The flowers are simple enough for children to make, and with a little help from Daddy, even pre-schoolers will manage to create a beautiful bunch in no time!
- Crepe paper streamers in various colors (I used pink, yellow, red and green) Note: You could use tissue paper for this project but it would be a lot more delicate to handle and most likely too difficult for little hands
- Sticks for the stem. I use lollipop sticks but you could also use coffee stirrers or even floral wire.
- Craft glue
Cut a piece of green streamer the length of the lollipop stick. Then fold in half lengthwise and cut again so you have two thin strips of paper. You'll use this to cover your lollipop stick.
Brush some craft glue on the paper. Put the stick on one side of the paper and roll it so it is completely covered. Let dry for a few minutes
Cut a piece of streamer about 20 inches in length. Fold like an accordion so you can cut several layers at the same time.
Follow the design below for cutting (you want to create thin pointy petals). Dab some glue on one end of the stem stick and start rolling the streamer around, puffing the flower as you go and securing with more glue every few turns.
Squeeze the base of the flower onto the stick to secure and make sure it is well glued to the stem. Let dry.
The method to assemble this flower is the same as with the puffy flowers. Just follow the cutting design shown below to make larger petals.
For this small bud you'll want to start by making a couple of turns without touching the petals, so as to create a closed flower center, and then as the flower grows, start pulling the petals out as you roll.
This flower calls for a yellow center. To create the centre, roll a small piece of paper into a ball and then wrap it in another piece of yellow paper, twisting the base to secure. Cut any excess paper.
To attach to the stick, the easiest is to un-twist the base and re-twist around the stick with a little glue to secure.
Again, use the same assembly method as with the puffy flower above, pulling all the petals out as you roll the paper.
Wrap a ribbon around your flowers to make a bouquet (you can even use crepe paper), and watch the big smile emerge on Mom's face when you give them to her! Happy Mother's Day!