We love sharing easy flower crafts for kids and this watercolor resist art craft is super easy for you to make at home with your child.
Paper plate crafts are ideal for using in classrooms and preschools too and this is a great craft for spring and summer.
Using watercolor resist art for your flower will make your creation look gorgeous – the perfect way to cheer up any day!
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Paper Plate Flower Craft
I can’t resist a paper plate craft, they’re so easy to make, eternally popular with kids and parents and perfect for classrooms or preschools as they’re normally so cheap too. What’s not to love?!
These paper plate flowers are fantastic as a spring craft or for summer when nature is in full bloom and ready to inspire us and our kiddos.
Most of the craft supplies you need are things you might have already or if not they’re ones that are normally pretty cheap and easy to get hold of.
If you haven’t painted using white crayons before then you’re going to love this. It’s a really simple way to try out some resist art and a lot of fun too.
I love that it means kids can design their own flower petals without having to cut into the paper plate to make them – cutting paper plates can be hard!
I hope you love this flower craft as much as I do, I think it will be a great way to brighten up a bulletin board in a classroom or you can display it in your kid’s room at home.
What Is Resist Art?
In basic terms, resist art is where you use a material to stop paint coloring a certain area.
Common materials that you can use to make the resist are tape, paper, wax and glue.
For this flower craft the paper plate is decorated with a white crayon to stop the watercolor paint going on the petals so that the flower shape can be seen once the paint has dried.
If you’re interested in different ways to use resist art painting with kids then you can also check out our resist art snowman which uses a paper template to create some cool resist art!
Craft Supplies Needed
Watercolor Resist Art Flower Craft
Start by taking your paper plate and drawing the outline of your flower onto it using your white crayon.
You’ll want to include the centre of the flower as well as the petals and don’t forget that you can add dots, circles and lines to give it more definition if you would like.
I would recommend drawing each flower petal a few times each just to be certain that it works. Although watercolor paint looks pretty no matter what you’ll want to make sure that you can see your flower.
Next grab your watercolors and use them to paint your paper plate. We love pinks and purples but go with whatever your favorite colors are.
While your watercolors are drying it’s time to make your flowers’ stem and leaves.
Cut a long strip out of your green cardstock and cut out some leaf shapes.
Using your glue stick glue the green leaves to the stem and then once your paper plate flower is dry you can stick the stem to the back of the paper plate to finish it.
If you can’t find any green paper or cardstock for the stem then you could try using a green craft stick.
This obviously isn’t as long as the cardstock but if you attached it to the bottom of the flower using a glue gun then potentially it could mean that you could hold the flower up.
More Flower Crafts and Activities For Kids
We made these coffee filter flowers for Mother’s Day and they were so much fun to create!
The process itself for coloring the petals is easy enough that toddlers and preschoolers can do it while the end result is pretty enough that you’ll want to display it.
If your child likes gluing or you’re trying to help support their fine motor skills or scissor skills then this mosaic paper flower craft is the perfect thing to create.
If your kids love sensory play or getting hands on with nature then this frozen flowers activity is the perfect one to try out!
This has been such a huge hit with my children and one that we’ve made together year after year.
It does require a tiny bit of preparation but as you’ll see in our tutorial and the step by step video it’s really quick to get ready.
Paper Plate Flowers
- Pair of scissors
- Watercolor Paints
- White Crayon
- Glue Stick
- 1 Paper Plate
- Card Stock green
- Draw a flower shape in the center of a paper plate using your white crayon.
- Paint the paper plate in your choice of watercolors.
- While the paint is drying, make the stem for your flower. To do this, cut a long strip out of a full sheet of green cardstock. Cut out a couple simple leaf shapes too.
- Glue the leaves to the stem and once the paint is dry, glue the stem to the back of the paper plate.