Rainbow Flowers for Mother’s Day

Rainbow Flowers

I hope I’m not the only one out there who winds up responsible for planning her own mother’s day gifts every year! I was pondering ideas for a project that would be both mom- and kid-friendly when I saw white carnations at the grocery store. They reminded me of how much I used to love dyeing flowers with food coloring when I was kid – there’s just something so magical about watching the color travel up through the stem all the way to the tips of the petals. Just for fun, I thought I’d add a little color-mixing exploration and create a rainbow!

Rainbow Flowers

All you need for this project is flowers and food coloring. Carnations are a good choice because they’re inexpensive, long-lasting, and they suck up the color quickly. To prep the flowers, I cut off the stems ends so they’d drink the water faster, then placed them in cups of water. I just happened to have the right number of flowers to do all the colors of the rainbow and have one left over to leave white, so we could compare the difference.

Rainbow Flowers

I used paste food coloring because it was what I had on hand, but the liquid kind works just as well. The only trick with the food coloring is that it helps to use a lot! I mean, really a lot – the water should be dyed a nice, deep color.

Rainbow Flowers

The mixing step turned out to be a lot of fun by itself. My son very seriously and carefully mixed each color until we had this lovely water rainbow in our window.

Rainbow Flowers

And then we came back just hours later to find that our flowers were already starting to turn colors! We kept checking on our flowers throughout the day and watched the color deepen and spread. Some flowers turned out more vibrant than others, and it was really interesting to watch the patterns the colors make as they travel through the flower petals.

Rainbow Flowers

We left them overnight, and in the morning we had a lovely pastel rainbow.

Rainbow Flowers

Add a little bit of ribbon and sweet little boy, and voila! Happy mother’s day!

Rainbow Flowers for Mama

Two Ingredient Tuesday: Jar + Yarn = Vase

DIY flower vases

Mother’s Day is coming up, and in our house, that means flowers! Since I had a big stash of empty jelly jars just waiting for a craft, I thought of these cute DIY vases — all you need are some jars and some yarn. Just wrap the yarn around, cross it to hold in place, and keep wrapping. When you get to the end of the yarn, just tuck the loose end under to hold it in place.

DIY flower vases

If you’re starting with clean jars, there’s no prep work at all. If you’re recycling and need to remove the label, learn from my mistake and get that done before you have three kids demanding to know when they could start making vases. (The smarter way to do it would be to soak the label with vegetable oil, let it sit for an hour or so, then scrub it off.)

DIY flower vases

Older kids might want to experiment with layering different colors of yarn, or try wrapping it in neat rows. But I think even the overlapping wrapping looks really fun, and it’s easy enough that even little kids can participate.

DIY flower vases

We had such a good time creating this set, we decided to create a second set to give as gifts!

See more great ideas for Mother’s Day in our roundup here!

What are your favorite kids’ crafts for Mother’s Day? Tell us in the comments!


Kiwi Crate Picks: 5 Delightful and Simple Mother’s Day Gifts (That Kids Can Make)

It’s time to celebrate Mother’s Day – the holiday which is devoted to the most important women we know: Our moms. There are a million ways to say thank you, but here are a few of our kid-friendly and DIY favorites.

A big thank you to all the bloggers and pinners who inspired these gift ideas!

Just a note: Some of these projects may require some parental help. (*hint: dads to the rescue!)

5. Fingerprint Necklace

This pretty necklace surely gets two thumbs up for ease and for cleverness. We love how beautiful the single fingerprint looks on the clay pendant – and what mom wouldn’t want to wear a piece of their child so close to her heart? (via Crafty Crow)


4. Fingerprint Heart Painting

OK. It looks like we have a thing for fingerprints. But this painting is too cute not to share. It’s also a great way to get all the family members (or at least their thumbs) involved in a collective gift for mom. Frame it for easy display at work or home. (via Busy Kids = Happy Mom)



3. Photo Coasters

Mod Podge is one of the most beloved materials in our craft closet – and an instrumental part of making these adorable DIY photo coasters. Use old pictures or any other scraps of paper to make fun personalized coasters for mom. Not only are they mini pieces of art, but they’ll help keep the household free from watermarks. (via Mine for the Making)


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2. Balloon Bouquets

Love this idea! There’s just something so happy-making about balloons, right? Which is why this balloon bouquet will definitely give your mom a definite high. If you don’t want to use helium, balloon blowing can be a fun activity for older kids (just tape the balloons to a wall). Either cut out letters to attach to the balloons (as seen in the photo) or write a special message on the outside of them, using a permanent marker. You can also hide little treasures in the balloons too. (via Martha Stewart and Free Pretty Things for You)


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1. Tissue Paper Flowers

It’s true: No Mother’s Day is complete without flowers. However, we prefer this twist on the traditional bouquet of flowers, which, let’s face it, wilt by weeks’ end. These tissue paper bouquets are so simple that your kids can make them. Put a bunch of these flowers in a mason jar and wrap with a ribbon — and Voilà! It’s a lovely floral arrangement that lasts forever. (via Kiwi CrateSew Sweet Stiches, and Dana Made It)

For more DIY kid-friendly gift ideas, please check out our Pinterest Board here.