Summer crafting is in full swing but it’s hard to get them up on a regular basis. While we went on vacation this year it’s wasn’t tropical or remote like last years trip. To take our minds back to sandy beaches and palm trees we decided to make some flower leis. This particular craft can be adjusted for different ages depending on what you prep, what you allow your child to do on their own and what kind of supplies you use.
2-3 straws cut to 1″-2″
embroidery floss or yarn or twine
fabric or paper flowers in various colors and sizes
We had striped bendy straws. Shae cut them into into about 2″ lengths and we tossed the bendy part. The flowers we used were cut using Fiskars Punches in 2 flower shapes from various colors of construction paper. Patterned paper would work really well here too. Start threading a straw piece with 1,2 or 3 flowers then another straw piece. Shae put flowers together that were different sizes and colors. When she was done filling up a 20″ length of embroidery floss I gave it a double knot and it was ready to wear.
This is a great craft to work on with multiple children. All of the supplies can be prepped before hand and there is no waiting for paint or glue to dry or worry about huge messes to clean up. if you don’t have punches available fabric flower bunches from the $1 bin can be taken apart and used. They already have a hole in the middle of the petals too so assembly is simple.
Have fun with this one and hope to see your end results. Don’t forget to visit GummyLump #300CraftsforKids Blog to see the fun crafts going on over there. This particular project came right from Fiskars Idea Gallery using their paper punches.