Half-and-Half Paper Bouquet Craft for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is just a few days away! If you'd like to help a young crafter make something easy and cute for their mom, try this half-and-half paper bouquet. By using cupcake liners, this pretty bunch of posies can last long after this weekend's festivities.


  • Standard size and mini size cupcake liners – five of each size in white for the papers, plus five additional standard size liners to set aside
  • Craft paint in two different shades of the same color (try to pick one dark and one light)
  • Paintbrush
  • Floral wire
  • Brads
  • Hole puncher
  • Ribbon
  • Favorite fresh flowers (optional)


1. Start out by flattening the cupcake liners with your hand. Place them under a heavy book for a little while to completely flatten them.
2. Next, with your light shade of paint, paint all of the liners, both big and small, one color on just one side. Let dry.
3. Let the liners dry. TIP: Keep an old cooling rack from the kitchen in your art supply stash. It's a great way to let art projects dry and recycle an old household good.
4. Once the lighter shade is dry, paint the other half with the darker shade. Again, let dry.
5. When the liners are dry, layer a small liner on top of the standard size. Place one of your extra plain white liners underneath this group. (Try mixing the half-and-half designs when you line them up!) Gather the papers together and pinch with your fingers to make a flower shape.
6. Punch a hole at the bottom of the gathered part you just made.
7. Cut a 10-inch piece of floral wire and feed it through the hole you just punched. Bend the end of the wire over and twist to close.
8. Take a brad and place it the hole you just punched. Attach to the back for the flower on the wire. Your flower is now finished – complete the rest of the flowers.
9. Gather your finished flowers together and tie with a piece of ribbon. If you like, add a small amount of fresh flowers to your bouquet; they can be removed and the paper flowers saved long after Mother's Day.

How'd mom like her bouquet? Share the moment! Just email a photo of your creation to me, lish@www.metroparent.com. I'll feature it in a future Make It blog.


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