Watercolor Flowers

These are SO SIMPLE to make and yet they look fantastic. It's worth doing a few and keeping them on hand as they are really useful to make gift tags and birthday cards. Or combine several to make a collage or a spring wreath. Preschoolers will have fun doing this project and older kids (and adults) will enjoy creating more complex designs.

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Project Info

Difficulty Easy
Duration Under 15 minutes
Age Any
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Materials

  • Gems, Buttons, Beads etc (optional)
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Watercolor Paper

Instructions

    1. Cut a flower shape out of the watercolor paper (adults will need to help younger children with this step).
    2. Brush the flower with a coat of water
    3. Paint the flower using watercolor paints.
    4. Once dry add glitter, gems, buttons or beads to the center of the flower.

    Tips

    1. You can use multiple colors to paint the flower. I think that it looks nice to paint the middle of the flower a different color to the petals. By using a wet wash prior to applying the paint, you will find that the colors merge into each other where they meet. If you do not want this to happen, simply omit the step of applying a wet wash (i.e. wetting the paper before painting).
    2. There are plenty of flower templates online that you can use to create the flower shape. Simply type "flower template" into a Google image search.
    3. These flowers make wonderful gift tags or Birthday cards when mounted on card stock.

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    Useful supplies

    - our picks from Amazon for this project:
    Sulyn Sparkling Glitter Sample Pack, Non-Toxic Variety Pack, 16 Assorted Classic Colors, 1.12 ounces, SUL6651
    Sulyn Sparkling Glitter Sample Pack
    Crayola Watercolor Set: 1 set, 16 colors, Multicolor
    Crayola Watercolor Set: 1 set
    Darice Big Value Plastic, 9mm, 1000 Piece Opaque Color, Pony Beads, Multicolor
    Darice Big Value Plastic
    JPSOR 900pcs Craft Gemstone Acrylic Flatback Rhinestones Jewels for Crafting Embellishments Gems, 9 Shapes, 6-13mm
    JPSOR 900pcs Craft Gemstone Acrylic Flatback Rhinestones Jewels for Crafting Embellishments Gems
    Strathmore (360-9 300 Series Watercolor Pad, Cold Press, 9"x12"
    Strathmore

    Related Books

    - our picks from Amazon for this project:
    The Flower Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books)
    The Flower Alphabet Book
    The Tiny Seed: With seeded paper to grow your own flowers! (The World of Eric Carle)
    The Tiny Seed: With seeded paper to grow your own flowers!
    Caterpillar Spring, Butterfly Summer: 10th Anniversary Edition
    Caterpillar Spring
    Flower Fairies of the Summer
    Flower Fairies of the Summer
    The Boy Who Grew Flowers
    The Boy Who Grew Flowers
    Planting a Rainbow
    Planting a Rainbow

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