Recycled Magazine Flowers

Here is another unique project that we used for Mother’s Day cards, but would be fun to do any­time! I saw this fea­tured on the One Pretty Thing site, from Fam­ily Fun. My 5th graders had a blast mak­ing these (even the boys, who usu­ally resist any­thing to do with flow­ers!) and it gave me the oppor­tu­nity to review the con­cept of radial sym­me­try. I even had par­ents ask me how we did it so they could go home and make some recy­cled mag­a­zine flow­ers of their own!


To make a Recy­cled Mag­a­zine Flower:
1. Find a page in a mag­a­zine that has color printed right to the edge (this is called a “bleed”) and care­fully tear it out.
2. Roll this page around a pen­cil, with the torn edge on the inside. Shake your pen­cil out and glue the loose edge down.
3. Use a 1/8″ paper punch to punch a hole at one end. This will become your stem!
4. Now, trace at least three cir­cles using plas­tic lids or old CD’s as tem­plates.
5. Fold each cir­cle in half sev­eral times, like you would to make a paper snowflake.
6. Cut your folded cir­cles into petal shapes, vary­ing the sizes and/or shapes of each one. (Be care­ful not to cut through the folded point!)
7. Stack your cir­cles and push a brass paper fas­tener through the cen­ter, then through the hole in your stem, and secure in back.
8. Add some leaves and glue them to your stem. (Cut two match­ing leaves and glue together for added strength!)



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8 Responses to Recycled Magazine Flowers

  1. polwig May 18, 2010 at 2:51 pm #

    I love these and can’t wait to try them with my kids who con­ti­nousy still rip out pages from books.

  2. Tisha Smith May 19, 2010 at 7:55 pm #

    Super FUN! We’ve been doing mag­a­zine art projects the last two weeks AND I’m def­i­nitely going to add this one to the oth­ers (mag­a­zine bowls and mag­a­zine animals.…will be post­ing both soon) for lessons next year. I’ll let you know when we do it and link, back too:)
    A big “recy­cling thanks” for sharing.

  3. Lori Decoite May 24, 2010 at 12:09 pm #

    thanks for shar­ing this les­son! I did it today with news­pa­per– it was on the fly so I had no time to col­lect mag­a­zines. They turned out great I will post pics soon

  4. TuTu's Bliss June 1, 2010 at 11:13 pm #

    This is my new happy place! I have a six year old that adores art. I am always search­ing for new projects for her because she loves it so much. Any tips on help­ing a bud­ding artist fight­ing the desire for per­fec­tion? Some days she gets so frus­trated when she can’t cre­ate some­thing exactly the way she wants. I would love some advice.

  5. Bright Ring June 3, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    I just found your blog and am enjoy­ing look­ing through all your pho­tos of the kids’ art­works. Art is my favorite thing! I like your recy­cling project and your 3D flow­ers among many many!!!others.

    I would like to invite your read­ers to visit my new blog: http://maryannfkohl.typepad.com/blog/
    and my web­site: http://www.brightring.com
    I share lots of art ideas from all of the 25 books I have writ­ten, includ­ing “Dis­cov­er­ing Great Artists” and “Great Amer­i­can Artists for Kids”.
    Thank you again for all you do for children.

    Yours truly, MaryAnn F. Kohl
    art author

  6. natty241 June 4, 2010 at 9:08 am #

    Wow these are such a great idea! I love your blog, you are so cre­ative! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Pom Place June 11, 2010 at 10:37 am #

    Great use of recy­cled mate­ri­als. We’ll have to try this one for sure.

  8. Kathy June 28, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    love these flowers

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