It’s my week to teach Sunday School and I’m working on a cute Mother’s Day project for the kids to make. They will be making a fingerprint tree and I am preparing by making custom colored ink pads. I sometimes like to make my own ink pads because I can’t find a large variety of ink pad colors in stores.
To make the ink pads, I used tempera paint, school glue, foam (you can use a sponge), q-tips, and small plastic containers.
I happened to stumble upon these little round plastic containers at the Crate and Barrel Outlet here in Dallas and they seem to be the perfect size for little fingers. You can use any kind of little containers. I began by cutting my foam into small pieces and placing a piece in the bottom of each container. Then, I moistened the foam slightly.
In a separate container, I added approximately 4 parts tempera paint to 1 part glue. I used a Q-tip to mix the paint/glue together before scraping it out and placing on top of a prepared sponge. I worked the paint into the sponge with the Q-tip until the mixture was absorbed. That’s all it takes to get them ready for fingerprinting. If the pads get a little dry, I simply add a drop or two of water to the sponge.
I used a different combination of colors (yellow, green, and some brown) to make a wide variety of greenish ink pads.
If you are interested in the fingerprint tree template, it is available at my TPT store. The template can be customized for Mother’s Day gifts, teacher appreciation gifts, end of the year gifts, or seasonal projects.