Monday, April 2, 2012

Mesmerized Mondays - Week of April 2

It is the first Monday in April. This has got me thinking of Spring flowers. Here are some Spring ideas that got me mesmerized this week.

Handprint/Footprint Flowers:

This craft is so simple yet I am a sucker for anything with handprints (except my windows and glass table) because they show how big the kids are getting.


Image & Idea: Learning As We Grow

Materials Needed:

  • Large piece of paper
  • Washable Tempura paints – green + 3 -4 other colours
  • Paint brush
  • An old towel for cleanup

Instructions:

  1. Dip your child’s feet in the green paint. Place them on the paper in a “V” formation with heels touching. This forms the leaves for your flowers. Repeat for each flower you’d like. Wipe off their feet.
  2. Dip each of your child’s hands in a different coloured paint. Place their hands on the paper about 3” above their toes. This forms the flowers. Repeat for each flower you’d like. Wipe off their hands.
  3. Using green paint and the paint brush, draw stems to connect your flowers to your leaves.
  4. Embellish with some grass.

Flower Straws:

These are so cute and brighten up any drink but they would be fantastic at a Spring party. Why not turn this into a party craft and have each child create their own flower straw? It will be fun and will also help them keep track of their drink throughout the party!



Materials Needed:

  • Flower stencil or cookie cutter
  • Assorted card stock (a great way to use up scraps)
  • Green bendy straws
  • Glue stick
  • Hole punch

Instructions:

  1. Trace around your stencil or cookie cutter with a pencil.
  2. Cut out the flower shape.
  3. Cut out a smaller circle in a contrasting paper for the centre of the flower.
  4. Glue the center spot onto the flower.
  5. Punch a hole through the center of the flower.
  6. Gently push the through the flower until it is at the top of the bendy part.
  7. Bend the straw and the flower will stay there.

Blooming Flower Cupcakes:

These look far more impressive and difficult than they really are. Can you believe these gorgeous flowers are made from mini-marshmallows and sprinkles?!?



Materials Needed:

  • Baked cupcakes in your choice of flavour
  • Icing (white works best)
  • Bag of mini marshmallows
  • Colored decorative sugars, divided by color into little resealable sandwich baggies
  • Food scissors

Instructions:

  1. Cut each mini marshmallow in half on a diagonal. you will end up with 2 'petals' from each marshmallow.
  2. Place the 'petals' into a bag of decorative sugars, and give it a little shake. The sugars will only stick to the part of the marshmallow that was cut!
  3. Ice your cupcakes with a thin layer of icing which will act as your glue.
  4. Carefully place your marshmallow 'petals' onto your cupcakes starting on the outside and working your way to the middle.
Jaxofalltradesgave the tip that if you let your mashmallows 'rest' for a few minutes after cutting them, they will puff back up.


Fleece Flower Bracelets or Hair-ties:

Meg at Loven Stamps has a great video tutorial for making these really easy Fleece Flower Bracelets. She used a machine to cut out her shapes but you could easily make them yourself just using pinking shears and scissors.

Image & Idea: Loven Stamps

I think that they would be adorable on a hairband or substituting a hair elastic for the bracelet that she uses. I see a project for my daughter and I this coming weekend!

Materials Needed:

  • Fleece - one colour for flowers, green for leaves
  • Buttons
  • Hair Elastics or Bracelets
  • Hot Glue
  • Scissors/Pinking Shears

Directions:

I really suggest that you watch Meg's video instructions. It is a simple project but trying to write out the instructions makes it sound far more involved and difficult than it really is. 

So, this is what has me mesmerized this first Monday in April. Until next week...

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