Joshua has never been one to seek out crafts. At school, he is the last one to take a turn painting or doing other crafts. But last week I asked the kids what they wanted to do in the afternoon; Joshua prompt shouted, "Crafts." I remembered a post I had seen for spring flowers over at The Artful Parent and decided to try it (I had to recreate it from memory because I couldn't find the post quickly enough).
First we colored some cut up egg cartons (see the original post for better pictures and explanation). I was not ready to pull out the paints, so we used dot paints. These will be the base of the flower.
Next we poked a hole and stuck a pipe cleaner through it. I happened to pick up some pipe cleaners on a whim at Poundland (like the Dollar Store) last time I was there. The pipe cleaners will serve as the stem.
Using two squares of tissue paper for each flower, we put one end of the pipe cleaner through a hole in the tissue paper, then looped the pipe cleaner back through the egg carton.
A little bit of fluffing and crushing and re-fluffing and smashing and re-fluffing ... viola, we have spring flowers!
They add such color to our table, and the kids loved making them.
Abigail has enjoyed pulling them out of the vase and carrying them around with her, too.
Cheap, fun and easy! Who can beat that?!