My Favorite Gift for Parents

Hi, everyone!

At some point in the year, most of us help our kiddos make gifts for their parents. I wanted to share with you my favorite parent gift. I truly LOVE this art project! Parents do, too! 


What you need:

1) One frame per child (I buy the wooden ones without glass for $1 at Michaels)

2) One paintbrush per child

3) Mod Podge

4) Paint cups, etc to hold Mod Podge

5) Tissue Paper squares
6) Letters for each child's name

7) One photograph of each child (I use black and white)

I apologize for the darkness. Iphone pic...
 



Here's what you do:
1) Students attach tissue paper squares to their frames with paint brushes and Mod Podge. It's very important to put enough glue on the frame (a good base coat).



2) Once all the tissue paper is on, students should put another layer of Mod Podge on top of the tissue paper. If this step is skipped, the tissue paper will come off the frame. 

 
3) Let the frames dry.

4) When the frames are completely dry, students glue the letters of their names to the frames, just as they did the tissue paper.



Look at my sweet pumpkins! Beautiful! 


       UPDATE: Previously, I used letters cut from magazines. Last year, I began using alphabet clip art and LOVE the way it looks!


I allow my kiddos to be as creative as they like. Some make patterns or use monochromatic colors (different shades of the same color). Last year one boy made a camouflage frame. So cute!


One word about photos: I take close-up shots of each child and print in black and white. I like the contrast of color and b/w. 


We do this each year for Christmas, but it would be perfect for Valentine's Day, Easter, or Mother's/Father's Day.


If you decide to make these, I'd love to see your pics!

I promise...You'll love it! Have a wonderful week!




27 comments

  1. The frames are wonderful! I am going to do that this spring sometime. Thanks for the idea and the directions.
    Alyce

    Mrs. Bartel’s School Family

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    1. I'm so glad you like them! They are super easy, and parents love!! Thanks for stopping by!
      Laura

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    1. You will love them, Megan! They are crazy easy, and the kiddos are so quite when they work on them! Ha!! Happy Sunday!
      Laura

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  3. These frames are SO adorable; thanks for the super-cute idea!

    Barbara

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    1. You are welcome, Barbara! I'm glad you like them!
      Laura

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  4. I'll bet the little ones love making them... and giving them!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

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    1. They do love them, Sally! They are such little independent people while making them! I love it!
      Laura

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  5. LOVE! I have done this before, and also with glass plates like it, too...but to add the name with cut outs...GENIUS!
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue SKies

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I bet glass plates turn out so pretty! I love to watch them place their little letters! So cute! Have a great week!
      Laura

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  6. These are so sweet and beautiful. My kids are going to LOVE making them and I can bet they will be totally independent too-I love it when gifts from kids are totally made BY the kids!

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    1. Thank you!! I love watching the kiddos work on independent projects, too! I've had parents cry over this one! So sweet! Thanks for stopping by!!
      Laura

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  7. I love this idea! Super cute! Thanks for sharing! :)
    Cheryl
    Crayons and Curls

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    1. You are so welcome, Cheryl! Your kiddos will love it, and you will, too! Have a fun week!!
      Laura

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  8. These are sooooo adorable! Thanks so much for linking up!
    Nicole
    Teaching With Style

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    1. I hope I can post more art projects and link up more often! Love your art!! Have a wonderful week, sweet friend!
      Laura

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  9. Laura,
    These frames are absolutely precious!
    I am definitely going to ask/borrow this idea for mother's day!!!
    I will be sure to take pics and share with you!
    Thanks so much for the inspiration!
    Julie
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

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  10. This is such a cute idea! I'm pinning this! Thanks!
    Shibahn
    Mrs. Landry’s Land of Learning

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  11. These are adorable!! Love the bright, fun colors!

    Molly
    Lessons with Laughter

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  12. love this! I want to make in my classroom. Looks like I'll be tossing common core out the window for at least one day! :) Thank you for sharing!

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  13. I love this! This is the perfect parent gift. Thank you!

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  14. Thank you so much for saving me! They are beautiful and Mothers will love them!
    Not sure how to post the photos for you, but they are wonderful!

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    1. HI, Ashley!
      For the first few years, We cut letters from magazines. Now, I place letter clip art into a table and print them. Much easier that way!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!!
      Laura

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  16. Laura:

    LOVE these and am going to do it next week with my firsties! Can I ask what letter clip art you used? Thank you so much for this adorable idea!

    ~Wendy
    sdwd727@gmail.com

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