Let’s make an easy flower craft to celebrate spring. This simple flower craft uses two things you likely already have at home – plastic bags and Q Tips – and works well for kids of all ages, even preschoolers. It is a fun spring activity for home or the classroom and the resulting beautiful flowers can make lovely decorations or bouquets to give as a gift!
It is Easy to Make Flowers from Simple Supplies
We have made flowers from all sorts of materials because you can literally make flower crafts out of anything and today we are making flowers out of leftover plastic bags you might have laying around the house.
Related: Check out 17 easy ideas how to make flowers with kids
Because these plastic flowers are so easy to make, you can easily use this as a preschool flower craft, a homeschool lesson project or a fun way to play. This is an open-ended craft that kids can use to dream up their own unique flowers making it perfect to inspire creativity while honing fine motor skills.
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Homemade Plastic Flower Craft for Kids
- 1 Q-tip for each flower
- Leftover plastic bags of different colors and patterns
- Scissors or preschool training scissors
- (Optional) Ice pick or tool with sharp end
How to Recycle Bags into Plastic Flowers
Using scissors, cut out different size circles from the plastic bags. Start with a few circles a little larger than you want your flowers diameter to be and then cut smaller and smaller circles.
The circles do not have to be perfectly round, have smooth edges or be consistently bigger or smaller than the circle below. The layers of cut plastic bags create the different fullness, petal shape and colors of each homemade flower.
Using scissors, cut off one tip of the cotton swab. Your Q Tip is going to be the center and stem for your plastic flower.
Stack the plastic bag circles you want to use for your flower and then poke a hole into the center of the stacked plastic circles. We used an ice pick from the kitchen drawer with our cutting board underneath, but you could also use another craft tool or snip the center with scissors.
Tip: Younger kids will need help with this step!
Thread your plastic circles onto the Q-tip starting with the smallest circle and then adding the larger and larger circles.
Finished Plastic Flower Craft
Not only it’s a fun craft, but also it’s a great way to practice fine motor skills for kids. Stacking those plastic bag circles on the Q-tip might be quite challenging for those little hands. They will love it!
Encourage kids to find and match different colors, prints and sizes to from the most beautiful blooming flower.
Our Experience Making Plastic Flowers
These are just few flowers that we made. Try adding more colors and shapes to experiment and create even more cheerful flowers.
Hey, if your kids are really into it, make the whole bouquet. Get creative!
More Flower Crafts from Household Items
Here at Kids Activities Blog we love making “things out of things”. You know, stuff you have in your kitchen junk drawer or laying on the counter.
- Make ribbon flowers…they are easier than you think!
- A big bouquet of pipe cleaner flowers is a really simple craft for preschool.
- Big and bright tissue paper flowers are one of my favorite flower crafts for kids of all ages.
- Let’s make some flower cookies!
- Need some tulip crafts? We got ’em!
- Make paper flowers from our flower template you can print right now.
- Let’s fold origami flowers out of paper…so many ideas!
- Make cupcake liner flowers!
- Make paper plate roses…one of my very favorite craft ideas!
- Or how about trying to create some coffee filter flowers?
- Or let’s think about using our handprint to make this handprint bouquet craft.
- Grab a piece of paper and kids can make their own flower drawing easily with this simple step by step tutorial.
How did your easy flower craft turn out? What colors did you use for your homemade plastic flowers?