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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Recycled Magazine Flowers

April 22 was Earth day! This week in Kindergarten we have been learning about our Earth and how to take care of it! I usually make these awesome Recycled Magazine Flowers with my kiddos! The great thing is that I usually turn this little project into a Mother's Day gift for their mothers! We have yet to get these started this year, even still I wanted to share these awesome flowers with you!
You all know how I love the Family Fun Magazine! This is an activity that I found in the magazine several years ago! I tried to find the link, but did not have much luck. I am sure it is on there somewhere...who knows!

You will need a :
*Bright and colorful glossy magazine pages
*Hole Punch
*Green Chenille Stems
*Buttons (2 hole buttons work the best)
*Clear/green pony beads

*First, you will cut 4 to 6 same-size magazine strips. I have cut them both the width and the length of the magazine page. It will work both ways! You can cut them between 1/2 inch to 1 inch.

*Overlap the ends of the strip and hold all of it down in the middle. You will hole punch through the middle of all three pieces. (You can also punch 3 holes in the strip before folding it. One hole in the middle, one on each end of the strip)

*I found that if you place a tight fitting bead onto the green stem that your flower will stay put better.

* You will then place your strip onto the stem. You will continue to make and hole punch strips until you like the fullness of your flower. (I usually just make strips out of the whole page and use all of them.)

* When you are finished with your flower, place a button through the green stem. You will thread the stem through the other hole in the button. I usually feed the stem all the way back through the bead underneath. This keeps the flower tight.

6.) Finishing touches! In the past I have used glass soda bottles as the vase! They always turn out so cute! Tie a ribbon around the vase and your done!

Other ideas:
You could also make these cute bows to finish a cute, wrapped present! Oh the possibilities are endless!!! :)


  1. They always turn out so cute!

  2. Those are really cute and quite clever. I love it!

  3. Hey there I am your newest follower! Hope you stop by to see me. Your blog is way too cute!!


  4. What a great Earth Day project! I'm pinning this idea for next year! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Great project for all those magazines! Found you on Flamingo Toes Party.

    New follower.

  6. Very nice and thrifty idea, love it!

    Thanks for linking this up Alicia :D

  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment! What a cute idea for earth day! I'm always looking for fun, quick crafts to do with my 2 toddlers so I'll be following your blog now for sure!

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. Recycled magazine flowers are a great idea.

  9. That is a great idea. I never though to use pipe cleaners to make them. Thanks for sharing.
    I am visiting through your link on Skip to my Lou.
    A Southern Lady

  10. What a fun idea! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting - I'm here to explore yours...and just became your newest follower. I would love if you'd stop back by and follow me! :)

    Turning a House into a Home

  11. Great idea, these are so cute. Please stop by and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

  12. So cute! Perfect for Mom's Day, or adorning your mom's day gift!

    Thanks for sharing at Calling All Crafters!

    Come back each Monday to see if you were featured, and to link up more goodies!

  13. Alicia, this is an awesome project! So easy to follow, and a way of being green :) Linking this up with us made the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop better and more special. Thank you!

  14. magazine flowers! awesome. so cute and simple.


  15. Visiting from Paisley Passions. Very cute!

  16. What a great project for kids! Love how they turned out! Thanks so much for linking to It's Stinkin' Cute Craft Thursdays!

  17. this is awesome! love love love. really cute.