Friday, March 4, 2011

KIDS CRAFTS PROJECT #46: Fabulous Felt Flowers Spring Wall Hanging

Fabulous Felt Flowers Spring Wall Hanging
Kids Preschool Crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 4 Years and Up    
 

Supplies Needed:
  • White Felt Sheet (approx 8.5" x 11")
  • Felt Flowers (premade or you need to cut out 6 of those)
  • Adult Scissors
  • Easter "Grass"  (we used 3 colors: pink, purple, green)
  • Buttons
  • White Glue or Felt Glue
  • Fabric Ribbon
  • Colorful Cupcake Liners
  • Newspaper To Keep The Work Area Clean
Time Needed:  
  • 30-45 Minutes plus drying time
What To Do: 
  1. ADULT: Pull out a little Easter "grass" of each color and cut into 1-2" pieces.

  2. Squeeze white glue onto the white felt around the 4 sides.
    HINT: Learn from our mistake. We put the grass everywhere on the felt but had to remove the pieces where the flowers were to go because the flowers wouldn't stick with the grass under them. You can add grass to empty spots later :)
  3. Sprinkle the Easter "grass" over the glue and then fold the felt in half and press together to get the grass to stick. Unfold the felt.
  4. Choose the felt flower bottoms, cupcake liners, and buttons you want to use to create your fabulous flowers. We made 3 in total, each made of 2 felt flower bottoms, 1 cupcake liner, and 2-3 buttons.
    We offset the felt flower bottoms to get more color showing.
    Adding a pretty, colorful cupcake liner made it look even better!
    Our 2nd flower before adding buttons
    Buttons made it perfect!
  5. Glue all the pieces of your fabulous flowers together. Set aside to dry.
  6. Once dry use felt or white glue to glue your fabulous flowers onto the white felt.
    HINT: Only glue down the center of each flower. You may have to move petals to accommodate for the ribbon we're adding later. Alternatively, you can add your ribbon BEFORE the flowers (see Step 8)


     

  7. Glue more grass onto your felt if you have large empty spots.
    HINT: Messy! You will get glue on you :)
  8. While that begins drying you can choose which ribbons to use along the frame of the white felt. We used a different ribbon on all sides and on the handle.

  9. ADULT: Cut each piece of ribbon slightly larger than you'll need. We will trim it later.  
  10. Apply glue to the first side of the felt and apply the ribbon. Press down to make sure it's attached. Repeat for all 4 sides.
    HINT:
    Remove or pull away any grass that might be in the path of the ribbon. If there's too much the ribbon may not stick well.
  11. For the handle but a piece of ribbon long enough to make a rectangle. If you hang this project with one point (1 hook or nail) it will fold in on itself. You'd have to put a cardboard backing on it. Instead, make the handle long enough that you can hang it from 2 points (2 hooks or nails).
  12. Glue the handle ribbon onto your felt.

  13. Let dry completely!
  14. ADULT: Trim the ribbon edges that are overhanging.
  15. ENJOY! You're done! Show it off by hanging your masterpiece on the wall or door!
  16. Don't Forget to 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 ! Giveaway is randomly selected.


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!

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.

The grass might be difficult to work with on this project if your child does not have very good fine motor skills. You can skip it or use something different!

I haven't tried it but strips of double sided tape might work to attach the grass as well.



Make any substitutions to the supplies we used as necessary. If you don't have felt or find it hard to work with use construction paper.

For Older Children: An older child will enjoy this project as is.

A lovely BOOK to read in conjunction with this craft is "Counting Wildflowers" By Bruce McMillan. Each page is dominated by  a beautiful photograph of a wildflower illustrating the numbers one through twenty. Below the number are also 20 discs, with the correct number filled in to match the numeral. Great for counting, learning about wildflowers (scientific and common names given for each) and learning numbers! Pretty enough to want to look at it every day!    

SING and Act Out "I'm a Little Flower Pot"
(sung to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot")
I'm a little flower pot mom put out (point to self)
If you take care of me, I will sprout (nod head, point to self)
When you water me, I will grow (make sprinkling motions w/ right hand)
Into a pretty flower, don't you know! (raise hands up slowly from sides and make wide circle with hands, closing them at the top of your head)


Check out these FREE Flower Printables from the TwistyNoodle that you can customize!
 
PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, other ideas that may be similar.     

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