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“Fast Flowers” by Disney’s FamilyFun

7 Feb

Have you ever seen the neat projects in magazines that look so put together and perfect? The professionals who create them for the professional magazine photographers will build and rebuild it until it is a masterpiece. However, when you try to imitate that perfection in your home, it looks – well – like a non-professional version of the same craft!

This phenomenon occurs often in our home. My daughter will find a fabulous magazine craft which I help her imitate, then talk her into believing that she is not perfect and it is beautiful despite its sad resemblance to the picture. Her latest “must do” project came from Disney’s FamilyFun magazine, and can be found here:

http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/fast-flowers-1033829/

We gathered all the materials from around the house, and while I snapped pictures to capture the final outcome, she cut and pasted the first flower into reality.

Choosing the colors.

First, we placed an empty can in the coffee filter to measure the size of our circles. If the paper circles were too big, the flowers would be ruined.

Measuring the coffee filter

Circle makers!

Next, we chose three containers to make three different circle sizes. We can’t make perfect circles, so we traced the bottoms of these items.

Tracing….

…and cutting!

The directions told us to attach the whole flower with a tack, but she decided she needed reinforcement. We glued the circles in this pattern:

She also glued the circles into the coffee filter.

The final product

We pushed the thumbtack through the middle and added it to her eclectic room.

THE VERDICT:

When we were making these, I had to keep fluffing the coffee filter, because as she worked, she would crush the filter and take the creases out of the sides. I also wish we had used a fresh package of filters, because this one is relaxed and has lost some of its shape. When we pushed the tack through the center, the yellow paper wrinkled.

While there were a few imperfections, the end result does look exactly like the picture.

She is so delighted with this project that she has picked a spot on her wall to imitate the picture from the link above.

Let us all know how your flower project comes out, and share pictures of the final result! Happy creating!

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