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May 4, 2013

Sunflower Craft

 
I have felt a need for lots of extra cheery sunshine in my life the last couple days. Something about the color yellow always helps bring a spark of joy to my heart so we decided to make a bright sunflower craft today.
 
So simple and fun to make and they are sure to bring a big smile to your face! Follow the pictures below for instructions.
 

(I made a template of the petal with a scrap piece of cardboard and traced it all over the paper. We ended up using the entire sheet of cardstock for just one sunflower.)
 

 

(*I love these Opaque Pony Beads from Craftprojectideas.com. They are so versatile for crafting and they come in a pack of 1500 so they last forever. You can find them at your local Wal-Mart.)
 

The ends of the petals started to curl up while drying and I liked the effect so we tried to make all of them curl up a bit. 

 
As part of our flower week we used the little Grow Kits from the Target dollar section to plant some sunflowers and daisies. Since the weather is so unpredictable in Utah (it seriously hailed the other day out of the blue), I liked the idea of starting them inside for the kids to watch them grow more closely.


We have also read a couple fun books from the library that are flower related.
 
The Flower Ball by Sigrid Laube and Silke Leffler
I love the message of acceptance this book gives to children. Cauliflower and Carrot decide to go to the Flower Ball, and the other vegetables feel scandalized—since vegetables and flowers don't look and smell alike, they think they should stick to their own kinds. At the ball, the flowers are snooty over the strange vegetables attending their party, but Cauliflower and Carrot are self-confident and don't hesitate to dance a Snap-Bean Rumba, a Cucumber Tango, and a Chili-Pepper Cha-Cha-Cha. The two of them make a beautiful sight, and despite themselves, the flowers applaud. Soon the flowers open up their buds, and a vegetable–flower friendship grows.
 
Huck Runs Amuck! by Sean Taylor, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Huck LOVES flowers and he will do whatever it takes to get a mouthful of them. He can't resist them, even if it means he will have to climb the highest, steepest mountain, walk a tight rope, and be faster than a speedy train. While in the midst of a climbing the church spire to get a hat full of flowers, his efforts are mistaken as heroic and he has to make a decision to follow his conscious or eat the scrumptious flowers. This is a really fun read aloud story!
 
This is the Sunflower by Lola M. Schaefer, illustrated by Donald Crews
This book shows the life cycle of a sunflower and how a whole patch of sunflowers can come from the seeds of just one sunflower plant.
 
You can read more about the Sunflower Patch Craft we made a
couple summers ago to go along with "This is the Sunflower" HERE.
rachel


(*I received my Opaque Pony Beads free from Craftprojectideas.com, but all opinions are my own)

3 comments:

Janiene Bishop said... Best Blogger Tips

I love sunflowers! Your craft is adorable. I love that you glue the tissue paper first and then cut the petals-smart!! You are so talented!

Deceptively Educational said... Best Blogger Tips

Stunning! I love all the textures in your sunflower and the books sound amazing. Thanks for sharing! Your crafts are seriously the best.

Rachel Hinderliter said... Best Blogger Tips

I love how these turned out. They're really beautiful and look like fun to make :) Thanks for sharing!