Mothers Day Crafts

Alligator Sewing Kit
Materials:

  • Scissors
  • Felt (green, white, and red)
  • Pinking shears (optional)
  • Iron
  • Green yarn
  • Needle
  • Green pompons
  • Googly eyes
  • Green sequins or beads


Instructions:

  • Begin by cutting an oval (about 8 by 2 inches) from green felt. From white felt, cut the same shape, but slightly smaller.
  • Then cut one from red felt that's a bit smaller still. Create jagged teeth around the edge of the white felt by trimming it with pinking shears.
  • Center the pieces on top of each other (green, white, then red). Fold the stack in half and press with an iron.
  • Use the yarn and needle to sew two or three large stitches through the center of the stack of felt to bind the three layers.
  • Then tie the ends of the yarn into a double knot (on the outside of the alligator) and trim off any excess.
  • For the alligator's eyes, glue green pompons and googly eyes, and for a snout, glue or sew on the sequins or beads.
Tissue Paper Carnation Bouquet
Materials:

  • Pink, green, and white tissue paper
  • Chenille stems
  • Scissors


Instructions:

  • Layer three to four sheets of pink tissue paper together then cut them into 4-5" wide strips that are 12" long.
  • Cut about 1.5" off the end of a chenille stem and set aside.
  • Take the remaining piece of the chenille stem and lay about 2" of it onto the tissue paper and roll up (starting at the short end) around the chenille.
  • Once completely rolled up, take the short piece of chenille that you cut off earlier and twist it around the bottom of the tissue paper to hold it in place.
  • Use scissors to cut 2-3" long slits down from the top of the rolled tissue paper. Continue around until all strips are cut.
  • Roll up a 6"x2" piece of green tissue paper and place at the top of the flower stem.
  • Grab the bottom of the stem and bring it up and over the green tissue paper and twist tight. These are the flower's leaves.
  • Repeat, making several different flowers, then combine the stems to make a bouquet.
  • Twist the stem of any one of the flowers around the rest of the stems to hold them all together.
  • Place them in a vase and use them as a table centerpiece.
Mom 'n' Me Wooden Spoons
Materials:

  • 2 wooden spoons, one larger than the other
  • Yarn in your choice of colors
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • White craft glue
  • Pony beads
  • Wiggle eyes
  • 2 small pink pom-poms
  • Black marker
  • Pink and red crayons
  • Felt
  • Buttons or pom-poms to decorate clothes


Instructions:

  • Take a long piece of yarn and fold it back and forth so that each length touches end to end until you have a small handful.
  • Tie a piece of ribbon in the center. Don't tie it too tight, just enough to gather it together.
  • Tie into a bow, trim ribbon ends, and cut all the looped ends to create the hair.
  • Pipe some glue around the top of the wooden spoon and press the yarn hair onto the "head."
  • Glue on wiggle eyes, a pom-pom for a nose, and use marker to draw on mouth.
  • Use a pink crayon for cheeks and red for Mom's lipstick.
  • To make a necklace for Mom by stringing some pony beads onto a piece of ribbon.
  • Tie around neck of spoon.
  • To create the dress, fold the corner of a piece of felt down and place spoon (face down) onto the felt, the folded corner will be the dress's neckline.
  • Fold the felt over one side, then fold the other side over. Glue in place.
  • Slide off the spoon and trim the bottom straight to create dress.
  • Slip the spoon back into the felt dress and glue in place.
  • Repeat these steps for the child's spoon as well.
  • Decorate the dresses with pom-poms, buttons, and ribbon.
Keychain for Mom
Materials:

  • Alphabet beads to spell "MY MOMS THE BEST"
  • Colorful beads to fill in gaps (approximately 30-40)
  • Colorful charm
  • Keychain ring
  • 24" stretchy jewelry cord, cut into two equal pieces


Instructions:

  • Line up the two pieces of jewelry cord side by side, then gather one end together and tie in a triple knot to the keychain ring.
  • Thread 4-5 colorful beads onto one side of the jewelry cord.
  • Thread on the letters T H and E, be sure they are facing the correct direction.
  • Follow with 4-5 more colorful beads.
  • Add the letters B, E, S and T.
  • Add 4-5 more beads.
  • Carefully set the finished cord aside, taping the end of the cord to the table will keep the beads from falling off.
  • On the other string, add 3-4 colorful beads, then the letters M and Y.
  • Next add 3-4 more colorful beads, and then the letters M, O, M and S.
  • Add 5-6 more colorful beads.
  • Lay the two strings alongside each other and add beads to the shortest side to get them even.
  • Holding the two ends of the jewelry cord as close to the last beads as possible, thread one last colorful bead onto BOTH strings.
  • Run the string through the bead again by looping it through the top and pulling it tight.
  • Tie the charm to the end of the string, knot it several times and trim ends. Don't trim it too close!
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