Thursday, April 24, 2014

Pipe Cleaner Flowers for Mom - Mother's Day Craft


I don't know about you, but my favourite Mother's Day gifts have been the ones the boys made for me with their own hands. I still have tissue paper butterflies and paper plate dragonflies from years past. Not to mention the cards carefully drawn in preschool with a little verse taped inside by the teachers. Bead bracelets and macaroni art - it's all good!

I want to share with you a really simple little craft that you can enjoy with your kids. Maybe they can make some of these pipe cleaner flowers for Grandma, or perhaps your significant other can supervise them to make a big bouquet for your own Mother's Day gift.

What you'll need:
  • Pipe cleaners in various colours (green for stems and leaves, yellow for the flower's centre, something pretty for the petals)
  • Empty toilet paper rolls
  • Pretty wrapping paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Stapler (optional)
How to do it:

For the flowers, start with the petals. Simply bend the first pipe cleaner into a rounded petal shape and then twist at the bottom. You should be able to bend for a second petal and twist again. Next, add another pipe cleaner (twist it around the first set of petals) and continue. Keep going in this way until you have a flower you like. You can do a single layer or create a double bloom by using more. Don't worry too much about how secure the petals are to each other, because the next step is to take a yellow pipe cleaner and simply twist it around the centre of the bloom, securing all the petals and creating the central (seed) part of the flower. For the final step, take a green pipe cleaner and insert one end into the back of the flower, twisting it around the yellow. Fold the green pipe cleaner in half and twist it on itself to make a more sturdy stem. You can then add leaves if you like by adding another green pipe cleaner on the side.
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For the vase, cut a strip of wrapping paper about an inch longer on each end than the toilet paper roll, and wide enough to wrap around and overlap a little. Place the roll in the centre of the wrapping paper and roll it up to cover. Secure with a piece of tape. Then fold in the extra to cover the ends of the roll.

Place your flowers in the vase and voila! If you find the flowers need more support, you can staple them to the vase to secure them.

Happy Mother's Day!




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