I’m not the craftiest person out there, so taking on a DIY project can be daunting. My head is usually flooded with great ideas, but it’s rare they turn out to what I imagined they would be.
That being said, I decided to take on doing a personal project for Mothers Day and to include my three year old.
My mom likes hanging baskets, every year she buys a few and has them on display in her garden, on her deck and other places around her house. So creating a hanging basket for her for Mothers Day with a special toddler twist was a genius idea (if I do say so myself).
Aside from the sealer, flowers and potting soil, everything I bought was from Dollarama. They had some adorable hanging baskets for $3 and I grabbed one in her favourite colour, blue. On top of the basket I also grabbed some paper plates (for the paint), a multi pack of acrylic paint and some cheap paint brushes. Those supplies cost me only $6.50 (this is why I love Dollarama)!
For The Hanging Basket:
I recommend doing this either outside or laying down craft paper so you save on the clean up time later.
Select three colours of paint and put them on the paper plate, spread them out and blend the edges together with a paint brush.
Take your toddlers hand (or foot), and dip it in the paint. Press his or her’s hand to the planter and repeat with the other hand. You now have a butterfly. At this point I gave my son the paint brush and free range to doodle on the other side.
Once the paint is dry take some poly acrylic (I mixed mine with some glitter) and paint over the the hand prints. This should protect the paint from being washed off from rain.
Putting It Together:
Tip: make sure your poly is dried completely, otherwise you’ll have dirt in with the wet poly and it makes a huge mess (don’t ask me how I know).
Add your soil and transplant your flowers, arranging it so it’s full over the edges. I chose flowers that were still in buds, so I had to imagine what it would look like once they bloom.
Don’t forget to take a Sharpie and write a “Happy Mothers Day” message, and if your mom is like mine she would probably like your child’s name and age written as well.
This DIY Hanging Basket is an easy and fun craft for kids of all ages, my toddler really enjoyed getting down and dirty with the soil.
I can’t wait to see my mom’s face when she receives it. This is a great gift for all the special ladies in your life.
Randa is a work-at-home mom who resides on the North Coast of British Columbia. When she’s not chasing her two year old son and scrubbing crayons off the wall, she’s blogging over at The Bewitchin’ Kitchen. Along with the title of “mom” she’s also a student in nutrition, a lover of travel, and has a passion for health and wellness.