To celebrate the colourful summer months, it’s time to give your house a pop of colour that will bring in the new season.
This activity is perfect for the whole family to enjoy - no matter their age. We'll show you how we created our flowers but feel free to get as creative as you like with your own!
What you’ll need:
- 12” x 16” canvas
- Egg carton
- Paint (we used pink and yellow for the flowers and turquoise for the backdrop, but you can use whatever colours you like!)
- Paint brush
- Buttons (we used white, but colourful ones work, too)
- Green pipe cleaners
- Glue (we used hot glue, but craft glue would also work)
Start by painting the canvas using the turquoise paint. A fun tip to make your canvas more dimensional - before the paint dries, pull through streaks of another colour. Perhaps white, for some stratus clouds or purple shades hinting at a sunset.
While the canvas is drying, cut up your egg carton. The cups will be your flowers, so you can use as many as you want (we used 6, but it's up to you)!
Before painting your flowers, make incisions along the sides of the cup - these will be your petals. Bend them outwards and round them off with scissors to make them more realistic. Paint your ‘flowers’ the colours of your choice! (Hint: you can use any extra carton cups as paint holders!) We went with a cheerful combination of pink and yellow.
Just like the canvas, the more coats of paint you use, the more vibrant your carton flowers will be, so paint, paint and paint some more! Just like the colourful strokes we added to our canvas, we included some additional dimension to our flowers by pulling a second colour through the petals. The pink flowers have some streaks of white and the yellow flowers have some orange streaks.
Once everything is painted and dry, arrange the flowers on your canvas to your liking. Once you've got a beautifully arranged bouquet, use some glue to make it official!
Now it's time to give them stems! Attach a pipe cleaner to each flower to make it look as though your flower is growing out of a green stem. If your pipe cleaners are too long, no problem - give them a trim and twist those shorter pieces into leaves. Glue these along the stems to add interest to your project. Then, you can twist the pipe cleaners together at the bottom to make it appear as though they are a bouquet. Once you're happy with placement, glue everything down.
Now for the final touch - buttons! Glue one button in the center of each flower. Just like that, your beautiful bouquet (that will never wither!) is finished and ready to be hung up or gifted to someone you love.
Do different rooms in your house have different colour schemes? Make one for every room with all the different colours! Think of all the possibilities!