Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Mother's & Father's Day Gifts for Grandparents from Toddlers: Free DIY Printables

I've wanted to share these projects with you for a while, but of course I didn't want to ruin the surprise for all of the grandparents. We had so much fun making Mother's Day and Father's Day gifts for the grandparents last year that we decided to do it again.

For Mother's Day, I got ambitious one morning and decided to recreate the adorable butterfly footprint pots that I've seen floating around Pinterest. I went to Michaels and bought terra cotta pots and acrylic craft paints. I painted 3 different colors onto each kid's feet with a sponge brush and then used a sharpie to create the butterflies bodies, heads, and antennas. Here is what I learned: don't try to do this craft yourself if you have a crazy energetic 18 month old boy! He will try to eat the paint, grab it with his hands, and/or smear his foot all over you, the deck, and the pot, all while laughing gleefully. Thankfully, I was smart enough to do it out on the deck so the mess was easy to clean, but I was definitely regretting trying to do it without help. Amazingly, even with all of the craziness, I think the footprint butterflies turned out pretty cute. Both grandmas loved their pots and because Michaels was having a special on the pots, buy 2 get 1 free, I made one for myself too!

Mother's Day Crafts for Toddlers

With both of the kids sick, I didn't have as much time to come up with a creative gift for Father's Day. I decided to make a fun photo present instead of a craft. One of the things that all of the guys in my life have in common is a love of nuts. So I searched Pinterest (again! Can you tell I spend a lot of time on Pinterest?) and found this great idea for a jar full of mixed nuts. I bought the jars for $3 each at Walmart. I created a cute sign and added a photo of the kids to complete the gift.

We're Nuts About You Father's Day Printable Signs

If you'd like to use either of the signs for a gift, feel free to download the free printable by clicking on the image. These printables are for personal use only and should not be used for any commercial purpose.

It's so much fun to watch the kids give each Grandma and Papa their gift! Grace always wants to be the one to give the gift and she lights up when she shows them what she's made. Do you make gifts for family with your kids? Do they like to help?

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