Brighten someone’s day with this crafty pollen free bouquet
A bouquet of flowers is enough to bring a smile to someone’s face no matter the circumstances, but for some this causes more discomfort than joy. Have no fear, we’ve got you covered - allergy sufferers can still get their floral fix without sneezing thanks to this hay fever-friendly bouquet that uses a variety of paper crafted to create the perfect bunch. Parents can make for - or with - their kids to ensure no one misses out.
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Pollen Free Bouquet
Things you need:
- 5 sheets of tissue paper (1 flower)
- Coloured thread / string
- 3 Squares of 11cm x 11cm coloured paper (1 flower)
- Coloured sheet of a4 paper (1 flower)
- Scissors (grown-ups only)
- Wooden skewer / toothpick
- Tape / Double-sided sticky tape
- Green Straws / Pipe Cleaners
- 5 coloured cupcake cases (1 flower)
*Double up the paper measures for multiple flowers.
- Bring in a coloured sheet of A4 paper, landscape.
- Fold the paper in half and cut strips with scissors stopping before reaching the top (grown-ups only). Cut along the whole length of the a4 paper.
- Unfold the paper & open up, apply glue to the bottom uncut base and then fold over the other side and glue together.
- Using double-sided tape on it, apply to the bottom.
- Bring in straw and attach one end of paper to it. Coil up and you have your beautiful flower.
Tissue Paper Flower
How to make it:
- Bring in 5 sheets of 8”x4” tissue paper, any colours you like.
- Fold up the end in a zig-zag way
- Tie thin thread around the middle
- Trim the edges into a rounded shape with scissors (grown-ups only)
- Peel the tissue layers away one by one to create a flower shape. *insert image from video below*
How to make it:
- Bring in a square of 11cm x 11cm paper ( any colour you like)
- Fold the paper in half from point to point
- Then fold in half again, then one more time.
- Using scissors (grown-ups only), cut a curve out of the edge of the paper so it’s rounded.
- Open up the paper to show its a flower shape.
- Repeat this 2 more times so you have 3 flower shapes in total.
- Cut out one section from one, two sections from one, and three sections from the last (grown-ups only).
- This will give us 6 pieces of paper so we can form the rose.
- Take the largest shape and apply glue to one of the petals, then stick it together creating a cone shape.
- Repeat this process with the rest of the shapes, the last two will require less gluing so you can still have a coned shape.
- Cut the tip off the end of the cones to make it easier to fit them together (grown-ups only).
- Then stick them inside each other Russian doll-style and it’s done
- For an even fancier effect use a cocktail stick to curl the edges of the petals and now you have a rose!
- Bring in a cupcake case, colour of your choice.
- Fold the cupcake case in half
- Fold again
- Then again
- Cut out a curved edge petal shape on the end (grown-ups only)
- Unfold and repeat with 4 more cupcake cases.
- Take the flower shape cases and stack them up and staple them in the centre (grown-ups only)
- Scrunch up the top layer and continue through the layers until it looks like a flower.
- Add a straw or pipe cleaner to the bottom of the flower to create a stem.
Et voila, you have made all your paper flowers so it’s just time to assemble your bright floral creations in any vase you, and you have a lovely pollen-free bouquet.
This article was brought to you by Piriton*. Please check that all items and ingredients included in the craft activity are suitable for the particular child/children.
*Piriton Allergy Tablets and Piriton Syrup contain chlorphenamine maleate for allergy relief. Piriton Allergy tablets from 6 years. Piriton Syrup from 1 year. Always read the label.