cala lilies, easy Mother’s Day craft

Cala Lilies

Cala lilies were my wedding flower. Such an elegant and beautiful flower. AND, such an easy flower to recreate with crepe paper for a  Mother’s Day craft!

I’m talking Mother’s Day on Red Barn Blog this week. Join me for the quick 1, 2, 3 (pictorial) of making this easy crepe paper craft! 

Plus, download my FREE Mother’s Day subway art print and gift tags (that you can personalize before you print!) while you’re there.

See you there! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Mother’s Day craft – monogram pots

Mothers Day Craft

My little alien and I made a Mother’s Day craft yesterday. {grin}

He’s six now, so he’s incredibly independent and always wants to do everything by himself. 

Mothers Day Craft

As you ladies know, when it comes to paint we can cringe a little sometimes. But guess what?! The new Modge Podge Washout… washes out… of clothing and furniture with soap and water, even when it dries before you get to it! It’s perfect for us and teachers. Just machine wash whatever it is. No pre-soak needed. And I use Apple Barrel paint all the time because clean-up is so easy when it’s wet.

So I set him up with a few supplies and let him go. There is something to be said for just letting kids be creative. For this project you’ll need:

Mothers Day Craft

We started by making plant markers. He dipped them in Apple Barrel paint and then we stood them upright to dry in a cup of uncooked rice.

Mothers Day Craft

Next we moved on to decorating flower pots. He wanted to monogram one with an “M” for Mimi, what he calls my mom.

Mothers Day Craft

And then he wanted to monogram one with an “L” for Love. I think the “L” was also the easiest letter to cut out of the fabric. “G” for Grandma seemed like too much work. {wink}

As you can see, he painted over the “L” but it does take a while to dry. If you’re in a hurry, you could also just douse the letter in Mod Podge Washout and apply.

Mothers Day Craft

Now on to planting. He chose these Begonias from our trip to the nursery. He and I both loved the deep and bright orange color!

Mothers Day Craft

By the time he was done planting the plant markers were dry and he wrote sweet little messages on them.

Mothers Day Craft

One of the things I loved most about this project is that my little guy can claim that he truly did this project on his own, which of course will make it that much more special to his Mimi and Grandma. Now, if you know them, just don’t ruin the surprise. {wink}

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As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!


Big thank you to Plaid and Blueprint Social for letting us test drive their new Mod Podge Washout product and for the bit of payment. Yes, I did get paid to craft with my kiddo. I know. I love my job! But all opinions are my own of course. You ladies know I would have it no other way!

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Mother’s Day craft & free subway art

Mothers Day Craft

Mother’s Day is only a few weeks away and I have the perfect Mother’s Day craft for you!

And what’s even better than Mother’s Day subway art… Mother’s Day subway art that you can personalize!!! Yep!

Need one for your Mom? Check.

Need one for Grandma? Check.

Need one for Mimi? Check.

Need one for Nanny? Check.

I made the top line of this Mother’s Day print and the Mother’s Day gift tags so that you can click and type write into the file personalizing them with any name you need. Even if your little one calls your mom “Gigi…” Oh, yes ladies, it happens! {grin}

Join me for my latest contributing post at Red Barn blog and DOWNLOAD your free Mother’s Day Subway Art mat and gift tags. Just personalize and print!

Or, if you think the one shown in my photograph is perfect, no personalization needed. I’m sharing a link on Red Barn for that one too! Enjoy!

By the way, I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun Mother’s Day kid craft and on Friday I’m sharing how to make those paper calla lilies you see in the corner of this pic!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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mother’s day brunch placesetting

Mothers Day Brunch

I’m absolutely giddy for Spring. I’m an early riser so I tend to see the sun come up each morning and this time of year that means I also get to hear the birds chirp the day in. It’s my favorite time of day to just think and be creative.

And those little chirps led me to this Mother’s Day brunch, sweet baby shower, or even Spring party placesetting idea.

I picked up these lovely new Easter dishes from Target. I love how girly they are. I’m the only girl in a house of four so sometimes it needs to be a bit about me. {grin}

The malted milk ball candy eggs make this party placesetting perfect for a baby shower…

Mothers Day Brunch

but I chose to craft little baby birds for a Mothers Day brunch. I just thought how sweet to be able to put the number of babies in the nest that each guest has!

As you can see, I have two little birdies in my nest! {proud momma smile}

How to make a paper blue bird

So here’s how you make these sweet paper bluebirds. You’ll need:

  • Blue cardstock
  • Yellow cardstock
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scissors, small and sharp is best
  • Hot glue
  • Stick glue
  • Optional: Sharpie if you’d like to add eyes

How to make a paper blue bird

And here are the easy steps:

  1. For the mother blue bird, trim strips of scrapbook paper in 2″ (body) and 1 3/4″ (head) strips
  2. Curl the paper slightly by running it through your fingers. If you don’t the paper will crease.
  3. Determine your body circle size (based on your nest and plate) and hot glue the ends together trimming off any excess. Repeat for the head, making it slightly smaller.
  4. Trim an oval out of the yellow scrapbook paper, then trim down the sides to a beak shape.
  5. Attach the beak with glue, not hot glue or it might show.
  6. Perch the bird on the nest with a small dot of hot glue and hold 5 seconds until it sets.

Note: Baby birds strips should be 1″ and 3/4″.

Mothers Day Brunch

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kid craft: red bird handprint art

My boys crafted red bird handprint art canvases for their grandmothers this Christmas. Aren’t they fun?! The perfect kid art activity!

And you should have heard the responses. What mom, grandmother, dad, grandpa doesn’t want handprint art gifts from their little ones? Well none in my family and I’m obsessed a bit with capturing their little hands anyway before they get any bigger.

Just imagine your little person’s hand smothered in paint… okay and maybe their little bottoms buckled to the chair {smirk}… but the outcome is adorable.

My mom’s absolute favorite is the cardinal bird. Here in Ohio I see them everyday in my backyard. Such beautiful birds!

But you know, these handprint red birds (or any color) would be perfect for kid crafted Mother’s Day gifts too… just saying!

By the way, I did so many crafts over the holidays that I really wanted to share and just ran out of time. So if you see a Christmas craft here in July don’t judge…

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own red bird handprint art canvases:

  • Kids… it’s just not as cute if it’s your hand. {grin}
  • White canvas (you can get a 8×10 for about $7 at your local craft store)
  • Paint colors: red, brown, black, yellow and silver (if you want snowflakes)
  • Paint brushes
  • Optional: Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch to make a stencil

Easy how to steps to make your own red bird handprint art:

  • Paint your child’s hand with red paint, making sure to get in any creases.
  • Apply to canvas quickly, lightly pushing on their hand to make sure all areas touch the canvas. (Wash little one’s hand… like you need me to tell you!)
  • Using black, let your child paint on legs and a dot for the eye.
  • Using brown, let your child paint whispy tree branches.
  • Using yellow, let your child paint a triangle for the beak.
  • Using silver, let your child stencil on a snowflake using the template you made from the punch.
  • Sign it! Let your kiddos write their name at the end of the wing tip and don’t forget the year.
  •  Tip: Let the canvas dry a few minutes in between each color/application if your child’s hand might brush wet paint. The canvas isn’t very forgiving.

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photography idea for Father’s Day

Hi everybody! It’s Bridget! Recently, I have been searching for fabulous Father’s Day gift ideas for my darling hubby and just haven’t found anything that I loved. 

And since I’m always playing mamarazzi (as my nine-year old refers to it), I decided why not give him photographs of our most precious gifts! I loved the idea of using the large craft letters and have the kids each hold a letter to spell out “DAD,” but since I hadn’t made it to the craft store {gasp!} I made my kids BE the letters instead. And I thought the hardwood floors were the perfect backdrop.

In my digital scrap-booking software, I made a quick collage of the pictures with some masculine embellishments and next we’ll frame in in a 12″ x 12″ metal photo panel – perfect for his desk. But you don’t need my software for this project. With some fun paper and scrapbook supplies from your local craft store you can recreate this idea in minutes! 

There was a lot of giggling and many, many outtakes, but the end result was share-worthy!

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simple flower pot kid craft

Hey everyone! It’s Bridget! I’m back to share a sweet craft that I made with my Daisy Troop — yep,  11 young ladies including my daughter! As the a leader over the past 2 years, I’ve found that crafts need to be simple and fun (environmentally-friendly doesn’t hurt either!).

So I decided to have the girls make aluminum can flower pots (inspired by Craftzine). With just a few cans, tissue paper and some Mod Podge (available at Jo-Anns Fabric and Craft Stores) my lively bunch was able to create a dozen of these in no time at all.  I really love that this could be used for just about any gift-giving–teacher gift, mother’s day, a thank you to this summer’s camp counselors!

Our girls made sweet little labels instead of a card too, which we mounted on a lollipop stick for some height. Then with a little potting soil and a lot of love, my darling Daisies went home with a lovely gift. I suggest using a simple spray lacquer for a bit of extra shine, too.

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Mother’s Day fingerprint art

My mom LOVES red birds. It’s her thing. She even has a beautiful china pattern with red birds. So I know she’s going to adore these small plaques with fingerprint red birds from my boys this Mother’s Day.

You’ll need:

  • smooth tile, I picked these up at Home Depot for 16 cents each
  • Martha Stewart Acrylic Craft Paint ~ Habanero (#32050)
  • Martha Stewart Acrylic Craft Paint ~ Vanilla Bean (#32069)
  • Martha Stewart self-adhesive branch stencil
  • Sharpie ~ black, thin tip
  • Spray sealant coating, to seal and protect your creation

Simple steps:

  1. Using the the Martha Stewart self-adhesive stencil template, paint on the branch
  2. Allow branch to dry for a minute and remove template while paint is still wet
  3. One child at a time, trust me…, paint the thumb and apply the bird body
  4. Paint the pinky finger and apply the bird head
  5. Using a Sharpie, add beak and feet
  6. Have your artists sign their work (name and year)
  7. Allow to dry completely and seal with spray sealant coating

I’m so thrilled with how they turned out!

As always, I hope youre inspired to craft, bake and create! Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

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Product provided by Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. and Plaid Paints. Ideas and opinions are my own.

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easy chocolate cigars for Father’s Day

When I was a little girl my grandmother always had Little Debbie Nutty Bars in her kitchen. Always! So when Laura of Laura’s Little Party sent this Father’s Day dessert table over I just knew I wanted to share it with all of you. What a simple and clever idea perfect for Father’s Day and for new dads when their little pumpkins are born!

When Laura was thinking about her table she went to her grandmother, who collected some great antique items that belonged to her father, and grandfather. I love all the masculine touches. And although I highly dislike smoking, I would love to have some of these old cigar boxes!

My second favorite in this collection are the chocolate mustaches perfect for Father’s Day photo props! Laura made them herself with a chocolate mold she picked up at Michael’s.

This was highly personal for Laura and here are a few details in her own words:

“I displayed the Father’s Day spread on an antique dresser. I knew that burlap, twine and Robin’s egg blue would be my color scheme. I custom ordered some fun Daddy & Co. tags from J. At your Service, and attached them to root beer bottles. I designed some tie cupcake toppers, inspired by Amanda’s Parties To Go, and cupcake wrappers by using a cute paper printable from The Hybrid Chick. I served iced tea inside of an old Mason jar. The chocolate mustache lollipops I made were accompanied by an antique straight razor. An old cigar box worked as a display for some yummy Nutty Bars. And an old football, ball & mitt, and boxing gloves, belonging to my Grandfather, helped bring in all the “Father” things I wanted to showcase.

I also displayed an old picture of my Grandfather, as a child, with his pet goat. The lock & chain belonged to my Great-Grandfather, it’s from LA transit, where he used to work. And the antique watch belonged to my Great, Great-Grandfather! I was so excited to celebrate Father’s Day with treats, antiques, and some very special items belonging to my male family members.”

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! And huge thanks to Laura for sharing her ideas with us! You can see more from Laura on her blog at LAURA’S little PARTY

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5 easy kid Mother’s Day crafts

Hey everyone! It’s Bridget, again. I’m back to share some sweet kid crafts I rounded up for Mother’s Day!

I discovered most of these during my search for DIY inspiration for a Mother’s Day project with my Daisy Troop of 11 young ladies. As the a leader, I found that crafts need to be simple, simple, simple! Fun and environmentally-friendly does’t hurt either! I chose a Aluminum Can Flower Pot idea inspired by Craftzine and will share our version with you in the next few days.

Until then, I thought I’d share some of my favorite craft finds that also include DIY tutorials:

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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