Easy and Inexpensive Paper Sunflower Craft for Kids (with Free Template): Using a free sunflower template and simple, easy to follow directions, kids can make their own paper sunflower craft.
There’s something really cool about sunflowers and kids seem to notice that. I don’t know if it’s the fact that they’re very pretty flowers. Or, maybe it’s the way you can so distinctively move toward the sun.
I think it’s partially the height though. There’s something oddly fascinating about flowers that get taller than people.
Just writing that out made me burst out laughing, I have to be honest. I think maybe I’m trying to be too philosophical about sunflowers.
I guess regardless of why people like them, they do. And, I have easy step-by-step directions and a free printable template for making your own paper sunflower craft at home.
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How to Make the Easy Paper Sunflower Craft
This craft is easy and inexpensive. You’ll need minimal supplies and kids will get some great fine motor practice. Bonus!
Plus, as I mentioned above, I have a free printable template to use for the flower, so you don’t even need any special drawing skills. That’s always a plus in my book.
Supplies Needed for Paper Sunflower Craft
1. Colored craft papers or tissue paper (you can actually get these already cut into small squares, which you’ll need for the project)
3. Pencil (if you will be tracing the shapes instead of printing directly onto cardstock)
4. Craft glue
6. Cardstock or other thick paper for the backing for your sunflower
6. Free Sunflower Craft Template – you can use these either for cutting out and tracing onto cardstock to use a backing or you can print directly onto cardstock and cut out the pieces from there
Directions for the Paper Sunflower Craft
1. Gather yellow and brown craft papers or tissue papers for the sunflower. Cut the selected papers into small square pieces (around 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches will work).
You can also use these tissue papers already cut into small squares. If you purchase these precut squares, you’ll probably need to go with 2-inch by 2-inch squares.
2. Crumple the square papers into small ball shapes one by one. Trace the sunflower pattern (from the free template listed in the supplies section) on a piece of craft paper and cut it out using scissors.
As I mentioned above, another option is to print the template directly onto cardstock. This is by far the easier option.
3. Take the brown crumpled paper balls and start gluing them to the center part of the flower pattern. Continue this until the center of the flower is filled.
4. Once you have finished filling the center part of the sunflower pattern, start gluing the yellow crumpled balls to fill the petal parts of the sunflower.
5. Continue to add yellow crumpled balls to the petals until they are all filled.
6. Just like in step two, prepare some green papers by crumpling them into balls. This will be for the sunflower’s leaf.
7. Trace the leaf from the template onto cardstock (or cut it out, if you printed onto cardstock).
8. Fill the leaf-shaped cut out with your green crumpled papers. Continue until completely filled.
9. Get your craft stick (or popsicle stick) or cut out a cardstock strip for the stem.
10. Attach the sunflower on one end of the craft stick/cardstock strip and glue the leaf below the flower. Allow the glue to dry.
This is fun to display or to use as a prop for songs or plays. The paper sunflower craft would also be super cute to put in a small flower pot!
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