Do you love potpourri? How about homemade holiday potpourri gift crafts for Mothers Day? You can repurpose and reuse food scraps in recycled crafts of potpourri. Potpourri makes great holiday gift crafts for kids. Keep a small saucepan of your favorite potpourri recipes simmering for holiday scents all year long! These recycled crafts double as gift crafts for kids to make for Mothers Day or Fathers Day or birthdays. Plus children get a fresh healthy vitamin C treat from these recycled crafts.
Materials needed for gift crafts for kids to make for Mothers Day
Recycled trash scraps of festive holiday fabric (scraps need to be at least eight inches square or in diameter
recycled trash gift wrap, ribbons or fabric ribbon scraps
oranges (one per student)
limes (one per student)
lemons (one per student)
cinnamon bark (one stick per student)
whole cloves (several per student)
apples (one per student)
zester, carrot peeler or grater (one per student)
juicer or hand held orange juicer
recycled trash pine boughs leftover from Christmas trees
one recycled trash plastic cup tub or container per student (sanitized)
plain paper or index cards from recycled trash
Procedure: Cut orange, lemon and lime in half and squeeze juice from each into cup. Squeeze by hand if no juicer is available. Remove seeds. Peel and core apple. Cut into pieces and enjoy with citrus juice cup. Teach children the song “Oranges and lemons say the bells of St. Clemens.”
With grater, zester or peeler, grate rinds of the lemons, limes and oranges. Allow apple peelings and citrus gratings to dry overnight. Cut the edges of holiday fabric with pinking shears to form a circle of fabric about 8 inches to 12 inches in diameter. Don’t have pinking shears? No problem–just cut out a circle of fabric. Place orange, lemon and lime peelings in the center of the fabric. Crush cinnamon bark and add several whole cloves. Add evergreen needles. Gather edges of fabric together and secure with ribbon. You can omit items to create different potpourri fragrance combinations.
Write a little Mothers Day message with instructions on recycled paper as cards for gift crafts for kids. Sample verse:
When you need a little lift
Use this handy Mothers Day gift
Soak me in some water hot
Or simmer me in a little pot.
Sniff my cheery, festive smell
Very soon you will be well.
Decorate gift crafts cards with holiday stickers. Punch a hole in one corner and tie card to homemade potpourri with ribbon. These recycled trash crafts make perfect gifts crafts for kids to make and take. They work for preschool, special needs and senior citizens. Tuck homemade potpourri gift crafts in gift baskets. They can be used as drawer and cupboard sachets with adding any water. For more Mothers Day or holiday gift crafts, visit Green Crafts.