Children love fun, colorful activities. Arts and crafts are not only fun, but they also help children with the development of several skills. Such creative activities build the cognitive, sensory, and emotional skills of children. Arts and crafts encourage the development of motor skills in kids as they learn to fold, cut, or join pieces of paper to make something. Additionally, when children get together to work on such crafts, it encourages the development of their socio-economic skills.

How to make paper flowers at home?

Paper flowers aren’t just for older kids. Basic techniques of making paper flowers for toddlers will help your little ones in learning amazing ideas for arts and crafts. The following approach will help you on how to make paper flowers easy for kids: 

Petal flowers

Petal flowers are simple and easy flower crafts that your little one can make at home. You can change the number of petals to as much as you want, such as five, six, or eight. 

What you need:

  • Color paper
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Scale ruler

How to do it:

  1. Choose a square-shaped paper that you can fold easily. 
  2. Fold the paper in half, and mark the one-third point on the top-left corner of the paper by using a scale ruler.
  3. Now, pull the bottom-right corner towards the one-third point marked on the top-left of the paper. 
  4. Fold the bottom-left corner of the paper over the right edge.
  5. Fold the top-right corner of the paper over the left edge. 
  6. Now, you will notice pointy edges towards the bottom. Cut along the horizontal line that was created by the side of the paper. It will create a wedge. 
  7. Begin drawing a half-circle, starting from the top-left corner of the wedge. Draw that circle and take it down till a half-inch above the bottom-right edge.
  8. Cut along the line and open the fold and your petal flower is ready(Source).

How to make tissue paper flowers for kids?

Tissue paper flowers are delicate looking and are easy to make, even for kids. Here is an idea on how to make toilet roll flowers:

What you need:

  • Tissue papers of different colors
  • Floral wire, twist ties, or pipe cleaner
  • Glue
  • Straws for stems
  • Scissors 

How to do it:

  1. Take a few tissue papers and cut them into sheets of size 7×11 inches. You can use the tissue papers of the same colors or can also use different shades of tissues to make a funky flower. To make your flower fluffier, you can use more tissue papers. 
  2. Stack the tissue papers neatly, and fold them into ¾-inch accordion style (folding the tissue paper back and forth). Make sure that the folds are of the same size. 
  3. Trim, if any excess paper is left, and round the edges of the tissue papers using the scissors. There won’t be any corners left.
  4. Use the floral wire and tie it around the center of the folded tissues.
  5. Open one side of the sheets, spreading it wide like a fan. Then, separate each layer of the tissue paper to create petals of the flower. Do it slowly and one layer at a time. Don’t try to pull all the sheets at once.
  6. Repeat the same procedure for the other side of the folded tissue papers.
  7. Once you have finished, you will see a fluffy pom-pom tissue flower. 
  8. Take a straw and create a stem by sticking it to the flower with glue or tape. 

How to make paper mache flowers?

Any paper can be used to make paper mache flowers, such as an old newspaper, or a craft paper. Here is how you can make a paper mache flower quickly and easily:

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What you need:

  • Paper
  • Paper cutter
  • Wire
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Wirecutter
  • Pencil
  • Water
  • Lightweight cardboard

How to do it:

  1. Firstly, you need to create a mold for the flowers. Use thin cardboard and place it on the paper cutter.
  2. Mark a circle on the cardboard using a pencil and draw petals along that circle. Make sure that all the units are of even size and in symmetry. Now, cut along the markings of the pencil to get the shape for the base of the flower.
  3. Keep this pattern aside and similarly create a few more models. 
  4. Bend the petals gently and slowly to give them a three-dimensional appearance. 
  5. Punch two small holes at the centers of the flower patterns. Now, loop an 8-inch wire through the bottom of the one hole and string through the other one. Twist the wire ends to create a stem of the flower. 
  6. Now, your mold for the paper mache flowers is ready.
  7. Tear out long and narrow strips of paper using your hand instead of the scissors; this will give the flowers a rough texture and a more natural look. 
  8. Prepare the paper mache paste by mixing two parts glue and one part water in a small container. 
  9. Dip a paper strip in the paste and cover it thoroughly in the glue, then wrap it around the wire completely. Repeat this process for three to four times at least. 
  10. Leave it to dry now.
  11. Once the stem is dry entirely, dip more paper strips in the paper mache paste. When covered in the glue thoroughly, wrap the paper strips around the cardboard petals. The paper strips should cover the entire flower pattern. Repeat this process for three to four times at least.
  12. The edges of the paper should be visible to get a more natural look. 
  13. Allow the paper mache glue to dry completely; this could take a few hours. You can keep the flowers in the sun, so they dry out thoroughly.
  14. When the flowers dry out and harden, paint them using acrylic paints in colors of your choice. 

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How to make origami flowers?

Here is how you can make natural, origami flowers for kids:

What you need:

  • Paper
  • Glue

How to do it:

  1. Tear a paper in a square shape of 3×3 inch. Keep the colored side down is you are using the colored paper. Fold the paper in half on both diagonal sides. Crease it well, then unfold.
  2. Fold two opposite tips of the diagonals to the center. 
  3. Fold both these halves to the center again. 
  4. Flip the paper over, and fold the bottom half to the top, or the top half to the bottom. 
  5. Now, put some glue on the colored portion of the paper on one side. Then, fold it in half to glue the paper together. 
  6. You have created one petal or unit of the flower.
  7. Repeat the process mentioned above to create at least eight more petals.
  8. Once completed, glue two petals together by putting the glue on the colored side of the paper. It will start to look like a fan.
  9. Now, similarly glue all the petals until they form a circle, and the last petal is pasted to the first petal. 
  10. Tada, your origami Dahlia flower is ready.

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