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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Coffee Filter Flower Planter

I love spring!  After a long winter nap, the world wakes up again.  Trees start budding and flowers start growing.  One of my favorite first signs of spring is seeing the yellow daffodils bloom.  Some people call them jonquils.  Shortly after they bloom, the leaves start growing on the trees and the next thing I know, other flowers are blooming and the environment around me is colorful again.

Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living (Tina Truelove)
*All photos in this post are the property of Abundant Family Living (Tina Truelove)

 Coffee Filter Flower Planter



I love doing spring crafts and activities with my preschoolers.  This week, we decided to do our first flower activity for the season.  We made a coffee filter flower wall planter.


We started out with two paper plates.  You don't necessarily need the thicker, sturdier ones.  We used the cheapest ones I could find.


 I cut one paper plate in half.  Then my preschooler painted the front side of the whole plate.


When he was finished with the whole plate, he painted the back side of the half plate.


We used coffee filters for the flowers.  I asked my little guy to paint each coffee filter a different color.  We used water-color paints.  Water-color paints are great for this activity because the colors bleed easily through the filters. 


The plates and filters will need to dry.  Here are our finished plates and colorful springtime flowers.


After the coffee filter flowers have dried, grab the center with one hand and use your other hand to fold them up like the photo above.


You can opt to glue the flowers to the inside of the paper plate, but we decided to use tape.  The tape actually holds the flowers on better and there is no waiting for the glue to dry.  We taped the bottom of the flowers to the center area of the plate.


Then, we stapled the half plate onto the whole plate like the photo above to create the planter.


We added a yarn hook to the back.  Again, we just used tape.


We finished with a pretty springtime wall planter filled with pretty spring flowers!

This flower craft is good for any time during the spring or summer, but it is especially nice in May for a Mother's Day gift.



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