I love homemade gifts. Both making them and receiving them (are you reading this, Scott!?!?), but I am a little behind schedule with this one. It was a few sessions of trial and error. I saw this idea on Pinterest once upon a time and decided it was easy enough to do myself. Well, it didn’t start out that easy.
First I bought the wrong size aprons (I had no idea aprons had sizes?!), then I used a fabric spray paint which is almost impossible to keep confined to the area of the apron you want to paint. But the third time is always a charm, right?!
I’ll explain the easiest way of doing this, at least as far as my experience went, and you can modify it to fit what you want your apron to look like!
First things first: supplies.
I frequent Michael’s and found everything I needed there, but I’m sure any craft store will do.
You will need:
- 2 one size aprons
- sponge pouncers
- stencils of your choice
- fabric paint (I let the kids pick their colors)
- newspaper or cardboard
- paper plates
- paper towels
- a bowl full of soapy water
- an old rag (this will likely wind up with paint on it)
The first thing you will want to do is iron your aprons. Once they are wrinkle-free, lay the aprons on your cardboard or newspaper and cut out your stencils. I did this so I didn’t have to wait for the paint to dry.
Line your stencils up and get your paint on your paper plate. Dab your sponge in the paint and blot to remove any excess. Hold your stencil very still and blot the paint down. *Be aware that too much paint on your sponge could mean the paint could seep under the stencil.*
Rinse each stencil after each use so the paint does not transfer elsewhere. Lay on paper towels and pat dry.
I chose to center my words but you can stagger them or do them however you’d like. Once your words are finished, time to get the kids involved. (I let mine dry overnight, but you can do it all at once if you prefer)
Have your bowl of soapy water and your rag handy. Put your handprint paints on separate plates. Have the kids dip their hand (one at a time) in the paint and gently place on the apron (palm first, then fingers). Quickly wash off hand and dry. Then repeat with the other hand.
I had my daughter go first so my son could see how to do it.
And there you have it! Super easy. Well, not so easy for my 18 month old, as you can see by his blue hand prints. But, easy enough!
Hope everyone has a wonderful Mother’s Day and that you are showered with homemade gifts and love.