flower of the month: water lilies

May 16, 2011

There is a gorgeous picture of a water lily hanging in our kitchen. One morning, Juliet pointed to it and said, "Mom, let's make that today."

So, we did.
getting started
We started with the lily pads. Using a cat bowl, we traced a circle. Then cut out a triangle from one side. I think this is the first time Juliet actually cut a shape out on her own--it turned out pretty well!

In the photo above, you can see what you will need: lily pad, bottle cap, tissue paper petals (just cut a bunch out for your child to use), mod podge or glue, and a brush.
Start by applying glue to the bottle cap and then adding petals. Continue around the entire bottle cap until you are satisfied with how it looks.
I used a cap from a milk jug, while Juliet used a smaller juice cap. I mention this only because the size of your cap will somewhat determine the size of your flower.
After placing the petals, we filled the inside of the cap with yellow tissue paper. I stacked it and cut little strips. Then we just smashed it in. Then we applied glue to the bottom of the cap and stuck it on the lily pad.
I chose to line the inside of my cap with petals before adding the yellow center. This ended up making the blossom look fuller.
Here they are side by side--the mama and the baby water lily.
They look quite lovely on our coffee table.

We recently found some beautiful books that feature water lilies in them:
Sylvia Long's Thumbelina
Sylvia Long's Thumbelina
This is probably Juliet's favorite book at the moment. The illustrations are just breathtaking. Can you see the water lilies on the front cover?
The Flower Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books)
The Flower Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books)
W is for Water Lily, of course.
Good Night Atlanta (Good Night Our World series)
Good Night Atlanta (Good Night Our World series)
This book actually has an image of some water lilies in the Atlanta Botanical garden which is where Ben took the picture of the lilies that hang in our kitchen.

You can find more of our flower of the month projects here.

I'm happy for you to use my tutorials, 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 tutorials on your own blog--thank you!


Phyllis said...

They are beautiful.

Toddler Approved said...

These turned out so great!! So beautiful.

Peaceful Reader said...

Beautiful water lilly! I need to show it to my groovy girl. The Flower Alphabet book is a favorite of ours.

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

Really pretty and I Love the flower alphabet book cover! We are obsessed with our bleeding hearts bush!

Annie Moffatt said...

So beautiful and so easy to make!! Thank you for sharing such a pretty craft.

Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas said...

Valerie, these are so pretty! I am so happy to ahve found your blog via ABC&123 - I love children's books! I am a bit addicted to sharing them with my daughters! :) I can't wait to look around & see what gems you have found!

I wanted to mention that I host a Sunday Showcase Kids Crafts Linky Party on my Blog, Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas and would love for you to link up some of your wonderful crafts with us this coming week! :)


silly eagle books said...

thanks you, everyone! I look forward to visiting your linky party, bernadette!

leila@rook said...

Mmmm, loving this one! Eleanor would be beside herself if I was a nice enough mama to let her loose with glue.

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