Friday, March 9, 2012

Crafting with Kara- Cardboard Tube Flowers

Cardboard Tube Crafts, Cardboard Tube Flowers

We finally had the chance with Kara's busy schedule to fit in another installment of Crafting with Kara. This week she thought it would be fun to try a craft she saw in the March issue of Family Fun.  Using just a few supplies, she made vase filled with spring flowers.

Cardboard Flower Supplies, Cardboard Tube Crafts

The supplies you will need to make this craft are; one toilet paper tube per flower, and an extra tube if you want to make leaves, paint, bamboo skewers, and tissue paper.

Painting Cardboard Flowers, Painting Cardboard Tubes

Paint the tubes in your desired flower  colors.  If making leaves, paint one of the tubes green 

Painted Cardboard Tube Flowers

 Both the inside and the outside of the tubes need to be painted. We found it to be easier to paint the inside after cutting it.  Paint the skewers green, these will be the stems. 

Measuring the Cardboard Tube Center

Mark off the center inch of the tube 

Cutting the Petals of Cardboard Tube Flower

Mom helped with this step.  Cut slits up to the mark off point on both sides of the tube. There should be about 1 inch of tube left uncut. 

Making the Petals, Cardboard Tube Flower

Once the tube was cut, it was easier to reach inside the tube.  She also painted all of the petals on both sides of the tube. 

Cardboard Leaves, Cardboard Flower Leaves

To make the leaves, flatten the green tube, and cut into strips. 

Making the Cardboard Tube Flower Centers

Once all the flowers are dry, stuff the centers with different colors of tissue paper. 

Using a push pin, make a small hole. (this is another step that might need to be done by the parent) 

Cardboard Tube Flowers, Cardboard Crafts,

Insert the pointed end of the skewer into the hole.  You might use a little bit of glue to keep it in place, but we did not have to. 

Mothers Day Crafts,  Flowers for Mothers Day

Because of the vase Kara decided to use, we did not add the leaves this time.
We found the pretty purple vase at the dollar store.  They sold other colors like pink, yellow and blue as well.   One thing that I love about these flowers is they will stay pretty a lot longer than real ones. They would make a nice Mother's Day gift or just a spring decor pick me up.  


  1. Just toooo much fun, Kara! You did a fabulous job!!

  2. So cute !! I love these, great job!!!:):):)

  3. These are so fun! Thanks for sharing at Manic Monday!

  4. These are so cute. I bet my daughters would have a lot of fun with them.

  5. These are so cute! She is quite the little teacher too. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays at The NY Melrose Family.

  6. This is such a creative idea. I would love for you to link up at my linky party via:

    PS: I am your newest Linky Follower!

    Mrs. Delightful

  7. These are the cutest toilet paper roll flowers I have ever seen:) Great job!

  8. These are adorable!! Thank you for sharing them at Sharing Saturday! I hope you will share with us again this week!

  9. Hooray! Kara's flowers are a winner again this week - swing on by and pick up your badge. I'm so glad you guys entered (and won!) again :)

  10. Great craft! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Friday!!

  11. Those came out super cute! I shared this with my Facebook reader here: - Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Hope to see you again on Friday =-)

  12. So much fun! What a great craft for the kids! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  13. These are beautiful !! We made some last year.

  14. we totally just made sunflowers similarly - I love TP rolls and hoard them like we might run out (fat chance of that happening!). I am digging the tissue paper centers you used. I didn't do that.

  15. Blog is interesting and motivated me a lot!! thanks
    paper tubes

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  17. These are really cute and something simple enough my granddaughter could do them... now to remember to save TP rolls.... Cathy

  18. Pinning this for my GIrl Scout troop!


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