A few weeks ago our daughter brought home a yellow flower made from an egg carton from school- affixed to a chenille stick stem with construction paper leaves. Our son wanted to make something similar to her beautiful creation and thus we set out to “Make it our Own” with branches (a favourite material as of late), beads, stamen and lots and lots of paint! Materials Paper egg carton Scissors Acrylic paint (We recommend you use the type in the bottle for beginners. You could also use a gloss finish.) Paint brushes Ice cube tray or item that is similar Smock Craft trays Artificial stamen Beads Glue gun/glue Branch Wet cloth for clean-up Ribbon Gift Tag HappyMothersDay (with a spot for the child’s name and multiple copies for classroom use) Directions Cut the egg carton into individual cups. Even out the edges and then shape them into petals. Your child may need assistance with this part depending on their abilities and the brand of the carton. Set up your craft tray to contain your paint and don you smock. Select your paint colours and put each of them into a section of the ice tray. We recommend using a different brush for each colour. It is a good idea to paint the inside first so you can hold the outside while you do so and then finish with the exterior. Allow the flowers to dry overnight. Be sure to clean up any paint as it may not easily be removed from some surfaces once dry. The following day, put a dab of glue in the centre of the flower. We used a glue gun. Fold your stamen in half and then stick them into the glue and cover with beads before the glue sets. To aid in this process we chose the beads ahead of time and created a “flower factory”. After the glue has set, glue flowers onto the branch. You could add leaves, should you like out of felt or crepe paper. Use for the centre of the table for a special occasion. Purpose Fine motor skill development (cutting, painting). Creating a likeness of an object. Exploring various types of paint. Safety Notes Be sure to use scissors with adult supervision. If you are using a hot glue gun, be sure that it is handled by an adult. Use non-toxic paints and remember that small objects such as beads may pose a choking hazard. Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.