Kids will love this fun, easy, summer craft for kids of all ages! Pick some wild flowers or make use of dried up cut flower to make these beautiful flower suncatchers crafts.
One of my favorite things about spring and summer is all the natural beauty! I love the abundance of beautiful flowers in various shapes, sizes, and all the COLORS of the rainbow – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white, and every shade in between! Their are so many different varieties and they each bloom for such a small time before they make way for the next flower to be center stage. Besides enjoying these flower outside my window in hanging basket or at the local park, I wanted to capture and keep the beauty for the entire summer and beyond!
Sadly, some flowers bloom for only a matter of weeks before they are done for the year. This beautiful flower craft for kids allows you to preserve your the beauty just before they start fading… so you can enjoy them the rest of the summer!
Craft with Flowers
You need access to flowers. You can pick ones in your backyard, in the grocery store, wild flower on a natuer walk, or however else you like to get them. We like to pick flowers that are just about to go bast their prime so we can enjoy them fresh as long as possible. You want the flowers to be dry – so pick them after the morning sun has dried them out from any morning dew.
- paper paltes – we used green plates but you can use any color, size, or variety you have on hand
- self-seal laminating sheets – DON’t try to put fresh flowers through your laminator! The self seal laminating pouches are the quick and easy way to go on this project. Your laminator will thank you!
Start the craft for kids by cutting out the center of the small green plate, leaving the circle frame intact. We did this by carefully poking a hole in the middle of the plate and sliding our scissors in through the hole and cutting the radius of the cricle towars the edge. Then we switched directions and cut around the circumerence of the circle.
Fold a self-seal laminating sheet in half then cut the sheet to just 1-2″ bigger than the size of the green plate frame.
Open up half of the laminating sheet (unto the fold) and have your child place flower, pedals, or leaves on the sheet in the pattern they like.
This is a great time for kids to pick colors they like, pick patterns. Build vocabulary by having children tell you wahat color or shape they picked. Ask them why they like that color. Encourage kids to make a pattern with some white space to draw your eye to the preserved flowers.
Now pull back the paper from the other half of the laminating sheet and carefully press it on top of the flowers. Make sure you use your finger to get all parts touching by going on top of the flowers, between the flowers, create a lot of pressure and get right up close to the petals. Air bubbles not only don’t look very pretty, but they allow any leftover moisture from the flowers stay there and the air can age the flowers.
Make a variety of different pouches with different colors and designs.
Now one-by-one, tape the self-sealing-laminating sheet to the back (white side) of the paper plate. We like to use tape because it is less messy than glue and it allows us to finish the project quicker, but you could also use drick or liquid glue as well as a glue gun if you prefer. Make sure you affix all sides of the pouch to the back of the paper plate frame.
Repeat with all other pouches so that each one has a pretty frame.
There you have it – a simple to make, pretty summer craft with flowers that kids of all ages will enjoy making. Ish’t that so pretty!
Flower Craft Ideas
I love the way the air pockets and creases in the self-sealing laminating pages look. They give it such a pretty antiqued look. Pretty, right? Just make sure you get as close to the flowers as possible.
These are beautiful to hang on windows, sliding glass doors, and anywhere else that you get light through them to really point out the beauty of these DIY suncatchers.
These beautiful flower suncatchers will brighten up any window. Each one is different and fun to make. Plus these suncatchers make a great gift for Mothers Day, Fathers Day, or Grandparents Day.
More Summer Kids Activities
Watermelon Explosion is not only ridiculously fun, but will teach kids about potential and kinetic energy too! This Amazing Bubble Artwork Project is as fun to make as it is beautiful! Slime is always a fun kids activity and our 2 ingredient WOW Slime is the best slime recipe you will ever try!
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Plan your Summer Bucket List
- Ice Cream Summer Bucket List (freebie) – use our ideas or your own with these super cute summer bucket list visual
- First Day of Summer Printable Hat (freebie) – perfect for celebrating the first day of summer
- Farm Hidden Pictures (freebie) – perfect for roadtrips or rainy days this fun summer printable helps kids work on visual discrimination
- Watermelon Alphabet Mats (freebie) – sneak in hands-on alphabet practice this summer
- 24 Summer Books for Kids – picture books that celebrate summer!
- Subtraction Sandcastles Math Craft (freebie) – sneak in some math practice this summer with this adorable printable math craft
- Camping Tracing Strips (freebie) – help toddler/preschoolers practice pre-writing skills
- Amazing Dying Flowers Science Experiment – kids will flip over this activity where they can change the color of flowers into 2 different colors!
- Monthly Stories for Kids – free printable activity calendar with daily book and activity celebrating fun holidays and monthly themes