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Diy Paper flowers, the kids can join in too!

Do you remember ‘Golden Hands’ magazines? My Nan used to have them, I always loved the back page, it had great project ideas for children.

   Imagine the grin on my face when I spotted this recently…

On the back was the most amazing cut and stick project, using just paper and selotape …just like ‘the good ol’ days!

So I thought now would be a perfect time to share this child friendly project.
I know that for most of us here in the UK, it is the Easter Holidays and the Kids are off school.

You will need:

Coloured paper (I used A4 size) scissors, ruler, pencil, selotape, green flower canes (any diy store)

To make:

1: Cut your yellow paper into strips of approx 2 inches wide, fold each strip along its length and cut one edge to make a fringe. I curled my fringes too

2: Coil the fringed strip around the top of the cane and fasten with selotape.

3: Choosing a complimentary colour from the coloured paper, (this piece will be the smaller central petals) cut out a small square, fold this in half twice and then into a triangle. 

4: Draw a petal shape and cut out. Snip a tiny bit off at the base. If desired curl the petals a little.

5: Push the cane through the centre of the circle of petals, fasten at the top fixing to the fringed piece with a small piece of selotape.

6:For your larger petals,using two or three sheets of white paper, cut out a larger square fold and cut as before. Fix to top of stick and arrange as desired before sticking down with selotape.

7: Use a sheet of green paper, for the under leaves. Draw a leaf shape then fold cut and stick in the same way.

I think they look fun, funky and a little bit retro?

NOTE: You can vary your designs by layering colours and shortening the canes. Or by cutting out different shaped petals. Its up to you!

So how many are you going to make?

Bestest wishes

 as ever

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  1. 02/04/2015 / 10:27

    Golden Hands! I'd forgotten all about that publication, yet my mother had piles and piles of them. I actually think that is what inspired me to start making things at the tender age of five:)

  2. Candy Pop
    02/04/2015 / 07:40

    I've never seen that magazine before. I love the flowers and they're perfect for Easter. Have a lovely day!

  3. 01/04/2015 / 14:49

    I love these! I really need a spare day in the week to craft 🙁

  4. 01/04/2015 / 11:26

    So cute, thanks for posting, I think my girls will love this …. but … oh no I need to go to Hobbycraft to buy canes. Disaster. How will I walk past the wool aisle ……..
    Happy Easter and I may see you in Stratford next weekend. Need to sort train times etc as have a deadline to be home by!

  5. Molly Watson
    01/04/2015 / 07:52

    I have just found your blog.
    Only a few years ago I threw out all my 'Golden Hands' magazines. These were my treat when we were first married and very hard up! Now I wish I had kept them!! Have fun with the children during the holidays, they grow up soooo quickly!

  6. 01/04/2015 / 06:24

    Flashback ! I remember making flowers like those when I was a kid !!! 🙂

  7. 31/03/2015 / 21:51

    Don't think I'll have time to make any, what with all the crochet going on chez moi. They are very funky though and I'd love to get 'my' hands on Golden Hands.

  8. Amy at love made my home
    31/03/2015 / 21:46

    What a great fun make!!! xx