A colorful bouquet of flowers is a great way for kids to show Mom just how loved she is on her special day. However, as beautiful as live flowers are, they inevitably soon wither and fade into a happy memory. Make the sentiment last and last by showing your kid how to craft a bouquet that will never wilt—a family photo bouquet, that is. These faux flowers will endure for years to come, and are sure to make her smile every time she passes by!
Choose a variety of photos, making sure that each family member is represented. You may even want to include family pets! Try to find a selection of close ups, group photos, and pictures from special events or holidays.
Cut each photo into a circle. Use a coffee can or similar round object as a template.
Ask your child to draw flower petals onto colored construction paper with a pencil. Choose shapes based on the type of flower selected. Daisies may have oval shaped petals, while roses may be more angular.
Help her cut the petals with scissors.
Now, glue the petals onto the back of the photos. Each photo will be in the center, on top of the paper petals.
Encourage her to cut a stem and leaves from green construction paper, and to place them onto each flower (attaching the stems from behind). Set aside to dry.
Lay one piece of tissue paper out flat onto a workspace or floor, folding one corner down to meet the opposite corner. This should make a triangle.
Place the flower photos inside of the tissue paper, and fold the tissue paper around so that the tops of the flowers are revealed. Tie the tissue with a ribbon. Now you have a beautiful bouquet to give Mom on her special day!
Erica Loop has a MS in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education. She has many years of teaching experience working in early childhood education, and as an arts educator at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.