Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Easy flower posy - Mother's Day crafts for kids


There are plenty of lovely flower crafts about at this time of year and we've tried quite a few, but I really like this one. Maybe because it's new to us, and new is always good, and maybe because you can get a great result quickly, with very little fuss. Just a toilet paper tube and some coloured tissue and you're on your way to a sweet bouquet!

You'll need:
Toilet paper tube (or part of a kitchen paper tube)
3 Sheets coloured tissue paper (can be same or different colours)
Craft scissors
Glue stick
Green paint (or mix blue and yellow)

1. Paint the tube green and paint most of the inside too.
When the paint's dry, squeeze the sides together near the top to make creases. Cut along the creases, to about halfway down the tube. 



2. Make two more cuts, opposite each other, halfway between the ones you've just made. Try to make them all the same length. You should now have 4 evenly spaced cuts, but don't worry if the spacing isn't perfect, it will still look lovely!


3. To make the stems, cut down the tube, just to the right of one of your original four cuts. You don't want the stems to be too thick (between 0.5 and 1cm/1/4in. to 1/2in.). Repeat, to the right of the next original cut. Try to make the stems roughly the same width. Do the same to the right of the 3rd and 4th cuts, so you end up with four thinner strips (stems) and 4 wider bits inbetween (these are going to be the leaves).



4. Bend these wider pieces out,  and cut them into a long, leafy triangle shapes (cut down from the middle to the bottom corners)



5. For the flowers, place the 3 coloured tissue paper sheets on top of each other and cut a strip (make it about 4cm/11/2in.) You could fold the sheets a few times to make the cutting easier. Hold onto your strip to keep the pieces together.


6. Cut the strip into square shapes, or squarish squares... that's fine!



7. Rub some glue stick on the top of a stem and stick the middle of a tissue paper square to it. We wanted to use yellow in the centre, so started with a darker colour, but choose any order you like. We used two squares of each colour per flower, so 6 squares for each one.

 Rub more glue in the middle of the first piece of tissue paper and stick the second one on top, but turn it so the angle is different from the one below.



8. Keep adding the squares, turning every time and pressing firmly in the middle to make sure they stick. Do the same for the other three flowers.




9. Once the glue has dried, carefully get hold of the middle two pieces with your fingertips and give them a gentle squeeze (for a nice tight centre), and then give the whole flower a squeeze, all the way around, to shape it. Do the same with the others.



10. Bend the leaves into place, bending the tips down. You could tie a bow around the bottom, to finish off your posy - or, pop it into a yogurt pot 'pot'. Stick pieces of wrapping paper on the pot to cover up any writing.




4 comments:

  1. Bog roll blooms? Sorry!
    As always your ideas are wonderful for little 'uns. xx

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    1. They're more fun, your titles :) Thanks Fiona xx

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  2. This is so sweet. Would be perfect for Mother's Day. Think the US one is coming up soon! :) xx

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