Mother’s Day Activity : Wall Art

Written by contributor Melissa Allen of Green Owl Art

Before I became a mother I never understood the box of childhood art that every mother seemed to have. The kind of art with painted stick people, misspelled words and dried pasta with more paste than pasta on display. I never understood the post-it hanging on the wall with a little first-time signature on it or the white sheet of paper covered in stickers. I didn’t understand the painted mug….oh so many mugs. I didn’t understand why it was all saved and why it was all so treasured.

Now I do. I get it.

So this week, we made Mother’s Day gifts for the special Grandma’s that my children are so very lucky to have.

Wall Art Materials:

  • Embroidery Hoops
  • Scraps of fabric
  • Markers (we used sharpies, but I suggest fabric markers so they don’t bleed like ours)

1. Place the fabric tightly in the hoops. I like these wood look-alike hoops because they hold the fabric much tighter than other embroidery hoops.

2. I gave them to Emma to draw a picture for each Grandma and had her sign her name at the bottom. They came out very sweet and are all set for Grandma’s wall.

*Another project I plan to use this idea for is to start capturing the kids signatures each year. I think it would be really sweet each year on their birthday to have them write there name on one of these and see how it changes with their age. I love looking back at Emma’s writing from just a year ago. I am sure when she is 16 her very sweet crooked “E” will bring me to tears.

For more inspiring crafts from Melissa, head on over to Green Owl Art.

What is your most memorable and special homemade Mother’s or Father’s Day gift?


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