One of the favorite gifts that I received one Easter from my daughter is a craft that can be made quite easily, and one that lasts. The Easter Bouquet is a craft that is ideal for school-aged children or older. Though some adult supervision may be required, most of the craft steps are easy enough for most kids to complete on their own.
You will need to purchase some basic supplies for the Easter Bouquet from your local craft store. A few of the items may be sold at the local Walmart or Dollar Store, so shop around for the best deal to keep this craft under around $8.
–One small to medium flower vase (approximately 6-12 inches in height)
–Small bags of colored sand
–Small bags of colored rocks
–Colored pipe cleaners (one package)
–Colored tissue paper
–Old newspaper or plastic tablecloth (to cover work area)
How to Make an Easter Bouquet
1. the first step is to gather your supplies and cover a work area, preferably a tabletop, with old newspaper or a plastic tablecloth
2. Set the vase on the newspaper and use a tablespoon to spoon the first layer of colored sand into the bottom of the vase (about one inch). Repeat this step with different sand colors, adding a few layers of colored rocks in between if desired. When the vase is filled about 4 inches with the sand base, add an additional layer of colored rocks to the top of the sand, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep.
3. Cut the colored tissue into squares about 2-3 inches wide, making some squares bigger and smaller.
4. Take 6-8 pipe cleaners and carefully poke a hole with the end through the tissue squares until each pipe cleaner has a full “bloom” of tissue flowers. Pull the tip of the pipe cleaner down and twist once to secure the tissue flowers and create a flower center. Repeat steps until you have a bouquet of about 6-8 flowers depending on vase size.
5. Place each flower in the vase, gently pushing each through the sand and rock base until stable. Continue until all the flowers have been set in the vase, spreading them around the edge to create a full bouquet.
6.Finishing touches can be made by adding a personal gift card and tying it to the Easter Bouquet with ribbon.
The Gift that Keeps on Blooming
One of the best things about making an Easter Bouquet for a gift is that it can be an attractive display throughout the year. You can create any kind of Easter Bouquet by getting creative with your basic supplies, even matching the colors to a certain room’s colors or the favorite colors of the person that the gift is for.
Some supervision may be needed when adding the sand and poking the tissue squares through the pipe cleaners. Enjoy this easy craft with a child or consider it for a Girl Scout troop activity. The Easter Bouquets also make a nice gift for those who might enjoy some surprise Easter flowers that will last all year.