I hope that everyone is adjusting to the end of summer and the start of school. It has been a super busy few weeks for me, and far too long since I’ve posted here. I’ve survived the first week of teaching my college class, which I love, but there is always such a frenzy of preparation at the beginning. On top of that, I am in training as a PRN (per diem) child life specialist at a local hospital. I’m super excited about it because I’ll be working primarily with NICU babies and families. I get to spend time in the hospital and practice those clinical skills while still teaching and working on the practice. I think it is going to be a good fit and everyone has been very welcoming so far. So, lots of excitement and a long to-do list lately. Despite all of that, I’ve still had a bit of time for creative pursuits. I thought that today I’d share a craft project that school agers and teens might enjoy: DIY flowers out of cupcake liner papers and drinking straws. I created a bouquet of these flowers as part of a birthday gift and thought they were a sweet decoration. This is a simple, inexpensive project with lots of room for customization and embellishment.
- Paper cupcake liners in various colors, patterns, and sizes
- Plastic flexible drinking straws (the “bendy” kind)
- Hole punch
- Gather together your materials. The hole punch is optional.
- Choose 3-5 cupcake liners to use for your flower. I generally use a mix of large and small and patterned and plain.
- Cut your cupcake liners into flower shapes. I created petals by making straight cuts up to the line marking the cupcake base. I then rounded the edges. You can also gently fold the liner (first in half, then in half again or thirds) and cut a petal shape. For the simplest flowers you can skip cutting and just flatten your cupcake liners.
- Layer your cupcake paper flower pieces. At this point, I often cut the petals shorter on one of the liners to make it medium sized (see polka dot layer above).
- Create a hole for your straw in your flower pieces using the hole punch or by cutting a small “x” shape in the center.
- Thread the top (bendy end) of your straw through the hole. At least an inch of straw should poke through.
- Use small pieces of tape to secure the paper liners to the straw in front and back. You can use clear tape or decorative paper washi tape (this works well because of its slight give and flexibility).
- If you leave your straw as-is, it can still be used to drink with. In the hospital, these might be fun “silly straws” to use for medicine taking or fluid intake.
- To create a center “stamen” for your flower you can cut straight lines in the end of your straw. Bend back the plastic pieces to create the center of your flower (see final photo above).