Last-Minute DIY Mother's Day Gift: Thumbprint Art
While I'm sure there are lots of people in this world who are blessed with the "have it all together" gene, there are also lots of people, like myself, who are more of the "wait until the last minute variety". So, for those of you who have discovered that Mother's Day is upon us (t-minus 4 days, and counting) and you have yet to find the perfect Mother's Day gift for your own mom, stepmom, grandma, great-grandma, etc. I've got a great, meaningful last-minute DIY option for you.
This year, the kids and I made artwork for each of the grandmothers on thin canvases. All we needed for our project were the canvases, acrylic paint (we used Americana Acrylics), a few paintbrushes, and two kids with eager thumbs!
I started the process by drawing the stems by hand with some green paint and a paint brush. They by no means need to be even close to perfect - you are going to cover them with paint anyway - you just need a rough outline to follow for the thumbprints!
Then I took turns with each kiddo painting their thumbs with the color of the moment, then helping to place them on the canvas. I had to repaint their thumb roughly every third time, which wasn't bad. The kids would giggle and call out "RELOAD!" every time they needed more paint.
We did two different types of paintings - some were from both kids, and some were from each child individually. For the ones with both kids, they each did two flowers, and I kept their flowers on the same side so that we could later put their names underneath it.
The kids were insanely proud of all of their hard work! (Also, my son did these as well, but in all of the pictures that he was in I wasn't wearing any makeup - so those didn't make the final cut. That doesn't change the fact that I love him to pieces.)
At this point, I had the kids add two more little red thumbprints in the middle to be our "lovebugs". I forgot to take a photo of that. After that, I put the kids to bed and I finished up the rest. On each canvas, I wrote "Happy Mother's Day" with the recipient's name. Then I included the line "From your little lovebug" or "From your little lovebugs" if it was from both kids. Then, with a little black paint and a thin brush, I turned the red thumbprint into a ladybug. I was really pleased with the way that they turned out.
I hope this helps some of you who are looking for something different for this Mother's Day! If you decide to try it, be sure and leave a comment letting me know how it turned out!
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