Grandchildren are a joy. Most grandmas like nothing better than to spend time with, or receive a handmade craft from her grandchildren. Birthday crafts help children express their love for Grandma without a lot of cost.
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Tie-Dyed Flower Bouquet
Make Grandma a bouquet of flowers that will never wilt. Droplets of food colouring will spread out on a coffee filter, making a tie-dyed effect. Make several flowers from the dyed coffee filters. Gather each filter at the centre and twist. Then, arrange the edges of the filter to look like a flower. Attach a chenille stem for a flower stem. If desired, dip the flower edges into a shallow container of diluted food colouring to give the flowers a tinted effect. Gather all the flowers into a bouquet to give to Grandma for her birthday.
Computer Mouse Pads
Cover the sticky side of a sheet of self-stick craft foam, using a piece of printed fabric. Trim the edges of the fabric. Give Grandma a kid-made computer mouse pad for her birthday. Another easy idea for a mouse pad is to have children stick family photos to make a picture collage on a piece of self-stick craft foam. Cover the pictures with self-stick clear adhesive paper.
Turn a plain apron into a handy kitchen helper. Glue or sew Velcro dots onto one or two potholders and also onto a hand towel. Fasten the matching sticking dots onto an apron. Stick the potholders and towel onto the apron, so that Grandma will always have them close when she is cooking.
Recycle a used cloth bag by turning it inside-out. Have kids use acrylic paints to put their hand prints all over the bag. Children may use permanent markers to write their names near their hand prints, or to write phrases to Grandma.
Poem Art Magnet
A clear CD case can make an easy refrigerator magnet for Grandma's birthday. Have kids trace the CD case onto a piece of colourful paper, then cut out the traced square. Kids will use markers or crayons to write a poem to Grandma on the paper, then draw pictures around the poem. Poems can be downloaded and printed from computer sites, such as Squidoo.com. Put the decorated paper square into the CD case and close tightly. Kids may glue some plastic flowers onto the front of the craft. Glue a magnet piece on the back of the CD case to make a refrigerator magnet.
Turn a paper plate into a hand-operated fan. Glue wallpaper scraps or magazine pictures onto a sturdy paper plate. Cover the pictures with clear self-stick adhesive covering. Tape or glue a paint stirring stick to the bottom edge of the fan for a handle so Grandma can fan her face on warm days.
Give Grandma a colourful box in which to keep her mail. Cut off the front of a medium- to large-size cereal box, leaving about 3 inches from the bottom intact. Kids can cover the box inside and out with fabric, paper, wallpaper pieces, or printed self-stick adhesive paper. The cereal box craft will be large enough to hold most sizes of mail that Grandma receives.
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