When your kids are not in kindergarten or school, it can get quite overwhelming to keep them entertained. After all, they are curious, energetic, little whirlwinds that need constant input. If you’ve already baked more cookies than you can eat, read every book on their shelves and don’t want to extend your children’s screen time, give them a cool flower craft to do! These five do it yourself projects (DIYs) don’t require much of your help, will keep your kids occupied for a little while and you likely have the materials needed already at home.
Every DIY comes with an age suggestion and approximate time it will take your little ones to finish their crafts. Whether your children are in preschool or in their early teens, these crafts cover all age groups. Depending on your children’s age, affinity for crafting and love for detail, the time it takes to craft can vary. Either way, we suggest plenty of flower craft ideas that they can pick up if you want to keep your little bees busy. Just click on the button below each craft to print out the detailed instructions and materials needed.
If you don’t have a printer at home, don’t worry! Your children can still do most of these crafts. Just open the craft by clicking on the button below it on your phone, tablet or laptop and read the instructions from there instead of a printed out page. Maybe reading about these DIY flower crafts will spark extra inspiration in your children’s minds and lead to them exploring crafts they invented themselves!
Make A Handprint Flower Bookmark
Age: 4 – 10 years old
Time: 20 minutes
1 jumbo popsicle stick
Green craft paint
1 green craft foam sheet
1 craft foam sheet in color of choice for the handprint flower
Liquid school glue
Crafting their own bookmarks is the perfect DIY for any child that loves books and any parent who doesn’t know where to display another one of their kid’s art pieces. This useful little flower craft doesn’t require a lot of supplies and will bring joy to your children while tucked away in their favorite book. If you don’t have foam sheets at home, your children can still make this bookmark using craft paper.
With smaller children (ages 4 – 7), you’ll want to assist them when tracing and cutting their handprint. Other than that, this DIY is safe for any age and a great personalized gift for friends and family members who love to read. You can even offer your child to trace your handprint so they can craft you a bookmark as well. If you have a full box of craft materials at home, your kids can add stickers or glitter to their bookmarks to make the flowers even prettier.
Easy Origami Tulip
Age: 6 – 12 years old
Time: 10 minutes
1 large piece of green origami paper (5.9” x 5.9”)
1 small piece of origami paper in color of choice for the flower (4.7” x 4.7”)
Origami is an ancient Japanese art that uses only paper to form three dimensional figures. The term stems from the Japanese words ori which means “folding” and kami meaning “paper”. One of the most commonly known origami pieces is the origami crane which is pretty but can be difficult for kids to fold when they have no experience with this craft. A simpler origami piece to get your little ones started is this tulip!
Origami requires a bit of patience but is a beautiful craft that also challenges your children’s fine motor skills. Have a try at it yourself, it can be quite relaxing. Every crease needs to be folded well so the tulip can stand on its own when finished. Encourage your children to challenge themselves and fold better and better tulips with every try. They may end up liking it so much that they’ll ask for other and more complex origami figures to fold!
Craft A Flower Card
Age: 6 – 12 years old
Time: 20 – 30 minutes
1 piece of craft paper (letter/ US size)
This printable includes a variety of flowers that your children can color, cut out and then arrange into a bouquet. This DIY is easy, versatile and pretty cute. Just download the printable using the button below, print and get started. If there is a holiday or someone’s birthday coming up, these bouquets make a sweet cover for a greeting card. Your children can also just glue the bouquet onto a piece of paper that you frame and hang up as art in their room. You can always print the pieces on colorful paper if your children don’t like to color and rather want to focus on cutting out the individual pieces and arranging the bouquet.
If you don’t have a printer, you can let your children carefully trace the cutouts from the screen or just have them draw the flowers free-hand. Another pretty craft idea when you don’t have a printer at home is to have your kids press flowers that they picked outside and create a card with them later. This DIY can take a few weeks because the flowers need time to dry but the results are definitely worth the wait and it gets the kids outside. It’s a win-win!
Make Your Own Bath Bombs
Age: 8 – 14 years old
Time: 20 minutes
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup epsom salt
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup dried lavender buds or rose petals
2 tsp lavender or rose essential oil
3 tsp water
2 – 4 drops of food coloring (optional)
silicone mold (optional)
Bath bombs are not just fun when you watch them dissolve in water, they’re also a really cool DIY to make. The ingredients are pretty safe to use and easy to measure. If you trust your kids and don’t mind the clean-up afterwards, let them have a go at this flower craft by themselves. Maybe an older sibling will offer to help in exchange for one of the final products.
If your kids want to give the bath bombs away, they can cut out the tag from the printable and attach it to the gift. The bath bombs can be stored in a dry container for about six months but the sooner you use them, the fizzier they will be upon contact with water. For a fun and fizzy bath, use them within four to six weeks after making the bath bombs.
This recipe includes two options, a rose and a lavender bath bomb but by switching out the dried flower pieces, using different food coloring and essential oils, your children can create their own scents. Maybe they want to try out a lemon or orange bath bomb to which they can add zest of the respective fruit instead of the flower buds. For a relaxing bath bomb, adding vanilla extract instead of essential oil and chamomile buds is also a great option.
Fun Flower Coloring Pages
Age: 4 – 10 years old
Time: 30 minutes
Googly eyes (if available)
If you don’t quite trust your children with glue or scissors while they’re on their own, these fun flower coloring pages are the perfect task for some safe and easy downtime. If you have googly eyes at home from your last trip to the craft store, leave a few out so your kids can add them to the drawing once they’re done coloring. Googly eyes make everything more fun and can add a hilarious touch to the most common objects.
When your child colors super quickly, send them on a scavenger hunt for household objects that could turn into faces with googly eyes attached to them. Good examples are trash cans, door knobs or mugs. Luckily, the stickers peel off easily and even if you miss one or two objects while cleaning up, you’ll likely have a good laugh when you open the fridge in a couple of days and see the ketchup bottle staring at you.
More Flower Crafts + DIYs
If your kids are craving even more crafting activities, check out these fun flower-themed DIYs and find a craft that will save your children from boredom:
Spending time with your kids is precious but there’s nothing wrong with giving them a little something to do on their own while you get work done or simply kick back with a cup of tea and a good read. If your children want to give all their crafts away as gifts, you can pitch in with a bouquet of flowers for a gesture that anyone will appreciate.