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Easy Flower Print Craft

This part of summer is so beautiful, isn’t it? The trees, garden, and flowerbeds are all in bloom and yet the anticipation of fall is getting closer. Looking out at all the beautiful flowers in our yard inspired today’s post: we made a super easy flower print craft!

I found myself the happy companion of my two sons the other day, while baby girl slept and Miss 7 was out with daddy. So we decided to do a craft that appeals to their little tinker-and-smash-things souls. To make our flower prints, we used a hammer which the boys loved!

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Using a hammer to smash the flowers releases the color onto the fabric. Mister 3 and Mister 5 were exceedingly excited about using a hammer, and they did so well! We all took turns pounding the flowers, and probably did it a little too long which created more browning and smearing than intended. But it was awesome for the boys!

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There are so many ways you can do these prints; so many items you can put them on. For a super simple craft, just use some regular computer paper like we did. We plan on doing this again with Miss 7 on fabric and framing them for room decor. This can be done on tote bags, t-shirts, and more!

Of course this is the kind of activity that requires adult supervision. But if you can give your kids a safe area to work on this it makes for a great outlet for their need for hands-on work. It really was very simple too, so if you want to make some easy flower print craft to display then read on!

What You’ll Need

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A variety of flowers, the more colorful the better

Paper or fabric of choice

A hammer, preferably a small one

Paper towel

Tape – preferably washi or painters tape

Making an Easy Flower Print Nature Craft

1 Go for a nature walk

Gather all your flowers on a fun walk outside. We have many flowers throughout our yard and garden, so we picked a handful from our there. We have sunflowers starting to bloom so that will be our next flower print to attempt!

2. Lay flowers out on paper

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Next you’ll be setting up your paper how you want it to look for the print. You may want to remove some leaves or stems. Some flowers got laid on their side, and others we put down face on. There were also a few that had very large pistils, so we removed the petals and I let the boys try and recreate the flower shape. That was a little tricky for them, but still looked cool!

This is also where you’ll want to lightly tape the flowers down to prevent them from moving during the crushing part. We used regular tape, but it did stick more than I’d have wanted. So for that reason, I recommend using washi or painter’s tape for more success!

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3. Get pounding!

Now for the fun part! Place one or two layers of paper towels over the flowers. This helps to soak up some of the moisture and protect the flowers from getting too damaged too quickly from the hammer. It also allows you to see which flowers are releasing more pigment, and which ones could use a bit more smashing!

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For this part, we probably hammered the flowers longer than necessary, which turned some of them a bit more orange-y brown than they were originally. But that’s ok, all art of the creative process! With two boys I’m sure you can imagine they enjoyed the process way more than the end result – haha.

We had a lot of fun with this easy flower print craft. Turn it into a permanent decor fixture or just a quick craft for the fridge! Either way, it’s a great way to work on fine motor skills with a beautiful end result to enjoy.

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