On with our handmade Father’s Day. What is more special than a little gift, made by the hands of his own sweet child?
We had another episode this morning. I’m sure it happens in your house too… A Good Man was trying to take the children out to breakfast to let Mommy have a little ‘alone time’ when, alas, he couldn’t find his keys. We searched… under cushions, in pockets, next to toilets… 30 minutes later (30 minutes eaten into Mom’s ‘alone time) we found them, on top of the fridge!
So, after my lovely ‘alone time’, when A Good Man had gone for his daily run, the kids and I, and K’s little God-sister, J, made our dads a special key-bowl for him to always keep his keys in.
a bowl with a plastic bag inside it (for easy glue cleanup)
a permanent marker
and flat leaves from the garden (we used clovers as J insisted we needed ‘man’ flowers for her daddy)
We blew up the balloons.
With the permanent marker, we drew a circle around the balloons for where the top of our bowl would be.
We tore the tissue paper into small squares.
We filled the plastic-bag-covered bowl with glue and mixed in a little water until it was the consistency of light cream.
We put our hands in the delightfully slimy glue…
And finger painted our balloons with glue below the mark we had made.
We then pasted the strips of tissue paper onto the balloon. After the bottom of the balloon was covered in tissue paper, we pasted on a second layer by dipping the tissue paper into the glue so that it would stick nicely.
Then we carefully stuck on our clover leaves.
A last layer of tissue paper over our clover leaves to hold them in place and our balloons were put, upside down, into paper cups to allow our bowls to dry in the sun.
When they were dried we popped the balloons with a pin and our gorgeous bowl kept their shapes. I can never capture this step on film as my kids are too eager to wait for me to get a clear shot… this is always their favorite part of our ‘balloon’ projects.
With scissors, we trimmed the edges of our bowl so that they look neat…
And, Voila!, our key hold-alls are ready for the big excitement of giving them to Dad.
I hope he uses this gift ALWAYS!
Blessings and magic,