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Mother's Day Finger Tree

Mother's Day Finger Tree

I think my mum does quite well from all the crafting I do with the boys and with Mothers Day around the corner we're at it again.  This idea came from my friend’s wedding; one if her neighbours set up a thumb-print tree for all the guests to make their mark on and sign their name, later having it framed as a belated present for the bride and groom.  I think the same could be done for any family party if you have one coming up but I made one just with my boys.  We started with thumb-prints but there are only two of them so ended up very messy having used all our fingers rather than just our thumbs.

Find a piece of thin card and cut it to the correct size for your picture frame.  Rough draw your tree shape onto the paper and paint over until you are happy there are enough branches for your family.  If (like me) painting is not really your thing, you can select a tree picture online, enlarge and use it as a guide to trace for your tree, or print direct onto some fine card.  Spread round some newspaper to protect your table (aprons too if needed) and find a shallow saucer to put your finger-paint in.  Then dab finger in paint saucer and start adding leaves to your tree.  If you have lots of family doing it, get everyone to sign their print and write a message as you go along, leave it to fully dry then frame.

Joanna is founder of Homespun Joes, a hand crafting shop which she has successfully expanded into sewing and crafting classes. Joanna comes from a family of makers and has been creating and sewing since the tender age of 11 when she decided to re-stitched her faux leather knickerbockers into a pencil skirt. She shares her love for making things with her two young boys and wants to spread the her love for crafts.

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