Handprint Bouquet, Mother's Day

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While looking through a craft book that my mother-in-law compiled for the seasons throughout the year, we found an activity for Easter lilies made from paper.  We then “made it our own” using different set of materials.  It is a great personal touch to the top of a gift.

Materials

Handprint Bouquet: supplies, Mother's Day

Felt Flowers

  • Various colours of felt for the petals of the flower
  • Green felt for the leaves
  • Yellow felt
  • Artificial stamen (optional)
  • Glue gun
  • Thin dowel (can be purchased at craft or dollar stores)
  • Green paint (we used acrylic craft paint)
  • Scissors (we recommend fabric scissors)
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Stick pins
  • Ribbon
  • Piece of styrofoam (for drying painted dowels)
  • Print-out label/ gift tag: made with love- handprints (There is a space for the child to write her/his name and multiple copies for classroom use)

Paper Flowers

  • Various colours of paper for the petals of the flower (you could use cardstock or regular weight or a combination)
  • Green paper for the leaves
  • Yellow paper
  • Green chenille sticks
  • Glue gun
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Bone folder (optional)
  • Stick pins
  • Ribbon
  • Print-out label/gift tag: made with love- handprints (There is a space for the child to write his/her name and multiple copies for classroom use)

Directions

  • If you are doing the felt version, paint your dowels green and allow them to dry.  (We stuck ours in a piece of styrofoam so that they could stand and not adhere to a surface while drying.)
  • Trace your child’s hand and cut it out to use as a template.
  • Pin the traced hand onto the coloured felt or paper and cut out handprints to make your petals.  Repeat this on the green felt until you have the desired amount of flowers and leaves.
  • For the paper flowers we cut out long leaf shapes.
  • For the inside of the flower, cut out a strip of yellow paper or felt that is about 10 centimentres or 4 inches tall, fold it over and cut down repeatedly on the fold about 3/4 of the way to make a looped fringe.  (You could use fringing scissors for this step as well).  The length of the paper will depend on how many flowers you hope to make.  Then cut your fringe into approximately 5 centimentre/ 2 inch sections.
  • Using a glue gun, we glued the stamen onto one side of the fringe and then rolled it up with the dowel (for the felt flowers) or the chenille stick (for the paper flowers) in the middle (glue it on top of the stamen). We glued it along the way if need be and at the end.  It is important to make it as taut as possible.
  • We then glued this piece to one side of the handprint petals and rolled it up, gluing as needed and at the end to hold it together.  Again, try to make it as snug as possible.  Repeat this step with the green handprint leaves, trying to start it in between the finger petals so as to not hide the colour.
  • If you are going with the paper leaves, once you have cut them out, fold the shape in half and create a crease (a bone folder can be helpful for this).  Put a little bit of glue in the fold at the bottom and attach to the chenille stick.
  • For the paper flowers, we then curled the leaves and petals with a pencil.
  • Attach to a present with ribbon.  We provided a little label for you, should you like.

Purpose

Making a replica of an item, development of fine motor skills, thinking of others

Safety Notes

If you are using a hot glue gun, please make sure it is being used by an adult.  Use scissors with adult supervision.

Handprint Bouquet: tracing hand step, Mother's Day

 

Handprint Bouquet: stencil step, Mother's Day

Handprint Bouquet: painting stem step, Mother's Day

Handprint Bouquet: making fringe step, Mother's Day

Handprint Bouquet: attaching stamen & fringe step, Mother's Day

 

Handprint Bouquet: attaching stamen & fringe, Mother's Day

Handprint Bouquet: stamen & fringe to stem step, Mother's Day

Handprint Bouquet: attaching petals step, Mother's Day

 

Handprint Bouquet: attaching petals step, Mother's Day Handprint Bouquet: attaching petals step, Mother's Day

Handprint Bouquet: attached petals, Mother's Day 

Handprint Bouquet: Petals complete, Mother's Day 

Handprint Bouquet: attaching the leaves step, Mother's Day Handprint Bouquet: attaching leaves step, Mother's Day Handprint Bouquet: Final flower, Mother's Day

Handprint Bouquet, Mother's Day, Present Topper Handprint Bouquet, Mother's Day, Present Topper

 

 

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