Sunday, April 19, 2009

Spring Flower Theme Party Part I



Here in Maine I'm still waiting for my tulips and daffodils to blossom...just a lot of leaves and stems right now, but I'm so ready that I decided to have a Spring Theme Party! So for the next few days I will have some ideas for Spring Party decor, favors, and of course, TREATS!

Today I'm putting together a fun drinking straw bouquet of spring flowers. You can buy drinking straws with flowers on them, but it's much more fun (and less expensive) to make them!This is a cute addition to a spring party table, and is a pretty simple project for kids, too. To help keep kids' interest during the project, you can cut out some of the petals ahead of time (you can cut several layers of tissue paper at once).


Here's what you'll need:
1. Tissue paper in spring colors
2. Drinking straws
3. Scissors (regular ones work fine, decorative scissors are great, too)
4. Hole punch
5. Double sided tape
6. Blossom Template
Download our blossoms template and print the PDF file onto cardstock. Then cut out the blossoms and trace around them onto tissue paper.


To make a daffodil:

Step 1: Trace two of the pointed three-petaled flowers and one of the circles from the template onto your choice of tissue colors (see step 1 above). Try a contrasting color for the circle (which will make the "cup" in the center of the flower). Use decorative scissors to "ruffle" the edges of some of the petals and the flower's cup. Punch holes in the center of each piece.

Step 2: Slide the two flowers onto the top of the straw, rotating the top layer so the petals alternate with the bottom petals (see step 2 above). Use a small piece of tape to secure the layers to each other and to the straw.

Step 3: Create a cup shape with the circle piece by trimming along the cut line and then overlapping one side over the other, securing with a small piece of tape. Slide onto the straw over the petals and attach with tape (see step 3 above for finished flower).

The five-petaled flowers on the template make a pretty gerber daisy. Cut three or four in your favorite color or colors, punch holes in the center, slide them onto the straw as you did for step 2 for the daffodils, arrange them as you like and tape them together and to the straw. Fold petals down the center to resemble a flower. (See at the top of the photo above).


The rounded three-petaled flowers will make tulips. Cut two or three in your colors and follow the directions as above. (See in photo above, bottom, in two shades of pink.)

Add leaves to the underside of each of the flowers, if you want, by cutting out some of the five-petaled flowers in green tissue, punching holes in the centers, and sliding them up from the bottom of each straw. Attach to the underside of each blossom with tape, then fold along the center of each leaf.

We'll be making some Spring Flower treats next. Please let us know what you think of these flowers! Did you find ways to make different kinds of flowers from our template? Share your comments below!

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14 comments:

  1. I love this!!! I'm looking for ideas for my daughter's birthday and I wanted to do a flower theme, this will definately be a great deco on the table!
    Thanks!

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  2. I'm so glad you like it! Thanks for commenting...come back and share photos after the party to let us know about the other things you did to decorate and celebrate! :0)

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  3. Beautiful. Perfect. We'll make some of these.

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  4. So glad you like it! Let me know how they turn out! :0)

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  5. So pretty! Thank you for sharing. My girls will love these, and they'll brighten up the house until the tulips arrive :)

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  6. Thanks so much!! I hope everyone tried to make them! They were really fun to make. I'd love to know if you tried to use the templates to make other types of flowers. Let me know!!

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  7. I love these flowers!!! what a fantastic idea!!!! I will actually be making the daffodils at work with my kids, for daffodil day :) thanks for the idea

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  8. Wonderful! Hope you have fun making them! :0)

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  9. Making about 200 of these for my 18th (flower theme) :) A bit of a hobby, but really worth it. Just finished the daffodils, now on to the gerbras!! Adding glitter to the petal edges too for an effect - looks so beautiful!! :D

    Mercii x

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    1. OOH! That sounds so pretty! If you take pictures, I'd love to share some on the blog! Email to me: emilyATgcdspaDOTcom!!

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  10. I've just made 40 daffodils for our church to use on Mother's day:)
    Thanks they worked well

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, that means a lot!

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  11. Nice...very helpful for my school project:)

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    1. Super! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment! Have a great night!

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