Friday, July 25, 2008

Flower Pounding

This was fun, and sort of addictive!

We picked flowers from our garden. Tater was amazed that this was possible, he thought we should go to the store and buy flowers. But, hello, FREE flowers!

We used Crape Myrtle, Black-Eyed Susans, Gerbera Daisies, Hydrangea and something purple. (How impressive is it that I actually know most of them??)

Anyway, you could use whatever you have that looks colorful.

We laid the flowers out on sheets of white construction paper (I also saw instructions for doing this on fabric, which could be fun). For some we folded the paper in half over the flowers (the ones on the right) and on the others we laid the flowers out and put waxed paper over them so we could see what we were aiming for (this worked better for Tater).

Then we got the hammer and banged the flowers flat - releasing the color onto the paper. Very loud and entertaining! Especially for kids who yearn to use tools, like mine!

After the flowers were good and smashed, we scraped the remaining bits off (carefully) with a butter knife. And voila! Flower prints!

I think these would make the cutest notecards ever...I might need to make more!

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