The following post is from Kristina of Toddler Approved:
Spring has arrived where we live in California and everything is blossoming. It is gorgeous!
Inspired by the beautiful flowers we are seeing (and these handprint lilies from Spoonful) we decided to create some bubble wrap printed lilies this week.
These would be the perfect accessory to a wrapped gift or would be fun to make for your favorite teacher or even as a homemade Mother’s Day present.
- colored cardstock
- bubble wrap
- wood block or rolling pin (optional)
- clear tape
- washable paint
- pipe cleaners (green and yellow)
Directions for Bubble Printing:
Just wrap some bubble wrap around a wood block or rolling pin and tape it in place.
Once the bubble wrap is secure, grab your paint and start printing onto your paper! I collect different sizes of bubble wrap from the packages we get so that we have variety when we print with them.
Once you’re done painting, let your papers dry before you turn them into lilies.
Bubble wrap printing is such a fun way to paint because the wrap is a cool texture and the bubbles are exciting to pop while you press the paint down on your paper! You can even do this after your kids have jumped on the wrap for awhile 🙂 If you have little ones and making the handprint lilies is too complicated, just enjoy bubble wrap printing and mixing and creating with colors!
Directions for Handprint Lilies:
While your papers are drying you can get your pipe cleaner stems ready. Cut the yellow pipe cleaners into small pieces and twist the green ones around them to make the stamen. Curl the yellow pieces and then set the stems aside until your flowers are ready.
Once your papers are dry, trace your child’s hand on the back of the papers (or your child can do this on their own).
Cut out the handprints and then roll them up and tape the bottoms of the flowers mostly closed, leaving a small opening for the pipe cleaners to move through.
Curl the handprint fingers using a pencil (or just roll them) and then stick the pipe cleaner through the center of your flower.
Once you’ve made several flowers, tie them up with a bow and present them as a gift, place them in a vase, or find another way to use them to decorate your home and get it ready for Spring!
Are spring flowers blossoming where you live yet? What is your favorite flower? Do you have any other favorite spring crafts you love?
|Kristina is a mom of 3 and a former Special Ed teacher for children with communication disabilities. She blogs at Toddler Approved as she looks for ways to make life a little more fun and creative with her kids while embedding learning into everything that she does. Kristina tweets as @ToddlerApproved and can be found on FB and Pinterest.|