Upcycled Crafts for Kids — Keepsake Bouquet
What will you put in your bouquet?
As most people will tell you, handmade gifts from the heart mean much more to them than something bought at a store. I know that I appreciate them. I also know that a lovely bouquet of these special flowers would brighten my day in more ways than I could say.
If you are looking for a unique gift for a family member or friend, this upcycled project is the perfect thing.
It does take a little time, and an adult to lend a helping hand, but most people should have all of the supplies needed.
My favorite part about this project is that it can be customized to anyone or any occasion. Kids of any age can contribute their own unique memento or message.
Can you imagine how happy a grandparent or ailing friend would be after receiving a bouquet like this? Why not make someone's day extra special and make them this craft.
You'll find all of the instructions you'll need, along with detailed step by step photos, below.
Supplies you'll need
- Cardstock/Scrapbook paper - In various colors
- Wire hangers - The thinner the better
- Plastic container - Cleaned and dry - remove any labels
- Fabric - I used my daughter's old terry swim cover-up that was torn
- Floral foam or old pool noodle
- Spray adhesive
- Glue - Clear drying craft glue
- Easter basket grass or another filler -I picked this grass up on sale after Easter for 25 cents.
- Wire cutters
- Needle nose pliers
- Photos - That can be cut up
Step 1 — Get ready to cover the container
- Gather a clean and dry container and a piece of fabric. I had an old torn bathing suit cover-up made out of jersey knit. Using a knit is better for this project because it is easier to manipulate on the container.
- Cut apart the fabric. Use care not to cut the piece too small. It's better to cut a large piece and then cut it to size.
- Estimate the amount of fabric you'll need by laying the container on it's side. Wrap it before you put glue on it to make sure it is long enough. On the side, there should be about an inch overlap when wrapped. On the bottom there should be about an inch of overlap, and on the top, a couple of inches of overlap.
Step 2 — Glue the fabric to the container
Before you start to glue, make sure you protect the surface you'll be working on, and have a towel on hand. Also, check your spray adhesive and use in a well-ventilated area if it is indicated.
- Using spray adhesive, cover the sides of the container with glue.
- Wrap the container, pulling the fabric to get rid of any puckers. Glue down the seam with the craft glue and glue the fabric to the bottom of the container.
- Cover the inside walls of the container with glue and push the fabric in. I use my finger to spread the craft glue over the entire surface so the fabric sticks.
- Set aside to dry.
Step 3 — Prepare the wire photo holders
An adult should do this step, not only for safety, but for the muscle power needed to cut through the hangers.
- Using wire cutters, cut the hangers into desired lengths. I got 4 pieces out of each hanger.
- Cut about a dozen sticks and lay them out.
- Using needle nose pliers, bend one end of the stick into a circle.
- Twist it until you have a double loop so that a piece of paper can fit in it snugly.
- Repeat this process with all of the metal sticks.
Step 4 — Fill the container with foam
- If you have floral foam, cut it down to fit your container. If you don't, just use an old pool noodle. It works just as well. Mine was headed for the trash dump before I saved it.
- Put some glue on the bottom of the container. Cut a large piece of the foam to size, and fit it into the container.
- Cut smaller pieces to fill in the gaps and glue them in. Set aside to dry.
Step 5 — Assemble the paper shapes
- Choose your favorite colors of a heavier weight paper, like card stock or scrapbook paper. Try to coordinate the colors of the paper with the color of the fabric.
- Cut out various shapes for the project. I used hearts, flowers, tulips and butterflies, but you can use whatever you want. Cut out shapes free hand or use templates, like cookie cutters, to trace out shapes. You can have kids cut the shapes out for an added touch, or, if you are a scrapbooker and have a shape cutter like a cricut, use that for your shapes.
Step 6 — Decorate the paper shapes
Using photos, stickers, drawings, and other keepsakes, decorate the paper shapes. Use craft glue to adhere items to the paper and set aside to dry.
Here are some ideas to use for your keepsakes:
Notes from children
Handprints from children
Hand drawn pictures from children
Step 7 — Glue the shapes to the holders
Insert the shapes into the holders that you made earlier. You will find that some fit really tightly and don't need any glue. Some of the holders will be really loose.
With the needle nose pliers, try squeezing the loop together to make it tighter. If that doesn't work, use a dab of glue to give the shapes extra security.
Step 8 — Assemble the bouquet
Arrange the keepsakes until you find that perfect look. You may want to trim some of the metal holders so you can see all of the items.
You can make the bouquet one-sided, like this one, where one side is blank. This is nice for a shelf or mantel. You can also make the bouquet two-sided, which is perfect for a table centerpiece.
Once you have it arranged the way you want it, add the Easter grass, or another decorative filler, to finish the display.
The finished bouquet
A keepsake bouquet is perfect for any occasion
Grandparents in Nursing Facilities
This upcycled keepsake bouquet is such a special project. Not only is a beautiful gift created, the project also helps children learn some important values:
- The gift of giving - A grandparent will cherish this gift, and your child will enjoy seeing their happiness.
- The importance of family - The time spent together making this project will be special to your child.
- Being environmentally friendly - Children need to know that some resources that would normally be headed to a landfill can be used to create beautiful things instead.
- Confidence - By including items that your child makes, they will feel important.
Before you run out and buy an impersonal gift card, or a sweater that won't get worn, make one of these bouquets instead, and make some special memories at the same time.
© 2014 Claudia Mitchell