Post by Contributing Writer Amy
Need an easy and inexpensive, yet still adorable and practical gift to make for mother’s day? Grandmas and moms will love using this gift that the kids made for them. I will, too, which is why I helped my girls make a set of these handprint tulip dish towels for myself, too. Happy mother’s day to me. :)
White Dish Towels
Foam Paint Brush
Skinny Paint brush
Toilet Paper Tubes
Baby wipes are handy for wiping off hands, too!
First, wrap the dish bowl around cardboard (I used a cereal box) and tape it to your work surface. Each child did three towels, one for each grandma and one for me. I taped them all down at once so a child with a painted hand could do all three handprints and only wash once.
Next, have your child choose what color flower they want to make. You can squirt the paint right in their palm and use the foam brush to paint their hand. You need to keep the paint pretty thick and stamp it onto the towel 6 to 8 inches from the edge of the towel to leave enough room for the stem and leaves to be added.
Flatten out the toilet paper tube, so it makes an oval with pointed ends. You could dip it in green fabric paint, but I just painted the very end with a paint brush to conserve paint.
Stamp the leaves close together a few inches below the handprint.
Your child can fill in the leaves with the paint brush.
Add a stem! Using the end of the paintbrush worked the best for me.
Last, and my favorite part, is to have your child write their name in black marker on paper. If they are able, they could write the year, “I love you!” or “Happy Mother’s Day!” as well. Place the paper under the dishtowel and use the permanent marker to trace over their writing. I don’t know what it is, but I just can’t get enough of the haphazard way little ones write their names. :)
This practical little art piece is sure to make moms and grandma’s smile this mother’s day. :) Happy mother’s day!