There is nothing sweeter than a child, arms spread wide, exclaiming "I love you this much!" Sure, it's a little cliche, but it melts my heart every time. This week's Kiddie Craft
captures that precious exclamation, their adorable hand-prints, and their complete admiration for Mom or Grandma.
So, skip the Mother's Day display in your local stationery store, and help your children make her a personal card. Here's what you need:
- Construction paper
- Tape or glue
- A large sheet of paper
- Pens, paints, stickers and other things to decorate the card
This simple Mother's Day card was easy to make, and my boys had a blast spreading their arms wide on the paper, and giggling as I traced their tiny hands. Follow me through the break for full instructions, and take a look through the gallery for your visual step-by-step.
There is nothing complicated about this craft. Older children could probably manage it on their own, but the little ones will still need you to coordinate things like tracing, cutting, and writing the message. Here's how to make a big hug card of your own:
- Roll out a big sheet of paper
You'll need enough paper for your child to spread their arms wide. I use MALA paper, from IKEA. It is on the brittle side, which can be a challenge, but it's only $7 for a huge roll and it's great for all sorts of projects. If you don't have a roll of paper kicking around, simply tape together a few sheets of regular paper.
- Trace your child's arm and hand
If the card is from one child, trace both arms and hands, connecting them with a heart in the center. We made ours from my two little ones, so each side is one of their arms and hands.
- Cut it out
If you traced two different children, it might look a bit funny with one long arm and one short arm, one skinny arm and one chubby arm, but hey, Mom loves us the way we are, so don't worry about it. Alternatively, you could cut a thick band of paper connecting the two ends, and just use authentic hand tracings.
- Putting things together
Fold the construction paper in half to make a card. On the inside, center and glue down the heart. The arms will stretch way off the page.
- Decorating time
Write "We / I love you this much!" and any other special message inside the heart or up the arms. On each hand-print, write your children's names. Older ones can write it themselves, but make sure you date it so that you remember those tiny hands. Let them decorate the outside of the card any way they like, personalizing it just for Mom or Grandma.
When you're done, fold the arms and hands inside the heart. When she opens the card it will look like a big hug, spreading the arms wide, revealing the children's timeless hand-prints and a thoughtful message: We love you this much!