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Hand print stepping stones for Father’s Day

10 Jun

thomas-stone

I have recently developed a bit of an obsession for sea glass. We saw some jewellery made with it at a craft fayre recently and I just fell in love with it.  We love hunting for sea glass at the beach and seeing the excitement on the children’s faces when they find a good piece is just great! After a particularly successful trip to the beach, I decided to use this to decorate some hand-made stepping-stones.

This is not something I’ve done before and I didn’t have a clue where to start.  I didn’t even know the difference between cement, mortar or concrete! Luckily I found a very helpful chap in B & Q who suggested I use this.

mortar

You just need to add water to it and mix well which is the kind of instructions  I can cope with! You then need some kind of mould for your stone. I used this plastic tray from a plant pot which seemed to work well. I greased it first with vaseline to prevent any disasters getting the stone out!

plant tray

Once you have mixed your mortar just pour it into the mould and level it out to a nice smooth surface. It needs to begin to set before you add any decorations. I left it for 90 minutes before we did anything else. This would probably depend on how wet your mixture is. (Don’t make it too wet or you’ll have to wait weeks for it to dry!)

After around 90 minutes the children pushed their hand down into the mortar to make a lovely hand print. You need to get them to press down quite firmly for this. At this point they wrote their names in the mortar with the end of a small paintbrush. This wasn’t really that successful to be honest. Where they had pushed the end of the paintbrush in it just kind of collapsed in on it self and didn’t look great.  I think for any future stones we will paint their names on when the mortar has set.

We also pushed in the pieces of sea glass that we had collected earlier, along with some pretty clear blue glass nuggets that we bought from The Range. Now you need to leave it all to dry out completely. We left it for 2 days, again it could take longer depending your mixture.

At this point the children painted their handprints to make them stand out more. You can see in this image where the writing kind of fell in on itself.

lily-stone

Finally, we painted the background of the stone white.  By the way all the paint we used was acrylic as this is waterproof. Depending on the age of the child they can do an awful lot of this themselves. It is pretty tricky to paint in around the decorations on the stone so you might want to just paint the hand print and leave it at that.  Lily and Thomas were both very excited to give these to Grandad for his birthday but I think they would love make lovely Father’s Day gifts.

thomas-stone

Homemade, last minute Father’s Day gifts

14 Jun

We don’t really go in for commercial shop-bought gifts on Father’s Day. Lily and Thomas love making  gifts themselves so the tradition has just kind of stayed with us.  Here are some of the cards and gifts that we have been making for Father’s Day, along with a few other ideas that we didn’t quite get around to making but would love to try next year!

Hand print poem

We actually made this at playgroup earlier in the week. What toddler doesn’t love covering their hands in paint?! You can google ‘poems for Dad’ and find loads or perhaps your little one would like to make up their own?

Handprint poem for Daddy.

Another easy activity for pre-schoolers is to decorate a plant pot.  You can either fill it with a lovely plant or for something a little different you could fill it with some packets of sweets or chocolates and then cover the pot with a saucer and wrap in a ribbon.

Father’s Day plant pot for Grandad

Here is a great idea for a card that you can grow! This idea came from Garden Crafts for Children and can be adapted with different pictures or even text on the front of the card.

The card looks really sweet don’t you think?

Instructions for cress card:

Take a sheet of card and fold in half.

On the front of the card draw your cut out design, in the image we have used a heart shape.  You definitely need an adult to cut out the shape.

Stick another piece of card inside your card and staple this so that is sits behind your heart shape.

Make up a ‘glue’ using a tablespoon of sugar and a tablespoon of flour. Add a few drops of water at a time until you get a nice smooth paste.

Apply the glue to your cut out shape (so you are putting the glue onto your backing card)

Sprinkle your seeds onto the ‘glue’ and leave to dry.

When you write your Father’s Day message, you might want to add something like “You can grow these seeds. Just place in a tray and cover with a very fine sprinkling of compost. Water regularly and watch them grow”

You could use many types of seed for this. We chose cress because they grow so quickly and we love cress in our sandwiches!

DAD Picture Frame

We love this DAD picture frame. You can get a template for this on Martha Stewart’s site here. We adjusted it slightly by sticking the template onto a larger backing card. This meant we had room to write a message on it. Lily is going to sign her name and put the year on the bottom.  You could attach a little hoop on the back with ribbon so that it can be hung on the wall.

Dad photo card

Just because I love you book

‘Just because I love you’ book

We are DEFINITELY going to be making one of these! They are so adorable and you can find all the instructions over on the Me and My Shadow blog

Gift Vouchers

You can make your own vouchers for Daddy or use a template like this one. You could give a gift voucher for all sorts of things, from breakfast in bed to an hour reading the paper without disruption! Pop your vouchers inside your card for a wonderful surprise on Father’s Day!

What have you been making this week?  Do share your posts here….