I was recently asked by Spotlight to come up with some kid-friendly card making ideas using patty pans.
I played around with a few different shapes and this one really tickled my fancy, and I want to show you how to do it.
What you’ll need:
- Three patty pans
- Coloured cardstock (we used mid blue, light blue, yellow and green)
- Craft glue or double sided tape
- A ruler
What to do:
- Flatten out your three patty pans with your hands. They probably won’t go completely flat, but don’t worry – the slight ruffleyness makes for prettier petals in the end.
- Fold each of them in half.
- Then fold them in quarters.
- Cut out three fanned trumpet shapes for your flower hearts. We did this in yellow.
- Open out your patty pans, and position the flower hearts so that they overhang the edge by about 1/4 of an inch. Glue in place.
- Following your original creases, refold the flowers into quarters, sticking them down at each stage so they stay closed.
- Cut a stem and leaves out of one colour of cardstock. We did this in green.
- Cut a 5.5 x 8 inch rectangle of cardstock to mount your flowers on. We used light blue for this bit.
- Arrange stem, leaves, and flowers on this piece, and stick them in place.
- Cut an 8.5 x 12 piece of cardstock to form the main card. We used mid blue for this.
- Fold this final piece in half to make a card, then affix your flower panel to the front.
- Write a message inside, and pop it in the post!
These are a great way to introduce basic fractions to little ones, as you fold in halves and quarters. It’s also an excellent exercise for fine motor development.
The finished cards are perfect for Mothers Day, or teacher gifts. Go raid your pantry – I bet you’ve got some spare patty pans in there somewhere!