3D” Flower Collage

My 2nd graders used these whim­si­cal flow­ers for their Mother’s Day cards this year, but you could also make a col­or­ful gar­den pic­ture while teach­ing the con­cepts of sym­me­try and lay­er­ing. Attach­ing the blos­soms with lay­ers of dou­ble stick foam tape gives a fun 3D effect that unfor­tu­nately doesn’t show up well in this picture!


  • Con­struc­tion paper or card stock, white (8–1/2 x 11 shown here)
  • Con­struc­tion paper, green (1/2″ x 12″, 3 each)
  • Con­struc­tion paper, assorted col­ors (4″ x 4″, 6 each)
  • Crayons (blue, green, brown) with paper torn off
  • Scis­sors
  • Glue Stick
  • Green marker
  • Large sequins (3 each, assorted colors)
  • Dou­ble stick foam tape
  • Cir­cle tem­plates, about 2–3/4″ diam­e­ter (we used metal juice can lids)

1. Cre­ate a back­ground by col­or­ing your white paper with the side of a blue
crayon for the sky, and a green and/or brown crayon for the ground.
2. Use a green marker to cre­ate fun pat­terns on the 1/2″ strips of green paper.
3. Trace your cir­cle tem­plate onto three dif­fer­ent col­ors of paper and cut out with scis­sors.
4. Then, snip triangle-shaped wedges around the edges of each cir­cle. Vary the sizes and spac­ing of your “snips” on each cir­cle.
5. Next, glue these cir­cles onto con­trast­ing col­ors, cut­ting each larger paper into a cir­cle around the smaller one, leav­ing about a “fin­ger width” of space between the two col­ors.
6. Now, snip triangle-shaped wedges around the larger cir­cles.
7. Glue down your stems, vary­ing their height. Use any extra pieces for leaves. Mix and match the stems and leaves for added inter­est!
8. Cut three small (1/2″) squares from scraps of con­trast­ing paper and glue onto the cen­ter of each flower, then glue a sequin on top of each square.
9. For a fun 3D effect, attach flower blos­soms to the tops of the stems using lay­ers of dou­ble stick foam tape. (The pic­ture doesn’t do it jus­tice, but the 3D effect really makes it!)

This may seem like a lot of steps, but the kids catch on fast, espe­cially when they have a sam­ple to look at!

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One Response to 3D” Flower Collage

  1. Anonymous May 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    Thanks for the great idea, I tried this out with the grade 3 stu­dents and they turned out well. They caught on how to the flow­ers by the third one!

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