This week on Instagram, one of our favorite Instagram accounts challenged us to get creative with shapes. Learning shapes doesn’t have to be boring, and I love making things come to life for my daughter. So I knew I wanted to create something using shapes, and I also knew that I wanted to use my daughter’s old paintings to create a new masterpiece. Does anyone else have piles, and piles of artwork laying around your house?
I was thinking about this shape challenge all night, and then sometime early in the morning, while I was pinned underneath a sleeping two year old, a brilliant idea came to me. Why not create flowers with different shapes? My daughter, and I had just painted on some neon colored Astrobright card stock paper, and I knew those paintings would be the perfect thing for this project. This idea turned out even better than I imagined, and I would love to share our step, by step tutorial with you, so that you can create your own beautiful triangle shaped flowers.
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- Astrobrights colored card stock
- Washable paint
- Pom pom balls
- Green Pipe Cleaners
- Have your child paint bright colors on top of colored paper of your choice. I used Astrobright “brights” card stock, just like the card stock I linked to in the materials list. I just love how bright the colors are. You could use any paper you want, but I would suggest using a thick card stock type paper, so the flowers hold their shape better. Side note, I like to get in there, and paint along with my daughter. This step was the perfect opportunity for my 2.5 year old to be involved in this project, since she is too young to construct the flowers on her own. My daughter loves when I bring her artwork to life by using it in bigger projects.
- After your artwork has dried, cut out three different sized triangles per flower, like the picture shown below. You want to make sure that your triangles are equal length on all sides.
- Take your first triangle, and fold one of the corners to the middle of the opposite edge, and rub your finger over the folded edge to create a crease.
- Unfold the corner you just folded over, and repeat that same process with the other two corners. After you have folded all your corners over, your triangle should look like this.
- Repeat step three, with your other two triangles. When you are done, you should have three triangles that look like this.
- Carefully use a sharp object, such as the tip of a pair of scissors, to poke a small hole in the center of each triangle.
- Stack your triangles on top of each other, from biggest, to littlest, and guide your pipe cleaner through each triangle.
- You want to leave about an inch of pipe cleaner sticking out on the inside of your flower. There should be just enough to twist/fold over, like I did in the picture, so that your pipe cleaner doesn’t slide back out.
- Flatten your pipe cleaner down as much as possible, and glue a pom pom ball on top of the pipe cleaner.
- If you want to have “leaves” at the base of your flower. Cut a green triangle the same size as your mid size triangle, and fold your green triangle just like I showed you in step three. Poke a hole in the center, and slide the triangle up the pipe cleaner, to the base of your flower.
- Lay all your flowers aside to dry. I like to lay my projects out to dry on a cookie pan, so I can place the whole thing out of my daughter’s reach.
- Once the glue dries, you can arrange your flowers however you like, and sit back, and enjoy your triangle flowers! Here are a few images of us enjoying our beautiful flowers.
This was a fun way to make shapes come alive, but these paper flowers are a beautiful craft for kids, and adults of all ages! If you love these triangle flowers, don’t forget to pin them for later. Happy crafting!