Deliver “Hand”made Flowers on a Cold Winter Day!
January 22, 2013 by Heather
Are you excited for the month of love??
It’s coming up quick, and it’s a great time to talk to your kids about showing love to others!
I want to share a fun activity that you can do with your kids- it involves making a craft and then giving it away to someone to cheer them up. The whole process will be fun for you and your kids!
How great would it be to open your door in the freezing cold, snowy Winter to find beautiful, colorful flowers coming through the snow?!!
Here’s what you’re going to need:
- Colored Paper
- Clear Tape
- Straw or Wooden Dowel
(something that will work as a stem)
- Hole Punch & String or Ribbon if you’re going to attach a note
Start out by tracing your child’s hand onto the colored paper, with the pencil. If your child is old enough to trace their own hand, let them go for it! The more they get to do themselves, the more fun for them!
Then cut out the hand (in the case of my 4 year old, this step was best done by me… or so I thought! She did the second one by herself, and with a little coaching from me, was able to get those fingers cut out.
Lesson learned by Mom: Don’t underestimate your kids!.. (but supervise!!)
Next, curl the paper hand like so:
Then, insert your “stem” in the bottom of the flower and use a piece of clear tape to attach it.
Now, it’s time to curl your
fingers petals! Just use your scissors to curl them outward like you would curl a ribbon.
And voila! A beautiful paper lily!
My daughter sniffed it & decided it smelled pretty.
That’s when I suggested we actually add a real scent- her eyes got wide and she was thrilled with the idea of picking out her favorite scent from my perfume, to give the flowers a sweet smell!
We spritzed the flowers, and they were complete! You can end up with quite a colorful bouquet if you have a good variation of colored paper to use! (And if you have green paper, go ahead and cut out some green leaves to tape onto the stems!)
But it’s always more fun to share your creations, right?
So, we made some tags that said:
(We used a printable from JuneLily.com that I altered a bit, to get the message I wanted to use)
I am so happy with how they turned out!
Once you have them made, and you’ve attached your little notes, you can deliver them a couple of different ways. If you have snow, it is so fun to stick them right into the snow so that they look like they’ve bloomed right in the middle of winter! If not, just deliver them to someone’s doorstep, or in person
I hope you’ll give this one a try, it’s so fun!
You can visit me at www.RaisingMemories.com for more fun crafts and activities to do with kids