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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Sweet and simple Mother's Day craft for kids


Hello friends!

At last the weekend has come! I'm so glad! How about you? :)

Now this particular weekend is extra special, because as you know, Sunday is Mother's Day. This is a great chance for kids to get creative and make something special for their moms, and grandmas, too!

I needed to come up with a good Mother's Day craft to share with my youngest daughter's class, and when my first idea went south, I had to try plan B. ;)

So I thought it would be fun for the kids to make flowers out of cupcake liners...I have seen so many beautiful variations!
I wanted to use pipe cleaners, so after playing around with it a little, this is what I ended up with:





{We used paper cups for our flower pots, because it made an affordable container for such a large class! But the flowers would also be cute in little clay pots or even in spray painted soup cans!}

To make these, you will need:

Cupcake liners~ four large and one or two small ones for each flower; one other liner if wanting to make a pot wrapper.
pipe cleaners
beads
styrofoam cups
spanish moss
small rocks
hole punch
sharp pencil


To begin, first choose 5-6 cupcake liners {four large and 1-2 small} and folded them in half, then in quarters. 





 Then we hole punched the cupcake liner at the far corner, so that it looked like this:


 


Tip: the smaller the hole punch, the better. It can be even less than a half, and the pipe cleaner will still fit through. This way the holes won't show when your flower is finished. :)





Next, open the cupcake liners back up...





...and weave your pipe cleaner through one of the holes in the liner, making sure the pretty side is facing up. Continue this until you have all of the cupcake liners on the pipe cleaner, and then add your bead! 





Twist the pipe cleaner at the back, and you have a flower!


 






Now you just poke two holes at the bottom of the cup, and push your flower in one hole and up the other.












Add your rock {this holds the flower upright} and your moss. It helps the flower pot to be more stable if you wrap the moss around the flower and push it down a bit. 







Now if you don't want to add the flower pot wrapper, just add some extra moss to the top and you're finished! If you do want one, fold another cupcake liner in quarters, and cut part of the center out. 


 


 Carefully pull it over the flower {or you can always do this part before adding your pipe cleaner to the cup} and add your extra moss.





Then all you have to do is arrange the moss on top of the liner so you can't see the hole.








 Kids can use beads or not, and they will look cute with or without the little pot wrappers. It just depends on what they like!

{If they are using a styrofoam cup, they might even want to write a little message on it!}






 And the best part is, this is a simple craft that kids can make themselves, with a little guidance.






I am linking this to the Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello.


I hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day! I will be back next with a different take on this craft that moms might like making! ;)

Have a beautiful day!



Jenni


3 comments:

Deborah said...

Jenni how cute!!!
It looks so beautiful and fun to make!
Happy Mothers day my friend!!!!
Relax and enjoy your day :)

Deborah xxoo

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Just darling!
Happy Mother's Day, Jenni!
Enjoy are beautiful weather. (The chicks will be warm!)
The best blessings to you and your family.
~Lynne
w/L.

Maria @ All Things Luxurious said...

How adorable! They remind me of a flower from Alice in Wonderland! :-) Thanks for the tutorial -- can't wait to see the spin!