I love flower crafts this time of year, when spring finally begins and Easter is around the corner. Flowers are bright and colorful, adding cheer to any space. Your kids can make their own flower arrangements with just a few craft supplies.
The first thing your child will need is an empty can or container. This could be a soup or nut can, a cottage cheese or sour cream container, etc. Choose a size that will not overwhelm your child to decorate and fill.
Once your child has a suitable flower can , it’s time to decorate it. I recommend protecting the craft space with newspaper or a plastic table cloth and protecting your child’s clothes with a paint shirt. For this step your child will need:
- Mod Podge
- Sponge or paint brush
- Small paper plate (optional, for the Mod Podge)
- Scrapbook/craft paper or construction paper
First, have your child select their paper(s) and tear or cut several pieces that are not too big, but not super tiny.
Next, pour some Mod Podge onto a paper plate or extra newspaper. Have your child grab a paint brush and start brushing Mod Podge onto a portion of his or her can. The thing to remember about Mod Podge is that it’s both a glue and a sealer so it needs to go under and over each piece of paper. It will dry clear.
Continue this process with the paper pieces until the entire outside of the can is covered. There is no need to decorate the bottom or inside, and it’s fine to overlap papers.
If you don’t have Mod Podge, painting the can is another option. Once the can is papered or painted, set it aside to dry. Now it’s time for your child to make some lovely flowers. See what you have on hand in your craft supplies. Here are some options for stems:
- Chenille stems/pipe cleaners
- Paper straws
- Unsharpened pencils (paint green or cover in paper or washi tape)
Here are some choices for flowers:
- Felt. I had felt flower stickers from Hobby Lobby.
- Craft foam. An easy flower shape to make from craft foam is the tulip shape. Check it out in my tulip craft.
- Paper. Check out these printable flower templates from firstpalette.
- Coffee filters. Here is a tie-dye flower craft from Cindy at The Play Based Mom.
- Cup cake liners. Here is a cupcake liner flower tutorial from Lisa at Lisa’s Everyday Life.
- Toilet paper rolls. Katie, at DIY & Crafts, has this paper roll flower craft.
- Silk lei flowers. Mine were left over from this craft. See tutorial below.
Here are some choices for flower centers:
- Pony beads (work great with chenille stems/pipe cleaners)
- Pom poms
Need filler? Here are some great options:
- Floral foam
- Shredded paper
- Easter grass
Encourage your child to make several flowers and then arrange them in his or her can, adding filler if necessary. Now find a special place in your home for your child’s creation.
Happy April to all my readers. It is snowing here in northern Utah today, tempting me to turn my gas fireplace on for a coziness effect. I hope everyone is staying healthy and not going too stir-crazy at home. Take care!