How this family is making DIY Mother’s Day gifts by hand – and how you can too

If you’re still looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift – and if you want an idea to keep the kids busy – try this family’s fun crafting project: a handmade jewelry bowl the special moms in your life.

Sara Axelbaum and her two children, Hudson, 5, and Denver, 1, show Yahoo Life how to make hand bowls using clay in the new series Crafting with Kids, where families from across the country submit their ideas on how to get crafty at home. 

Watch Sara and Hudson make these adorable hand bowls under the careful supervision of Denver in the video above, and read on for their tips and instructions so you can make them too!

Make your own DIY Jewelry Dish at home for Mother's Day (Credit: Courtesy of Sara Axelbaum)
Make your own DIY Jewelry Dish at home for Mother's Day (Credit: Courtesy of Sara Axelbaum)

Here are the supplies you will need:

  • Paper

  • Marker

  • Scissors

  • Crayola Model Magic Clay

  • Rolling pin

  • X-Acto knife

  • Bowl(s) or any round object

  • Crayola Kids’ Washable Paint

  • Paintbrush

  • Crayola Model Magic Glossy Glaze

How to make handmade jewelry bowls for Mother’s Day

  1. Trace your kid’s hand on a piece of paper, then cut it out.

  2. On a flat surface, roll out the clay until it’s approximately ⅛ - ¼ inch thick, so it’s malleable yet sturdy when shaping it later on.

  3. Place the hand cutout on the clay.

  4. Have an adult carefully use an X-Acto knife to cut out the handprint.

  5. Mold the hand around the bottom of a bowl and let it fully dry overnight. You can use any round object. Get creative – you can even use fruit!

  6. Once it is completely dry, decorate the bowl and let it dry.

  7. Spread a thin layer of gloss all over the bowl. (Note: Glossing is optional, though it adds a nice sheen for a finishing touch.)

  8. Give it to someone you love. 

For more activity ideas and how-to’s by Hudson, find him on YouTube and Instagram @HudsonTeachesStuff. 

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