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Upcycled Crafts for Kids — Keepsake Bouquet

Claudia has been writing about crafts online for many years. She is an avid crafter who has been creating for most of her life.

This upcycled craft project for kids is perfect for Mother's Day or any other special occasion.

This upcycled craft project for kids is perfect for Mother's Day or any other special occasion.

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.

Here are all of the supplies you'll need to make this upcycled craft project.

Here are all of the supplies you'll need to make this upcycled craft project.

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
  • Scissors
  • Pens/Pencils/Crayons
  • Stickers/Rhinestones
  • Photos - That can be cut up

Step 1 — Get ready to cover the container

Gather the fabric and container you'll be using and cut the fabric to the desired size.

Gather the fabric and container you'll be using and cut the fabric to the desired size.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

It's a little messy, but it's important to glue the fabric to the container.

It's a little messy, but it's important to 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.

  1. Using spray adhesive, cover the sides of the container with glue.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Set aside to dry.

Step 3 — Prepare the wire photo holders

You'll need some muscle power to turn the wire hangers into photo holders.

You'll need some muscle power to turn the wire hangers into photo holders.

An adult should do this step, not only for safety, but for the muscle power needed to cut through the hangers.

  1. Using wire cutters, cut the hangers into desired lengths. I got 4 pieces out of each hanger.
  2. Cut about a dozen sticks and lay them out.
  3. Using needle nose pliers, bend one end of the stick into a circle.
  4. Twist it until you have a double loop so that a piece of paper can fit in it snugly.
  5. Repeat this process with all of the metal sticks.

Step 4 — Fill the container with foam

I "used my noodle" when I came up with this solution.  I didn't have any floral foam, but I did have this old pool noodle to serve as the base for my "flowers".

I "used my noodle" when I came up with this solution. I didn't have any floral foam, but I did have this old pool noodle to serve as the base for my "flowers".

  1. 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.
  2. Put some glue on the bottom of the container. Cut a large piece of the foam to size, and fit it into the container.
  3. Cut smaller pieces to fill in the gaps and glue them in. Set aside to dry.

Step 5 — Assemble the paper shapes

Using card stock or scrapbook paper, cut out shapes.

Using card stock or scrapbook paper, cut out shapes.

  1. 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.
  2. 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

Use photos, stickers and other decorations, to adorn the paper shapes.

Use photos, stickers and other decorations, to adorn 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:

A few things to remember: Don't use special photos that cannot be duplicated. Once the part you want to use is cut out, the rest of the photo is ruined. Use embellishments that are not too heavy.

Photos

Stickers

Notes from children

Rhinestones

Handprints from children

Hand drawn pictures from children

Ribbons

Charms

Step 7 — Glue the shapes to the holders

Some of the holders will not hold the paper shapes well, so the shapes will need to be glued.

Some of the holders will not hold the paper shapes well, so the shapes will need to be glued.

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 achieve the look you love.

Arrange the keepsakes until you achieve the look you love.

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 gift that is sure to make anyone's day, this keepsake bouquet is the perfect upcycled craft project.

A gift that is sure to make anyone's day, this keepsake bouquet is the perfect upcycled craft project.

A keepsake bouquet is perfect for any occasion

Mother's Day

Father's Day

Birthdays

Christmas

Thanksgiving

Easter

Valentine's Day

Hospital Visits

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

Comments

Claudia Mitchell (author) on April 29, 2014:

I'm definitely with you on gives from the heart. It's so easy to go out an buy a giftcard in 5 minutes, but something like this will be cherished for a long long time. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on April 28, 2014:

I have always liked something from the heart much better than something impersonal. Fabulous idea!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on April 22, 2014:

Hi Nell - First off, let me apologize that it has taken me so long to respond. I took some time off for Easter. I'm so glad you enjoyed this craft and I really appreciate your kind comments. Hopefully some people will make this for Mother's Day or another special day. Thanks for reading and your votes and share!

Nell Rose from England on April 18, 2014:

What a lovely idea! I love the way you showed us how to do it, you really are a craft y person! lol! nice one, voted up and shared, nell

Claudia Mitchell (author) on April 08, 2014:

Thanks randomcreative! You are right, it can be tailored to pretty much anyone or any occasion. Thanks for stopping by!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 07, 2014:

This is such a cute idea! I did a similar project with my special education students when I was teaching. It's such a classic concept that you can customize for lots of different occasions and events.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 28, 2014:

Thanks NatashaHand. I think it's great for Mother's Day.

Natasha from Mississippi on March 28, 2014:

Mother's Day!!!

Tina Truelove on March 28, 2014:

Thank you so much! You have a great day too!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 28, 2014:

Thanks so much Tina! I disabled that contact the author button on my hubpages account. I appreciate you asking and you can use the photo. Have a great day and thanks again!

Tina Truelove on March 28, 2014:

You are very welcome. Yesterday, I wrote a blog post about Mother's Day gift ideas. I included this idea in my post along with several others. I credited you and provided a link back to your HubPages profile page and this hub. I tried to find a way to contact you via email or private message as HubPages used to provide a "Contact the Author" button. I guess they have deleted those. I wanted to ask your permission to use your first photo and send you a link to my blog post. We can't do that in these comments. Let me know if I have permission to use the photo. If not, that's ok too. My readers are sent back here for directions on how to make this. I just provided them with a list of things to do and a few short sentences which send them back to you. :)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 28, 2014:

Thanks Tina Truelove. I know a lot of moms who would love to get one of these.

Tina Truelove on March 27, 2014:

Nice idea! This is a great idea for Mother's Day.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 27, 2014:

Hi NatashaHand - That should be an interesting wreath. It's always fun to see what can be created with things around the house. Thanks for reading.

Natasha from Mississippi on March 26, 2014:

Love it! I have been collecting empty toilet tissue rolls to make wreaths during the holiday season this year

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 26, 2014:

Thanks so much randomcreative! I'm into recycling right now and have been looking at everything I toss with a new eye. This makes people happy and saves a little room in the landfill.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 26, 2014:

How adorable! This is such a great gift for kids to make for parents and grandparents. I love the recycled aspect of it as well.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 26, 2014:

Suzanne - I bet your kid's Nanna would love to get something like this. Glad you liked the project. Thanks for letting me know.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 26, 2014:

Hi kerlund74 - I bet your kids will love this craft. They can let their imaginations go wild. Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 23, 2014:

Thank you agaglia - More and more I am trying to do things that are environmentally friendly. I'm glad you noticed and that you enjoyed the hub.

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on March 23, 2014:

This looks like a great idea for my kids and I to make for Nanna on Mother's Day! Very easy and spectacular craft. Voted awesome and pinned ;)

kerlund74 from Sweden on March 22, 2014:

Sounds like a fun thing to do with my kids. Useful hub with an idea that appeals to me. My kids and I love to craft a lot of different things, and new ideas are always welcome!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 22, 2014:

Hi Jenn-Anne - Thanks so much for stopping by. I really think this project could be used in so many ways, classrooms, parties etc.... And you are right, it doesn't have to be done all at once. Glad you enjoyed the hub.

Annette Gagliardi from Minneapolis on March 21, 2014:

Nice. Very nice. This is a great idea, great family project and I appreciate that you included the environmental impact.

Jenn-Anne on March 21, 2014:

What a cute idea! Love the easy-to-follow instructions. This is definitely a project that can be stretched out over a few days. Might even be a good classroom project. Thanks for sharing!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 21, 2014:

Hi Tracie - I think this would be a wonderful project for Daisy Scouts, especially for that petal. Maybe they could give them to people in a retirement home or something like that. So glad you enjoyed the project and I hope the girls have fun doing it.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 21, 2014:

Thanks for all of the support Bill! I think anyone would love to get something like this, especially parents because we get all sentimental about things like this. Glad you enjoyed the hub.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 21, 2014:

Thanks so much for your kind comments suzzycue. I like doing hubs like this. My husband always jokes that I like numbered lists and he's right. Have a great weekend.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 21, 2014:

Hi breakfastpop! I bet your grandkids would love to do this at their sleepover. I know my daughter loves doing crafts when she goes to her garndmother's. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

Tracie Bruno from Delaware on March 21, 2014:

I love this idea. With a little prep work, I think this will work well with my Daisy Scouts. They will be earning their petal on how to Use Resources Wisely. A craft like this brings that lesson home and ties in with previous lessons like being Considerate and Caring as they give these gifts to someone special. Thanks for the great idea.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on March 21, 2014:

Hi Glimmer. Great job, this is both very creative and very timely with Easter and Mother's Day coming up. Great directions and photos to follow along. Voted up and shared. Have a great weekend

Susan Britton from Ontario, Canada on March 21, 2014:

Wow this is a great craft hub. You laid it out with step and numbered photos. This is a well done craft idea for kids. I love this layout of photo ideas.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 20, 2014:

VirginiaLynne - This would definitely be a great VBS project. I can see flowers with the daily passage and other mementos and it would be so nice in a child's room as a reminder. Thanks for the great comment.

Adrian Childs from United Kingdom on March 20, 2014:

Cute Idea! Love it

breakfastpop on March 20, 2014:

I love this idea. I am going to have my 4 grandchildren for a sleepover and I just know they will love this. Thank you. Voted up, useful, interesting and awesome!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 20, 2014:

Hi Eddy - This is definitely a great one for the grandkids. They would have so much fun making something like this for a special someone. Thanks for the support.

Virginia Kearney from United States on March 20, 2014:

Such a cute project. I think that kids would reallly enjoy this. I think it also could be very good for a VBS craft where the kids could include what they learned that week as well as memories of friends and fun.

Eiddwen from Wales on March 20, 2014:

A great hub for me to save for the grandkids.

Wonderful ideas and voted up.

Eddy.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 20, 2014:

Thanks so much for your support MsDora - I think any mother would love to get a bouquet like this.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 20, 2014:

Hi teaches - I agree with you, definitely a great gift for Mother's Day. Thinking of having my daughter put one together for my mom. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 20, 2014:

Thanks so much purl3agony. I love the idea of vacation photos. Shell shapes with beach photos or something along those lines. That's one thing I really like about this project, that it can personalized to absolutely anyone and anything. Glad you enjoyed the hub. Have a great day!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 20, 2014:

Thanks prestonandkate - I think it would really brighten up a spring decoration. What's really fun is to change up the colors and it gives the bouquet a whole different look. Thanks for stopping by and reading!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 20, 2014:

Excellent idea for a Mothers Day gift. Can't think of better one. Thank you for sharing. Voted Up!

Dianna Mendez on March 19, 2014:

This would make a great Mother's Day gift! Thanks for the idea.

Donna Herron from USA on March 19, 2014:

Such a charming idea for a special gift with a truly personal touch. Just lovely. I could see doing something similar with vacation photos and displaying them throughout the year. Another great hub!!!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 19, 2014:

Thank you so much for the sharing! I'm glad you enjoyed the project. I think any mom or grandma would love this bouquet.

Preston and Kate from the Midwest on March 19, 2014:

Hi Glimmertwinfan! Great hub! This is perfect for a spring decoration. Thanks for sharing your great idea. -Kate

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on March 19, 2014:

Great idea for the grandparents...I would love this as a gift which is why I sent the link to my daughter :)

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on March 19, 2014:

Awesome idea, especially for Mother's Day. Thanks for sharing, and pinning this.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 19, 2014:

Hi FlourishAnyway - I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate the comments and support. Like I said to someone else, for some reason I really like writing step by step instructions so I'm glad people like them too.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 19, 2014:

Hi Jackie - I could definitely see this as an Easter basket, with the paper cut in egg and chick shapes. That would be really cute. I also think it would be great in reds and pinks for Valentine's Day. I appreciate your comments. I think this is one of my favorite projects I've done.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 19, 2014:

I appreciate all of your support Stephanie. I know lots of folks who would love something like this. As a mom I know I'd love it and keep it for a long long time.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 19, 2014:

Thanks Sunshine! I bet I know one grandma who would love to get one of these. I think it would also be fun if all the grandchildren did one together for the grandparents. I bet that would go over well too. I appreciate your visit and great comments.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 19, 2014:

Hi Emma - Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I'm glad you liked the project.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 19, 2014:

Bill - I can't tell you how much your comment meant to me today. When I make hubs like this I really enjoy it. It's so much easier for me to write step by step instructions than it is to write other things. I really have been thinking about spreading my wings into the wild world of the internet and do have a blog that I barely keep updated. I may think about it more now. And I think you are right...these types of things are my niche. Now if I could just make millions of dollars out of it...........Thanks for your support and for always reading my hubs. The big question is are you going to make one of these? LOL

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 19, 2014:

Very cute idea with excellent step-by-steps. Voted up +++ and pinning.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on March 19, 2014:

So cute and could be made with an Easter look really easy! Or any holiday really. ^+

Stephanie Henkel from USA on March 19, 2014:

What a fantastic idea for kids to make for their Moms or Dads! Voted up and shared!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on March 19, 2014:

Way to go Glimmer! This is a fantastic gift idea and with time and patience, it should be easy to create.

Emma Lindhagen from Stockholm, Sweden on March 19, 2014:

That is a really cute idea! Thank you for sharing.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 19, 2014:

You have a talent for writing these craft articles. Your voice is perfect for this, and you manage to make it so easy to understand. Well done. I hope you are seeing some success in this niche because you deserve it.

bill