This post is sponsored by Huggies® because “Kids Outgrow Diapers, Not Messes™”. As always, all opinions are my own.
What mom doesn’t love receiving a bouquet of flowers made by their children?–(can’t think of one—me neither) That’s why this Handprint and Footprint Flower craft that’s complete with a vase is perfect for anyone planning on making mom smile, maybe even cry a little on Mother’s Day (I know I will certainly shed a happy tear or two). If you aren’t used to crafting with the kids don’t worry because you totally got this! I even share craft tips along the way so making this craft is super easy–so don’t forget to make one for grand-MOTHER too!
This craft requires two handprints and two footprints so you are going to want to prepare for paint control so you don’t end up with handprints and footprints all around the house (which could also make mom cry but not in the way we are going for here today :). I like to grab a plastic tablecloth or garbage bag to protect surfaces and keep an open pack of Huggies® Wipes close by so the kids can help manage their own mess.
When I leave an open pack of baby wipes on the table with a wipe partially pulled out and ready to use they instinctively grab for it when they are done being messy–it really is amazing to watch my kids cleanup by themselves and look how cute the pack is (see below–its black and white chevron print–LOVE!). Even though we have been mastering potty training I keep a Huggies® Clutch ‘n’ Clean pack in my purse to clean up the “mess” that follows us wherever we go. My favorite thing about them is the kids think they are so soft and I don’t have to worry about any harsh chemicals that can be found in other sorts of cleaning wipes. Check out all your cleaning options here: Huggies® Wipes.
Handprint and Footprint Flowers and Vase
Blue and random color paint for the flowers (we used red, yellow, orange, pink, and purple)
Green, Yellow, White, and random color craft paper for the background (we used pink and yellow)
3 green straws (we used paper straws because they come with cute designs)
Craft paper (I like using cardstock for handprint crafts)
Huggies® Wipes-for mess control and cleanup
To make the child’s handprints coat one hand with paint and have them firmly press their hand on a sheet of white paper. Just to let you know the kids may giggle a lot because paint brushes tickle! Let them wipe off the paint with a baby wipe to make sure nothing gets painted that shouldn’t be. Chose a different color of paint and repeat. I like to grab my children’s wrist with one hand and cover their hand with my second hand to keep their fingers from wiggling. If you need to you can always re-due the prints or once they dry you can cut off extra paint from a smeared finger or two.
To make child’s footprints coat one foot with paint and have them firmly press their foot on a second sheet of white paper. Let them use a baby wipe to clean their foot. Repeat with the blue paint to make the vase and set aside paintings to dry.
Cut out leaves from the green paper and small hearts from the yellow paper. Glue the yellow hearts to one end of each straw or use glue dots for a less messy approach and set aside to dry.
Once all the prints are dry carefully cut around them. When cutting the blue footprint I squared the top up a bit by the toes to make it look more like the shape of a vase. I also like to leave a little white edge around the prints but it’s totally up to you how close you want to cut them.
Tape the two handprints and the not-blue footprint to a straw for the flowers. Tape the leaves to the straw right below the handprints and footprint.
Tape the straws in a bunch to a piece of craft paper for the background.
Tape the blue footprint on top of the straws to look like a vase holding the cutest flowers mom ever saw! Once your done don’t forget to post a photo of your messy kid with the hashtag #HugTheMessSweepstakes on Twitter or Instagram for your chance to win $2,500. We would love to see your bouquet of flowers! Have a Happy Mother’s Day!
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Love, Katie & the Kiddos