Welcome Mom and Dad home with crafts that celebrate the homecoming. By enlisting all family members to help, Mom and Dad will feel celebrated and special. The projects can be simple or involved, depending on time and crafting skills available. Even smaller children can help by making their own projects, which will keep them occupied while older children and adults work on other projects.
Banners are a mainstay when it comes to welcome home crafts. These banner can be made from a variety of materials, depending on what overall look is desired. For instance, paint or use markers to spell out welcome home on butcher paper. Then tape the paper banner into place on a garage door or elsewhere on the front of the house. An old sheet can be used instead of the paper, which can be helpful if the weather is going to be bad. Smaller children can paint or color in the letters on the banner. As an additional element, have everyone sign the banner.
Signs are another way of bringing the banner idea inside as well as being portable if you're welcoming Mom and Dad someplace other than home. Here again, smaller children can color in the words and embellish the signs with glitter, stickers or other objects. Signs can be made to hang on the wall or attached to pieces of wood lath so they can be carried easily.
Leis, a necklace made of flowers, are used in Hawaii as a way of welcoming honored guests. Leis can be made from fresh or silk flowers strung on dental floss with a needle. While the actual assembly of the lei isn't suited for young children, they can help with picking out the flowers. They can also give the leis to the returning parents. Try the local farmer's market to get good prices on large amounts of in-season flowers. If you're in the depths of a snowy winter, use silk flowers from crafts or hobby stores.
Welcome Home Mat
Make a craft that can be used all year and will remind Mom and Dad of the special time. This project can be completed in just a few hours. Use a blank door mat, acrylic paints, stencils or stamps and some spray varnish to create a mat that can be enjoyed for years. Trace or sketch the design for the mat with chalk before applying paint. Paint the design and let dry. Once the paint is dry, spray on varnish. After that's dry, the mat is ready for use.
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