The Easter bouquet that displays a bloom full of your favorite people is a wonderful addition to an office desk or family room coffee table. This craft can be adapted for adults who want to give it a more professional look, but the basic design and craft is easy enough for children to make with a little help from an adult. Older children should be able to complete this craft independently, and it makes a nice gift to give for Easter. What grandparent wouldn’t love am Easter bouquet of their adorable grandchildren?
The Easter Photo Bouquet
The Easter Photo Bouquet is a craft that features favorite family photos as the flowers in a vase. The best photos to use are face shots that are large enough to be framed by a flower petal border. Since photos will have to be cut and shaped to fit, it is best to choose photos that you have a double of, or extra photos that you will not miss.
There are only a handful of supplies required to make the most basic Easter Photo Bouquet, but additional craft supplies may be used to decorate this craft. Adults may consider making different versions of this craft for gift giving.
1. Photographs that can be cut and pasted. Close ups of people are best.
2. Green florist’s foam or styrofoam
3. Pipe cleaners (green is the basic color used, but other colors might be used to create a more “rainbow” bouque
4. Elmers Glue or other white non-toxic glue
5. A small rounded flower vase (about 6 inches wide and 3 inches in height)
6. Construction paper
7. A few different colored sheets of foam craft sheets
8. Markers and a sharpened pencil
10.Stickers, glitter, paints (optional)
Begin by preparing an area to work. A kitchen table works well, with a plastic table cloth or some newspaper placed on top. Gather all craft supplies and set aside.
Draw some flower shapes of various sizes (about 2-3 inches in diameter) with a pencil on the foam sheets. Erase marks as necessary. Cut each flower out
with scissors and set aside.
Cut some circle shapes out of the construction paper to serve as the center of each flower. Match each circle shape to a flower and paste on with some glue.
Take each photo selected and match one to each flower shape. Trim around edges of photo until each photo has been cropped to fit on each flower. Paste one photo on the front of each flower (on the construction paper circles). The construction paper circles should not be fully covered by the photo.
While photo flowers are drying, take some of the florist’s foam and measure it to fit inside of the vase. Cut the foam to fit the depth of the vase if necessary.
Once photo flowers have dried, turn each flower over and place one pipe cleaner on the back, about 1- 1 1/2 inches on the flower. Paste on with glue and let dry for a few minutes.
Cut a few green leaves out of the construction paper after tracing them with a pencil. Paste a few leaves on each pipe cleaner.
Gently push each completed flower and pipecleaner stem into the florist’s foam until it is securely set almost to the bottom of the vase. Add any final decorations to your Easter Photo Bouquet with markers, stickers, or glitter and glue.
The Easter Photo Bouquet can then be gift wrapped with a cellophane gift basket wrap and tied with ribbon, or given as a gift without. Other vase sizes may also be used to create different sized Easter Photo Bouquets.