Saturday, February 9, 2008

Flowers for your Valentine

Valentine day is round the corner and if you would like to gift your loved ones with flowers that never wilt then read on. Here are some simple and creative flower crafts for you to enjoy making and for the reciever to enjoy the wonderful result.

Muffin Flower Craft

Muffin Flower

Materials:
1 plain papaer,

glue,

scissors,

a piece of construction paper),

two muffin cups (the paper cups you make muffins or cupcakes in)

Coloring materials such as paint, crayons, markers, etc


Directions:

Colour the two muffin cups various colours (they will be the flower head). You might want to make the centers yellow and the outsides a rainbow of flower colours... be creative!

This step should be first, especially if using paint, so it has a chance to dry while you're doing the other steps.

Set aside to dry.

Draw stems and leaves on a green construction paper and cut them out


Glue the leaves and the stem onto a piece of plain paper.

Glue the two muffin cups onto the top of the stem (one on top of the other) to form the flower.
Flatten out the bottom cup a bit more than the top cup so you can see the petals

you can use more than two cups if you want... the more cups you use, the more petals your flower will have. The center of the flower can be further decorated with yellow sequins, small seeds or a photo.

you can decorate the paper further by drawing a flower pot under the flower and writing your Valentine message on the pot with color markers.


Paper Plate Flower Craft




A paper plate
Colorful construction paper
Scissors
Glue (or a stapler)

Directions:

Trace a child's hand on colorful construction paper, at least 10 times.

Cut out the hand tracings.



Glue or staple a circle of handprint tracings (fingers pointing outwards) around the outside of the plate - the fingers are the flower's petals.(See above picture)

Glue or staple a second circle of handprint tracings (fingers pointing outwards) just inside the first circle.

Glue or staple a third circle of handprint tracings at the center of the plate.

Glue a small paper circle in the center of the flower.

Hawaiian Flower Lei




Materials:

Thick paper, like cardstock or thick construction paper
A printer
Drinking straws (two straws for each lei)
Yarn (about 2 feet of yarn for each lei)
Scissors
Optional - paint, markers, glitter

Directions:

Draw and cut out many flowers from thick paper.




Poke a tiny hole in the center of each flower (this is where you will eventually thread the yarn through them).

Optional: Decorate the flowers with paint or markers. Also, glitter is a nice decorative touch. (Work on top of old newspapers to avoid too much of a mess.)

Cut a drinking straw into 1 1/2 inch long segments (the exact length is not important) - you'll need a segment of straw between each flower.

Cut a piece of yarn about 2 feet long. Tie a thick knot at one end of the yarn. Thread the smallest flower through the other end of the yarn -- push it down to the knot. Then thread a segment of drinking straw -- push it down to the small flower.

Continue threading flowers and straw segments. When the last flower has been threaded onto the yarn, tie the ends of the yarn together to make your necklace.



Tissue Paper Flowers Craft

Tissue Paper Flowers



These flowers are made from folded tissue paper (crepe paper). You can make an entire bouquet of them for a great gift

Materials:

Tissue paper (crepe paper)
Green pipe cleaners (or twist ties)

Directions:

Cut a few pieces (about 4-6) of tissue paper (crepe paper) about 8 x 10 inches (the exact size doesn't matter).



Put the paper in a pile and fold it like an accordion.(See picture above)

Tie the center of the folded paper with a green pipe cleaner (or twist tie).

Gently pull each piece of paper towards the top center of the flower, separating each sheet of paper from the others (forming the petals of the flower).

Paper Flower Craft

Materials:

Different colors of construction paper including green
Plastic drinking straw
Scissors
Glue


Directions:

Trace your child's hand on construction paper and cut the hand shape out. Use a pencil to curl the fingers. Use the palm of the cutout handprint to form a cone making sure the curled fingers point out ward.

Glue your little handprint flower around a drinking straw. Cut leave shapes out of the green construction paper and glue them to the straw as well.

Repeat and make an entire bouquet of spring flowers.

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