Easy paper flowers to decorate your facility on all occasions.
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Object:

  • Fun and personal satisfaction
  • Sense of accomplishment

Materials:

  • Scissors
  • Coloured paper
  • Glue stick or sticky tape
  • Stapler
  • Thread or string

Instructions:

Involve participants in cutting and folding.

  • Take square pieces of coloured paper 7 x 7 inches or 18 x 18 cm. Each flower needs 8 squares.
  • Fold each square diagonally.
  • Take one folded square and cut along right angle (90 degrees) stopping 1/2 inch / 1.5 cm before the fold. Do this three times as shown in photo 1 below.
    Divide the pace into four roughly equal parts when cutting.
  • The parts are called ‘flaps’; the smallest flap being in the centre of the triangle.

Assembly:

  • Open square in front of you and starting from the centre flap, bend it backwards gently.
  • Fold second flap upwards by joining and gluing the tips together.
  • If you have participants with poor dexterity you may give them a medium flap to fold over as shown in photo 3; this makes it easier for gluing.
  • Fold third flap also upwards and glue tips.
  • Fold the last flap backwards and glue tips.
  • Glue tip of third flap to the lower part of fourth flap, as shown in photo.
  • This is the first 'petal' of the flower; put it to one side and make three more.
  • When you have four 'petals' staple them together, put on one side and make another four petals.
  • When you have two lots of stapled petals, you have a flower.
  • Cut tips to make it easier to glue the two sides together.
  • Hang flowers from ceiling or windows with a yarn, string or ribbon.

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Margaret 28th Apr 2014 Care Co-ordinator
these are great we made some for Christmas using just one large triangle and used pearlised paint to embelish. Everyone enjoyed this activity and still comment on them.
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