Saturday, January 29, 2011

Valentine Watercolor Flowers in Vase: Project #19 of 300 Crafts for Kids in 2011

KIDS CRAFTS PROJECT #19: Valentine Watercolor Flowers in Vase

Crafts for all abilities!
for Ages 3 Years and Up
A Perfect Valentine's Day Gift or Decoration
 

Supplies Needed:
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Empty Soda Can
  • Dried Lentils (or sand to weigh down vase)
  • 9 White Cupcake Holders (6 regular and 3 small). Small ones may be called chocolate holders, treat holders or mini cupcake holders.
  • Food Coloring (pink and purple)
  • 3 Pipe Cleaners (1 pink, 1 purple, 1 red)
  • Newspaper (to keep work area neat)
Time Needed:
30 Minutes plus drying time

What To Do:
  1. Make sure your child is wearing protective clothing and work on a surface where any staining won't matter to you.
  2. Mix food coloring with water as directed. Do this for both colors separately.

  3. Dip each cupcake holder into the colored water with the open side down. If you don't want to touch the water with your hands you can use tongs to hold and dip the cupcake holders.
    HINT: You can dip from one color into the other to make interesting designs, or use just one color per cupcake holder.

  4. Remove from colored water in 10 - 60 seconds (or according to food coloring directions) and let dry completely on paper towels.
    HINT: The paper towels will leak through so putting a coated paper plate underneath will help protect the surface below.


  5. Let dry completely (several hours or overnight).
  6. Each flower will be created using 3 cupcake holders. Choose 2 regular size holders and 1 small  holder for your first flower. 
  7. Poke a pipe cleaner through the center of a regular size holder and thread through a bit.






  8. Do the same for the next regular size holder, and for the small holder.


  9. Once all 3 holders are on the pipe cleaner, form a small heart with the top part of the pipe cleaner. To create each heart you are going to weave the pipe cleaner over and under 3 of your fingers: Over your pointer, under your middle finger, and over your ring finger.


  10. Repeat this process until all 3 of your flowers are completed.
  11. Take empty, clean soda can and fill half way with dried lentils.
    CAUTION: If there are any sharp edges use a funnel to pour in the lentils

  12. Tear off about 12-14" of aluminum foil.
  13. Wrap in tin foil and smooth around the can, tucking it in at the top around the rim.




  14. Take your 3 beautiful flowers and twist the stems together so the flowers are at different heights.

  15. Place into vase.








  16. ENJOY!  
  17. Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us on Facebook! Giveaway is randomly selected.

OPTIONAL IDEAS:

  • Decorate the vase with heart stickers.
  • Paint the aluminum foil with white glue using a foam paintbrush and then roll in red or pink glitter.
  • Instead of using food coloring, use watercolor paint and gently paint the cupcake holders.
Older Children: An older child can further enjoy this project by painting the aluminum foil with poster paint and let dry overnight. Then, use that to wrap the soda can.

For Children with Special Needs: Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

If you child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.

This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well. Let him be proud of his very own creation!

Why We Love Crafts for Kids:
Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

Associated Educational Activities:  
  1.  READ! And now a word from our friend Sky from  *SeeryUsMama
    A funny book to enjoy over beautiful flowers is Roses are Pink Your Feet Really Stink by Dian deGroat.  Gilbert wrote his Valentines out - some were nice, others not so much.  When the truth came out, Gilbert learned the hard way what it was like when feelings were hurt.  He makes amends and Valentine's Day end up A-Okay!  This book is a little bit longer in length, so little ones aren't always able to keep their concentration on the book.  I simplify the language and shorten it up, for the same effect.  A great lesson on speaking kind words!



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