It might be too early to see some flower buds popping up outside, but it’s not too early to make your own. This paper flower craft is great for all ages! Cutting and glueing small pieces of paper as well as curling the ends of the flower, will help improve fine motor skills. No matter what age you are, you can add your own detail and make your flower stand out! This activity really allows for creative freedom because the details are up to you. If you want to make a flower with two or eight leaves, you can. If you want to have a colorful flower or one that is all the same, you can do that too! The choice is up to you.
So, what will you create? Follow these steps to get started!
Colored Paper (1 white, 1 green, and 2 of your choice)
Markers (green and black)
Before you begin the activity, have a clear space to work on so it’s easy to keep track of the small pieces! And don’t forget to ask a parent’s permission to use scissors or ask for help!
Step 1 - First we’re going to start by creating the base of the flower. So take your paper of choice - I chose purple, and cut it in half because we only need half a piece of paper to make one flower. Then, take one piece and make two cuts to round out the bottom so it looks like a U shape.
Step 2 - Next, we’re going to work on the petals of the flower. So take your scissors and make about 6 or 7 cuts. Start at the top of the flower - the straight edge side - and make the cuts going about ¾ of the way down. When the step is done, the flower will look like it has fringe at the end.
Step 3 - Then, using your fingers, roll each strip down toward the base of the flower. When you roll it, it will look like a coil. Each coil can be different lengths and some might be tighter than others, but that’s fine! Every flower is going to look different!
Step 4 - Next, we’re going to use the white paper as a background so the other details of the flower can stand out. So, take your flower and glue it in the middle of the white paper. Remember that the coils point up and the U shape is the base, so it will point down.
Step 5 - After that, use your green marker and draw a line from the base to the edge of the paper. This is going to be the stem of the flower. What goes on the stems of flowers? Leaves! So, take your green paper and cut out some leaves. I chose to cut four leaves. Each one is about 2 inches long. If you would like to add more or make them different sizes, you can do that too! Then, glue your leaves to the paper, making sure they touch the stem. I placed mine so the very tip of the leaf is on the stem.
Step 6 - Next, we’re going to make grass. Take your green paper and cut a line about an inch away from the short edge of your paper. This strip of green should match the same length as the short edge of the white paper. When you cut, it does not have to be a straight line, you could put a little curve or zig zag pattern to it. Then, glue it to the bottom of the white paper.
Step 7 - Then we’re going to make stamens on the flower. Using your black marker, make about 4-6 little lines from the top of your flower, going up. Move the coils down to get the lines to appear as if they are coming from the flower.
Step 8 - Next, with the other paper of your choice, cut out small circles. These are going to be the top of the stamens. I have 5 lines, so I will need 5 tiny circles. Once you have your circles, glue them to the top of the lines. If you want you could even add more detail like putting a dot at the center of the circle and including a green line on the leaves.
Step 9 - Finally, your flower is complete! Once it’s dry, you could hang it up or share it with a friend!