Hobbies: Make her a bouquet this Mother’s Day

Sandi Genovese
Tribune News Service

Looking for something personal and unique to give to mom for Mother’s Day? You need look no further than the box of school or craft supplies in your closet.

There’s nothing as cheery as a bouquet of fresh cut flowers, but give them a week (if you’re lucky) and they will become a stinky mess. If you want to extend the life of your floral bouquets, you might consider flowers cut from paper. Cutting the flowers from an assortment of spring themed papers is easy and is even more effective with flower centers cut from coordinating papers.

The support for the flowers is simple. Fold a 12-inch square of green construction paper in half, mark the bottom 2 inches with a pencil line and cut through both thicknesses in half-inch increments from the fold line to the pencil line. Curl the double thickness of paper around a fat marker or plastic pill container. Slide the rolled paper off of the support and staple it at the base. Slide a couple of rubber bands along the shaft to prevent the half-inch strips from drooping.

Conceal the rubber bands with a strip of paper curled around the paper shaft. Finish the strip with colored dots to replicate the look of little pearls or buttons, add a strip of ribbon tied in a bow and it’s time to add the flowers.

Place adhesive in the center back of each flower and press the flowers onto the green strips at the fold line. The paper is very pliable and can be draped to form a beautiful bouquet.

The paper bouquet has a thick enough support to stand up on its own, making it easy to display anywhere in the house. So if you are looking for a project to do with the kids to celebrate mom this Mother’s Day, try a fresh flower bouquet cut from paper … she is sure to love it bunches.

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