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Eco-Friendly Spring Craft for Kids: Paper Tube Flowers

Apr 10, 2015
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Scarlet Paolicchi

Two of my favorite things about the spring season are the blooming, beautiful flowers and the warmth of the beaming sunshine! That’s what inspired me to create this eco-friendly craft with my children. This fun DIY flower craft is perfect for kids and is sure to bring the feeling of spring into your home. It’s simple to make and teaches children about the importance of reducing waste by upcycling (or recycling) used materials. My daughter loved this craft so much, that she used the spring flowers to decorate her dresser!

Spring Craft for Kids: Paper Tube Flowers 

Supplies

•    Scissors
•    Empty toilet paper rolls
•    Paint (in green and desired colors for the flower petals)
•    Paint brushes
•    Construction paper (or other scrap paper)
•    Glue

Instructions

For the flowers:

Spring Craft for Kids: Paper Tube Flowers 

1.    First, take your toilet paper roll and cut 1-inch deep slits every half inch into one side of the roll (as pictured above). These will serve as tabs for your flower petals.

2.    Next, trim the ends of each petal to give them a smoother, more rounded look.

3.    Then fold the petals down. Your flower should start to take shape at this point.

4.    Now just paint the "stalk" (the lower portion of the roll, below the flower petals) green and paint the petals a color of your choice. Place the painted roll on top of a paper towel and let dry. While the paint dries start crafting the leaves.

For the leaves:

1.    Cut a few pieces (I did four) of green construction paper (or other scrap paper) into 1-inch by 3-inch rectangular strips. I used a green placemat leftover from my daughter's birthday party for this portion of the craft, but feel free to use any scrap paper and paint it green.

Spring Craft for Kids: Paper Tube Flowers 

2.    Take the rectangles and fold about 1/4-inch along the bottom and then cut away a portion on each side, leaving a tiny tab in the middle (see picture above). The tab will help secure the leaves onto the roll or stalk.

3.    Next, on the opposite side of the tab, use scissors to give your rectangular strips a leaf-like shape.

4.    Then, lay the flower tubes on the side and glue the leaves onto the perimeter of the flower tubes. Let dry.

Now your paper tube spring flowers are done and your kids can use them to welcome spring by decorating their rooms! I hope they enjoy making this eco-friendly craft as much as mine did.

Do you have any green spring crafts or traditions to share? I'd love to hear about them in the comments section below. Thanks!

Photos courtesy of Scarlet Paolicchi.

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