Nothing says Mother’s Day like handmade. As a teacher, I always enjoy helping students craft their own creations for their loved ones and as a mom, I love receiving them.
Inspired by all of the pink flowering trees, my son and I made cards — three different ways — for Mother’s Day. The cards can be created and gifted to the moms and grandmothers in your life or you can make them for other occasions as general stationery.
The silhouetted trees make the pink colors pop. Pick your media of tissue paper, paint, or ink, download the free tree silhouette at the end of the post, and GO! Make one or try all three. Recommended for kids 3+.
1) TISSUE PAPER TREES // Cut pink tissue paper (use several shades if you have) into 1-inch squares. Wrap the squares around the eraser end of a pencil. Young kids will need help getting the squares on the pencil. Add a drop of glue on the tree and press pencil down to secure. Crumple the tissue so it resembles a bud. Repeat until you have a tree filled with blossoms. This is my favorite of the three.
2) SPONGE PAINTED TREES // Pour pink paint onto a paper plate or flat dish. We used Crayola Washable Pink paint here but you could use different shades and/or acrylic paint with older children. Cut a piece of sponge into a half-inch square. Dip sponge into paint and dab away on your tree. This method creates a nice texture. My son’s favorite
3) FINGER PRINTED TREES // Use paint to stamps to create fingerprinted blossoms on your tree. We used chalk-based stamping ink here but finger paint would be a lot of fun, especially for the younger set.
Click to download the template of the tree silhouette —> tree_download. It should print TWO per page but you may have to play around with sizing on your printer.
Bonus: get mom a “real” tree or flowers to plant in the yard.