Here’s a Princess Festival Crown that you can print out and give to mom to show your appreciation.
Show the Queen in your life how much you care and gather your your princesses and princes, for some memory making fun. Give Mom the afternoon off and jump right into making enchanted Garden Stones with your kids. (Directions Below)
If you know of some kids in your neighborhood whose dads are away or are serving int he military, consider inviting them over to share in the fun. The more the messier.
While You’re having fun, consider taking your Princesses to the King’s Ball. It’s a magical night especially for Dads and their Daughters:
Gather your children and then take the actual kids to the hardware store, alone without Mom, to buy your supplies.
(This is a test. You may stop for ice cream along the way. Be sure to count the number of children that you have with you, both when you leave home and upon your return.
You should not misplace children along the way.)
Hardware Store Supplies Needed:
1 Bag Quikrete 50 lb. Fast-Setting Concrete Mix $5-$7
1- 10 in. Plastic Plant Saucer for each kid $2 each
Mosaic tiles or small flat decorative glass beads $5- $10
Something to mix the concrete in a wheelbarrow, or even a large, cheap, plastic tub $5
A trowel or small shovel for mixing the concrete, let’s assume you can borrow one if you don’t have it on hand, otherwise it may cost you about $12
Plastic sheeting enough to cover your entire portion of the planet $6. (PS: Dads-You can never cover too much ground when working with concrete in the vicinity of your kids.)
Petroleum Jelly $3
Paint stirrers, sometimes free in the paint department
Clear Plastic sealer (optional) $6
Additional supplies that you need to have available:
Patience, a large supply
A water supply on hand. This is not for any water fight that may likely ensue.
Old clothes that everyone can get dirty in.
No princess dresses for this project.
Sunglasses, or other protective eye-wear
Outdoor workspace. No you may not make this in the bathtub, as tempting as it may sound.
Possibly, a camera to take pictures of the memories you’re making.
Total Cost of Project around $30
Gift for Mom that she doesn’t have to make herself… Priceless.
Go ahead try to do this without following the directions. They are just here so the kids can tell mom what the blob of cement in the backyard was supposed to be…
1. The first thing you should do is to protect your outdoor work surface (otherwise known as anything that the kids can come into contact with while you are making the project) by covering with the plastic sheeting. (Oh- avoid covering the actual kids in plastic sheeting…)
2. Make sure the kids are ready to go by having them put on their grubby clothes and sunglasses or protective eye wear. (It’s not a gift for Mom if it ends up in the ER.)
3. Tell your kids how much you love them.
4. Set your plant saucers down flat on the work surface.
5. Mix up the concrete. Follow the manufacturer’s directions on the bag. Plan on 5 parts concrete to 1 part water. Only mix the concrete in small batches, using what you think you will need. You are not making Gibraltar.
6. Once your concrete is mixed, carefully spoon it into each mold until they are about 3/4 full. Let the kids use the side edge of a paint stir stick to smooth it down.
7. Let the kids gently tap around the outside of the molds to remove any air bubbles and also to level out the top.
8. Now leave your garden stones alone to set up for 30 to 60 minutes while you all work together and clean up any mess that you have made.
9. Remind your kids that you still love them.
10. Once the cement has been given some time to set up, you can coat the kids hands in the petroleum jelly (makes clean-up easier) and have them make a hand-print in the center of the molded concrete. They can also start decorating, around the outside of their hand-prints, with the mosaic tile pieces or flat glass beads.
11. Allow the garden stones to cure outside for a few days without being disturbed – do not move them. Once they are dry, you can pop them out of the molds.
12. You can seal the top of your garden stones with a clear acrylic sealer if you prefer.
13. Allow your garden stone cure on a dry surface for a full week before putting it into the actual garden. When you place the stones outside they should not be raised above ground more than about 1/2-inch to avoid tripping over them.
14. Please note these are decorative garden stones, not stepping stones, to avoid breaking, please don’t step on them.