Collage or Placemat
Give Mom her breakfast or dinner served on her own special placemat! Make Mom a special collage to show her how much you care.
What you'll need:
- Lightweight cardboard or tag board (a large cereal box can be a good source)
- Construction paper or wrapping paper
- Pictures - old magazines, photos, printed clip art, coloring pages
- Photos of her children, optional
- Small 3-D decorations (only for wall hanging), optional
- Crayons, markers, paint, etc.
- Clear Con-Tact paper (only for placemats)
How to make it:
First, think about your Mom and gather your materials. What are her favorite things - does she love to cook, program, sew, bike, hike, paint or swim? Does she love mountains, butterflies, kittens, or flowers? What are her interests? Cut out, print out, or draw pictures of the things she likes. You can also include pictures of you and your family (but ask for pictures to use!) We have coloring pages and clip art you might want to use.
Decide if you are making a placemat or a wall picture for your Mom. If you are making a placemat, all the things you use must be flat. If you are making a picture to hang on the wall, you can include some items that are not as flat, like small fake flowers, buttons, sequins, etc.
Cut the cardboard or tagboard to be the size you want to make your picture. Cover it with construction or wrapping paper.
Choose a special picture for the center of the collage. You might want to use one of our coloring pages as a beginning.
Arrange the items you have gathered on the board, moving them around until you get thing just the way you like them. Make sure to put your name and the date somewhere on the picture.
Carefully glue them down one at a time.
If you are making a placemat, let everything dry, and then cover the placemat front and back with clear Con-Tact paper - an adult might need to do this step.