Sacramento Parent Magazine
By Heidi Kundin
April showers bring May flowers, and these bright blooms are sure to add some springtime cheer to your day. Easy enough for young kids to make, and so much fun you will want to craft a giant bouquet for your table or glue onto headbands and barrettes!
What you'll need
- Felt, cut into various sized and shaped flowers and circles
- Wooden skewers, painted green (drinking straws or floral wire may also be used)
- Green ribbon
- Barrettes or headbands
- Select the color and sizes of felt pieces that you want to use (3 to 5 work best) and start layering. Add a dot of glue to the center of each layer to hold your flower together, but do not glue all the way to the outer edges. This will create a flower with more depth and shape.
- Finish the center of each flower by gluing on a colorful button, or layer two different sized buttons to create even more dimension.
- Glue a painted skewer to the back of the flower to serve as the stem. Hot glue works best for this step as it holds strongly and dries quickly. Make sure to have your child ask for adult assistance with this step!
- Tie a short length of green ribbon to the skewer to create leaves.
- Bundle your flowers together and place them into your favorite vase. Hint: if the mouth of your vase is too wide to hold the flowers upright, try placing a small piece of floral foam or play dough in the bottom of the vase to hold the stems in place.
These flowers also make beautiful hairclips, headbands and brooches - just glue the flower on to a barrette or headband—and dance around the Maypole!
Heidi Kundin is the mom of 4 small boys and author of www.momscraftyspace.blogspot.com