Mother’s Day Art & Craft


With Mother’s Day just around the corner there’s no better time than now to start thinking about gifts your students can create for the special occasion. If you want to go beyond making a simple card for students to give to their mothers, then this is sure to fill you with inspiration.

Handmade gifts will always hold a special place in a mother’s heart. What’s even better than a handmade gift is something that will be used or displayed for years to come. Therefore, we’ve put together a list of different handmade Mother’s Day gift options that can be adapted for a range of different ability levels that any mother would love.

Activities:

1. Wooden Bead Necklace
2. Cabochon & Magiclay Necklace
3. Wood Chip Brooch
4. Shrink Film Key Chain
5. Alcohol Ink Coasters
6. Terracotta Pot Succulent
7. Porcelain Marker Vase
8. Polymer Clay Ring


1. Wooden Bead Necklace

A wooden bead necklace is a simple creation which any student can make and apply their own unique style to. This is a simple process of using posca to colour in the wooden beads. The student can apply their own colour combinations as well as incorporating patterns and shapes to add extra details. These wooden necklaces make for a stylish and modern option for a Mother’s Day gift.

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2. Cabochon & Magiclay Necklace

This is another simple but effective jewellery piece. For this project students are able to select their mother’s favourite colours and insert them into a cabochon. By twisting the glass top around, the colours merge and swirl together, creating a beautiful effect. This is a simple way for all students to achieve effective results for their Mother’s Day gift.

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3. Wood Chip Brooch

The wood chip brooch can be adapted in many different ways depending on ability level or student choice. By using a small wood chip as a base student can collage, draw or paint over the wood to create a design. The wood can then be sealed with mod podge and a brooch back attached to the other side of the wood.

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4. Shrink Film Key Chain

Who doesn’t love a unique and stylish key chain? This project uses shrink film to create a charm that can be attached to a key ring. Shrink film can be drawn onto with a permanent marker. The film is then cut into the shape, a hole is punched into your design and then place into the oven at a low heat for 3 minutes. The film will shrink and thicken creating a perfect charm for a key chain.

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5. Alcohol Ink Coasters

Here is a simple project which uses the vibrant medium of alcohol inks. Alcohol inks have a beautiful quality which allows them to blend easily to create different colours and dry with a great vibrancy. This project explores the use of alcohol inks on a porcelain tile to create coasters. Once the ink is applied and dried, apply a sealer to protect the surface which will ensure they last for years to come.

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6. Terracotta Pot Succulent

With the popularity of succulents who wouldn’t love to receive one of these handmade gifts? Pre-made terracotta pots make this project a breeze. Students can decorate the pots with markers or paints or even use photo transfers to complete their design. Succulents grow easily and can be planted from small cuttings making this a very affordable activity.

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7. Porcelain Marker Vase

These vases will make a beautiful display for any home. Students can use porcelain markers to decorate these small vases for their mother. Porcelain markers will remain permanent on the surface. Alternatives to the vase could be to use porcelain makers on mugs or plates to create unique designs.

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8. Polymer Clay Ring

Another way of going about creating a beautiful piece of jewellery that a mother will love is to use polymer clay and a ring base. Students can create a small, polymer clay charm and bake it in the oven to harden. This can then be attached to a ring base to finish off the piece. Abstract or realistic forms can both work well with this project, as well as pressing in textures to the clay to create different effects.

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