Wednesday, April 29, 2015

[Crafty Lady] Mimi's Mother's Day Gift

Okay, I don't know about your moms, but mine probably sends me links (via facebook) of children's crafts or children related articles a handful of times a week.  She's actually sent me either the same or similar link for this footprint butterfly craft on multiple occasions.  Hint noted.

Last year, I had Ashlynn make the grandmas flower pots with her handprints and little flowers made from her finger prints.  She had just turned two, and the thought of doing the footprints, made me there was no way, they would turn out right.  This year, I knew she was ready.  My mom loves gardening, flowers, butterflies, dragonflies, lady bugs, you name it.  I mean, the woman retired in Woodstock goodness sake! So this was truly the perfect (overly requested) gift for her.

I originally wanted to get a slate tile or stone, but decided to use a wood slice from Michaels.  It was cheaper (coupon!) and I figured she could display it inside or outside.  Since she was visiting last week and we won't being seeing each other for Mother's Day, I thought she might have more fun participating in making her gift with Ashlynn, instead of just receiving it in the mail.

I definitely get my crafty gene from my mom.  I asked her if she wanted to try to paint the bottoms of Ashlynn's feet like a butterfly wings.  I rolled out some paper to contain the mess and let the girls at it.

The first print, didn't transfer as planned.  Between Ashlynn's high arches and my mom taking too much time to paint her masterpiece, the acrylic paint must have begun to dry.

She moved faster on the second foot, but we still needed to fill in some gaps to make it look like a butterfly.  My mom used her artistic eye to create her colorful little masterpiece.  We wrote Ashlynn's name and some vines at the bottom and finished with a polyacrylic sealer to protect it.

As you can see, I think the experience they shared together was greater than the parting gift.  Well, the experience and the birthday cake.

Are you planning any other Mother's Day crafts?  Share them, I got three other grands to surprise!


  1. Perfection! That is one perfect foot butterfly. Send your mama my way-- she's a crafty goddess!

  2. Jennifer PargeonMay 2, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    When did her hair get so blonde? Seriously?! The finished product is great, and doing it together is so fun.

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