Every Mother's Day, I struggle what to get for the most important women in my life. Especially when it comes to gifts from Taylor. Taylor is a little older now, and she loves arts and crafts, so I figured we could do a cute painting for the grandmas. I wasn't quite sure what I was getting myself into when I started this project, but I think it turned out quite cute! And something I think they will treasure years to come from now. Initially, when I thought of this idea, I was just going to have her paint a couple square canvases. But while perusing the shelves at Target, I got an even better idea! They had these awesome horizontal canvases, 2 for $10, that I thought would be perfect to write a saying on. In the same aisle, I found these large ABC gold foil poster stickers for $5. That's literally all I bought! The other stuff was stuff we had at home waiting to get used. After getting the materials, it was time to get creative. This is what we did:
First, I gathered everything we would need: stickers, canvases, paint brushes, paint, and a cup of water.
Next, I squeezed out only the paint I wanted her to use. I wanted the picture to be more feminine and happy, so I chose colors that I felt represented that. I purposely left out the greens and blues, as they can make other colors look brown or dark when mixed.
Next, I lined up the letters. This was the hard part because I have major OCD, and I wanted them to be perfect. I recommend starting in the middle and working your way out. I also recommend a long piece of scotch tape to make them as straight as possible; something I wish I would've done.
Next, we were ready to paint!!
I liked to leave the painting to her, as this is the fun part! Also, the gift is from her, so I wanted her to do it! I took her shirt off, as it can get quite messy!
After the fun was done and both canvases had been painted fully, it was time to dry.
After leaving both canvases to dry overnight, it was time for Mom to get to work. This is the toughest part I would say. I started on the first canvas, peeling up the stickers. I soon realized that the paint had dried so much that the stickers had actually stuck to the canvases. After some tedious time pulling at the letters with tweezers, I finally got them all off. While working, I also realized that the paint could be scratched off easily, so I decided to take a different route with the second one.
With the back side of the tweezers (a coin would work too), I easily scraped the dried paint off the gold letters. I really liked how this ended up looking. It gave it a really cool rustic effect, and not to mention, it was fun too! Kind of like scratching off a lotto ticket!
I then had these felt and paper flowers that I had found at a craft store years ago, and thought it would be cute to make a heart out of them. This was super easy, and they attached easily with a hot glue gun.
"I LOVE MAMAW"
"I LOVE MIMI"
I signed Taylor's name to both, and voila! A cute homemade gift that cost almost next to nothing! And better yet, it's from the heart. I really think they will love these. I just hope they don't read my blog from now until tomorrow. :) HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!