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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Hammered Flowers

This is the perfect summer craft, even for those of you that may not be especially craft inclined, like myself.   And it's fun for any age!

You'll need:

Cardboard 
 (My husband just pulled apart a box.)

Thick Watercolor Paper 
 (That's probably not the technical term.)

Masking Tape 
 (The wider the better.  We only had thin.)

A Hammer
(or two)

Flowers

First, send everyone on a flower hunt!  If you don't have flowers, leaves work just as well, even weeds!



Next, tape the corners of a sheet of paper to a piece of cardboard.   Place flowers face down on paper and completely cover with tape.  Now hammer away!

Here's a picture of my Mom helping Mase.  We forgot to tape the paper down this time, but it's much safer for your digits if you remember this step.  Some kids may get a little crazy with the hammer.

Finally, carefully pull off the tape and behold your beautiful creation. 
Some flowers will work better than others.
We didn't get so creative, but you could even make an eye-catching design out of the flowers. 

My mom learned to make hammered flowers from a man, who learned to make hammered flowers from a man, who makes and sells his hammered flowers for a living.  Our masterpieces are not for sale, as my daughter decided to decorate our aphid-infested plum tree with them. 

Grateful Mom Goal of the Day: Appreciating my lovely artwork.

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36 Comments:

At July 30, 2011 at 9:22 AM , Blogger m&msmommy said...

What a neat idea! I don't have a creative/artistic/talented bone in my body and I THINK even I could do this (with the kids, of course! :))

Have a great weekend!

 
At July 30, 2011 at 9:27 AM , Blogger Texas Type A Mom said...

That's such a creative craft! I'm one of those that aren't very crafty so this is perfect.

 
At July 30, 2011 at 9:27 AM , Blogger GrumpyJaxMomOf3 said...

Great idea!!

 
At July 30, 2011 at 9:48 AM , Blogger Mrs E said...

wow I love this project idea!
Thanks for sharing...
and I like the display in the tree!

(just hope no bats are in there, jk)

 
At July 30, 2011 at 9:48 AM , OpenID Missy said...

Totally awesome idea! And a good stress reliever here as summer's getting close to finished!

 
At July 30, 2011 at 11:27 AM , Blogger Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What a fun and easy craft! We'll have to try that.

Oh, and btw, roasted kale is really good - we have made that quite a few times :-)

 
At July 30, 2011 at 11:50 AM , Blogger A Randomlicious Blog for the Soul said...

So cute! That would have been funny if you said, "if you don't have flowers, just take the neighbors" :)
Great idea!

 
At July 30, 2011 at 12:03 PM , Blogger Mommy Inconsistent said...

Finally my boys can play with hammers! Love this idea and will be doing it next week when they need to get some energy out!

 
At July 30, 2011 at 12:11 PM , Blogger Jennifer said...

Very cute-we will have to try this out!

 
At July 30, 2011 at 12:26 PM , Blogger Mommy LaDy Club said...

I love this idea! Would you mind if I put it on our CEO page and link to your post? I like to find recipes and activities from blogging friends, and highlight them there. This one is perfect and unique:)
Courtney

 
At July 30, 2011 at 12:52 PM , Blogger Mikailah said...

Wow! That sounds like fun! I'm sure my nieces and nephews would like to do that!
Have a blessed day!
~Mikailah~

 
At July 30, 2011 at 1:02 PM , Blogger Liz said...

This is a great kiddie craft! I would need some flowers in my yard to do it, but I could see my kids loving this!

 
At July 30, 2011 at 4:47 PM , Blogger Abbie said...

Kids love to play wth things that they normally are not allowed to touch.

What a creative and fun thing to do!! Thanks for the idea :)

 
At July 30, 2011 at 6:56 PM , Blogger Mom of 12 said...

At my house we love anything to do with hammers. My kids especially like to build things at Lowes.
I'm sure they would love hammering flowers too.
Sandy

 
At July 30, 2011 at 7:58 PM , Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

JDaniel would love getting to hammer plants! What fun!

 
At July 30, 2011 at 8:04 PM , Anonymous Ana said...

What a fun idea! My girls would love this, thanks =)

 
At July 30, 2011 at 8:34 PM , Blogger Lourie said...

This craft has all kinds of potential and fun!

 
At July 30, 2011 at 8:55 PM , Blogger Debbie said...

Love this and I'm sooooooo gonna do this with my kiddos next week. such a easy and fun sounding craft. Thanks for sharing.

 
At July 30, 2011 at 11:00 PM , Blogger Jessica said...

Interesting. Never seen this done before. Although I think I would be a little worried about my toddler carrying a hammer.

 
At July 30, 2011 at 11:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

**Gasp** My kids would LOVE this! We are on the hunt tomorrow after church for flowers... or weeds.

This is Brooke at Babblin' Brooke, by the way. I don't know why Blogger gives me such a hard time commenting... GRR!

http://babblin-brooke.com

 
At July 31, 2011 at 6:43 AM , Blogger Optimistic Mom said...

Pretty interesting! I am not so creative when it comes to activities, but this seems pretty easy. Thanks for sharing!

 
At July 31, 2011 at 8:08 AM , Blogger Brandi said...

Now that looks like fun! And a little dangerous too! :) They are very pretty! :)

 
At July 31, 2011 at 12:44 PM , Blogger Elena said...

That looks like so much fun and I just might be able to pull that one off!

 
At July 31, 2011 at 6:35 PM , Anonymous elissa said...

I'm totally doing that!! what a fun project for my kids who love to pound on things anyway :)

 
At July 31, 2011 at 7:38 PM , Blogger Mercy D'souza said...

I'll have to check out the rest of your blog when I have a little more time; so far I'm hooked and following. :) It's always great to find someone who understands where you are coming from as a mommy.

 
At July 31, 2011 at 7:48 PM , Blogger Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

I love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

 
At July 31, 2011 at 8:09 PM , Blogger Help! Mama Remote... said...

Cool a great way to get rid of some weeds! I love them on your bush & the flowers look lovely.

 
At July 31, 2011 at 9:57 PM , Blogger By Word of Mouth Musings said...

Artsy and easy - my fav combo ;)

 
At August 1, 2011 at 7:11 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Love this! What an adorable post!

 
At August 1, 2011 at 7:25 AM , Anonymous Heather said...

What a fun idea!

 
At August 1, 2011 at 8:38 AM , Blogger Laura@livingabigstory said...

Great idea ... but would I *totally* offend you and make you not want to be my friend anymore if I told you that the green one looks kinda like thrown-up peas?

(Not that I would have *any* idea what spit up peas looked like ... my kids always *LOVED* baby food peas!)

 
At August 2, 2011 at 6:43 AM , Anonymous Ruth said...

How pretty! My kids would love this craft, especially since it involves hammers!

 
At August 3, 2011 at 9:19 AM , Blogger momnextdoor said...

My son doesn't know about this idea yet but he thanks you. He will LOVE. THIS. Great idea!

The trick will be getting my daughter to use it on the paper and not on her brother.

 
At August 5, 2011 at 5:13 PM , Blogger Stephanie said...

This is SO COOL... we are definitely going to be doing this!

 
At August 5, 2011 at 6:30 PM , Anonymous Mother's Secret Home Recipe's said...

What fun....great idea.

 
At August 8, 2011 at 7:15 PM , Anonymous Mother's Secret Home Recipe's said...

Toooo creative.....

 

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