So, I will sing of my love for Free-cycle again…I scored 15 canning jars for free last week! Woo hoo! I decided to use some of them for my students to make these for their moms for mothers day:
So cute, right?! I really hope the moms liked them as much as I did Here’s how I made them:
Start with a plain (cleaned) jar:
Take some paint (I used paint leftover from my easel for this one…they’re all mis-tinted paints) and pour some into the jar. Then, simply swirl it around so the entire inside is coated. The kids loved doing this!
Pour out the excess paint. Let this dry overnight.
Here’s the colors the kids had to choose from:
The next day, I had them choose one of the other colors that they didn’t choose to coat their jar with, and I painted their hands with that paint. They loooove this…it’s so funny and tickly Then, I had them very carefully place their hand on the glass.
Important tip: hold onto their wrist the entire time! Even as you’re walking to the sink…I made these with some very hyper-active Kindergarten and first grade boys with Autism…and we managed not to get paint anywhere but the jars! SUCCESS!
Once their handprint dried, it was time to decorate! I let the boys pick a color ribbon they thought their mom would like (I had 5 choices for them), and then we strung a tag onto the ribbon that said “Happy Mothers Day”. Last, we added a fake gerber daisy, and we ended up with these adorable vases:
Even though we made these for mother’s day…you can make them for anything! Birthdays…Christmas…or just for fun! The ball jars were free, the paint and ribbons were on hand, and I had bought those flowers at a thrift store for a few bucks a few years ago. So, a basically free project
Did you get creative with Mothers Day presents this year?
I’ll be linking up to these lovely parties: