How to Make a Special Mother’s Day Paper Flower Bouquet

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March 06, 2019

What mother doesn't love to receive flowers in some form from her child? Home-made flowers made from construction paper are even more endearing. Here are some ideas for making flowers for Mum that won't fade or wilt.

 

Hand-traced Flowers

This is a good one for toddlers and younger children.

 

Materials:

  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

 

Directions:

  1. Make at least four tracings of your child's hand on various colours of paper.
  2. Bend the end of each pipe cleaner into a small hook shape. (The bent part of the pipe cleaner keeps the flower from slipping off the end and looks like a flower centre.)
  3. Cut out the hand shapes.
  4. Take each cut-out hand and wrap it around the end of a pipe cleaner. Make sure the "fingers" are pointing upward and the small hook you bent in the pipe cleaner is inside.
  5. Using glue, secure the hands in their wrapped shape.
  6. Bend the "fingers" outward a bit to look like petals.
  7. Place the flowers into a vase or tie the stems with ribbon.

 

Tissue Paper Carnations or Roses

Here is another type of paper bouquet you can make for Mom (or any other special person in your life!).

 

Materials:

  • Tissue paper of various colours
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Scissors

 

For Carnations:

  1. Cut 8-10 circles from whatever colour tissue paper you like - you don't have to use all one colour.
  2. Stack the circles.
  3. Poke one of the pipe cleaners through the centre of the stack (or do one circle at a time).
  4. Bend the end of the pipe cleaner to hold the circles firmly.
  5. Push and shape the circles, separating them a bit, so that they look like a layered carnation shape.

 

For Roses:

  1. Cut 8-10 circles from red or pink tissue paper, but make the edges scalloped.
  2. Proceed as for carnations.

 

Add any finishing touches you like, such as leaves made from construction paper or pipe cleaners, or flower centres made from beads or construction paper.