The kids are home for the summer, now what? Finding ways to keep the kids occupied without breaking the bank can be a challenge but not if you know about these cheap DIY fresh flower crafts you can make right at home. Art is good for kids, according to the Department of Education, kids that study and participate in art are four times more likely to receive recognition for academic achievement than kids that don’t. Gather the kids, some fresh flowers, and try out these crafts.
Pressed Flowers In a Frame
Fresh flower crafts are a cost-effective way to make great gifts for the holidays, birthdays, and more. For the pressed flower craft, all you need is some garden flowers, wax paper, a really heavy book, and a cheap frame. You arrange the flowers on the wax paper, fold the wax paper over the flowers and place the wax paper in a heavy book. The flowers will be pressed flat and ready for the next step in a few days.
Once the flowers are dried and flat, you can put them in a frame and arrange them as you wish. You will need to remove the backing of the frame and use clear glue to glue the flowers directly to the glass. You can choose to cut a piece of decorative paper to act as the backdrop of the frame. Give the kids some shells and glue to adorn the frame for a summer theme, but you can use anything to decorate and personalize the frame.
Gelatin Flower Suncatchers
You can use real flowers you pick from home to create gelatin flower gifts. A gelatin flower suncatcher only requires a few staples. Any gelatin mix can be used with some type of flower heads and a string to hang the suncatcher. This works best with a container that is less than 9×12. Follow the directions on the gelatin packet, add the flowers, and wait.
Once the gelatin has been set, carefully cut around the edges to remove the gelatin from the container. Use a hole punch to pierce the gelatin and insert the string, ribbon or twine to hang the suncatcher. This craft is a lot more durable than you might think it would be. According to Webinar Care, 6% of floral gifts are considered thoughtful. Likely, the recipient has never received a gelatin floral suncatcher.
Floral Rainbow Wreaths
Ask the kids to pick flowers from their home or a nearby park representing all the rainbow colors. Once you have all the flowers collected, you can create a rainbow floral wreath which makes an excellent gift. The flowers should be arranged in a color combination to create a rainbow effect. You can use a wreath form or string the flowers together. Most people will have a spare wire hanger around the home. You can create a wreath easily by bending a wire hanger into a circular shape.
Attach the flowers to the form and add a bow; your wreath is complete. It is an easy project that is full of fun. Kids love exploring and going on flower hunts. If you have a couple of kids, you can assign each kid specific colors of the rainbow and ask them to find flowers in that color family. Not only do the kids get to make something worthy of gift giving but they also get outdoors to search for the flowers.
Flower crafts are an excellent way to create something at home. There is much to learn from nature and working with flowers that any child can benefit from. According to Genius of Play, kids as young as three can gain an understanding of the real world through pretend play and crafts. The kids will have a great summer at home when it is filled with fun crafts. Try making some of flower gifts today!