Newspaper Flowers

I love when I find a craft that both my kids (ages 2 and 5) can take part in and enjoy together. Making these sweet flowers had steps that were perfect for each age and the fact that they came out so sweet makes this craft a keeper!

How sweet would these flowers be for Mother's Day or just any day for someone special!

  1. Ages: 3 - 6

  2. 30 minutes - 1 hour

  3. Messy

  4. Grownup needed

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    I mixed equal parts of glue and water and colored it with liquid water colors (food coloring works great too.)

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Using foam brushes, the kids got to work painting the newspaper. I kept the newspaper two sheets thick since my two-year-old loved getting the paper completely soaked with our glue mixture. It worked out perfectly to make a nice sturdy flower. After they were done (or the glue was gone) we laid the paper in the sun to dry.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Using foam brushes, the kids got to work painting the newspaper. I kept the newspaper two sheets thick since my two-year-old loved getting the paper completely soaked with our glue mixture. It worked out perfectly to make a nice sturdy flower. After they were done (or the glue was gone) we laid the paper in the sun to dry.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Once totally dry, we started cutting different shapes for flower petals. My daughter loves using fancy scissors and this was a perfect opportunity to do so.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Our pretty petals were all ready to become a flower. The kids picked out their favorite petals to use, also known as the most colorful ones.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    They started layering the petals, adding a drop of glue each time they added a new petal.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Step 7

    Once we had a completed flower, we attached pipe cleaners to the back with a piece of masking tape.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

  • Done!

    And there you have it, one of the prettiest artificial flowers I have ever seen. Plus, my two-year-old got to get his hands messy. A successful afternoon, I'd say!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 8
    Photo reference of how to complete step 8

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