April Showers Bring May Bubble World Flowers
It’s been cool and wet these last few days in Charlotte, so we thought we’d come up with a neat craft idea to keep the kiddos dry, warm, and busy. Plus, you get to re-purpose Bubble World wands while making your own inside flower garden!
To make Bubble World Flowers, you will need:
- Clean, dry Bubble World wands. We used 5 in our example, but don’t stop there if you’re having fun!
- Pipe cleaners. We got a variety pack, plus one of all green. This cost us $2.00 at Michael’s.
- Beads (optional). We picked up some beads (a multi-pack of colors and some ABC ones) to jazz up our flowers. This was an additional $5.00 at Michael’s.
1. Take one wand and ensure it is standing on the maze game. This will be your “pot”. The red stick will be the “stem”. The large, red circle will be where you attach the “petals”.
2. Start by wrapping the stem with a green pipe cleaner. You can bend the pipe cleaner to make leaves if you like. We tried to give each flower its own unique look. You’ll see two leaves, one leaf, and no leaf versions in our garden.
3. Pick out a fun color for your petals. You will wrap that pipe cleaner around the large, red circle. If you want lots of petals, you will need two pipe cleaners. The petals can be large, round, and loose (like in our yellow flower); small and tight (like our purple flower); or large and pointy (like our red flower). Be creative! If you want to jazz them up, we have three examples for ways to use beads:
- In our purple flower, we used a single purple bead in the center. We needed two pipe cleaners to achieve this petal look, but found we had a little extra. So we dropped it down from the top of the red circle, strung a bead on it, then wrapped it around the bottom of the red circle.
- In our blue flower, we strung a blue pipe cleaner with two different colors of blue beads, using an alternating pattern. We left a little space between each bead. Then we wrapped in a loose corkscrew around the red circle.
- In our pink flower, we used the alphabet beads to spell out our Director of Marketing’s name. Here we started on the lower left-hand side of the red circle. We wrapped one petal half-way, then slid the “M” bead into place, before bending the pipe cleaner and bringing it around to wrap on the red circle. Then we repeated for each letter in turn. Sometimes we needed to take the bead off and flip it, so the letter looked right depending on where it was in the circle. To finish it off, we put a heart in the center of the circle, following the same method as for the purple flower above. This one also took two pipe cleaners for the petals.
4. Once you are done, be sure to set them somewhere nice to be admired, or find a window sill so they get plenty of light!
How’s that for a quick and easy project? We’d love to see your flowers. Post below or share them on social media. Be sure to tag us @BubbleWorldToys and have fun creating!
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