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The Best Flower Crafts for Kids

Kids Flower CraftsArts and crafts are important for your child’s development. Not only can they get their creative juices flowing, and let their imagination run wild, but the holding of pens and paintbrushes can help improve their fine motor skills.

Plus, there is no better time to do some crafting, and as the weather begins to get warmer and the flowers begin to bloom, there is plenty to spark your child’s imagination.

From potting plants to sunflower competitions, if you’ve been spending more time outdoors as a family, why not use nature as your inspiration for your next crafting session with your kids.

Here are our top flower-themed activities for you and your little ones to get your hands on, and most importantly, have fun!

Flower hand painting

With bright shades and interesting petal shapes, flowers make the perfect, colourful spring time picture. Plus, when paint is involved, things can get messy and fun!

Tulips have a unique shape and come in a variety of colours, so why not make them the subject of your kids’ crafting session. Even better, you get to create the painting using your little one’s hands.

To make a tulip painting you will need:

  • Paper
  • Plate or paper plate
  • Colourful paint, including green
  • Paintbrush
  • Apron (if you think things will get messy)

First, encourage your child or guide them to paint a green stem on the paper, and then add some large green leaves. If you have a bunch of tulips to hand, it can help to mirror the shape. Next is the best bit – and made need some adult supervision if your child is younger.

Your child then places their hand on a plate of coloured paint, making sure that its completely covered. Then, press their hand firmly on the paper at the top of the stem. Keep the fingers together, and then slowly spread them out to create the tulip shape.

The picture is then complete! You can do this on a folded piece to make a greetings card, or cut out the hand-print flower and stick on the top of a lolly stick to make a pretty bookmark. You can also experiment with shapes and colour.

Try yellow as the main colour, and spread the hand out completely when pressing on the paper – you can then fill the middle with some black paint to create a beautiful sunflower picture. Again, if you’ve been growing sunflowers in your garden, you can take the activity outside and use them as inspiration.

Egg box flowers

The best crafts are made from the materials you can find around your house, reusing something that possibly could have been thrown away. For example, an old egg box is a great starting point to make a colourful and interesting, homemade bunch of flowers.

To make egg box flowers you will need:

  • Egg box
  • Scissors
  • Colourful paint
  • Green pipe cleaners or lolly sticks
  • Buttons (optional)
  • Ribbon (optional)

Firstly, if you’re child is old enough, let them cut each section of the egg box individually, or you can step in to help. Then, you cover the whole section in colourful paint – whichever colour your little one chooses. If using them, stick a button in the middle of the box to create the centre of the flower. Or you can simply paint the centre with a contrasting colour.

Finally, stick the egg box flower to the top of a green painted lolly stick or pipe cleaner. If you wish, you can bunch up a few of them and tie together with a coloured ribbon, taking inspiration from the flowers you find outdoors. You can use them to decorate the kid’s own section of your garden.

Tissue paper blossoms

If paint isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other materials that can represent the colours and flowers that we see in nature. The texture of tissue paper can be used to create blossoms – the perfect activity for spring as we begin to see these bloom all around us!

To make a blossom picture, you will need:

  • Pink tissue paper
  • A piece of paper
  • Glue
  • Brown pen, crayon or pencil

The first step is the most fun for little ones, as you need to screw up all the tissue paper into little balls. Set aside whilst you encourage or help your child to draw a tree trunk and some branches on the piece of paper, with either a crayon, pen or pencil. Then, they can stick the tissue paper flower buds onto the branches they’ve drawn, until the paper is full and a beautiful blossom tree has been created.

You can use any shade of tissue paper you like to create the blossom picture, and with nature as your inspiration, the possibilities are endless!

Plants that Symbolise Sympathy

Loss is never easy. There is always some amount of regret and longing that has no way to be expressed now that they are gone. Fortunately, there are flowers. The right kind of flowers can express our feelings for the deceased and our sentiments towards the bereaved family.

Just make sure that the symbolism of the plant conveys the correct expression. Your choice should mirror the relationship you had with the person who has moved on.

If you are still unsure about your floral decision, here are tips about some plants that symbolise sympathy:

Lilies: The most preferred funeral flower of choice are lilies. They come in many colours but an occasion of sympathy demands the white lily. White lilies symbolise the innocence and purity of a soul and its transience. Occasions marked in the church always opt for lilies as they symbolise the radiance of soul and is closely associated with the Virgin Mary.

Peace Lily: Similar to lilies, this plant symbolises rebirth of the soul. The dark green leaves with white long-lasting flowers are almost perfect as a sympathy gesture. Potted plants of Peace Lily can be a remembrance token for bereaved families.

Orchids: White and pink orchids with their delicate stem and exquisite flowers symbolise that the love and friendship shared will last always. Their beauty and fragility are fitting expressions of farewell to a friend or partner.

Solidago (Goldenrod): This plant has a bright yellow energy that symbolises support during difficult times. Sympathy bouquets containing solidago convey encouragement and support that are a perfect gesture for the mourning.

Dahlia: These eye-catching flowers lend themselves to express sympathy beautifully. Red dahlias symbolise power and strength, showing a message of support to those in low points of life. Pink ones symbolise goodness, grace, and convey a message that a loved one is irreplaceable in your heart. The other colours of dahlia have strong meanings too but are not suitable for denoting sympathy.

Gladioli: They symbolise strong moral values and sincerity, making them a perfect choice for remembering peers and work associates. They come in different colours but they all have the same meaning that honours people with integrity. You cannot go wrong with this one.

Alstroemeria (Inca Lily): They celebrate an enduring friendship. It is said that its six petals symbolise— commitment, humour, empathy, patience, respect, and understanding. It is the perfect choice to remember close friends by.

Other than these, Hyacinths and Forget-Me-Nots are appropriate flowers that symbolise a deep longing while Magnolias symbolise perseverance. Then again, the tropical and bright Hibiscus symbolising quiet feminine strength and delicate beauty can be a sympathy marker for close and beloved female relations.

Sending Sympathy flowers and green plants that are used to symbolise rebirth, and spiritual themes like resurrection and immortality are always a heartfelt gesture. It is a beautiful way to honour the deceased and bring solace to the bereaved. Pick a flower that will describe your relation and say what’s in your heart for the final farewell.

Mother’s Day with Funky Pigeon

With all the madness that’s going on in the world right now, it’s easy to forget that it’s Mother’s Day this weekend. It’s a bittersweet one for me, because my Mum and I are properly back in contact and enjoying a lovely relationship again, and this would have been the first Mother’s Day since things have been good with us. However, between my pre-existing conditions and my little sister being in the middle of chemotherapy for Multiple Sclerosis, we aren’t going to be able to see each other this Mother’s Day. Huband won’t be able to see his Mum either (we’re even missing our nephew’s 16th birthday today, too), and we’re both absolutely gutted.

One thing that is worth bearing in mind is that, even if you don’t get to see your Mum for Mother’s Day, Funky Pigeon are still working tirelessly to get cards, flowers and gifts out to everyone’s Mums. You can still order something, right up to 6pm on Saturday, so it’s not too late!

Here are just some of the gorgeous gifts that you can have delivered straight to your Mum to show her you’re still thinking of her, even if you can’t be together:

Mother’s Day Personalised Chocolates

Mother's Day personalised chocolatesThese boxes of chocolates aren’t just a delight for the tastebuds – they can be personalised to feature any picture you want, and after you’ve finished the chocolates, it can be turned into a photoframe. I just know that my Mum and Mother in Law would love these, especially if it featured a lovely picture of Sausage and BB.

Mother’s Day Necklaces

Mother's Day jewelleryJewellery is always a lovely way to show someone you care and Funky Pigeon has something for every budget. I absolutely love this rose gold necklace and I think any Mum would be chuffed to receive this on their special day.

Mother’s Day Photo Gifts

Personalised gifts for Mother's DayThe clever chaps at Funky Pigeon can actually personalise a WHOLE range of stuff, from snowglobes to socks to aprons to keyrings and a whole lot more besides. Wouldn’t it be lovely to find pictures of you and your Mum and have them printed on something for her to cherish? You could even make a collage of pictures of you together from right back when you were a baby!

Mother’s Day Flowers

Mother's Day flowersWho doesn’t love receiving flowers? Luther Burbank once said “Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” I know my Mum absolutely loves to receive flowers so this would be a really nice option for her, too. The bouquets from Funky Pigeon start at just £19.99, which is a really great price considering the quality of the flowers.

Mother’s Day Alcohol

A personalised tipple for Mother's DayMy Mum is like me, in the respect that neither of us are massive drinkers, but if your Mum enjoys a tipple every now and again, getting her a personalised bottle of whatever tickles her fancy could be a great way to show her how much you love her. And who knows? If you’re lucky, she might even share it with you!

Head over to Funky Pigeon to check out all of these amazing gifts, and more.

Orchids Flower Delivery: What Orchids Mean in Different Places

In and around the world, the most popular type of flower is Orchids. Its popularity makes it a very ideal gift for every special occasions and celebrations. Sending Flower Delivery is, in fact, a perfect way to show sentiments and to convey emotions. According to the Florist, this flowering plant symbolizes a whole lot of things in different places. Check this out:

To the Greeks – Orchids mean Fertility and Virility

Based on the mythology, the gods and goddesses of Greek myths used Orchids to symbolize fertility and virility. They were known to eat the flowers of Orchids before making love to determine the gender of their child. A hand bouquet of Orchids was also a common gift given to the Greek women to mean romance and love.

To People who lived during the Victorian Era – Orchids mean Affluence

The Orchids during the Victorian Era were used to complement the suit of tight corsets and the hats, as well as to symbolize affluence. Having special flower arrangement of Orchids in the home or a little Orchid flower worn on clothes speaks of luxury and status of wealth.

To the Americans

Orchids were also used in the old days as symbol of strength and power. To the Americans of the modern day, this flower is symbolic of love and romance, beauty and femininity, and affection and admiration. You can send Orchids as birthday flowers for mom or as graduation gift to a friend.

To the People in the East

Orchids were used in China as medicinal and health remedy. The flowers were believed to contain medicinal and healing effects to the body. In the modern day, the flowers of Orchids are symbolic of inner peace, healing, and purity that make the soul happy and free. If you are thinking of giving Orchids as gift to a special person on special day, you can ask Little Flower Hut as the florist in Singapore to assist you with the right design.

Orchids are very distinct from other types of flowers that you can get from a Flowers Delivery Rowville service. This is because of their shapes, colors, varieties, and patterns, not to mention the level of care they require in order to flourish. The orchid’s popularity and uses, as well as symbols seem to set it apart as a very special flower in the flower shop. More than just a gift for someone dear, to commemorate special occasions, events, or purposes – this plant makes everyone feel wonderful and special. Lastly, Orchids are among the few flowering plants that are suitable for indoor and outdoor house planting. You could keep one forever if you so desired.

Win A Bouquet from Serenata Flowers

I’m sorry, I know I’m a walking cliché, but I really do love receiving flowers. They brighten up a room and make me feel special, which is something that everyone should feel from time to time. I’m not one-sided though, Sausage and I have been known to buy Husband flowers to brighten up his office – flowers shouldn’t be gender restricted as far as we’re concerned! For readers in Australia, Flowers Across Sydney can deliver flowers directly to you.

Sausage actually received her first ever bunch of flowers today. Husband and I went to see her in her very first school play, where she took the esteemed role of Mary, so we thought it only fitting to present our little performer with a bouquet of her own. We opted for a small bunch of soft pink roses and she was absolutely delighted!

Christmas Celebration Bouquet

The lovely people at Serenata Flowers have some gorgeous seasonal bunches available, as well as lots of beautiful classic bouquets that would brighten anyone’s day and the good news is that they want to give one away to one lucky Mum’s the Word reader. You’ll get up to £35 to spend on the site and all you need to do is leave me a comment by the 16th December telling me which bouquet you’d choose if money were no object from the Serenata Flowers site. For an extra entry you can also tweet the following:

“I want to win with @jaynecrammond and @SerenataFlowers and you can too, just go to http://wp.me/p2oKoO-2rt to enter”

Good luck!

The giveaway is open to mainland UK readers only. Closes at midday on 16th December, winner will be chosen are random and no cash alternative will be offered.

Upcycling Rose Petals Part One – Simple Table Centrepiece

I love receiving flowers, same as most people, but I always feel a bit sad when they start to die. Roses are my faves (in fact, Sausage’s middle name is even Rose) and they start off so beautiful and full of potential, but whither away to nothing in such a short time. Recently, Sausage insisted on making me buy buying a bunch of flowers for her Dad and she chose pink roses for him. They lasted quite a while, but when the time came to add them to the compost heap, I decided to keep the petals and dry them for later use.

Drying the petals

The drying itself was a simple process, I simply pull the petals off of the stalks, spread the petals out on a microwaveable plate and buzzed then for a minute at a time until they started to feel a bit crispy. I think it took three one-minute sessions in my 800w microwave and then I spread them on an old tea towel laid flat to soak up any excess moisture. I then stuck them in a lock-tight tupperware box until I needed them.

Simple but pretty table centrepiece

The first thing I decided to use my dried petals for was a pretty table centrepiece, based on an idea I saw at Christmastime on Pinterest but never got around to making. You’ll need:

Dried rose petals

Small bundt cake tin

Boiled water

Tealights

Pretty saucer or bowl

1. Fill the bundt cake tin with the dried rose petals. At this point, you can also add a few drops of rose essential oil if you want to, but mine hadn’t arrived yet, so I didn’t.

2. Pour boiling water on top of the petals

3. Use a spoon or other pokey thing to press the petals down so that they are all submerged below the water and laying flat

4. Place directly into the freezer (it’s a good idea to put a piece of cardboard between the shelf and the tin as it may freeze together and be a total pain to try and extract

5. Once it’s frozen and you’re ready to use the centrepiece, remove it from the freezer and run the outside of the tin under a lukewarm tap to release the ice

6. Place it upside down on your saucer or bowl (it’s a good idea to measure how much water the saucer will take as it may overflow as the centrepiece starts to defrost if you don’t use something big enough). Something vintage and floral would probably look lovely

7. Place your tealight into the dimple in the bottom of the ice and light

8. The ice will probably outlast your tealights, so you may need to replace the candle a couple of times, but as the ice melts, providing you use a plate or bowl that is deep enough, you end up with a candle floating on beautiful rose petals and rose tinted water.

This photo doesn’t really do it justice as it was quite late and taken under the light above my hob, but the water and petals looked a lot prettier in reality!

I think this would make a lovely (and pretty much free) table decoration for a romantic meal for two. You can replace the flower petals with seasonal things like berries or seashells for different occasions too and experiment with scents and colours.

Just a tip – boiling the water first is quite important as it makes the ice clearer when it freezes, allowing you to see what’s inside. As an additional bonus that I wasn’t expecting, the boiling water took some of the pink colour from the petals and make the ice a beautiful pale rose pink colour. The photo below is my first attempt, made without boiling water and it did not work at all!

Part two to follow – come back to see how I get along with making my own rose-scented bath bombs!