Flowers for Mommy


You’ve been scrubbing floors and folding laundry all day. Suddenly, rushing through the front door your toddler thrusts forth a handful of flowers…and a huge smile is plastered across his face. His only request is that you hurry and put them in some water so they won’t die.

Of course, you know that those scrawny little wee….flowers will be dead before the end of the day. (This is when it really is the thought that counts.) You head straight to the kitchen to grab a little vase or cup, fill it with water and put your sweet gift on display in the center of the counter.

Now, I don’t know about you, but once those little flowers die, it is slightly difficult for me to just throw them out. I usually end up letting them sit there for a couple days. I guess, just to make sure they’re really dead. Silly, huh?

One day as I was thinking about those flowers for mommy, I came up with a cute craft, in which I could still get my flowers and they wouldn’t die on me. So here it is…

What you will need for this project:

  • Small White Paper Cup
  • Paint and Brushes
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Construction Paper
  • 4 Green Pipe Cleaners
  • Twist Tie


  1. With paint, decorate the paper cup however you choose and let it dry.
  2. Cut the pipe cleaners in half and lay them to the side.
  3. Draw flower shapes onto the construction paper and cut them out so that you will have two layers of flower petals per flower. It is easier to double the paper over so that you can cut both parts of the flower at once. You will need enough to make eight flowers.
  4. On a green piece of construction paper, cut out leaves, one for each flower.
  5. Place one flower cut-out on top of another and stagger the petals, then push a pipe cleaner up through the bottom center of the petals to form the stem. Bend the top tip of the pipe cleaner down to make the center of the flower and to help hold it in place. Fold the top flower petals up slightly to give the flower an opened look.
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  7. Put a small hole in one end of the leaf and push the leaf up underneath the flower petals from the bottom of the stem.
  8. Wrap a twist tie around the bottom of the pipe cleaners to hold them together.
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  10. Place the stems into the cup and arrange the flowers as you see fit.

And there you have it, flowers that won’t die. My son and I have actually done this project more than once. He loves flowers so he really enjoys this craft. I also love it because it is so simple and requires only a few common craft supplies.

Since, Mother’s Day is just right around the corner, I thought that this was a perfect craft to share with you.  Now you can put them on a shelf or in a window sill to cherish for much longer than just a day or two.

This post is linked to Homemaker Barbi for Family Friday.

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Posted on May 7th, 2009 in Kids and Family | 2 Comments
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  • Such a cute craft! I did something similar with my Sunday School class last week, only used pink & orange tissue paper cut into squares to make paper flowers that way. 5 sheets tissue paper folded in accordion, wound green pipe cleaners around the center of the accordion, then pulled paper sheets up one at a time. The kids came up with alternate designs, including cutting the ends of the accordion so the flower would look frilly, and alternating pink & orange papers for a 2-tone effect. Oh, and I cut sticky-back craft foam leaves on the fold so they could wrap them around the stem and fold back on itself.

    I just love kid-friendly crafty things!

  • What an adorable idea! Something my 4 yr old and I could do for the grandmothers tomorrow 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    Angie @ The Creative Mama’s last blog post..10 things I have learned about surviving Motherhood so far…

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