Flowers in December

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Every year I encourage the kids to make something as a gift for their grandparents and other family. We discovered these flowers made of glue and wire and thought we would try them.

Wire flowers

Supplies

  • 20 gauge wire
  • wood glue
  • nail polish
  • pencil or large¬†marker
  • paint brush
  • plastic cup
  • optional – cup with dried rice
  • Newspaper (or something to protect table from dripping glue)

Instructions

  1. Cut a piece of wire about 2 feet long. Wrap the wire around the marker or the pencil to make the flower petals. The larger the cylinder you use the bigger the flower. We found the smaller petals were easier to manage with the glue.
  2. Pour wood glue into the plastic cup.
  3. Dip the wire flower into the glue. Take lots of deep breaths and be Zen with it! The glue creates bubbles between the wires. Like most bubbles they are very fragile.
  4. Let dry. We found that a mug full of dried rice helped the wire stand up and avoid bumping into the other drying flowers.
  5. When dry add another coat of wood glue. Once again be Zen with it. At this stage the dried glue is still very fragile. Once the second coat of glue dries they become pretty sturdy.
  6. When dry decorate with nail polish.

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