We decided today was a great day to spread a little kindness. Since we are practising physical distancing and staying home as much as possible, we opted to spread some kindness through the mail with some homemade cards.
Little Norah was ALL OVER this craft. She has recently had some fun experiences with paint and decided she definitely loves paint. A lot.
As soon as I brought the paint up from the basement she was climbing into her chair. I was originally simply going to have the kids paint some little pictures of flowers and write a few love notes, but Norah had other ideas.
It seems every time I get out the paint I insist on doing a Norah handprint. I am truly a sucker for little tiny handprints. (Did you see my post about 50 Keepsake Worthy Kids Handprint Art? We have all 50 in my closet).
So Norah, understandably, started to paint her tiny little hand. Once I saw her start to paint her hand I remembered an adorable handprint art idea – turning little hands into flowers.
AND I remembered the accordion fold that would make that little flower handprint pop right out …
A pop-out-flower-handprint-kindness-card????? Perfect.
We painted little Norah’s hand, making her fingers green so they would be the flower stems and stamped them down on some white paper.
Norah then painted away with her brothers as we let the handprints dry.
Once they were dry I dotted on little flower petals to the top of each of Norah’s fingers, turning each one into a pretty flower.
I cut out her handprint and taped them onto the accordion paper fold.
I actually did a double accordion paper fold (because I am a fancy crafter like that). I took two strips of paper and placed them in a capital L form and taped them at the corner where they intersected.
I then folded them, alternating: down, over, up, over, down, over, up, over. I’ll share pictures of this step soon – but if it doesn’t make sense to you, just a regular paper accordion fold works too.
I then taped the handprint to one end of the accordion fold and the inside of the card to the other end of the accordion fold.
I intended on gluing some of Norah’s paintings to the front of the cards as well, but I got too excited about how cute they would look and couldn’t wait for her paintings to dry … because you know how little toddlers paint …. very heavy on the paint …
These cards turned out so cute! We sent them to Grandma, Gigi, and Nana. I know they will put a smile on some faces!
I really find that it makes me happy to do kindnesses for other people right now. So on a day (like today) when it is a bit grey and icy cold outside and the day seems to be lingering, I try to do a little act of kindness for someone. It’s amazing how much better I feel afterwards.
So let’s fill up some mailboxes and some hearts too! (Too corny??)
Thank you so much for reading friends,