I have a confession to make: I don’t do Pinterest. I know, I know! I’m a terrible mother and an even poorer excuse for a 21st century woman, but I just can’t.
Two or three years ago I got invited by a girlfriend and signed up for an account. All I remember is feeling extremely confused, lost and totally inept.
I mean, what’s the point? Do I need an account so I can spend hours looking at crafts I’ll never do with supplies I’ll never buy? Or “pin” about the fantasy wedding that I can plan for my daughter in 25 years that she won’t want my input on anyway?
Or better yet, figure out 425,987 different ways to decorate my house so it’s chic and kid-friendly? Maybe I’m just an apathetic sloth, but no thanks.
My house will never look like a magazine, and no matter how many cutsie organizing methods I might find on Pinterest, ultimately I am the one still picking up toys/clothes/random food items from Lord know when.
Thanks, but I’ll take a basket to dump things in and call it good. Sometimes I manage to run across someone’s pinned site (is that what they’re called?) in my Google search, and that’s enough for me.
This kind of detachment from crafts and all things D.I.Y. has worked fairly well for me for quite some time; however, with Big Girl being in day care, “crafting” is now in her sphere of knowledge. She is no longer content to watch Disney Jr. or play fetch, I mean catch, with Mom and Dad.
No, Ans is a 21st century gal and she now demands her crafts. Saying that, she is still only two years old, so her standard for a successful craft is somewhat lower than the general population.
That’s why I am okay with still not being on Pinterest. Because even I can come up with an activity that’s sufficiently “crafty” for a 2-year-old and since I know my children’s’ mastery (lack thereof) of their motor skills, I can set the bar fairly low on aesthetics and they’ll still be thrilled at having done a craft. Or, in Line’s case, she’s glad to have the opportunity to sink her teeth into some crayons.
So the other afternoon, when we were having an unseasonably nice day, I decided to craft with my girls. We went outside, gathered leaves (which even the 1-year-old was happy to help with) and came in and made fall “wreaths.”
So, here is my craft for real kids and their moms who don’t want to spend hours cleaning up a glittery/finger-painted mess.
This craft is like a Pinterest fail, without ever having gone on Pinterest and the best part is that it’s supposed to look this way (promise). You can’t screw this up.
What you’ll need:
Handful of leaves from the yard
Some construction paper or cardstock in fall colors (Or you could always just color some printer paper)
Crayons or markers in fall colors
1: Take your kids outside and have them collect some leaves from the yard. This serves a dual purpose: You’ll have leaves for your craft and you’ll feel like a stellar mom for getting your kids outside and running around for a bit. When you have a handful of leaves (or when your kids are finished being outside), take the leaves in the house.
2: Cut a circle out of the middle of a paper plate and discard the middle piece. I just folded the plate in half and cut out a half circle (a la heart cards we did as kids).
3: Have your kid color the plate ring with your fall colored markers/crayons/colored pencils. While they’re doing this, cut out some leaf shapes form the construction paper/cardstock. Depending on the age of your kid, they can do this part too. Since mine are ages one and two and I probably won’t trust them with scissors around each other until they’re 37 anyway, I did the cutting.
4: When your kid is done coloring (or you’ve had time to cut out a sufficient amount of leaf shapes) have them pick out leaves (both real and paper) and let them show you where to glue them. Again, if your kid is old enough and you trust them with glue, they can do this part too. I just had the girls point to places on the plate where they wanted me to put their leaves.
5: Let the plate-ring/wreaths dry for a bit so the leaves won’t fall off when you hang them.
6: Proudly display your little crafters masterpiece in a place of prominence in your house.
7: Bask in the knowledge that you completed a craft and it looks EXACTLY how it’s supposed to.
You can\'t screw this up.