I got the idea because my Mom and my Mother in Law are always begging Lovebug for some artwork from school.
But for whatever reason, he just refuses to paint me a damn picture... and so I'm like:
"Women, get in line... I get the first picture that comes into this house."
Three months into school and I've gotten one piece of artwork... ONE... some Moms walk out with PILES of papers!!
So I thought, why not make something for the Grandmas at home, so they can back up off my Pre-School Painted Pictures.
I came up with this:
This project cost exactly $4.50 per plate, because I had the paint and paint marker on hand.
I bought plate stand for $3.50 and cheap-o (for decorative use only) plates from Wal-Mart for $1.00.
Then I had the Bugs make hand prints on the plate.
Lovebug took about 5 tries to get a normal, non-alien looking hand.
By that point I had gotten tired of wiping the plate off, and some of the finish was actually fading ( it cost a buck, you get what you pay for), so I only gave my Girlfriend 2 chances...
Which is why my Mom got a plate with one tree and one
After the hands dried, my friends and I added garland and ornaments, before writing the words in white paint marker ( that made things go 100 times faster ).
I am in love with the cute finished product, and know it is something I will put out every year, just like I do with old Christmas Cards.
This project was so cheap and easy to do, and I know the Grandmas are thrilled that we thought of them, and gave them their own Christmas Keepsakes.
Plus... it totally got me out of folding laundry. Again.