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Friday, May 17, 2013

How we made Daddy's Birthday presents

Today the little ones have been very excited as it's Daddy's Birthday!We have been pretty much non stop since 7:30 - yep they even gave him a lay in for his Birthday, good kiddos!

They were very excited to give him the presents they had made for him, first up were home made cards/ paintings that they painted with homemade puffy paint



Puffy paint is so simple and so effective, you can't see exactly how good it looks on these photos but it looks fab, makes the paint 3D with a foamy type effect/ This is how we did it:

We used 
  • 3/4 cup self raising flour
  • half a teaspoon of salt
  • various food colouring
  • warm water
I mixed the flour and salt together in a large bowl and took smaller bowls to make up the colours the kids wanted to use, that way we were able to add the colouring and create the amounts we wanted for each colour. They decided only yellow, white and red were to be used for this project so we divided the mix into 3 bowls, added a splash of colour to the flour then added warm water and mixed until it was fairly smooth, still thick and brightly coloured. They painted their designed then we popped the paintings in the microwave on full power for 30 seconds. Once they came out the paint was dry and raised to give the puffy 3D effect - the card was hot though so do take care taking it out (and of course keep a check on it while its in there).

We also made a cute canvas to go in the hallway, above the shoe rack (or should I say Mt. shoe as it currently is)

 I wanted to get hubby's shoe print without covering it in paint or giving any clues so we covered it in tin foil and smoothed it down so we had the tread print.


Next we painted the bottom of the shoe in paint and printed it onto the canvas.


 
 Once the first print was dry Little Mr chose the colour he wanted his print to be and we painted his foot and printed his foot within the shoe print.


 Repeated with Little Miss' footprint (pink of course) and left to dry.


Finally I took a paint brush and using the 'wrong' end, wrote a fitting sentence, "one day Daddy, we will follow in your shoes".




6 comments :

Kim Carberry said...

Aww they are fab!!
Love the 'one day Daddy, we will follow in your shoes' card! What a great idea :)

Deborah Patrick said...

This is so lovely! Great ideas! x

justthewaywewantto.co.uk said...

Thank you, I love doing personalised gifts like this with them, they grow so quickly and there isn't anything quite as cute as little footprints is there :)

Just the way we want to said...

Thanks so much for your comment :)We had fun making them

Mum of One said...

Wow, this one brought a tear to my eye!

justthewaywewantto.co.uk said...

Ah thank you :) I don't think you can beat gifts like this xx