Use corks and paint is a fun way to make flower prints and a creative way to introduce young children to the wonderful technique of printmaking.
These adorable cork-stamped flowers will brighten up a table-top or window-sill or any little corner of your home! What a fun spring craft for kids.
We are so ready to say goodbye to winter and to dive into some spring crafting. The hooligans are off on spring break this week, and I’ve been playing around with some some flower craft ideas ideas that I’ve had in my head for a while now.
The hooligans love stamping, so I often make homemade stamps with things I have around the house. These flower stamps are my latest invention. They are fun to make! When I tested our stamps them to see how they would work, I had so much fun that I couldn’t stop! Before I knew it, I was elbow deep in colourful, stamped paper flowers!
P.S. You might also like our nature stamping activity with REAL flowers from the garden.
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- white card stock
- acrylic craft paint
- 10 wine corks (I used a bundle of 7, and a bundle of 3)
- rubber bands
- styrofoam produce tray ( or something flat to pour your paint into)
- green drinking straws (or pipe cleaners or craft sticks)
- glue or glue gun
Corks are great for all kinds of crafts and activities!
Before you all ask me just how much wine we drink around here, let me explain. We kind of collect wine corks. We hang on to ours, and our friends give us theirs.
Turning your corks into flower stamps:
For today’s craft, I made 2 flower stamps. I made this small pansy stamp with 3 corks,
and a larger flower stamp with 7 corks.
To make your stamps, simply assemble them on a flat surface, and secure with a rubber band.
If you don’t have enough corks, fear not! I made a few flowers by dipping and stamping a single cork!
Drizzle 3 colours of paint on to your styrofoam tray.
Now, press a cork stamp into the paint. You may have to move it around slightly to get good coverage. Go easy though, you don’t want your colours to all blur together.
Press your stamp down firmly on your white card stock. Lift and…. aren’t they PRETTY?
Dip back into your paint and stamp again, and again! You may find it rather addictive. You’ll understand how I got carried away. 🙂
Let your paint dry, and then cut out your flowers.
Glue a button to the centre of each flower. I used my glue gun. Kids can use a low temp glue gun, or they can use regular white glue.
Glue a straw to the back of each flower, and pop them into a little vase or jar.
I love these little egg-cups. I filled them with buttons, and tucked in a flower.
What do you think? Isn’t it just the prettiest, little flower craft going?
I’ll be sharing more with you when the hooligans return!
Meanwhile… check out these adorable egg carton flowers.
You may also like:
- Rainbow Collages
- Paper Towel Butterflies
- Tissue Clothespin Butterflies
- Paper Bag Tiara
- Recycled Rain Sticks
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