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Van Gogh inspired QUILLED FLOWERS for kids

During the week of our summer camp dedicated to Vincent Van Gogh in which we used the Language through Art method, we talked about how Van Gogh was able to find beauty in his life while be being tormented by his own unhappiness. The kids loved his many flower paintings which inspired this project. I wanted to have the kids “build” a flower and decided to use an adapted quilling project. Quilling paper is a little bit too thin for little hands so I cut out strips of corrugated card stock and we quilled our Van Gogh inspired purple flowers!

Age: 5 to 10 years
Word Develpment: petal, center, flower, roll, glue, relax, pinch, tight, loose, leaf, fold, box, end

You will need (per flower):
7 1/2X20 inches strips of corrugated card stock
1 1/2X5 inches strip of corrugated card stock
hot glue
origami box (we followed one of the many box tutorials present on the internet)

Let’s get started:
Step 1: Roll 1/2X5 inches strip of paper into a tight coil and glue closed.

Step 2: Roll 1 piece of 1/2X20 inch strip of paper into a tight coil. Place in a circle form ( I used the bottom of a pencil sharpener) and let the coil relax.

Step 3: Glue the end of the strip down.

Step 4: Pinch in the ends of the relaxed coil in order to create a petal form.

REPEAT STEPS 2 to 4 with the remaing 6 strips (1/2×20 inches long).

Step 5: Assemble the petals around the center piece and glue in place.

A couple of hints: use hot glue because you do not want to have to hold the pieces while they are drying. The kids will need to work with you one at time in order to guarantee that they have understood how to roll and relax the circles. This is a a great project for working on hand eye coordination!


We glued our flowers on origami boxes but I think that they would make a great decoration on a present or a card.
Have fun and take care

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