For mothers day we decided to make my mom "Nana" to our kids a crafty gift.
- Popsicle sticks (roughly about 50ea depending on the size, I just got out my big box)
- Liquid Water Color. (you can also use food coloring and water or just watered down paint)
- A photo
- Card board
- Decorations Optional (buttons, gems, glitter glue, card stock letters)
- Hot Glue
- Styrofoam Block
- Cups for your liquid water color
- Glue (we used hot glue because we needed to have these dry quick)
Ok lets get started:
First prep your materials, give your kids the Popsicle sticks to dip them in the cups be sure to have them dip both ends. They can also paint these with a paint brush or even Q-Tips.
While they are doing that cut a circle into the card board and your photo as well. Glue them together.
Let your Popsicle sticks dry... I'm loving how some look tie dye.
Once they are dry cut them in half. (Be sure to leave a few sticks whole, you will need it for the stem of your flower and two for the front and back of your flower box. Line a few up across the front of your Styrofoam I cut my block so that it would be the length of a full Popsicle stick. I glued the full stick down across all the smaller ones, then glued that to the Styrofoam. Do that on all the sides. I also then added my Card stock letters to the front.
(See photo below)
Your next step is to glue your stem on to the back of your card board circle.
I did two sets of petals. First I glued down the half sticks.
Then I cut about a 1/4" off of the remaining sticks and glued those in between to fill in the gaps.
Then we decorated them with buttons.
This turned out so cute... who wouldn't love this as a gift. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
this is a great idea!i love it!kids had fun too,doing this adorable gift ideaReplyDelete
Adorable! Might have to do these! Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Super-duper cute! We are going to make these in a preschool day camp this summer. Our theme for that week is "In the Garden." :) What did you use to cut the sticks - regular scissors? Do you have any additional pointers for us? We will be making 32 of these beauties. We'll try to send you a pic once they are finished. Thanks for the great idea!!!ReplyDelete
Hi...I'm so happy this project will be used at your summer camp. Yes. I used regular scissors to cut the Popsicle sticks.Delete
One tip that I would suggest since you are doing this project with so many kids is pre-glue the Popsicle sticks to your foam block. Then have the kids paint them with the watercolor (using q-tips or brushes. That way you wont have to glue them all as they are waiting. It will cut down on impatient kiddos.
Great! Thanks, Amy!!Delete
so cute! love the buttons, really adds personality to the flowers!ReplyDelete
Thank you KrystieDelete
This is such a cute idea! Preparing the containers ahead of time is an excellent tip! One question, did you use jumbo and regular sticks?ReplyDelete
I only used regular sized craft sticks. But you can certainly use various sizes for this project. Just measure and cut ahead of time to fit the length of your foam pieces. :)
I'm a volunteer teacher a ABC Schools Niger, in west Africa. I will trying this project with my students as an end of the year craft. This is one of the projects we can do together without having to buy extra supplies. Thanks!ReplyDelete
I'M THE LUCKY GRAMMA WHO RECEIVED MY BEAUTIFUL SWEET GIRLS PICTURES IN THE FLOWER POT. WE SKYPED THAT DAY, AND I HAD THE "GIFT" WITH ME. THE 18 MONTH OLD WAS FLOORED!! SHE KEPT SCREAMING WITH DELIGHT, NOT QUITE UNDERSTANDING HOW SHE HAD THEM 2 DAYS AGO, AND NOW GRAMMA HAS THEM. THE 3 Y. O. WAS VERY HAPPY IN A SOPHISTICATED WAY. WHAT FUN. THANK YOU, CATHERINEReplyDelete