Family Time Calendar: Get Crafty - iVillage

Flowers are not yet blooming in many parts of the country, but kids can create a little flowery magic with a bare branch and some basic supplies. This project makes a lovely gift for a loved one but will also add springtime cheer to your own table.

To start, anchor several bare branches in a vase filled with marbles. Then adorn the branches with some of these handmade flowers:

  • To make crepe-paper flowers, cut leaf shapes along the folds of several sheets of folded crepe paper (not streamers!). Have kids arrange four leaves into a star shape and glue together. Cut a small circle out of contrasting-colored paper and glue in the center, then glue the completed flower onto a bare branch. Fill the branches with more flowers.
  • For an even simpler version, have kids glue premade satin ribbon flowers to the branches.
  • To make egg-carton flowers, have kids cut out individual eggcups and trim the sides to form tulip or daffodil "petals." Decorate with markers if you like. Cut a small slit in the bottom of the cup and push a green pipe cleaner through, adding a pony bead to hold it in place. Wrap the pipe cleaner stems around the branches.
  • To make flowers more easily, stack several colorful cupcake liners and push a pipe cleaner (with a pony bead at the end) through the center of the stack. Attach to the branches.
  • To add leaves to the branches, cut leaf shapes from green construction paper and glue onto the branches.
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