kids spring craft: tissue paper daffodils

March 21, 2011

side view
Spring has been here for a few weeks and we've been on a flower kick. Our garden is is full bloom and what we see outside is definitely inspiring our craft time inside.
a host of golden daffodils
I mean, how can you resist these beauties? I want to keep them all year long, so we decided to try our hand at making a few.
what you need
Here's what you need: pipe cleaners, a circle of clear contact paper, tissue paper petals, and some ribbon or paper to make the center of the daffodil.
contact paper
Start by punching the pipe cleaner through the center of the circle (sticky side up) and then back down again. Twist the pipe cleaner under the circle to secure it. Then peel the protective paper off. You will stick the petals to this part. (I did this part as prep and let Juliet continue from the next step on her own.)
Kids can easily hold the stem and place the petals around the circle. We learned through our own observation and from Bright Yellow Flower  that daffodils have six petals.
However, Juliet decided they would look better with a few more, so you'll see that ours are not scientifically correct. (I'm okay with that--it is art, after all!)
For the trumpet (middle part), I found this gold lamay trim on the clearance rack at Walmart. It was $1.50 and there was only one roll left. But it was perfect, I thought. If you don't have something like this, you could always just make it out of regular ribbon or construction paper. You just need a tube that will stand up straight in the middle of the flower.
Gluing on the trumpets was the final touch.
a host
Once they dried, we placed them a vase to enjoy.
They are quite cheerful, don't you think?

I'm happy for you to use my tutorial, use one photo and link back to my site,  and even share photos of your finished work on your own blog, however, please do not recreate my tutorial on your own blog--thank you!

We found this book Bright Yellow Flower by Judith Hoffman Corwin to teach us more about daffodils. It's a good spring-time read. 

Thanks to Polly for hosting the Read Along at Helping Little Hands! Have you been following along this month? She has some great books and great activity ideas for you to check out all month long. 


Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

These are really beautiful! I love the gold ribbon for the center! I love your simple ideas! You must live somewhere in the south because we only have crocus and snowdrop flowers right now! It may snow on Thursday here too!

silly eagle books said...

Thanks, Melissa! I do live in the south--our daffodils are on their way out...:( but the tulips have just begun. :)

Polly @ Helping Little Hands said...

I LOVE those flowers!! I'll have to see what we have around that would work for the gold ribbon. They're beautiful!

Rachel at Sun Scholars said...

Those are so sweet! What a neat way to do it!

I'd love to have you share this at my For the Kids Link Party! Stop by and check it out!

Rhonda said...

These are beautiful. I think I might just have to get some contact paper so we can try our hand at this one too.

Jill said...

These are beautiful! What a great craft for Spring.

silly eagle books said...

Thanks, everyone! They were very fun. :)

Bitterroot Mama said...


oh amanda {impress your kids} said...

SUPER cute, as usual!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the trim! What wonderful blooms!

RedTedArt said...

Oh I love the idea of using the contact paper - makes for a much cleaner and less messier life. Will have to try that with the kids.

Thank you for linking up with Kids Get Crafty. FABULOUS to see you there!


Cathy James said...

Hello! Thanks for stopping by NurtureStore. I love your daffoldils - especially how you made the centres. They're beautiful!

silly eagle books said...

Thanks to all of you. :)

Jackie said...

Daffodils are my absolute favorite flower. Love this craft idea!

Brimful Curiosities said...

We have no spring flowers growing here yet. In fact, it snowed yesterday. Your daffodils are so cheery I think I need to make a few to liven up our home.

anandhirajan said...

You are very creative

Rashi said...

Very nice, always love to make use of recycle products in crafts...Check out my blog this week, made a Parrot using a Paper Toilet roll -

Linda said...

This is so inventive and so CUTE!!

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