Disclosure: Discount School Supply provided us with the fluorescent tempera paint that we are obsessed with. I only share products we love on the blog. :)
Are you all as ready for spring as we are? This is a super easy craft - ideal for toddlers, but it works for any age, because who doesn't love giant flowers? Right? And I think one of these would be a great gift for Mother's Day to boot!
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Making your own giant spring flower requires:
Paint (we used fluorescent tempera paint)
White paper plates
A large yellow pom pom
Giant Chenille Stem (I've linked to one on Amazon so you can see what they look like - unfortunately they only seem to have a listing for white...we bought our green stem at Michaels)
The first thing you want to do is cut a large five petaled flowers out of two white paper plates. Have your child paint both of the flowers thoroughly. X has some motor delays that make dipping into a paint tray or palette repeatedly difficult, so I had him show me where he wanted each paint and squirted dots of paint in those places to make it more enjoyable for him. If you have a very young toddler who is just learning how to paint, this might be a good adaptation for you to use as well!
Lay your flowers out to dry for several hours, then have an adult warm up a hot glue gun. Using the glue gun, have an adult rotate the top flower slightly so that the petals of each flower show. Glue the top flower to the bottom flower and then glue the pom pom to the center. Take a length of giant chenille stem and double it over, and twist the two pieces around each other to make a stem. If you'd like, you can twist a leaf out of one side. Split the two pieces at the top of the stem so that it looks like a "Y" and glue each upper length to a different place on the back of the flower for stability (two paper plates + pom pom = heavy flower). You can carry your flower around or even place it in a vase. It doesn't mind when you don't water it, so it's our kind of flower. :)
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