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Spring flower bunting – kiddies’ craft

Here is how the se7en +1 hoods made these spring streamers:

We started with a sheet of paper to work on and markers, and made our flowers first.

And to keep the flowers small, you know slightly contain the exuberance; we used Post-it-Notes. We drew some invisible flowers with crayons and then drew over them with markers. And then still with white wax crayons we moved on to watercolours.

And finally we did some potato prints.
The trick with a good sharp edged print is:
Cut your potato in half;
Then score your potato about a centimetre from the top and about a centimetre into the potato;
Then cut your shape carefully from the top and the leftovers should just fall away;
And you are done.

Then we needed centres for our flowers…So each kid took a heap of little tiny post-it-notes in very subdued colours, not insect attracting or anything and stuck a bunch on their work page. Then with puff paints and glitter we made a heap of circles – flower centres. And we left everything to dry overnight.

Cut, cut, snip, snip… and we are left with fields and fields of little flowers. And don’t forget the tray of the centres for the flowers.

Finally, we chose some string – I had some left over pretty streamers… and we laid the flowers in stripes, alongside the string… Place a dab of clear glue on each flower and then place the string on top of the flowers. Lastly, put a blob of glue in the center of each flower, on top of the string. Place a flower center on top (string sandwich!) and leave it to dry.

And now we have se7en flowery spring streamers and we are ready and waiting for Spring to catch up with us.

What I love about this craft is that it is easy for all ages, requires very little help and can be adapted for any number of shapes and styles. Butterflies, Stars, Handprints, whatever.

About the se7en+1 team: We are a Christian  home-schooling family with se7en + 1 kids,  living in Fish Hoek, Cape Town and love sharing our life and times… our day to day adventures, travels, crafts, school ideas, recipes and day to day fun on our blog: Se7en

This craft appeared in the Sep/Oct issue of Radiant on page 51.

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