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!
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.
What You Will Need:
Colored paper, pipe cleaners, pen, scissors, glue stick, box cutter/exacto knife, white chalk marker, cardboard box
- First, trace your child’s handprint
- Next, cut out the handprint
- Thirdly, cut green pipe cleaners in half
- Then, cut different colored pipe cleaners in half
- Next, wrap the different colored pipe cleaner around the top of the green pipe cleaner
- Then, wrap the handprint around the pipe cleaner and glue it together
- Finally, to complete the flower, use scissors to curl the ends of the flower
- 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)
- Then, use a box cutter or exacto knife to cut holes into the top of the box
- Have your child poke the handprint flowers into the top of the box to create the flower arrangement
Happy Mother’s Day everyone!
Flower craft inspired by: onelittleproject
Flower arranging activity inspired by: mumwithtwo