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Mother’s Day Card Craft for Kids

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are probably the two major holidays of the year that I can’t make a card better than my kids can. That is, once you have kids, you understand that nothing (and I mean nothing) that you make for your parents, can possibly hold a candle to what their grandchildren can make for them.

You could slave over the most utopic handmade card ever while your child will scribble on a piece of paper, seal it with a kiss and whose card do you think will get display rights on the mantle?

Now if you don’t have kids and you’re the kid, then you’re golden.

I’m totally joking. I’m a mom. I get it. Believe me, I have boxes of scribbles and stick figures on papers that I love more than anything.

So every year I try to think of some fun kid friendly card that either they can make or we can work on together. This year I had this idea that we could do “I Love Mom” cards in the same context as the famous “I love NY” logo and make a heart for it.

photo: Wikipedia

All was going well and I was using the Cooper Black font to make up the cards on my computer. And then my printer/ink cartridge decided to fail and card after card I pulled out had ink bleeding on the paper.

Babcia (Bab-chee-ah) FYI is the Polish word for Grandma. That’s what my kids call my Mom. They call my Mother in Law, Grandma.

smeared ink on card

So onto Plan B, which should have been Plan A (because kids handwriting always trumps my addiction to typography), I got our supplies and instead had my older daughter to write all the cards out first.

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Next up, I took a cookie cutter and a paint brush and brushed plain white craft glue on the card stock, all around the inside of the cookie cutter.

I’ve said this before but I swear I use cookie cutters for everything except baking cookies.

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Next is the fun part for your kids.

GLITTER.

I got them to pour it onto the glue covered heart outline, shake it around to ensure the heart was covered and drop the excess glitter off.

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Like watching the sands through the hourglass.

This is what happens when you give a 2 and a half year old a bottle of glitter.

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And you’ve got yourself some glitter heart Mother’s Day Cards.

Mothers Day Card Craft for Kids

Mothers Day Card Craft Kids

And perhaps for your Mother’s Day, your kids can help you clean up all the glitter that you’ll be finding for weeks on the bottom of your socks.

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15 Comments

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    Victoria • Restoring our Victorian
    April 29, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Clearly, your children have the appropriate appreciation for glitter. And understand that more is ALWAYS better.

    I made my bf a headband (80’s sweatband-thingy) for her bachelorette party… and wrote on it with glue, and then put glitter on the glue… I didn’t really think it through, because on her wedding, she still had glitter in her hair, and her eyebrows, and her ears… I was like, whoops. Um, sorry??

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      Alex
      April 30, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      HAHAHAHAHA! Just for you, this Christmas I promise I will do a set of glittery cards in your honour.

      Maybe she could use the glitter under a “something borrowed”?

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    the home tome
    April 29, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Cute! Though I must confess that I have a fear of glitter. If I get a card around the holidays with glitter, I’m always the one at work with a few pieces of glitter sticking un-stylish-ly to her face…You are a brave woman to work with the stuff and let your kids work with it without wearing hazmat suits! 🙂

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    Time With Thea
    April 29, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I love, love, love this idea! So easy but so effective. I am making this with my students in class for their Mother’s Day Card. I need to find a smaller cookie cutter. I love how you use cookie cutters for everything but! ~Thea

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      Alex
      April 30, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      Oh your students would love this! It’s so easy and the glitter adheres so quickly. If it helps I should mention it was the fine glitter and I picked it up at the Dollar Tree.

      Shhh we won’t tell anyone about the baking…

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    Gilit @ Shoes Off Please
    April 29, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    I think I’ll leave this post “accidentally” open…and I love the typography you originally used but I think you’re right, your daughter’s handwriting is the clear winner here 🙂

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      Alex
      April 30, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      HA! I do that a lot. Usually with things like Hunter Rain Boots that I keep saying “Groceries for a week. Mommy’s high maintenance rain boots.”

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    Danielle from Storypiece
    April 30, 2013 at 12:42 am

    I obviously need to get in touch with my inner glitter girl, because these are so fun! I never use glitter and I’m clearly missing out. Way to come up with a project that your kids can shine at, your moms will love and was creative for you too.

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      Alex
      April 30, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      That’s the funny thing, I almost never use glitter. And I don’t know why considering the crazy amount of glitter crafts. Kids love shiny sparkly thing or anything they can make a mess with.

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    now at home mom
    April 30, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    ha!ha! I love glitter but you are right; I still found “Christmas” glitter in my kitchen in March 🙂 You know what I will try this with my son, he loves drawing and I will have him make a card for his grandma’s this year but I think I’m the one who will have more fun than him with glitter! 😉

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      Alex
      April 30, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Ingrid, I swear it’s on our garage floor b/c I left the Christmas tree unpacked in there for months.
      He will rock this craft b/c of his talented mommy!

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    thethinkingcloset
    April 30, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Alex, I feel like you’d get a kick out of this pin after your card project: http://pinterest.com/pin/273312271108932752/

    Doesn’t stop us from using glitter as much as we can, though, does it? #iheartglitter

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      Alex
      May 5, 2013 at 9:10 am

      It’s b/c it’s out of control! It’s funny b/c you know me. I like natural textiles and wood and I rarely use glitter b/c of the clean up madness. Yet it’s becoming unavoidable with my daughter who thinks Mariah Carey got it right with all the bling.

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