An easy how to guide and printable template for grown-ups to help pre-school children make a simple hand-crafted bunch of paper blooms.

 

THE THINGS YOU’LL NEED:

  • Thin white or coloured card
  • Green paper
  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Finger paints
  • Colouring pencils, pens or crayons
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Large buttons
  • Masking tape
  • Craft knife & cutting mat
  • Sequins and scrap collage papers (optional)
  • PVA glue & glue spreader (optional)
  • Wipe down protective table cover
  • Child’s painting apron or old t-shirt to protect clothes

 

HOW TO MAKE A BUTTON-ON BLOOM:

  1. Print the ‘Button-on Blooms’ template from your computer onto a sheet of thin white or coloured card
  2. Cut out the flower shape from the template 
  3. Use finger paints or colouring pencils and crayons to decorate your card flower shape with playful marks and patterns. You could also glue down sequins or scraps of papers to create an exciting collaged bloom
  4. Put your decorated flower to one side to dry 
  5. Thread a button onto one end of a pipe cleaner. To do this, push the pipe cleaner up through one of the holes in the middle of the button and back down through the other
  6. Holding the button between your finger and thumb of one hand and the two lengths of pipe cleaner in the fingertips of your the other, twist the button around so that the end of the pipe cleaner twists tightly around the main stem of the pipe cleaner. This should secure the button in place 
  7. Stick a small 2cm square of masking tape onto the middle of the back of your dry decorated flower 
  8. Use a craft knife and cutting mat to carefully make a small slit across the masking taped area of your flower, making sure the slit is just the right size to push your button through without ripping the flower. This is your buttonhole 
  9. Push the button that is attached to the pipe cleaner through the buttonhole, from the back to the front of the flower, so that the button sits flat on the decorated surface and the rest of the pipe cleaner appears like a stem underneath the flower
  10. Cut out a card leaf shape from the template
  11. Draw around the leaf template onto a piece of green paper and cut out using pinking shears for an authentic zig-zaggy leaf edge
  12. Use the hole punch to make a hole at one end of the leaf 
  13. Push the pipe cleaner stem through the hole in your leaf and thread the leaf upwards from the bottom of the pipe cleaner stem so that it sits just underneath the flower
  14. Brilliant! You’ve made your first ‘Button-on Bloom’
  15. Print the template again and repeat the process until you have a delightful bunch of everlasting hand-made blooms