Family Studio: Cut. Color. Create. by Florence Brem

First, I would like to thank everyone who came out to Family Studio. We had a lot of fun on Saturday, and made a lot of beautiful spring flowers! For those of you that couldn’t make it, or maybe didn’t know about it, don’t worry, you haven’t completely missed out, because I’m going to share with you, step by step, what we did. This craft is easily adaptable for all age levels, which makes it great for the whole family. The first thing to do before starting any craft is to gather all your supplies, and you just might have most of the supplies for this one at home already. If not, they’re all easy to find. 

You’ll need: 

1 paper plate (I used the really thin ones, they’re easier to cut, and they don’t have a waxy surface)
A pencil
Green paper
Yarn (yarn enthusiasts, this is a great chance to use those left over bits)
1 Straw (a stick or cardboard would work great too) 
Markers or colored pencils 
Glue (optional, to adapt this for younger crafters) 

Now that you have all of your materials, let’s get started! 

1.       Your plate should be facing you as if you were going to eat off of it. Take your paper plate, and color it whatever color you want your flower to be. If you want to get creative, you could make it really colorful by using multiple shades of the same color (e.i. white,light pink, dark pink, and red), or it could have a two different colors (pink,yellow). For this you can use either colored pencils, or markers. If you don’t mind waiting a while for it to dry, you could even break out the paints. How you color it is entirely up to you!  

2.       Now flip your plate over to the back, and draw a circle in the middle. Your circle should be about the size of the bottom of a cup, maybe a bit smaller. It doesn’t have to be perfect. No one is ever going to see this circle. It’s only a guide to help us make our petals. 

 3.       I saw this next step done several ways on Saturday. When you cut your petals, you want to end up with an odd number of petals. It’s not ruined if you end up with an even number, but it works a lot better if you end up with an odd number. I saw some people eyeball it, some people marked it out, and some people just went for it and let luck decide for them. Whatever you choose, it is up to you. Whenever you’re ready, cut from the edge of you paper plate up to the edge of your circle. Repeat all the way around your plate until you have completed your petals.     

 4.       OPTIONAL: Now you can take your petals one by one and round the edges, if you like. I also saw some people make theirs into triangular points. It all depends on the type of flower you want.


5.       Here, we have an option for the older kids, and adults: weaving is a fun addition to get some color in the middle (and where it really helps to have an odd number of petals). For younger kids, some glue and yarn will be just as fun, and get the same effect. For those of you choosing weaving: tape the end of your yarn onto the back of your plate, where the circle is. Bring it to the front, and go over one petal, under the next, so forth and so on. Keep going around either until you reach the end of your yarn, or it gets as wide as you want it. Feel free to use more than one color. When you want to switch colors, just tape the ends down onto the back of your flower and continue where you left off. 


6.       Next, you’re going to cut a long skinny strip of green paper. This is your stem. While you have your scissors and green paper out, go ahead and cut some leaves too. I didn’t use a pattern. The leaves can be as big or small as you wish. You can even have as many as you wish. Once you have them cut out, tape or glue the leaves to the stem. Tape the stem to the back of your flower. You’ll want to tape the top of the stem near the middle of your circle, and put some more tape where it touches the bottom of the flower. 



7.       We’re almost done! Your flower doesn’t quite stand up when you hold it from the stem, does it? That’s where our straw comes in. Tape the straw to the back of the stem, so that when you hold the stem, your flower stands up.   


Viola! You’re done! I hope you enjoy this craft. If you’re interested in Family Studio, we meet the first Saturday of every month from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. It’s free for the whole family! 

Posted by Chantal Drake at 3:44 PM
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