Flower garlands and wreaths of leaves Flower garland You can use any garden flowers for this project but trumpet-shaped flowers work best. Thread the flowers by inserting one end of a piece of thin wire (such as florist’s wire) or a pipe cleaner through the calyx (the outer lower part which is usually green) and middle of each flower. Continue until the wire is covered with flowers and twist the ends of the wire together. Tip Let younger children use pipe cleaners instead of wire. Wreath of leaves Thread thick leaves onto wire as for the floral garland. Bend and fit the wire according to the circumference of the child’s head. Twist the wire or pipe cleaner ends together. Tip Use leafy twigs to make the garland, tying them together with short pieces of wire or green pipe cleaners.
Spell it out
Paint twigs in bright colours and arrange them on your child’s bedroom wall to spell out his or her name. It’s also a lovely gift for the child’s best friend.
Keep a flower journal
Invite your kids to join you in planting a few flower seeds in your garden. Store the seed packs in an envelope in an empty notebook and get the children to draw the flowers when they bloom. You can also press the flowers or dry and keep them in the journal.
OTHER OPTIONS FOR A FLOWER JOURNAL Children who love plants can keep flower journals with ideas about gardening, gardening tips, lessons learnt, a list of their favourite flowers, a gardening wish list of flowers they’d like to plant, photos, flower- and gardening-related poems, comments from friends about the garden, descriptions of visits to other gardens or dry seeds that can be planted next season. Super tip Make garden art projects an activity at a birthday party!
Source: You Play Summer 2012/13
Art direction and styling:Tina-Marié Malherbe
Production: Marianne Burke
Main picture: Peet Mocke
Models: Georgia and Zoey of Infinity