Mother’s Day is just around the corner. If you’re like me, you’d want nothing more than a pedicure and maybe to use the bathroom without a parade of children following you. Or something your kiddos made. Last year, Peyton made me a bouquet of flowers she made out of construction paper. She had stapled and taped all the petals and stems together. We put it in a vase, and it’s on a shelf in my closet right now! I absolutely love it. We decided to get crazy this year with a fun, kid-friendly DIY that would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift!
What you need:
- rubbing alcohol
- ceramic tiles
- sharpie markers
- dropper (could also use a straw or paint brush)
- clear coating spray
- optional: backing for the tiles. I used these.
What you do:
- Start by coloring on your tiles. I liked to pick a color palette, but the girls just kind of went for it. And honestly, Adaline’s might be my favorite, so there really is no rhyme or reason. You want to color the majority of the square. Peyton did one with squiggly lines and lots of white, and she wasn’t thrilled with how subtle the colors look on the finished product.
- Let the tiles dry about 10 minutes. If you’re not already outside, I would go outside for the next steps!
- Fill your dropper with rubbing alcohol (or wet your paint brush, etc), and drop little by little onto the tiles. You’ll see how the colors start to bleed and spread. You can add as much or as little as you like. As they start to dry, you can add more to areas that need it. This was, without a doubt, Peyton’s favorite part!
- Let the tiles dry another hour.
- Shake your acrylic spray, and coat the tiles according to directions on the can.
- I let them dry overnight, and then added the rubber backing/no-slips. That will protect your surfaces, and the tiles.
Once the tiles are dry, and have their backing, you could use ribbon or jute to tie them together into sets and gift them – they’re so pretty, they don’t even need to be wrapped! And that’s it! The girls had an absolute blast making them, and dancing around the backyard between steps.
Their cute dresses are from Pleiades Designs, and just put you in the mood to twirl, don’t you think?