I saw handprint flower bouquet that my cousin and her daughter made for my Grandmother, and immediately asked my cousin if I could show it to you all! She agreed, and she even wrote the post! Thanks, Melissa!
For Mother’s Day, Sofi and I made some handprint flower bouquets for her great-grandmothers. They were fairly simple and special and sentimental enough to make a good gift for them. Last time I saw them both, the bouquets were still on display in their living rooms (when I visited our Gram she told me that Carolyn had also noticed the bouquet and exclaimed: why didn’t she write a post about it for my blog! So, here it is!)
The bouquet was a Pinterest inspiration, though looking back at my pins now, I did adapt them quite a bit. But if you’d like to see some variations on our craft, here are the links: http://www.michaels.com/Mothers-Day-Handprint-Bouquet/33591,default,pd.html and http://www.piebirds.org/2011/05/happy-mothers-day-from-baby-bouquet-of.html
My crafting style tends to be spur of the moment and I often don’t have all the supplies I need on hand, so the first part of any crafting project involves me rooting through drawers to see what we’ve got and going from there. Here’s what I came up with for this project:
- Construction paper in various colors
- Straws (enough for one for each flower)
- Masking tape (for the great-grandmothers’ bouquets I found pretty pink masking tape, but when we recreated the craft for this post, it had disappeared and we used regular masking tape instead. I had tried various tape and glue options before settling on the masking tape which held the flowers together the best)
- Crayon or pen
Step 1: fold a piece of construction paper into quarters and trace your child’s hand on one side.
Cut out handprint (by folding the paper you get 4 cutouts out of one trace). Repeat with other colors.
Step 2: wrap one handprint around the tip of one straw.
You may have to work the paper a little to make it curl around the straw nicely. The looser the curl, the more open your flower will be. Tape the bottom of the handprint around the straw. Repeat with as many flowers as you wish to make.
Step 3: using another straw, curl back the fingers of the flower so that they “bloom” a little.
Step 4: tie all the flowers together in a bundle.
To be honest, with a 2 year old, I did most of the work here, but she loved getting her hand traced and playing with the left over cutouts (we used the extras to make a butterfly card for daddy’s birthday) and the great-grandmothers did love them, so it was worth it. Older kids could do a lot of the work themselves though.
Now go and enjoy the “awwws” as you gift these pretty flower bouquets!
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