Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Paper Plate May Flowers

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This post is a bit late, but I think all of May is a good time for flower crafts, and these would make a cute Mother’s Day gift!

My niece, S, came over earlier this week and she is a crafty girly-girl, so I knew a flower craft would be perfect.  M is not afraid of a little pink either, so he got in on the action too. :)

The prep for this took some time, so I did it the previous evening.

Here’s what you’ll need:may 2010 022

  • Scrapbook paper cut into 1/4 to 1/2 inch strips
  • Paper plates with the center circle cut out.  Cut along the edge of the plate to create a flower shape, and do the same for the circle you cut out, making it a good inch smaller than it originally was (so there is space between it and the rest of the plate when you place it back in the center)
  • Tape
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Tissue paper cut into circles, about 1/2 inch bigger than the circle you cut out
  • Paintbrushes
  • A variety of items to use in making faces… we had pom-poms, buttons, craft eyes, and scrapbook paper cut into mouth shapes (half an oval)

Begin by taping the end of a strip of paper to the back of your paper plate rim.  Then wrap the strip around the plate, taping it again when you reach the other end. may 011 Do this again until your plate is wrapped as much as you like.  I set pieces of tape out for the kids so they could grab one when they needed it.  This part was definitely easier for the 5 year old than it was for the 3 year old.  But it was great practice for those fine motor skills!  (The idea for this part of our craft came from the May issue of High Five.)

Turn your wrapped flowers over and tape a tissue paper circle over the cut out center, so it looks like this from the front:may 012   Then set it aside for later.

Next, mix your glitter and some of the glue together on a saucer.  Using the paintbrushes, brush the small flower with the glitter mixture until it is covered.  I put wax paper down for this part, so the flowers wouldn’t be glued to the table.  may 014

Then, make your faces!   The glue already on the flowers should hold the buttons, etc, but if it doesn’t, just use a dot of glue where you need it.may 015

Finally, tape your flower face to the tissue paper circle on the large flower.  We used double stick tape for this part.may 017 may 016

Add some yarn to the back for hanging and  ta da:may 023

Cute little flowers to hang in a window or wherever you need a little bit of happiness. :)

Have a beautiful day! :)


  1. I love all of the craft projects that you've been posting! I can't wait to use some of them. Thanks for posting these great ideas!

  2. Those paper plates turned out gorgeous. I am impressed that M stuck with it. I saw this project in Hi5 and thought that my daughter will not stick with this long enough to make a decent wrapper around the rim.

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