Are you looking for a cheerful activity to welcome your students back to school? Try this sunflower paper craft activity! These folded paper sunflowers are so easy to make and ideal for lower-middle year students. And what a wonderful way to symbolise positive new beginnings!
Read on for step-by-step instructions and handy teacher tips!
How to Make Folder Paper Sunflowers
Great news! These paper craft sunflowers require only a few bits and bobs that are easy to find!
You Will Need:
- yellow paper
- dark brown or black buttons
- paper drinking straws
- glue gun
Don’t forget to reach out to parents and guardians for help in finding buttons.
How to Make Paper Craft Sunflowers
It’s super easy to make paper craft sunflowers. And there are only a couple of tricky bits. I would recommend completing this activity as a rotational activity, in a small group with an adult helper.
- Fold a piece of yellow paper along the horizontal midline (to make a long rectangle).
- Cut along the horizontal fold line.
- Using one long rectangle of paper, create a concertina fold approximately 1cm in width.
Teacher tip: Remember to demonstrate how to fold the paper in this way, and to give your students lots of practise using scrap paper.
- With the paper in a folder position, cut both ends in a rounded, petal tip shape.
Teacher tip: Draw a curved cutting guide for your students to follow. Or, assign this tricky bit to an adult helper.
- In the folder position, fold the paper again, along the horizontal midline (as shown in the photo).
- Squeeze some hot glue along the inside edge where the paper was folded.
Teacher tip: Double-sided sticky tape is an easier and safer option. However, it may not give a lasting adhesive effect.
- Open up the flower as shown in the photo.
- Glue and stick the remaining inside edge.
Teacher tip: Assign this sticky job to an adult helper.
- Attach the button to the middle of the folded paper circle using a glue gun.
Teacher tip: If you can’t get your hands on buttons, use black pom poms.
- Attach the paper straw to the back of the flower using the glue gun or double-sided sticky tape.
Teacher tip: in the interest of sustainability, avoid plastic straws if you can.
For essential tips on creating an environmentally friendly classroom, read Emma’s blog, 45 Sustainable Practices for the Environmentally Friendly Classroom.
- Enjoy and feel good.
Teacher tip: If your student’s desks are arranged in groups, place a vase in the middle of each table to display these cheerful paper craft sunflowers.
Go Sunflower Crazy!
There’s no denying that sunflowers are feel good friends! So, why not use this craft activity in conjunction with our Sunflowers Classroom Theme Pack?
For more info read my blog Sunflowers Classroom Theme Pack | a Fresh Start.