With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I am very proud of myself this year because I have actually gotten a jump on gifting. Small Wins!
When it comes to Mom’s Day, I love to incorporate my girls to create handmade gifts for the wonderful ladies in our lives. And this year was no exception.
I ran across this air dry clay at my latest trip to Target and knew it would be great for a gift. Instead of trying to create actual pottery from this material, I opted for a project that was a little more preschool friendly so we made garden stones! My mother loves her garden and I thought these would a great addition/keepsake for her to have for many years to come!
It was SO easy and both girls loved it (AKA, they didn’t need much of my help & they didn’t get bored.) Like I said, small wins!
Workspace (table or ground)
Air Dry Clay
Popsicle stick (for names, dates or any other wording)
Beads, rocks, jewels, broken shells – any small items that can be pressed into clay
1. Add a little water to about 1/4 of the clay in the container. Use more clay for a bigger circle. Roll it into a ball, lay it on the parchment paper and press it into a flat circle. (See package directions for more information about working with the clay)
2. Press your little ones hand into the clay. It takes A LOT of pressure to make the indent so take the time to press each finger individually to create a nice hand print.
3. Using the popsicle stick, add your wording. We wrote the name and year but you can say anything you want to the special lady in your life!
4. Paint around the print and wording- this makes the print stand out nicely. Allow to dry for about 5 minutes. (Dance parties will help pass the time!!)
5. Start adding your goodies. Fill in every small area possible to create a cool mosaic effect. Remind the littles to stay away from the print and the words!
6. Ta-Dah!! All done. Just follow the directions on the package for drying time and enjoy!
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