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How to make a paper rose, perfect DIY craft for kids, Mothers Day flowers that can be made as a DIY project #DIY, #MothersDay, #Flowers, #CraftsWhen  a child gives you a flower, weather it be  picked from the yard, drawn on a sheet of paper or made from paper you say thank you.. and treasure it.  With Mothers Day right around the corner I thought I would share this simple DIY craft for making a paper rose.  Perfect for Mothers Day, parties or just a fun summer craft for kids.

To make these you will need:

  • Chop stick or Straw
  • Green tissue paper
  • Tape
  • Red tissue paper
  • Glue

To Create a Paper Rose:

1.       Wrap a chopstick with green tissue paper, securing with tape. (You can also use a green bendy straw.)
2.       Cut a section of red tissue paper about 3 inches wide and 20 inches long.
3.       Fold the paper in half lengthwise.
4.       Begin by folding a corner of the folded paper diagonally and start wrapping the rest of the paper around the folded center.
5.       Continue spiraling the tissue paper around the center fold.
6.       Twist the bottom into a round base and pull and push the inner folds to create volume and shape the petals.
7.       Secure with glue or tape and attach it to your green stem you made in step one.

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If you like this idea you might also like these Mothers Day gift and DIY ideas:

Simple Mother’s Day card ~ Heart Bloom

Ring Holder~ Simple Mother’s day gift

Paper Daisies ~ Mother’s day flowers

Personalized flower pail ~ Mother’s day gift

Simple Alphabet ~ Say “I Love You” With DIY Art

Mothers Day Book Mark 

Handprint Mothers Day Card 

Paper Flowers for Mothers Day

Pot of plants from starts from your yard

Family Tree Canvas

Mothers Day Card ~ Mom/Wow 

Whipped Body Butter Recipe with Essential Oils, perfect gift for Mom

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DIY Removable Pillow Covers, You won’t believe how easy these are to make!

You guys, really, you will not believe how fast these are to make!  I just want to keep making them! There is also a little trick I will show you to save even more money!

You will need:

Fabric (I used a half yard for my pillow size)

thread

sewing machine (or sew by hand!)

scissors

pins

iron and ironing board

throw pillow forms

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I am super cheap and won’t pay a lot for anything.  Especially something that isn’t a necessity like throw pillows.  Let me tell you, you don’t have to spend a ton to make your home look nice! If you don’t want to shell out the money for pillow forms, watch for inexpensive throw pillows that aren’t necessarily in the style you would want.  I got this bright red and green one for 90% off at Hobby Lobby after Christmas!  Not my style at all, but it was huge and had great thickness to it.  I knew it had potential.  So check out the clearance section and grab pillows that aren’t necessarily the style you would want because it is so easy to cover.

Once you have your supplies, iron your fabric.  It is always best to start out with nice, flat material to make sure everything is even.

Once it is ironed, you will need to measure your pillow. Trim your fabric about 2 inches larger then your pillow. Make sure that you leave enough room for your pillow.  If you sew the fabric right at the pillow edge, there won’t be room to get the pillow in.

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Now that you have it trimmed, you are going to take your sides and sew about an inch under on each side.  This is for the long side, and just on the ends. You will want to leave overhang on this part, so really just sew a small amount.  This will be where you insert your pillow, so you really need the overhang.

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Once you have the ends sewed, take your pillow and lay it on the decorative side of the fabric.  You will lay your pillow on the fabric and measure the sides to know where to pin them. (look at the photo above)

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You don’t need to leave much extra room for this step, it will make your cover look baggy and sloppy if you leave too much.  Pin snuggly on one side.  Measure the other side and mark with a pin through only one layer of fabric so you can still get your pillow out.  Remove the pillow and sew the sides all the way shut along your pin marks. Once you are done, turn it right side out.

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You will now be able to stuff your pillow into the cover through the back that is open. That is it!  Wasn’t that quick?  I think I threw the whole thing together in about 10 minutes,and that included interruptions!

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Now that you have it,you can remove your pillow whenever you want. This allows you to wash your covers if something were to get spilled on it.  Or change it out when your style changes. Perfect right?

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Pinwheel Ribbon From Glittered Cardstock

I love pinwheels and think they are so pretty and with all the fun papers out there, there is a never ending variety of colors, ideas, and uses for them! Recently we had our pinewood derby for cub scouts and I wanted to make something different for our 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners besides the trophy that all the contestants would get. So I decided to make giant ribbons out of glittered cardstock I saw at the craft store.  They may be a bit obnoxious, but that just makes them perfect for a cub scout, right? 😉 They would also be great for Family Reunion prize ideas, if you play games or do awards!

You will need

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glittered cardstock

ruler

pen or pencil

glue (I started with a tape runner gun, but due to the heavy paper ended up going back over with a hot glue gun.  If you decide to use regular weight paper you will be fine with regular glue)

paper cutter or scissors

2 inch thick ribbon (I used black)

3 inch circles in desired color

Begin by cutting your paper in three equal sections.  I used 12 inch paper and each section was 4 inches tall. Now, folding the glittered card stock is a little hard, and isn’t going to fold perfectly for you, but that is ok!  These don’t need to be perfectly sized peaks and valleys to work. You can use your pen and ruler and on the back of the paper make 1-11/2 inch lines and try to fold on those.  Just try to make sure that the ends have the non-glittery side where you will put the glue on to attach to the other sections.  If you try to glue the glitter side, it doesn’t hold very well. This may mean that you will be trimming off one fold if needed, which is ok!

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Once it is folded, press it down firmly to help hold it.  Continue to do this with the other 2 strips of paper you cut.  Now glue them all together and allow it to set for a minute to dry. I had a hard time getting mine to lay flat, so you may want to glue the back of it to a small piece of cardboard at this point.

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As you see in the picture above I added ribbon tails to the back as well.  I used 2 inch black ribbon and cut a “V” shape out of the ends.  Make them whatever length you desire.

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On the circle that you are gluing to the front of your ribbon, you can put the words 1st,2nd and 3rd place if desired. These turned out great and the cub scouts really loved them!  They loved how huge they were and that they were so “special”.  Which is great for spending so little onthem!

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I was looking at some old Mother’s Day cards my kids have given me over the years and I came across this finger print flower poem.  I loved it then, and still love it now.  So my girls made a few of them yesterday for a fun after school project.

The poem reads…

I made you a flower

With my finger and my thumb

So you will have these memories

For all the years to come

Happy Mother’s Day 2012

To make these all you need is a white price of card stock cut into a strip, colored paper to make the card, green marker to draw a stem, paints and some cute little fingers.

Have your child dip their finger in green paint to create the leaves.  Then dip their pointer finger in paint to create the flower petals.  I found it was easier for them to follow a circle drawn with pencil.  Attach the poem and you are done!

More Mothers Day Ideas:

DIY Paper Flowers for Mother’s Day

Simple Ideas to make Mother’s Day one she will never forget

Childrens Hand Print Flower Mother’s Day  DIY Card

Simple Mothers Day Card, for all ages

Corner Book Marks ~ Kids Craft for Mother’s Day

Heart Bloom Card DIY

Pot of plants from starts from your yard

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Kindergarten Graduation Snacks ~ Healthy and Fun!

Do you have a kindergartener this year?  I do, and wanted to provide a snack for his graduation party.  I don’t know about your child’s class, but I think most of them get plenty of sugary treats during their parties!  That is fine, but why not have something cute, and at least somewhat healthy too?!

You will need:

Fruit cups or applesauce cups

4×4 inch card stock squares (1 per cup)

googly eyes

glue stick

Sharpie (optional)

bakers twine, thin strips of paper, or ribbon

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Begin by cutting your squares of paper into 4×4 squares.

Then, Turn your fruit cup upside down and glue the square to the bottom of the cup.  The thin plastic to open it should now be on the bottom.  Once that is glued onto the bottom of the cup, glue the googly eyes.  I found they stayed on fine with normal glue stick, but if your fruit cup is textured or more round then mine, a hot glue gun may work better.  Glue the eyes on and draw a face with your sharpie if you desire.

Now, cut three strips (per cup) of bakers twine, ribbon, or even of paper.  Tie them in a small knot at the top and glue them to the top of your graduation cap. (The square you glued on first)

Feel free to write something on the top, or leave it plain!  Would work for any graduate.  Would also make a fun addition to a gift basket of supplies for the high school graduate that is headed to college.  I provided some links above for the products on Amazon, why not order them now and be ready to make them when the time comes?

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Graduation Pops ~ How to make Graduation Pops

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