Welcome! I am a mom to two wonderful kids, a lovely retired greyhound, and a wife to a great husband. Needless to say, there are a lot of daily messes to clean up around our house. Daily Messes is my blog to share ideas on things to do with your kids, snack and meal ideas, crafts, and holiday fun. I hope you find something to enjoy!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Hand Me A Frame For Mom, Please! (A Mother's Day Craft and Gift)

I love seeing how my kids grow. It's amazing to see how fast their little hands and feet grow. I have their baby prints from the hospital, and the handprint and footprint crafts we've made through the years. I wanted to try something else this year and it would make a great Mother's Day present.

You will need:
  • A wide mat 
  • Picture frame to fit the mat
  • A family picture (or maybe you can take one on Mother's Day)
  • Willing hands
  • Stamp pad

1. Stamp a hand and place on the mat. Gently press down. DM Tip: I practiced on a piece of paper so I wouldn't mess up the mat.
2. Repeat for each person.
3. Wash hands before moving the mat so you don't transfer any extra ink.
4. I wrote the names next to the hands so I would know who they belonged to long after the kids have grown bigger. I also wrote the year at the bottom corner.

DM Tips: I couldn't find a mat that would be wide enough for the grown ups hands. You may be able to talk to your local craft or framing store to see if they could cut a mat for you. I ended up finding this cute canvas with a spot for a picture at Michael's for $14.99. There was a lot of room for everyone's handprints. If you use one of Michael's 40% coupons (by signing up for their emails), it takes $6.99 off the price. However, I also noticed that even after the ink dried, it could still smear if it got wet.

However, I placed a layer of Mod Podge over the handprints to keep them from smearing. Even though I put it on pretty quickly, it still smeared a little bit. Next time, I think I would use a spray type of sealant. I found this one in a gloss finish and this one in a matte finish online that received good reviews.

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