Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Paper Hyacinths 3 Ways

I was thinking about spring and came up with these paper Hyacinths.   Why Hyacinths you might ask.......

....because it has been so warm the last few weeks my Hyacinths are sprouting.  Now to you in the south this is no big deal but here in Calgary this is early.  In fact we got some snow last night and I had to wait for it to melt before I could take this picture today.

So if you want some Hyacinths blooming in the house give these a try with your kids.

FIRST WAY:   If you happen to live by a pine forest and have access to large pinecones you can try this.

Gather up a pinecone, some small squares of tissue paper, glue and a pencil.

Take a square of tissue paper and wrap on the eraser end of the pencil.

Dip the end into your glue.

Stick in between the sections of the cone.

Keep going filling out the cone.

2ND and 3RD WAY:

If you don't have pinecones lying around your house take a paper roll and cut it into an arrow shape at the top.

Paint it with tempera or acrylic paint.  Choose a shade that fits with the colors you are using for your Hyacinth.

Since you have your paints out you might want to paint some paper to use for the flowers.  Here I'm just painting newspaper.

This is also a good time to dig into that scrap paper stash.

Take your painted paper roll and glue the top together.

Now if you look a a Hyacinth it is made up of a lot of star shaped flowers.  Taking your painted and scrap paper start cutting some star shapes out.  If you happen to have a star or flower shaped punch you can use that.

You then stick these all over your paper roll.

Now if you don't want to cut out all those flower shapes you can take small squares of tissue paper, squash into a ball and stick on the paper roll with

Draw out some leaf shapes onto green paper.  You can use white and paint it green.

They look quite nice with some painted stripes on them...choose a lighter color than your paper and a darker color.

Now for your pot you could use a terracotta but I like these plain peat pots I buy at the Garden store.  They paint up very nicely with tempera paints as explained in this post.

Take your leaves and curl them a bit thru your fingers.

You can glue them in place if you wish.

Try to give each pot 3 leaves.

I then stuffed the pot first with a paper towel and then added some paper grass on the top.

Then glue in your Hyacinth.

That's it.  Before I go I want to show you some photos of the Grade 1's Spring weaving projects.....

Click on the picture if want to see it larger and read the poems.  Awesome job Grade One!

Well I'll see you next time...working on a project for Grade 5 and of course we have Easter coming.

Grade 1 is putting together their Leprechaun traps so I hope to have some picturs of those next week.

See you soon.


  1. Hi i haven't commented here in a while it has been chaos at my end. I have been stopping by as regular as i can though. I simply HAD to make the time to comment this time the Hyacinths are simply brilliant in design & in creation methods. Well done.

    The childrens creations are superb too some potentially brilliant artists in the making there for sure. Keep the great art idea's coming.

  2. The hyacinths are very cool, and I love what the first graders did too

  3. i love them :) try to do with children:) thanks :)

  4. I am so excited that I just found your blog. I teach middle school, but I'm sure, (once I have more time), I will get inspired to adapt your wonderful ideas to that level. I need to sit down and just read your blog!!!Thanks!

  5. I just soooo enjoy all of the projects you come up with...you are so talented and I appreciate your work. I work with preschoolers and have a 2 year old son...I so enjoy coming to this site to get ideas for projects.
    The children are soooooo lucky to have you as a teacher! YOU ROCK! Hope my son's teacher in the future will be as cool as you!

  6. Those birds are so cool.
    And my favorite part of the flowers are the leaves.
    BTW, I am from Edmonton. So I getcha!

  7. Thanks so much for the truly awesome comments everyone. I think I'm blushing!! You help keep me going when I'm feel I'm to busy to post.
    I know I have slowed down in my posts but life keeps stealing me away..I usually have so many ideas but only a fraction get completed and posted.
    Thanks again for keeping me motivated!!

  8. love it and we ( the twins and I) will make them. this is adorably and perfect for use since we can`t have "real" flowers in our house.
    thanks for sharing.

  9. was your weaving done on a piece of cardboard? love them both! thanks for sharing!

  10. Those hyacinths are very nice. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

  11. Wow! The hyacinths are a great idea!! Really nice projects. I am an elementary art teacher in Pennsylvania and I really enjoy your blog. Thanks so much for all the inspiration!

  12. Gail, I know this is an old post, but I'm hoping you can answer a few questions, because I absolutely LOVE the bird nests! Were they woven on a cardboard loom? How are they attached? The eggs look like they are plastic easter eggs, so I'm trying to figure out how the nests are held on. Any other advice you can offer? These are just so adorable... Thanks!

    1. Hi Phyl,
      You can fine complete instructions for those spring nests on this post: