Flower Creative Challenge - Thank you cardsIt’s creative challenge time with Tinkerlab again remember last time we made a Egg Carton Choo Choo Train and before that a Knights Helmet from a Paper Bag. This time the challenge is flowers. Over on our facebook page we are joining in with one of my friends “I’m thankful for… in June” with a daily prompt of what we are thankful for. So because of this and J’s love of starting to write he decided he wanted to make some cards.

What you need to make Flower Thank you Cards

Some freshly picked flowers and leaves from the garden
Contact Paper (Sticky Back Plastic)
Card
Sticky Tape
Pens for writing on
Something heavy.

How you make the Flower Thank you Cards

We started off by taking a walk around our garden and picking up a variety of different coloured, flower, leaves and petals from the plants – we also raided my flowers that Rainy Day Dad had brought me after his trip to the supermarket to get some different ones that we couldn’t find in the garden.

Using contact paper to create natural collages
J sticking a basil leaf to the sticky back plastic (contact paper)

Once we had picked them I then set up some sticky back plastic (contact paper) on the table securing it with a little sticky tape at each corner and J set about adding the flowers and leaves to the contact paper.

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J adding flower to his work of art

First he put down some full flowers and leaves but then decided that he wanted it “to rain petals” so he pulled apart from the flowers and added the petals to the contact paper.

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J about to "rain petals"

Once he had used all the flowers – He finished with tipping the remaining flowers into a bowl and went to make some flower cakes with a spoon and added sand to them. I sealed them with another layer of contact paper on top and then stuck then under my crafting boxes which are very heavy to press them flat.

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J writing his name on a Thank you card

Leaving them a couple of days I then got them out and J helped me choose some card from our collection which we then folded in half. I then held the flower collages in place while J stuck then down.

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J holding up his thank you card

As J is pre-writing but I wanted the cards to say something. I wrote a short message inside. However I did leave J to write his own name and also T’s name inside them.

real flower thank you card

I love how the same idea can be used with different age children and adapted for their age – check out The Golden Gleams Flower Easter cards for how it can be adapted for an older child to do.

Author
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

11 Comments

  1. Heya,

    I absolutely love your website and all of your creative ideas! I am 20 weeks pregnant with my first baby and your website is giving me a great deal of inspiration for things I can do for when my little one is old enough! πŸ™‚
    I am curious as to where you got your contact paper (sticky back plastic) from and how much it costs?

    Many thanks and keep up the fab work! Absolutely love the card J πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Lexie, I hope it’s okay if I chime in here. You can order clear contact paper through Amazon, but I’ve also seen it in our hardware store. It’s not too pricey. And it also goes by the name of “shelf liner.”

  2. These are gorgeous! I would love to receive these for any occasion.

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