This post is sponsored by Crayola.

With Thanksgiving over we are now heading full steam into all things Christmas, including decorating.

We are going to show you how to use the Crayola Paper Flower Science Kit to make a bright and colorful wreath that is perfect to hang on the door or above the mantel this holiday season.

Plus, it’s a fun STEAM activity for the kids and is a wonderful way for them to see their project on display.

A Christmas wreath with brightly colored flowers and baubles.

What you need:

Crayola Paper Flower Science Kit


The instructions that come with the Crayola Paper Flower Science Kit are very easy to understand. The first thing you need to do is punch out the four layers of flowers you will be using. Place the on top of each other according to size (smallest on top). Assemble your flower post and secure the paper flower on top.

how to use the Crayola paper flower science kit

The next step is to decide what colors you want your flowers to be. The color ink chart that comes with the kit has a variety of colors to choose from. We wanted ours to match the baubles we had purchased. They looked absolutely amazing.

color changing paper flowers dyed to match Christmas baubles to make a wreath

Colors bloom before your very eyes! Using the magic of physics and capillary action, this hands-on educational toy lets kids learn about the science of water “wicking” as they create colorful paper flowers.

First you add the drops of ink according to the color you chose on the chart.

A child adding dye to a paper flower color changing kit.

Then you add water using the little watering can included in the kit. Watch the ink moving up the wick and slowly change the color of the paper flower.

Colorful dye making it's way up a flower stem to dye a paper flower.
instructions for using the Crayola paper flower coloring changing science kit
A paper flower changing colors with dye and water.

Once your flowers have reached the desired color remove the stem from the water, and then from the flower. Set the flowers aside to dry overnight.

Using hot glue, attach your dried paper flowers onto a holiday wreath.

A green holiday wreath being decorated with bright flowers and baubles.

Then attach your baubles using hot glue as well.

bright colored baubles and flowers glued to a plain Christmas wreath.

The Crayola Paper Flower Science Kit retails for $19.99 and is available on and other retailers including Amazon.

This is such a fun project to do with the kids now, but would also make a wonderful gift for them too.

Ever since we made sugar string pumpkins, I have been a little crazy about the process.  It just seems magical to start with sugar and string and end up with a delicate creation that looks like something I would buy!

Today we are making a sugar string snowman…or snowwoman.  Kids Activities Blog is super excited to have Imperial Sugar back as a sponsor.  It is a perfect {and sweet} fit for us!

Sugar String Snowman - Kids Activities Blog

I know it looks complicated, but I promise you, this is VERY easy and your kids will be in the middle of this!

Make a Sugar String Snowman

We used the same sugar string recipe  from the Imperial Sugar website as we did for the pumpkins and assembled what we would need:

  • Cotton string – white
  • 1 cup Warm water
  • 2 cups Imperial Sugar
  • 3 Balloons
  • 2 Large black buttons
  • 4-5 red small buttons
  • Festive ribbon {or scarf and hat}
  • Twigs from the yard
  • A carrot

Start with 3 balloons.  You will want them to be as round as possible.  Blow them up to three sizes – small, medium and large.

Wrap each balloon with the cotton string.  We loosely wrapped these.  This is the step that kids might need a little help doing – at least getting it started.  We worked out a system where I held the balloon and Rhett wound the string around the balloon.

When the balloons are wrapped, then make the Imperial Sugar syrup.

Make a Sugar String Snowman - Kids Activities Blog

Combine 2 cups of Imperial Sugar and 1 cup of warm water in a bowl a bit larger than your largest balloon.

Mix until the sugar has dissolved.

Dip and roll each balloon in the sugar syrup until all the string is saturated.

Hang to dry overnight.  I have rigged up a way to let them dry over my sink because it is extremely sticky!

Sugar String Snowman Face - Kids Activities Blog

Once the sugared string is dry, then pop the balloons and pull out the deflated balloon pieces.

Take the largest balloon and push it gently into the counter to flatten the bottom so the snowman has a base of support.  Gently flatten the top of the largest sphere, the top and bottom of the medium ball, and the bottom of the smallest globe.

Using a glue gun, attach the three balls together so they will sit securely on top of each other.

Then add the button eyes, the carrot nose, the button mouth, the twig arms and the scarf using the glue gun as necessary to attach.

What is in Santa’s Bag Contest

Between today and 12/17, Dixie Crystals is giving away TEN $100 gift cards in a really fun contest.  Each day they will post a close-up photo of a recipe found on the Imperial Sugar website with some clues.  Play along each day and in the end 10 lucky winners will be chosen randomly.

Click on over to play!

A great big thanks to Imperial Sugar for sponsoring this post.

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