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DIY: Pipe Cleaner & Cupcake Liner Flowers for Kids

pipe cleaner flowers
I am sneaking in a post before Easter y'all.  Around these parts trees are blooming and flowers are growing, birds are chirping and we are finally feeling the warmth.  The kids are excited about going outside to play, explore and hunt for nature's treasures. But there are other ways to share in the season, lets take the time to create with our kids and make spring flowers with their own flower pots to celebrate the Spring. crafting
For this little project all you will need are the following:

1. Plastic cups or small plastic flowerpots
2. Pipe cleaners (fuzzy sticks)
3. Floral foams
4. Basket filler
5. Small cupcake liners.
6. Pencil
and the children.
pipe cleaner flowerspipe cleaner flowersThe foams that I used were the size I needed, about 3.5 inches in diameter.  I just made extra by slicing them into 3 to have enough for the kids to insert into the cups like so. Then we covered the top with the Easter basket filler (grassy shredded plastic).pipe cleaner flowers  pipe cleaner flowers
Then we made the flower stems.
Using the fuzzy sticks/pipe cleaners, make a loop on the top and bend it as seen on number 1 & 2.  This will not allow the flower to slide off the top.
3. Slide a cupcake liner through the stick making sure that the design is on the inside, so it looks like number 4.
5. Slide another cupcake liner making sure the design is on the outside.
6. Shape them to form a lovely tulip.
 cupcake liner flower

Now it's time to make the leaves.  Cut one of the pipe cleaners in half and overlap it on the stem forming a cross like the image below.  Secure it by twisting it around the stem.
To form the leaf, make a loop like the second image and secure by twisting the end and do the same to the other side.
Now you have a tulip flower.
pipecleaner leafAnother flower they may create with the pipe cleaners are zinnias.  I recommend a pencil for this one rather than a finger as seen below.  Grab a pencil and wrap the pipe cleaner around the pencil similar to image (A).  When the pipe cleaner is completely wrapped on the pencil, slide it off.
Curve it like image (C) and close it in like image (B).  I know I went out of order in the photo, yikes!  But you see what I mean.  When it is closed, slide it through the stem like the image (D).
And there you have your zinnia!
Continue to make more flowers and let the children get creative in forming their own version of flowers.
PIPECLEANERFLOWERpipe cleaner flowersOnce a handful is completed, insert them into the foam in the flower pot and voila! Now they will have their own Flower Pot for Spring.  Thank you for joining us today and Happy Spring!

ItsOverflowing

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