Mini Monets and Mommies: Mother's Day Crafts for Kids: DIY Wallet

Monday, May 4, 2015

Mother's Day Crafts for Kids: DIY Wallet

My son has never been one for Mother’s Day crafts. He made the obligatory handprint, “Mommy I love you” clay plaque in kindergarten and the handprint hearts in preschool. But, when he didn’t have a teacher standing over him, he stopped crafting cute little gifts for me. So, when he was in sixth grade (for those of you who only have little kids, by middle school the handmade creations are nixed by teachers) he went shopping with my husband for a gift. He got to pick anything he wanted – which apparently was a day-glow peach wallet that was actually somewhat bigger than the teeny tiny purse I usually carried.

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Not that I don’t adore anything my son picks out (yes, I still carry the wallet with me – just in a much bigger purse), but I’m kind of partial to the DIY Mother’s Day gifts. I’m also partial to ‘no-sew’ kids’ projects. Combining the wallet idea with no-sew crafting, I got an artsy little activity. If your child is still into all things crafty, try this out. It’s simple enough for a preschooler to create, and helps to build fine motor skills!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

·        Craft foam

·        A hole punch

·        Yarn

·        Scissors

·        Clear-drying school glue

·        Craft felt

·        A marker

·        Optional: Self-adhesive velcro

Here’s What to Do:

1.     Cut the craft foam to the size that you and your child choose. Remember, your child will be folding this in half. Size it so that it is twice as large as your child wants to make the wallet.

2.     Fold the foam in half.
 
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3.     Punch holes along the top half of the foam.
 
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4.     Mark the holes through to the bottom half with a marker.
 
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5.     Punch matching holes.
 
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6.     Repeat for the other side.

7.     Cut two pieces of yarn.

8.     Thread the yarn through the bottom set of holes on one side. Help your child to tie it in a knot. Have him ‘sew’ the yarn through all of the holes.

9.     Repeat on the other side, and secure the yarn at the tops with knots.
 
Lacing Activity

10. Create a design on the front of the wallet with felt shapes. Your child can cut out the felt and glue it onto the foam.
 
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11. Optional: Press self-adhesive velcro onto the inside top of the foam to make a seal for the wallet.
 
Wallet Activity

Are you looking for more kids’ Mother’s Day crafts? Follow my Pinterest board for ideas!
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