Making Flowers with Recycled Materials - Guest Post by Simply Frugal Mom

If you love saving money like I do, then I know you will love Simply Frugal Mom. Erin blogs about crafts, recipes, organization, and party planning with us frugal moms in mind. She also has great coupon tips and tricks. I am so happy she is here today sharing a wonderful children's craft project.  You will love making these pretty flowers with items you already have at home. Take it away Erin!

I don’t know about you, but this time of year starts to get me down. On those rainy days when I’m stuck inside with my son, I start dreaming of sunshine and spring flowers. Today, I’m thrilled to bring you an easy project that will bring a little bit of spring time into your home anytime of the year.

For this project you will need:

Cardboard egg carton
Various toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls
Heavy white cardstock
Poster paint
Foam paintbrushes
Flower stencils

I made my flower stencils by printing some clip art pictures of flowers and cutting them out. You want your flowers to be 3-4”.

To control the mess and keep your sanity, I recommended limiting the number of paint colors you use and only using one color at a time. Older kids might be able to handle more, but I did this project with my 2 ½ year old and sticking to two colors was perfect.

I set my son to work painting the toilet paper rolls. Proof that this project can be done by toddlers.

I took the white cardstock and traced the flower stencils onto the paper.

Once I had moved all the green paint out of my son’s reach, I gave him the red paint and set him loose to color the flowers. Ignore the fact that it kind of looks like a crime scene. It’s going to be cute, I promise!

By this time, my son had lost interest in this project, so I painted the egg carton with the green paint.

Let everything dry for several hours and then cut out the flowers.

To make 1 dimensional flowers: Cut two small slits in the toilet paper roll and fit the flower into the slits.

To make 2 dimensional flowers: From the top middle of one flower, cut a slit halfway through the flower. From the bottom middle of the other flower, cut a slit halfway through the flower.

Fit the two flowers together. Cut two slits in the toilet paper roll and fit the flower into the slits.

Lastly, plant your flowers in your egg carton grass.

My mom happened to be staying at our house the night before her birthday, so my son and I made her this garden (and some blueberry muffins) and set it on the counter when she woke up on her birthday. A perfect way to brighten a winter morning!

Thank you Erin! I just love how simple these were to create. They make a lovely presentation and I think they would be fabulous for Valentine's day. Who doesn't like flowers on Valentine's Day? Be sure to visit Erin at Simply Frugal Mom.

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  1. Cute idea! We have such a huge stash of toilet paper rolls at our house, this would be great for a spring project :-)

  2. Sooo adorable..What a fun project!! :))

  3. this is super cute! What a fun idea - I am happily pinning away for us to make it later =-)

  4. @ Chrissy, I know I keep saving the tubes too. Now I know what to do with them.
    @ Erin, thanks for the GREAT project!
    @ Marilyn, hope you get to try it soon.
    @ Beth, Can't wait to see yours!
    @ Adventure Academy Mom, Thanks for popping in. Hope to see you here again.

  5. What a cute project. Thanks for your comment on my blog, I'll enjoy following yours!