Thursday, March 31, 2016

DIY: Fork Flowers

Spring is here and that means it's time for fun springtime projects! April is also Month of the Military Child, which means there are lots of events going on including one at our local base. The spouses club that I'm a member of will be doing a craft table at the event and I volunteered to come up with a craft that even the older children will enjoy. After a lot of thought, I decided to use one that I learned in Girl Scouts as a kid and that my fifth graders last year loved.

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This craft is not expensive or difficult and you may even have the supplies around your house! All you need is a fork, yarn, and pipe cleaners. I'm going to list the steps below but I've also included a printable that you can print and use later as well!

1. Start by gathering your supplies. You'll need a fork, yarn, pipe cleaners, and scissors.


2. Wrap the yarn around the fork 15-30 times. The size of your flower will vary depending on how many times you wrap it around. It make take a few tries to figure out your favorite size.


3. Slide the pipe cleaner between the fork tines and wrap it around the yarn to keep it together. Do this while the yarn is still on the fork to make it easier.


4. Pull the flower off of the fork. You can leave it like this or you can complete step #5 for a different look. This part is really a matter of preference. (Again it might take several before you decide on a favorite look.)


5. Cut the loops that were formed on both sides to create a pom pom effect. Fluff out the yarn to make it into a flower. I personally think these look a bit like the Truffula trees from The Lorax. I hope to use this craft in the future during Dr. Seuss week! 


You're finished with your craft! Now, you can give it to someone or create a bouquet of flowers to give as a gift. This would make the perfect craft for mother's day.


As I mentioned above, I created an instruction sheet to go along with this post. Feel free to print it by clicking on the image below. It can be used in a classroom, at a booth, or other function where kids will be making crafts.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-KDIjblJlxPVldaTVRzWlFRQTQ/view?usp=sharing

Love the craft but not quite ready to make it yet? You can always pin it for later!


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