String Flowers

6 Apr

Spring is right around the corner, and to celebrate we are decorating with flowers.

Not real flowers of course {its not quite Spring yet}, but “String Flowers”.

My Kids Make “String Flowers” and yours can too! Find out how to make your own:

This idea came from a project we did for Valentine’s Day, called “Heart Strings”.

First, make a batch of corn starch glue. To do so, mix 1/4 cup cornstarch with 1 cup water in a small pan. Heat the mixture {and whisk well} until it is smooth. If it looks too thick, add more water. {Save any leftovers in the fridge for future use}.

Cut long pieces of yarn {1 foot}

Place flower shaped cookie cutters over pieces of parchment paper on your table or work surface.

Once the glue has cooled to the touch,  pour it into small bowls for your kids to use.

Your kids will dip the pieces of yarn into the glue.  {Have them remove any excess glue by running their fingers along the yarn.}

Place the glue covered yarn into a flower shaped cookie cutter. Then repeat until the cookie cutter is filled with yarn. Remove the cookie cutter, and start on a new flower.

Leave the flowers to dry overnight {or place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake at “warm” until dried, about 1hr.}

After the flowers had dried, we created the stems by using green pipe cleaners.

“String Flowers” are cute for Springtime gifts {who wouldn’t want these?}:

Or, for bringing Springtime color to your home:




Thanks for your help!

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33 Responses to “String Flowers”

  1. Deborah 06. Apr, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

    This is wonderful!!

  2. A-om 07. Apr, 2011 at 5:33 am #

    I love it.

    (They grow so fast)

  3. Gigi S 07. Apr, 2011 at 7:13 am #

    can’t wait to make these
    Thanks for the great idea

  4. Nana 07. Apr, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    Spring Cheer
    Beautiful flowers
    Awesome good job Silas and Sydney

  5. Jamie @ hands on : as we grow 07. Apr, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    Seriously? Yours only took overnight to dry? lol – We’re having some major issues here. Henry’s has been drying for 2 days and plus I’ve stuck in the oven at a very low temp – but only for about 20 minutes… They’re starting to harden up… but its taking forever!

    I would love it if you linked this up to our new “It’s Playtime” party today.

    Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

  6. maggy, red ted art 07. Apr, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    Oh my! These are SOOOO clever and SOOOO cute!! I love love love love!

    And thank you for linking up to Kids Get Crafty – always appreciated :-)


  7. Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree 07. Apr, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    These are totally awesome! We did the hearts too and how creative of you to think of the flower idea! Wonderful!

  8. EmilyM 08. Apr, 2011 at 12:10 am #

    Looks like lots of fun! What a great idea! I will have to put this on my list of things to make.

  9. Julia Skinner 08. Apr, 2011 at 3:17 am #

    These are so great & so simple to make! Thank you so much for sharing with the Resource Centre! Hope to see you next week!

  10. laura@art4littlehands 08. Apr, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    So fun. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

  11. polwig 08. Apr, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    This is so cool. We have made string balls but never thought about putting it into cookie cutters. These are beautiful and would make cute pins, headband pieces etc.
    Awesome !!!

  12. Natalie 08. Apr, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

    This is a very creative idea – the result is rather striking!

  13. kathryn 09. Apr, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    wow this is awesome. I may just have to try it out. what a cute and simple idea. thanks for sharing! great blog.


  14. Kerri 09. Apr, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

    Love it! So pretty! Definitely going to save for later use with E.

  15. nan 11. Apr, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

    do you know how long these last? i’d love to make some of these to add to my handbags!

  16. cathy@nurturestore 12. Apr, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    How clever and pretty! I’ve not seen anything like this before – thanks for sharing with the Play Academy!

  17. JustMomsBlog 12. Apr, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    Love this idea. I think the kids and I will enjoy doing this over spring break next week. Mind if I link to this in my blog?

  18. becky 12. Apr, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

    Thanks for all the comments! I am glad you guys like the String Flowers.

    @Jamie: they do take a while to dry, but it really does depend on how many layers of yarn/string you did, as well as how much glue is on each piece. If it is really thick {and really soaked} it may take a while. Pop it in the oven on low {see the post for more details}. Hope this helps!

  19. Rachel 14. Apr, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

    What a great idea! I would have never thought to try the cookie cutters. Awesome!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at my For the Kids Friday Link Party!

  20. Erin @ Making Memories 16. Apr, 2011 at 12:39 am #

    I love this! So cute!

  21. santy 01. Oct, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    You’re GENIUS…

  22. Susie 21. Mar, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    we made these in Nursery today … fantastic. We found the cooked ones are better than the self drying ones. thank you for the inspiration.

  23. Dixie 29. Mar, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

    I am wondering if you have to warm it up again after it’s been refrigerated. It’s a wonderful project that I did with my kids a while ago but now I’s like to do it with some school kids.

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