If you are looking for an craft idea for a quiet day inside, you might like to help the kids to make some tissue paper flowers. The finished flowers can be made into garlands to decorate their rooms, or perhaps a mobile to hand above their beds.
This activity involves cutting, folding and then carefully spreading out the petals to make your flowers. It takes a bit of patience and care and little ones will need to be supervised if you are not using pre-cut paper.
If you want to make your flowers a bit more interesting you can use more than one colour. The finished flowers can strung together to hand around your child's room or they be used to decorate other craft projects, maybe you could glue one or two onto a juice carton crayon box or decorate some shoe-box bookends with them.
What you need to make your tissue paper flowers
- tissue paper
- string or ribbon
- safety scissors
Cut your tissue paper into strips approx. 4 inches or 10 cm wide and cut both side of your strips to make squares.
Lay 6 squares on top of each other and begin folding them in a concertina pattern. (i.e. first fold one way, and then the other). Your folds should be around 1cm apart.
Tie your ribbon or string tightly around the centre of your folded strip.
You can trim both edges of your strip to shape the outer edge of your petals.
Carefully separate the squares to form your flower shape.
If you want to turn your tissue paper flowers into a garland, use a long piece of ribbon or sting and join each flower as you make them.