Mother's Day Craft: Cupcake Liner Flowers

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The school I was at last year hosted a Mother's Day Tea each year.  You can read about how we celebrated here.

One of my favorite new crafts I made for our moms were these adorable cupcake liner flowers.

Fair warning:  This is not a craft that will get done in 5 minutes.  It's more like do with a small group of 6 at your table.  I had my first graders working independently on their mom portraits and interview pages while I pulled back a group at a time.  It took the better part of the afternoon to finish 25 cupcake liner flowers, but the payoff was STUNNING!

Here's a look at how to make them and the lessons I learned to make this even more efficient next time around.

Materials:

You will need each of these per kid...



Step 1: Fold the Cupcake Liners

Line up all 3 cupcake liners on top of each other.  Fold them in half.

Fold them in half again.

Fold them in half again.  You have now folded the cupcake liners into half 3 times.

Step 2: Cut Scalloped Edges

This is why it's important to get thin liners.  Trust me.  I learned the hard way.  My liners were thicker and so it made it difficult to cut with kid scissors.  I ended up cutting the edges with my adult scissors which made the process take twice as long.  If you use thicker liners, you might just try only using 2 per kid instead of three or three thin liners.  Otherwise, I would suggest these liners.

I just cut 2 scallops to make a heart shape.

Then, unfold the cupcake liners to see the flower shape!

Step 3: Add the Stem

Poke the toothpick through the center of the flower.

Using your fingers, pinch the flower around the toothpick and so that it pushes the flower up (instead of looking flat).  Hold your pinch! :)

Here's a view from the side while you are still pinching the base of the flower to the stem.

And the top view...

While you are still pinching the flower, have your craft partner tear a ~6 inch piece of green washi tape.  Tape over the base of the flower where you pinched and around the toothpick.  This will make sure the flower is taped to the toothpick.

Step 4: Add a Colorful Center

Once the flower is taped to the toothpick, you will wad up a piece of bright paper or tissue paper for the center.  I let my kiddos pick out their piece of paper.  I used my hot glue gun to glue it.  {TIP: Use a generous amount of hot glue in the middle of the flower.  This will help hold the flower to the toothpick even more since the toothpick should be coming out of the top of the flower just a hair!}



For our Mother's Day Tea, we added these to the top of each cupcake to make a colorful display on our food table!  Our moms took them home as souvenirs.  They also work great for boutonnieres or corsages!





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