Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Rose Bouquet Print Project

{Bouquet by Logan, Age 2}
The inspiration for this project comes from the current (Feb. 2012) issue of Disney "FamilyFun" magazine ("Pretty Produce" on page 18). At first, we just made cards with the end of the celery stalk like the article suggested. Here's Logan's -------------------->
Then, after the kids started stamping all over the paper (which is fine, of course), I realized that we could take it a step farther and make bouquets. They're perfect for Valentine's Day, but would also make nice Mother's Day gifts.

  • construction paper
  • tempera paint
  • Styrofoam tray to hold paint (or plate or bowl)
  • foam paintbrush
  • end cut from bunch of celery (Ours was about 2 in. long.)
  • cardboard (Ours was a cereal box.)
  • scrapbooking paper
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • glue
  • newspaper to protect work surface
  • optional items for decorating: rhinestones, pom poms, ribbon, etc.
{Bouquet by Mia, Age 5}
  1. Pour a small amount of paint onto a Styrofoam tray (or similar). Dip paintbrush into paint and spread on the cut part of the celery. The child will stamp this repeatedly onto the paper to make a cluster, adding paint as desired. Tip: I think it looks nice if you make a few impressions before adding more paint because this gives variation in the color. Let paint dry completely.
  2. Draw a vase shape onto one side of an empty, flattened cereal box. Cut out. Trace this same shape onto a piece of decorative paper and cut out. Glue paper on top of cardboard. Let glue dry.
  3. Once painted flowers are dry, cut around the bunch leaving some colored paper border. Glue the flowers onto your cardboard vase. Another option would be to make stems from paper, pipe cleaners, or drinking straws. Affix to the back of the vase and then glue or tape the printed flowers on top of the stems.
  4. Decorate as desired. Mia added self-adhesive (a lot of) rhinestones and some pom poms.

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