Young Artist Project

Cardboard Tube Flowers

Do you have lots of cardboard tubes around the house from paper towel or toilet paper rolls? Good! Join us as we make cardboard tube flowers.

Step 1

Gather supplies! You will need:

  • Scissors
  • As many cardboard tubes as you can find
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes

Supplies you may also want but do not need:

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Glue (tacky glue, white glue, or if a parent can help you can use a glue gun) or stapler
  • Colored paper

Step 2

Paint the inside of your tubes. You may need to put down a base coat of gesso or lighter colored paint if you want to use something bright like yellow or pink. Let these dry. If you do not have paint, you can glue pieces of colored paper to the inside of your tubes.

Step 3

Cut your tubes to different heights. These will make tall and short flowers.

Step 4

Cut a fringe around each tube. Be careful not to cut all the way through. Leave a half inch to an inch of space at minimum. Have your parents help if you have trouble with scissors.

Step 5

Bend back the fringe to open up your flowers! From here, you can glue them together on top of a board or other piece of cardboard to create a garden. You can also staple the cardboard flowers together. Add pipe cleaner vines or leaves!


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