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Painting with recycled cardboard flowers

Painting with recycled cardboard flowers

Our routine has been established since my little man started nursery sessions every afternoon. When he gets home he’s quite tired but still wants to craft so I’ve started setting up a craft activity ready for when he gets home. Anything using cardboard rolls is generally a success as we have a ready supply of them, so yesterday we did some painting with recycled cardboard flowers.

Painting with recycled cardboard flowers

We used:
cardboard tubes

I took some cardboard tubes from my stash and cut them in half. Then I cut them again, about an inch down, to make different petal shapes. The children chose their favourite bottles of paint and we filled paint trays so they could paint the petals.

painting with cardboard flowers

Both children managed really well. The 2 year old just covered everything in paint, including herself. The 4 year old was a little more logical, carefully choosing each colour, and a different brush for each. When each petal was covered they pressed their flowers on to a sheet of paper.

They had lots of messy fun although we all agreed that the recycled cardboard flowers looked prettier covered in paint than the painted paper!

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Painting with recycled cardboard flowers

This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots 100 March challenge. If Iā€™m chosen, I would like to visit Longleat Forest, Warminster, Wiltshire. Their Creative Crafter, Emma Hull shared her top tips and one of them was ‘find materials around the house to add to the painting’. This inspired us to raid our recycling box and paint with things we already had.



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    March 27, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Cool, lovely idea for a rainy afternoon!

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    Mummy of Two
    March 27, 2014 at 10:45 am

    What a lovely idea – perfect craft activity for little ones.

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    March 27, 2014 at 11:17 am

    What a great idea! My 3 would love this…a chance to get the paint out and splash it around a bit! Thank you for sharing!

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    March 27, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    What a beautifully simple activity. I’m going to pin this to try with bella this weekend šŸ™‚
    x x

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    Kirsty - Hijacked by Twins
    March 27, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    This looks like messy fun, I bet the twins would enjoy this one! x

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    Jen aka The Mad House
    March 27, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    I love painting and my boys loved printing when they were younger. Printing is great fun for all ages

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    Sam @happyhomebird
    March 27, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Good luck with the challenge. I do wish my son would do some crafting as it looks like so much fun.

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    Rachel @ activities4kidz
    March 27, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    This is a favourite activity of ours, some great stamping effects can be created with a loo roll!

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    Gude @HodgePodgeCraft
    March 27, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Great idea! My 3 year old won’t let me throw loo rolls away anymore… “Mummy, we can make something with that!”
    Thanks so much for sharing at #Pintorials

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    Mums do travel
    March 27, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Wow, you’re amazing setting up a different craft activity every afternoon! This one looks like lots of fun.

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    You Baby Me Mummy
    March 27, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Great idea, I can wait until Baby is a bit older and can enjoy painting x

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    Donna Navarro @LexiconLane
    March 27, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    You can’t go wrong with a bit of crafting can you?! I don’t think I’ve met a child yet doesn’t love getting messy with glue and paint and being all creative!

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    Eileen Teo
    March 28, 2014 at 2:29 am

    Lovely craft! Good luck for your entry!

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    March 28, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Great idea and good luck with the competition

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    March 28, 2014 at 11:09 am

    What a lovely idea! I must give this a go with my daughter. Good luck with the challenge šŸ™‚ x

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    March 28, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    I love recycling cardboard – flowers are such a good and clever idea.

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    March 28, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I would never come up with painting with cardboard… great idea

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    Charly Dove
    March 28, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    What a brilliant idea, never even thought of using cardboard for painting. POD is at nursery all week and we do painting and/or crafting at the weekend if we not outdoors. Must do this, she’d love it šŸ™‚

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    Fritha Strickland
    March 29, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    what a lovely craft idea! x

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    Eileen Teo
    July 15, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Thank you for joining with us #Pintorials

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