Who doesn't love lazy summer days? No more school, early mornings, or homework. That is something I can get behind. By the time summer rolls around, kids and moms alike can use a break. In our family, we love to spend our summers playing, crafting and enjoying time outdoors. Things just move at a slower pace and we are free to enjoy our days. We recently took advantage of the extra time we had and made some Popsicle Stick Flowers. These are simple to make and don't require watering, which is a big plus if you weren't born with a green thumb. For more fun with Popsicle sticks check out Popsicle Stick Patterns and 20 Popsicle Stick Crafts and Activities.
We like to save our Popsicle sticks for crafts, like these Popsicle stick flowers, but you can also buy sticks to make the flowers.
Popsicle Stick Flowers
You will need:
- Tempera paint in various colors (green for stems)
- Popsicle sticks (each flower requires 5-6 sticks depending on if you want petals on the stem)
Paint four Popsicle sticks in the color you want your flower to be.
Paint one side first and when it dries, turn it over and paint the other side.
When the paint on the sticks has dried, glue them together to make a flower. Start by placing a dot of glue in the center of one stick and pushing another stick on top so it makes an x.
Then you will glue one stick on top of that but pointing left and glue another stick on top of that, but pointing right.
When the glue dries, you can glue on a stem with a green Popsicle stick. At this point you can also glue a second green Popsicle stick so that it make a "T" on the stem. My kids thought this made it look like our flower had petals.
We decided to glue some jewels to the center of the flowers to make them a bit more festive. We just added jewels to the center, but I could totally see placing them all over the flowers for a very sparkly effect.
Glitter will also work on these popsicle stick flowers. Simply draw a line of glue on the sticks and sprinkle on the glitter. I thought the flowers looked really cute in pots, but I wouldn't leave them outdoors since I don't think they would hold up too well under the elements.