Every year for Mother’s Day I stress out about what to get my wife. I prefer to give sentimental gifts that can have value beyond Mother’s Day. So things like jewelry or framed photos instead of flowers or a spa day. I understand women love flowers and spa days and those things might be part of a gift but in 2 years the flowers will be dead and the toe nail polish will have long since worn off. Something like a necklace can be worn for years and will serve as a constant reminder of the Mother’s Day.
This year I decided I would make a personalized art project that could be displayed in our home for years to come. I had seen some projects online that involved using your kid’s hand/foot prints to make artwork and I decided I would do something similar. I decided to create our project on a wooden pallet instead of paper or canvas. I went to the store and purchased an 8 foot long 4×1. I believe it was somewhere around $4.30. While I was there I decided to get a fun new colored stain to try out. I decided on “worn navy” since I thought it might compliment some of the colors we already have in our home. I believe the stain was around $5.
Once the boards were cut, I got out my Kreg Jig and drilled the pocket holes (Kreg Jig isn’t sponsoring this post it’s just a really great tool that I love to use. You can read about how I used it to made Sconces and another Christmas Wall Art project):
After that I got the kids and had them press their hand-prints. As I was the only adult helping the kids and we had paint all over the place I didn’t get my phone out to take a picture. After their hand-prints dried I painted the flower stems and added the date.
Overall I’m fairly pleased with it but I wish the stems contrasted a little more with the background. If I had to do it over again I would probably choose a different color for either the background or the stems. I’ve also been thinking about adding a flowerpot on the bottom to add another contrasting color.
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