This year, we made the same paper baskets as last year, three types of paper flowers, and some of the standard cone-shaped baskets.
For the first type of flower, we dyed coffee filters in water tinted with food coloring. HINT - not a lot of water is needed - the more concentrated, the deeper the color on the flower. Ours were pretty light colored this year, but it was a great lesson learned. Before you dip it, you want to quarter the coffee filter and only dip the tip in the dye. Then quickly turn it upright and watch the color spread - it's pretty cool! Next, let the filters dry. Then, bunch up the filter and tape it to a straw or popsicle stick to make it into a lovely flower.
The second type of flower that the kids made also used coffee filters. First the kids colored with markers all over the filters. Then, you put the filter on a paper towel and spray lightly with a spray bottle. The colors all spread and blend together. Again, let dry, and then bunch up and attach to a straw or popsicle stick to make a flower.
handprint lilies so much from last year, so we chose them as our third flower. It is extra special making those in our house after our own "Lily", who actually curled all of them! She's such a crafty little girl!
All 18 baskets turned out lovely! What do you think??
I guess I did throw in a couple artificial flowers that I had from a few years ago when I made flower pens. They had been sitting up in a closet
And, now for the official day of "ding and dash".... (note the umbrellas, wet kids and RAIN!)
|we had to "waterproof" some of the bouquets if the porches were not covered|
What a wonderful, wet, memorable day it was again this year. Thank you God for memories like this one!!