Egg boxes or egg cartons are perfect for making flowers. They're quick to do, and any wavy edges or ruffled tissue paper adds to the natural flower look, so it really is a winner!
PVA craft glue
coloured tissue paper (or coloured paper)
small yogurt drink bottles or yogurt pots
stickers, wrapping paper, ribbons for decoration
small scissors (like nail scissors)
For the roses and daffodils, cut out an egg cup - snip off any joins and don't worry about wavy edges or breaks in the cup, like this one - as I said, it all just adds to the petal effect.
Mark half way down each side, in the middle, then draw from the mark to the corners. Cut out the triangles to form the flower.
Time to get painting - and try to paint your rose cups so they tone in with the tissue paper or coloured paper you're using - remember a few yellow ones for daffodils too. We painted our bell flowers purple, yellow and white, but any bright colours would look great.
Once dry, turn the cups over, and make a small hole in the middle with a pair of small sharp scissors, like nail scissors - keep them closed, press down on the card, and twist slightly from side to side. You may want to do this bit.
Push a 15cm/6" piece of pipe cleaner through the hole from the back, and fold over the tip - no more than 1cm/0.25"- inside the cup, to hold it in place. Green pipe cleaners are great, but we didn't have many green ones, so used a mix of what we found.
Then roll the strip up quite tight - kids may need help with this, especially getting it started - but the roll really doesn't have to be terribly neat - a bit ruffled and uneven looks good.
Hold onto the tissue paper roll so it doesn't unravel, put it into a cup with a stem, and then let it unfurl naturally up to the edges. While it's still in the cup, use a brush to dab a little glue onto the stray end of the tissue paper, to stick it down and hold the roll together.
Lift the roll out, brush lots of glue in the bottom of the cup, and stick the centre down firmly. Leave to dry.
(If you're using coloured paper - fold and roll a smaller piece, so it's not too big for the egg cup - 18cm/7" by 5cm/2")
For a daffodil, use a smaller piece of orange or yellow tissue paper - 18cm/7"by 5cm/2"- you don't want it to unravel too much, so, once it's rolled up, brush some glue onto the loose end, to hold it together. Then dab glue in the centre of your yellow egg cup and stick the roll in place.
For the bell shaped flowers, make a little hole at the top of the cone with small scissors.
Push a 15cm/6"piece of pipe cleaner up through the hole and make the stamen by wrapping the end around the middle of a 5cm/2"piece - yellow looks good, but any colour will do - we used a few gold ones to add a bit of sparkle.
The little vases we've used here are small yogurt drink bottles. There's lots of different ways to decorate them - I'm sure you'll come up with more!
If the label comes off easily, like these ones, then stickers are a quick way to jazz them up. If you need to cover any writing, cut a piece of wrapping paper so it covers the middle section, or use some plain paper and draw your own design. A glue stick is best for sticking the paper down.
A ribbon tied around the top finishes it off nicely - I always hold onto any ribbons, and found this lovely, thick pink organza one. If you have something similar, tie it around the top of the bottle so there's a long and short end. Wrap the long end all the way around the bottle a few times, as tight as you can, until it's covered, then wrap back up to the top and tie to the short end.
Put a old piece of plasticine or playdoh in the bottom of the bottle to stop it tipping. Either add your flowers, one at a time - bending the pipe cleaner ends to get the height you want - or arrange the posy first, then bend the ends together and pop into a homemade vase.
You could display your flowers in bigger yogurt pots, like this. Stick the pipe cleaner stems into a ball of plasticine first, and when you're happy with the arrangement, pop it in the pot.
Cut any paper to decorate the outside into sections before gluing - this makes it much easier to stick evenly around the pot.
Another idea we tried was using the rose cups to make a Mother's Day card, - very quick and easy! We cut the vase out of an old Birthday card.
Daisies next time!