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Kid craft: Brighten your day with these flowers

July 20, 2009

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These beautiful sunflowers are easily made from paper plates, yarn and sticks.

These beautiful sunflowers are easily made from paper plates, yarn and sticks.

Can’t wait for your plants to bloom? Make a bouquet of big, bold sunflowers out of yarn and paper plates.

To make a yarn sunflower, follow these easy steps:

• First cut an odd number of petals around the edge of a yellow paper plate.

• Tape the end of a length of yellow yarn (we used 16 feet for the dinner plates) to the back.

• Wrap the yarn around the plate, going from one notch to its match across the plate.

•  Tie the two ends together at the back.

• Next, to make the weaving easier, wind up a bobbin. Start by anchoring the end of a 5- or 6-yard length of brown yarn by winding it around your forefinger a couple of times.

• Then wrap the rest of the yarn around your whole hand. When you have about a foot left, carefully pull the wound yarn from your hand. Wrap the loose end around the center of this yarn a few times and tie it to secure.

• Find the end of the yarn inside the bobbin and tie it around the intersection of the yellow yarn on the plate’s front.

• Weave the brown yarn around the spokes of yellow yarn. The yarn should pull neatly from the inside of the bobbin. If you run out of yarn, make and tie on a new bobbin.

• When your blossom is done, tuck the end of the yarn under the woven section. For a stem, paint a stick green, and tuck it into the yarn on the back of the plate.

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