias.. you’re looking at a shade planter.
If Petunias, Daisies, and Geraniums are the order of the day… then it’s a full sun planter.
2. Choose hanging baskets or floor planters where the flowers are not over grown. Small under developed plants with just a few blooms are better than fully developed plants…full of blooms. If the hanging basket is too over grown… when the foliage is pinched back to encourage spreading, it will look straggly and will not fill in well.
Happy Mother’s Day shopping for hanging baskets.
P.S. The hanging baskets in the photos have been planted very full and nice. They are just perfect right now. In a couple of weeks however, they may be a bit over grown. Pinch the bloomed flowers back so it will fill out and bloom again.
P.P.S. Don’t forget to get your self a hanging basket. You’ll enjoy it all summer long. Just remember to get the right kind for the right location.