Mother's Day is the time of year that many toddler and preschool age children present their mothers with a handmade gift. One project that is sure to win the heart of every mother is a homemade paper flower. Children bring with them their own perspective and personality when making a paper flower, thus creating unique keepsakes for Mother's Day.
1Cover a flat work surface with newspaper. Position the two, 6-inch paper plates on the newspaper so the flat side is down. Place a stack of 10, 2-inch tissue paper squares and a bottle of white glue next to the paper plates.
2Crunch a 2-inch square of tissue into a small ball. Dot the paper plate with white glue and place the small tissue paper ball on the spot. Ask the child to copy what you just did to make sure she understands.
3Cover both paper plates with tissue paper balls. Supervise the child throughout the process. Help when necessary. Allow the glue to dry before proceeding.
4Turn the two paper plates over so the tissue paper is down. Instruct the child to put a drop of glue on one end of the craft stick. Help the child position the glued end of the craft stick on the bottom center of the flower, approximately 1 inch from the curved edge. Allow the glue to dry.
5Cover a flat work surface with newspaper. Place a coffee filter, four paper cups filled with colored water and four cotton swabs on the newspaper.
6Flatten the coffee filter.
7Dip the end of a cotton swab in the colored water then touch the coffee filter with the tip. The colored water will create a star burst shape on the coffee filter. Ask the child to repeat the process until the desired amount of coloring is achieved. Allow the coffee filter to dry before continuing.
8Squeeze a drop of glue on one end of the craft stick. Help the child position the glued end of the craft stick on the back of the coffee filter to create a stem. Allow the glue to dry.
9Dip one half of a cotton ball in a cup of colored water. Place the cotton ball on the newspaper so the colored portion is up. The colored water will continue to soak into the cotton ball and color a portion of the bottom. Allow the cotton ball to dry before continuing.
10Turn the cotton ball over and squeeze a drop of glue on the cotton ball, then turn the cotton ball over and glue it to the center of the coffee filter flower.
- Help the child glue a leaf on the craft stick. Cut the leaf from a piece of construction paper prior to giving it to the child.Only use one tissue paper-covered paper plate and a craft stick. Follow the same process to make the flower. Glue a magnetic strip to the back of the craft stick. You can use this same process to turn the coffee filter flower into a magnet.Glue paper circles to the center of the coffee filter flower for further decoration.
Things You'll Need
- 6-inch paper plates, 22-inch tissue paper squares, 40
- White glue
- Craft stick
- Coffee filter
- Food coloring
- Paper cups
- Cotton swabs
- Cotton balls