If you want to add a little more nature and artistic flair into your child’s everyday life, try a craft project using freshly picked dandelions to serve as natural paint brushes. Even though Mother’s Day is supposed to be a day off from business as usual at home, it is still fun to work with your kids on a natural flower card project that can double as a Mother’s Day gift.
One of my favorite weed flowers, the bright yellow dandelion, shows up in the spring and lasts into summer. There is just simply nothing not to love about dandelions. They make charming flower bracelets, fanciful bouquets, and turn into soft white globes that can be blown, along with a wish, into the wind and across lawns and fields. They are magical, useful, and edible.
Dandelions also make great flower brushes for stamping and painting cards. Part of the fun of making Flower Paintbrush Cards is going on a walk outside to pick fresh flowers. The other joy (at least for kids) is the tactile thrill of twirling the flowers gently across a clean sheet of white paper to make a printed pattern.
Photo courtesy of Rae Grant
Kids may also find it interesting to know that the dandelion gets it name from the jagged edges of the flowers (the name derives from old French Dent-de-lion and Latin dens leonis ‘lion’s tooth’). Dandelion leaves can be eaten as salad greens if they grown in a pesticide free area. I know we’ve been trying to stomp them out of cultivated lawns for decades, but I say skip the pesticide and let them grow. Childhood would not be the same without dandelions to pick freely and create simple lovely things with.
Photo courtesy of Rae Grant
Before you begin:
1. Gather a cloth bag or basket for collecting flowers. Pack a light snack or a picnic lunch to bring along to make the outing an event.
2. Take a walk outside with your kids and search for dandelion flowers.They are easy to spot in most back yards and along the edges of fields.
3. Collect a batch to use for the card-making project. Be sure to pluck dandelions at the base of the stem. When you get back home, prepare the craft table. Lay out a cloth, newspaper, or brown bag on the table top.
4. Set out sheets of 8 1/2 by 11″ recycled laser paper or cut brown paper bags into squares or rectangles. Set out one watercolor set per child and a small glass of water for dipping.
5. To make a Dandelion Flower Paintbrush Card: Lightly dip the flower head into water and then into the water color paint. Brush, press, or twirl the dandelion flower across the paper to create a pattern. Experiment with different colors, different movements. (Play some classical piano or jazz music while the kids are experimenting.)
6. When done be sure to have the kids write a poem or I LOVE YOU on the inside of the card.
Happy Mother’s Day!
For more card making ideas, head over to Rae’s website My Little Hen