by Brenda Arnold
Make a bouquet of delicate eggshell tulips for Easter, using eggshells and pipe cleaners. Younger children will find it easier to use the egg carton sections.
Supplies: Eggshells (or foam egg cartons sections) green pipe cleaners Tempera paint and markers Hot glue or white glue
Directions: Clean eggshell halves and dry them gently. Or, for an easier craft with more durable flowers, use foam egg carton sections. Cut the cartons sections to look like a tulip.
Using tempera paint, decorate the shells to look like tulips. Let the paint dry overnight. When the paint is completely dry, add details to the tulips using markers.
Twirl one end of a green pipe cleaner into a spiral shape (this will be glued onto the base of the tulip). Glue the spiral to the tulip (if using white glue, let it set for a few hours).
Dried Pressed Flower Stationary or Place Cards:
You can press and dry delicate flowers and then use them to make beautiful cards and stationery.
Supplies: Fresh, delicate flowers Coffee filters (optional) Phone book Good quality paper (to make the card or stationery) Scissors Glue Tweezers A brush
Directions: Pick some delicate flowers and leaves; sturdy flowers and thick leaves do not work so well and take a lot longer to dry than the delicate ones. Some plants that work well are California poppies, buttercups, tiny daisies, clover, ferns, pansies, and thin petaled blooms. Press each bloom/leaf in a thick telephone book. You can protect the pages of the book and speed up the drying process by pressing the flowers between flattened coffee filters. The coffee filters absorb a lot of the moisture as the flowers are pressed. It takes at least a week or two to completely dry out and press a flower - bigger blooms take longer. When the plants are dry, carefully remove them from the book. Arrange them on your paper in an artistic manner. You may have to trim some stems with a scissors.
Remove the plants, remembering where the plants were so you can put them back later. Brush a thin layer of glue on the paper where the dried plants were. Carefully put the plants back in place. This can be difficult and using a tweezers to place them on the glue can be helpful. Make sure all the plant material is touching the glue and lying flat on the paper. Let the glue dry completely. You now have beautiful stationery or cards.
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