Paper Towel Roses

Materials

  • Paper towels
  • Liquid watercolours
  • Paintbrushes or medicine droppers
  • Ice cube tray
  • Scissors
  • Transparent tape
  • Plastic tablecloth to protect your table

Preparation

Creating your rose colours

  1. Pour your liquid water colours in an ice cube tray
  2. Dilute the colours slightly with water and test the colours on a piece of paper towel
  3. Cut your paper towels in half - you’ll need one half (which you will cut in 2) for each rose
  4. Using medicine droppers, a teaspoon or paintbrushes, have the kids drip two complementary colours all over their paper towel until it’s completely covered
  5. Dry your paper towels thoroughly (be sure to protect the surface you’re drying them on)

Creating your rose

  1. Cut the dry paper towels into two long strips
  2. Crumple the paper towels and then pat them back flat
  3. For each strip, fold the long edge about a 5mm and glue it down
  4. Using a plastic or paper straw, tape the non-glued end of the paper towel to the straw (glued end up)
  5. Roll the paper towel around the straw to form your flower
  6. Be sure to pinch the bottom of paper tower as you roll it so the flower looks bloomed
  7. Wrap tape at the bottom of the paper towel when you're done rolling

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