When it comes to gifting after you have kids, somehow you suddenly just don’t have as much money, time, or…yep. Money or time! SO, you resort to homemade gifts! Lots. Of. Homemade. Gifts. But you know what? Homemade gifts are always some of the sweetest, and most memorable gifts there are, and are way more special than anything store-bought.
April has always been a big month in my family. We celebrate two birthdays in the same week – my mom, and my brother. I was actually supposed to be born right around the same time, but my little impatient self decided to come 4 weeks early instead. ANYWAYS. Now that Adeline’s in the picture, I’ve tried to get creative with our gifts for them and for this year’s birthday project we dappled in a little watercolor art!
To replicate this high-quality work of art, here is what you’ll need:
- Large paintbrushes – check the Crayola aisle at Walmart, easy for toddlers to hold
- Crayola watercolor paint pallet – literally so cheap, like $.89
- Tablet of paint paper
- Wet washcloth
- Small cup of water
This was the easiest art project we’ve done to date. We wrote a simple Birthday message with a Sharpie, taped down our canvas, and then let Adeline paint away on top. I then mailed them both in manilla envelopes with birthday cards and other treats, and I’m told they were a hit!
Easy, cheap, and meaningful! You could easily frame them, or get creative with what you use as your watercolor canvas. For Father’s Day last year I had Adeline finger paint a white photo mat, then we framed a photo of she and Daddy.
What have you crafted lately? Do you like giving homemade gifts? Do you prefer watercolor paint or finger paint?
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