Thursday, March 25, 2010

Flowers as Canvas

Our Star Magnolia tree is just starting to bloom with beautiful white blossoms.


We trimmed some of the branches, and placed them in a vase. The girls LOVED coloring on the white petals with bright markers! Art and nature ....combined!


Clara took this coloring job very seriously. It's hard work, being a crafty toddler, and all!


She did a lovely job, don't you think?


I love Emily's multi-marker approach -- the blossoms looked like they had been splatter-painted!

I was surprised how well the blossoms held up to all that coloring. So much fun!!

23 comments:

Mommy Moment said...

Valerie,

These are simply beautiful! Tell your girls they did a great job!

smiles,

Jody from Mommy Moment

Christy said...

Beautiful. Now, I would never think of doing this. I must be missing the creative gene you were born with!

MaryAnne said...

What a neat idea! No flowers in sight where we live yet, but I'll have to keep this idea in mind.

Raising a Happy Child said...

Very pretty! I like multi-marker approach as well.

Mark said...

Dear Valerie,

My precious star magnolia tree!!!

Love,
Mark

You could probably stick the branches in a vase with colored water to make the flowers turn that color.

Jenny said...

Custom flowers, perfect idea!

Rebecca said...

I cant get over how simple yet pretty this is!!

Ivy said...

I've only ever colored flowers Mark's way. Your's is much quicker.

Wonder Mom said...

Ya know, Mark just NEVER knows what will be "re-purposed" while he's away at work, does he?

Always an adventure at your abode...

Ticia said...

Hee hee hee hee, I better not let my kids see this after last week.
Multi-marker approach just saves time, and you need to save that time if you're going to get all the crafting done.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Mommy Moment -- Thank you! I passed along the message. They were so proud!

@ Mark -- There's this little thing I like to call "instant gratification". ;-)

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Christy -- A few years ago, I kept a planner with boring things like appts, but I found that all my crazy ideas kept getting in the way. Now I keep an unlined notebook as an idea journal, with all sorts of doodles and sketches for projects. Mark makes fun of me for having soooo many notebooks! The hard part is trying to hold on to a really good idea while I'm in the middle of changing a poopy diaper, taking a shower, or doing something else that is completely mindless. THAT'S exactly when all the REALLY GOOD ideas happen! ARG!!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Wonder Mom -- I know, right?? Poor guy! Hee hee!

Beth said...

nice blog..Surprise to see colour blossom. Everything looks so perfect on your blog. Cutie in the pic is blooming like a flower. Iflorist.co.uk

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Just Breathe said...

That looks like fun. I'm sure you have done this but just in case you haven't it is fun to buy a bunch of white daisies and put food coloring in the water and the pedals change color.

Miller Moments said...

What a fun idea! I would never have thought to do that.

Magic Mummy said...

That looks like great fun....

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Night Owl Mama said...

Wish we had flowers like those around too cute luv the finished colored flower made a great pic I'd print it and put it in a frame in the kitchen or bathroom

Lindsay said...

This turned out so fun! I love how deep in thought Clara is and the multimarker technique turned out prefect.

Puanani503 said...

These are cute:) It's creative and I'd love to try that with my daughter. We're always trying to find something for us to do. Thanks for sharing:)

Maopa
http://mpuanani.blogspot.com

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Those are gorgeous! I would love to see a vase full of colored flowers on my kitchen table. Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

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