This is a great gift for Mother’s Day or for Teacher Appreciation Week. These flowers look beautiful, and you will be surprised at how easy they are to make!
First, start by printing out this template (click HERE, or on the image for the printable version). Each sheet will make ONE flower, so print as many sheets as flowers that you want. Don’t worry about printing on any special paper, regular printer paper is what I used and it works great…just part of what makes this SO easy.
Use watercolor paint and have your child paint to their heart’s content, right onto the template. The paper will get buckled and the paints will smear—and that’s perfect! (Tip: the finished flower looks really great if you paint the largest and smallest shapes one color, and the medium shapes a contrasting color)
When the paint is dry, just cut the flower shapes out, then cut cross-hair slits in the center of each shape, right where the small circle is.
Push the shapes onto the top of a pen, from largest to smallest. (Note: I used black pens with lids. I took the lids off and stuck them on the top of the pen, then attached the flowers. This way, the pen is ready to be used, and adds a little height to the flower as well)
When all the pieces are on, I wrapped a little florist tape around the top of the pen lid, as well as underneath the flower. This will hold the flower in place so the pieces don’t slide off (you could also add a little hot glue onto the pen tip before wrapping the tape, if you want). Squish the upper pieces together so they kind of form up, then squish the bottom piece down just a tad—this will make it look very flower-like.
For the flower leaves, I used 1/2” green ribbon, cut to about 5 inches in length. Just tie once, then secure it with a little hot glue under the knot.
I found these cute glass jars, and filled them with rocks and green glass stones. Won’t these cute pen flowers look cute on the teacher’s desk, or maybe next to Mom’s computer, or by the kitchen phone?
The best part is that it is truly hand-painted, and any child will feel so proud of the end product.
The hand-painted bloom is perfect for adding the child’s touch to a beautiful gift for anyone…and it’s SO easy!