Handprint Flower Arranging

Handprint flower arranging activity for kids

My husband came home from work and I showed him this handprint flower arranging craft that I had made with our boys and his response was to laugh and say, “you made your own Mother’s Day gift again?” Although this wasn’t meant as a gift for myself this time, in his defense I have done that before. I love when he makes my Mother’s Day gift with our boys but sometimes I get a very specific keepsake craft idea in my head and I like to make it with our boys as a little extra gift for myself. I also love making things with our boys so I figure I should enjoy one of the bonuses of being a mother for Mother’s Day. 

What I loved the most about this particular activity is that it is a craft, an activity, a cute decoration and even potentially a Mother’s Day gift all in one! 

handprint flower keepsake craft for kids

How We Made This Handprint Flower Arranging Activity:

First, we began by making the flowers. To do this, I started by tracing my boys’ hands onto a piece of paper and cutting them out. I made four handprints for each boy (so eight total).

Next, to create the flower stems, I cut green pipe cleaners in half. This was for the stem portion of the flower. Then I cut other colored pipe cleaners (I used orange and purple) in half and wrapped them around the top of the green pipe cleaner to create the center of the flower. 

Next, I twisted the handprint around the pipe cleaner and glued it together.

Finally, to complete the flower, I slid the ends of the flower along a scissors to curl them.

The next step was to make the “vase.” I did this by flipping a cookie box inside out (you can find full directions on how to flip a box inside out on our Easter Egg Hunt Backpack post). If the box you are using is already brown, then you can skip that step. Next, I drew a flower vase onto the box with a white chalk marker

FInally, I cut holes into the top of the box. I used a knife but an exacto knife or box cutter would probably have been a better option. 

Playing With The Handprint Flowers:

After the handprints were created, I had my boys poke the flowers into the box. I realized I needed to make my holes slightly larger because it was a bit too difficult for my boys to get the pipe cleaners in with the original holes that I had created. I also created more holes than there were flowers so my boys had multiple choices on where they wanted to place the flowers.

handprint flower arranging activity for kids

Flower arranging activity and craft for kids

What You Will Need: 

Colored paper, pipe cleaners, pen, scissors, glue stick, box cutter/exacto knife, white chalk marker, cardboard box

Directions:

  1. First, trace your child’s handprint
  2. Next, cut out the handprint
  3. Thirdly, cut green pipe cleaners in half
  4. Then, cut different colored pipe cleaners in half
  5. Next, wrap the different colored pipe cleaner around the top of the green pipe cleaner
  6. Then, wrap the handprint around the pipe cleaner and glue it together
  7. Finally, to complete the flower, use scissors to curl the ends of the flower
  8. Next, draw a vase on the cardboard box with a white chalk marker (If you have a colored box, you can make it brown by flipping it inside out. Directions of how to do this can be found here)
  9. Then, use a box cutter or exacto knife to cut holes into the top of the box
  10. Have your child poke the handprint flowers into the top of the box to create the flower arrangement 

handprint flower mothers day craft for kids

Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

Flower craft inspired by: onelittleproject

Flower arranging activity inspired by: mumwithtwo

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Suzanne Gelfound
4 months ago

I love this o am going to try it today with my class… wish me luck

Bri
Bri
4 months ago

Aww! So fun! This would be great to make Mimi and Mamaw for Mother’s Day!

Celeste Engell
4 months ago

Wow, what a fun idea! This would make a great gift for my kids to give to Grandma!

Marysa
4 months ago

Such a cute idea! This is a lovely craft for young children. I kept my kids handprint artwork from preschool.

Kimmy
Kimmy
4 months ago

What a cute activity!

Gervin Khan
Gervin Khan
4 months ago

Wow, this is so cute! Perfect activity to do for Mother’s Day. Thank you!

vidya
4 months ago

so very perfect for little kiddos for teacher appreciation week also

Danielle
4 months ago

This is so clever and turned out perfectly. I love how their own handprint is the flower. Too cute.

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