DIY/Last Minute Mother’s Day Card

09 May DIY/Last Minute Mother’s Day Card

Attention procrastinating dad’s of the world (and those that have wives that prefer the handmade over the store bought)!  I’ve put together a quick little card tutorial that you and your son/daughter can do in just a few minutes using supplies you most likely already have around the house and I think looks great!  Depending on the age of your child, you may have to do a majority of the work, but regardless, I think mom will love it!  Here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll need:

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  1. Paper (watercolor paper if possible, available at your local craft store)
  2. Watercolors – nothing special here, if you don’t have them, available about anywhere school supplies are sold
  3. A cup of water
  4. Exacto Knife or Scissors
  5. Wax Paper
  6. Masking or painters tape
  7. A marker and/or pen
  8. Patience. (about 30 min start to finish)

Now let’s get started!

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Start by rolling out a piece of wax paper a little bigger than your child’s hand.

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Then grab some masking/painters tape and put down enough strips so that your child’s hand can fit comfortably (stretched out) on it.

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Now, trace using a pen.

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After you’ve traced, I would recommend going back and smoothing out the lines as it will make it look a little better and ease the cutting process.

Now grab your exacto knife and start cutting.  Don’t worry if you cut through the wax paper as well, in fact you could use scissors here, but I find that using an exacto is easier.  Just be sure to use a piece of cardboard or something under so that you don’t tear up your table. And a quick tip- turn the paper, not the knife.  If you cut by pulling towards you and rotate the paper as you go, it’ll be easier.

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Once you have your hand cut out, separate the tape hand from the wax paper and then place it on the paper you’ll be using for the card.  I used thick watercolor paper, because I had it laying around and as it turns out, it really makes the colors pop.  However you could use something more accessible, just try to get something thicker than your average copier paper.  Thicker will dry faster too, so if you’re in a rush it might suit you well to splurge a bit here.

After you have the hand taped down to the paper, the fun can begin.  Depending on the age of your child, you may need to help considerably here.  My advice- use bright, springy colors like yellow, green, blue, purple, orange.  If you’re experience is anything like mine, you’ll spend about half your energy keeping your kid from using black during this phase.  A big tip is to use plenty of water.  You want the colors to run into each other, so the wetter the better for the most part.

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Now you can either be patient and let it dry for 30-60min OR you can pull our your hairdryer and speed the process along.  I opted for the hair dryer.  After it’s dry, peel away the tape, fold the paper into a card, then add your own little message using a marker or pen.

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Presto!  The completed project

If the hand print thing has been played out in your household, you could always do a heart or even cut out the letters MOM and do the same thing.  In any case, I think it’s a great, simple little project and it was a big hit with mom in our house.  If you have questions, hit me in the comments or contact me

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