Crepe Paper Flowers–Spring or Easter

This was always a fun Spring or Easter project with the special needs children that I worked with, camp kids and also my own children.  These flowers may require a bit of help from an adult with younger children, but most children of about 7 and up, can do these by themselves, once they get hang of it.

You can get help with visuals on this on Martha Stewart’s website  although done slightly different.

Choose Pastel pkgs. of crepe paper and also a dark green.

Leaving crepe paper folded as in pkg. , cut about 3″ to 4″ fold band of crepe paper.  You may flute edges by pinching them out using both hands to make to stretch slightly the top edge of paper.

Start gathering crepe paper at base at base and slowing gather to spread the flower petals out.  When desired size is reached, cut off the rest of the paper. Secure base of flower with fine wire.

Form stem with pipe cleaners and wrap these with green crepe paper, which has been reviously cut into a one inch strip. Wrap tightly among the stem and up to the base of the flower.  This makes a lovely, long lasting flower or flower arrangement.  GREAT GIFTS for Grandma and Grandpa!

(Contrasting center can be made by using different shades of crept paper on same flower).

See flowers on Paper Plate Hats!  This is another use for the flowers.

There are many fun Easter ideas and recipes.

Easter Egg Recipes for Kids


 QUICK AND EASY CANDY EGGS

Use an tray with molded egg shapes( like one used for deviled eggs).  These trays can be found in most craft stores.

Melt chocolate, white chocolate or pastel colored compound coating (found in craft stores and some food stores).

Spoon into egg-shaped indentations and refrigerate until firm.  Remove unto waxed paper.  Press the 2 halves together with more melted chocolate, frosting or marshmallow cream.  Decorate with frosting decorating tubes.

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BLOWN EASTER EGGS

Using a raw egg, poke a hole in both end of egg with a large needle, making little bigger hole in the largher end of the egg.  Place mouth over smaller end of egg and blow the contents of the egg into bowl.  Be careful not to squeeze the egg!  

After egg has had it’s contents removed, carefully rinse the egg shell.  The egg may be painted or decorated.  I have used small pieces of cut tissue paper and placed them on the egg with a paintbrush using watered down Elmer’s Glue or Decoupage acrylic or Liquitex.  When egg is dry, coat the egg with another layer of the gloss Liquitex. The tissue paper egg will appear like a stained glass window type design. you may also place a small photo on the egg.  If you coat the eggs with a washable varnish such as Liquitex, they will last for years and bring back memories each yr.

Would you like a good CRAFT book for your young children?

 

Paper Plate Easter Hats

 

PAPER PLATE EASTER HATS—EASTER PARADE!

Fun Project for young 2-8 yr. old children.  

Buy paper or plasic plates.  9″ ones are usually sold at the Dollar Stores.   Cut a hole in center large enough for the child’s head.

You can buy plastic flower bunches at the Dollar Store and cut them individually or you can make *crepe paper flowers (orange flower on the child’s hat).   Staple flowers to the paper plate and use masking tape to cover staples on the inside of the hat.  We used a roll dof green crepe paper to make the hat ties however inexpensive ribbon could be used.  My neighbor did this with Day Care chidlren and they loved it.  She fashioned a hat bill to the front of the boys hats.    

* Crepe Paper Flowers

Choose pastel packages of crepe paper.  Cut about a 3″ to 4″ band of the crepe paper, leaving crepe paper folded as packaged.  Start gathering crepe paper at the base of the flower, spreading out petals as you gather.  When desired sized is reached, cut crepep paper and secure base with fine wire or colored craft pipe cleaners.  Contrasting colors may be added as in adult hat below.

Larger dk. Blue plastic plate was used.