Making Beautiful Watercolor Flowers
In this project, the eight petals of a flower are painted in watercolor paint using different techniques, colors and patterns.
The center of the flower is filled with a variety of colorful pom-poms, making this flower textured and touchable.
Give them for Mother's Day or for their Grandmother.
Here's the petal and circle file for making the flowers.
Won't they look great on your refrigerator?
What You Will Need:
- Watercolor paper *
- Watercolor paints *
- Paper towels
* You could always use regular white paper or card stock and crayons or colored pencils instead of watercolor paper and watercolor paints.
1. Have your child draw some flower petals on the watercolor paper. You can download my flower petal pattern here.
2. Cut out the petals and trace them on the sheet of watercolor paper (or other paper) so you have a total of eight petal shapes. (You can also resize them if you want smaller flowers.)
3. Cut out the circle to use for the center.
4. Paint some water on four of the petals, and blot two of the wet petals with a paper towel.
5. Now paint all of these four petals with watercolor paints, making each one a different color.
6. Encourage your child to decorate each petal with a unique pattern. Consider polka dots, diagonal stripes, triangles, squares and squiggles. Then allow the petals to dry completely.
7. Using four different colors, paint the remaining petals. Look how much more control you have over
the paint! Try inventing a new pattern for each petal. Allow these petals to dry. (They could add some embellishments to the petals if they wanted to - like glitter, sequins, beads, etc.)
8. Arrange the petals on top of the circle base, so they are touching and evenly spaced.
9. Glue them in place on the circle and allow them to dry completely.
10. Have your child dip one pom-pom at a time in a small amount of white glue and place it in the center of the flower.
She/he can use as many colors as she/he would like until it looks finished!
What to do with the finished flowers?
- Add a magnet to the back and place on your refrigerator
- Glue or tape a wooden stick to the back and place in a vase
- Glue to a piece of colored paper and hang
What other ideas for displaying them do you have?