How to Make Paper Flowers

Here are a few super easy paper-flower crafting projects, just right for young kids and customizable for older kids and even adults.

Paper Flower Bouquet with Hand-Traced Flowers

Moms and Grandmas will especially love this finished product, especially when paired with a bouquet of real flowers for a fun Mother's Day Craft Idea.
You’ll need:
* Construction paper or scrapbooking paper/cardstock
* Green pipe cleaners
* Glue
* Scissors
* Pencil

What to Do:
1. Help each child make 4 to 5 tracings of his/her hand on the paper and cut out the shapes.

2. Bend the top of pipe cleaner into a small hook shape. (This will become the flower center – and it will keep the flower from slipping off the end.)

3. Take each cutout and wrap it around the end of a pipe cleaner. Make sure the fingers are pointing upward and the small hook shape is inside.

4. Glue the hands into their wrapped shape.

5. Bend the fingers outward a bit to resemble petals.

6. Place the flowers into a vase or mason jar, or tie the stems with ribbon or raffia.
Tissue Paper Roses and Tissue Paper Carnations
Here is another type of paper bouquet, so mom’s gift will never fade or wilt.
You’ll need:
* Tissue paper of various colors
* Green pipe cleaners
* Scissors
For Carnations:
1. Cut 8-10 circles in various sizes from whatever color tissue paper you like. A variety of colors looks really nice.

2. Stack the circles.

3. Poke one of the pipe cleaners through the center of the stack (or do one circle at a time).

4. Bend the end of the pipe cleaner to hold the circles firmly in place.

5. Push and shape the circles, separating them a bit, so that they look like a layered carnation shape.
For Roses:
1. Cut 8-10 circles from red or pink tissue paper, but make the edges scalloped.

2. Proceed as for carnations.

Older kids can add finishing touches, such as construction paper leaves. Or they can add flower centers with beads or more construction paper.

Other ideas: Make a vase by decoupaging a can from the recycling bin. And let your kids chime in with their own ideas.

Kids are so creative and crafty when we turn them loose with arts and craft supplies.  

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