Hand stamped and painted flowers for Mothers Day


I can’t hide just how head over heels I am for this simple and meaningful Mother’s Day craft. This past weekend I had my boy’s get together to make a craft for the upcoming Mother’s Day holiday. I decided I wanted it to be something not only meaningful but simple and keepsake worthy. And after thinking for just a bit, I knew just what to do.


We started by making simple floral stamps from craft foam and wooden blocks. We went with a tulip shape and a simple circle. I then gave the boys some black acrylic paint and paint brushes. They started by stamping the flower shapes up top. They then finished it off by freehand painting the long floral stems. The boys loved it (and Little O actually insisted on doing not just one, but two!).


And can I just say that I’m head over heals in love with how they turned out?! The boys own unique approach added so much to the craft. I’m completely captivated by the rough and playful quality of the flowers. True works of art in my book. I even love how some of Little O’s flowers came out “hallow” from not pushing down hard enough. This to me is a perfect example of how kid art often reigns supreme. I have this annoying knack for making things perfectly even and spaced just so…even when I’m trying to throw things off a bit. But kids, well their art is so spontaneous. For example I LOVE how AJ’s picture has one flower quite a bit lower then the others. I might not have designed things that way…but now I’m crazy about it! (oh and it helps if you have painted your nail’s blue ahead of time…)


And I’m even more crazy about how much fun these kids had with it.


And is it OK if I just keep these for my Mother’s Day gift? We’ll do another set for the grandma’s, I promise.

April 30, 2013



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    May 7, 2013

    I love this idea so much! You are so right about kids art. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    Johanna @messylabstudio

    May 7, 2013


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    May 8, 2013

    Is it weird to say that I would BUY that art?! Your boys have definitely inherited some amazing painting skills. SO fun!

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    Artist in LA LA Land

    May 18, 2013

    Simple, beautiful, fun? Sound like a winner! Yes, I love how they created them in their own special way. Great one!

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    Stephanie White

    July 11, 2013

    Hi Mer Mag Blog Family,

    I’m the Executive Assistant for Great Artist Mom. The Great Artist Program is an educational system for elementary kids that gives them the skills to create their own works of art patterned after some of the old masters. We love your posts. We especially are drawn to the post about hand painted flowers. In the near future we’re planning to post about Georgia O’Keefe and hand painted flowers would be a perfect companion to this post. Naturally, we’d love to highlight you and your blog as the source for this art project. In return we’d love it if you could highlight one of our art ideas on your blog. Let me know what you think.

    Stephanie White


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