LE FESTE – CELEBRATIONS
My little cousins are all grown up and heading to college in the fall. After the initial shock wore off – holy sh–, I was in college when they were born – I decided I wanted to share a special gift. I gave them some dorm essentials, such as a universal charger and a deck of cards, but I also wanted to offer up a bit of nostalgia and something special from home. Those first few weeks at school can really bring on the homesickness as I vaguely recall. It was, after all, so long ago now. Yup, I’m officially old.
Anyway, I found affordable, plain wooden boards with some intricate detail at Michael’s. Then, I gathered the paints that my son has (mostly Crayola washables and some finger paints). I took all the shades of pink and all the shades of blue we had, grabbed the paintbrushes, and called my 4-year-old son, 4-year-old nephew, and 6-year-old niece outside to my porch. They smeared all the different shades, including some with glitter, all over the two frames. We stuck to blue for the male cousin and pink for the female cousin. They had a blast and covered every single speck of the front of the frames as you can see from the photos above. I helped just a little bit. Mostly, I spent my time hosing down kids, who were covered in paint. Literally, I used the garden hose, and I still had to peel pink paint off my doorknob and wash it off the brick of the house. No big deal! Totally worth it! The end result looked professional, and my cousins thought we had bought the painted frames.
After the paint dried overnight, I used ModPodge to adhere a meaningful picture I had edited to include a sweet message and I had printed out by Shutterfly. I covered the top of the picture and the entire front of each frame in ModPodge to make sure it stayed stuck and to give the project a glossy finish. Then, I let that dry overnight, too.
I love this project and not just because it cost well under $20 to complete. It is handmade by the wee little ones and allows my cousins to carry a piece of their heart to college with them. When you’re looking for a gift with oomph and spirit, this is the kind of thing for which you are looking.