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String Up Some Spring Flowers

A little yarn and you've got a bouquet!

It feels too good to be true, but spring is nearly here. While you and your children are waiting for flowers to burst from the earth, it’s the perfect time to make your own rainbow tulip bouquet. The process is fun and the final vase with flowers is the perfect decorative antidote to winter’s final gray grip.

Materials Needed

  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Craft string in various colors
  • 16 oz. canning jar with lid
  • Jumbo craft sticks or tongue depressors
  • Green tissue paper
  • Assorted markers that match craft string colors
  • Scissors

How to

Make the stem:

  1. Use green markers to color both sides of three jumbo craft sticks.
  2. Set the green sticks aside for later.

Make the tulips:

  1. Use the outline of tulip flower drawing on this page and copy it onto cardboard.
  2. Use scissors to cut around the outline on the cardboard. Depending on the age of your child, you may have to assist him or her in tracing the shape and cutting out the tulip.
  3. Select string and a marker in a matching color. For example, choose a yellow marker and yellow string.
  4. Use the marker to color both sides of the cardboard flower.
  5. Cut an 18-inch piece of craft string.
  6. Wrap the string around the cardboard tulip top. You may need to show your child how to hold the end of the string in place with one hand and use his or her other hand to wrap the string around the flower. Let go of the end after it has been crossed over once or twice.
  7. Criss-cross the string around the tulip’s shape, using the three points at the top of the tulip to catch the string and act as a pivot point to wrap the string in a new criss-cross direction.
  8. When an inch of the string remains, tuck the tail end into a tightly wrapped section of string on the tulip, tying it off if needed.
  9. Repeat steps 1 through 8 to make three different colors of tulip tops with three string colors.
  10. To finish the flowers, slide a green colored craft stick under the criss-crossed string on the tulip head.

Prepare the vase:

  1. Remove the canning jar’s lid and ring. Keep the ring for later use.
  2. Crumple one sheet of green tissue paper and loosely push it into the jar. It should fill the jar.
  3. Thread the ring onto the jar’s mouth.
  4. Place completed tulips into the jar.

See hints for this project at right

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Hints
  • Wrap the string tightly around the tulip head. This is important for it to be able to hold the stem.
  • These are beautiful, even when kids go crazy with their color choices, over-wrap the tulip with string or even slide the stem in at an odd angle. Nature is imperfect, so have fun with the process. The end product will be wonderful, no matter what.
  • Sometimes jumbo sticks are hard to find. I have had the best luck at large shopping centers like Meijer.

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