This is my first Mothers Day without my mom. I spoke with That Guy and explained that I will work with our kids on gifts for his mom, and with my daycare children on gifts for their moms, but that he would have to come up with and execute a gift idea for his mom himself. (Usually I take care of all of that on his behalf, but he understood).
Today I will blog about the gift the daycare children have made for their mothers. ***SPOILER ALERT- If you are one of my daycare parents you may want to wait to read this post until after the weekend*** And tomorrow I will write a quick post about the gift Walter is making for his Nana.
I love doing crafts with my daycare kids. When we craft gifts for events (birthdays, mothers day/fathers day, Christmas ect) its important to me that they are gifts and not just crafts. As in, something they could actually use, over tissue paper flowers (for example) which are lovely and sentimental but don't get much real use.
So we made nail polish washer necklaces.
That Guy ran down to the local home improvement store for me and picked up some inexpensive metal washers. He got three sizes with the largest size being the most expensive at 34 cents each. Since each necklace uses two or three washers we are looking at a total cost output here of roughly $1 each.
The first step is to wash the washers (hehe). They often have a thin layer of grease or oil on them from the manufacturing process. Dry them well after.
|Dry your washers well after washing|
Just paint your washers! The kids all chose their own colours. Some kids really stuck with it and waited while coat after coat dried. Others were gone after two coats, so I helped touch it up for them.
If you have a light colour polish, be generous with the applicator brush- try almost "flooding" the washer with the colour.
|One of the little ones painting away|
|Painting for Mommy|
|Nice painting, kids!|
I used a white french manicure polish marker to write the childrens names on the back of the washers, so none would get mixed up. You could also use the marker (or nail polish with a fine tipped brush) to add designs like stripes or dots to some of your washers.
|Marked with their names|
|Look how pretty they all are!!|