Kids Create: Pipe Cleaner Daffodils

Marlene, Assistant Branch Manager - Cypress Hills

Spring has sprung here in Brooklyn! And in honor of all the growing new plant life, we are making some beautiful flowers out of pipe cleaners. 

  • Pipe Cleaners
    • 3 yellow
    • 1 orange
    • 1 6-inch green 
  • Glue
  • Pencil (optional)

1. Fold all 3 yellow pipe cleaners in half, open them up and arrange them in a star. Twist them at the middle so that they stay in place. 

2. Take the end of one of the pipe cleaners and roll it tightly (like a snail!) Repeat until all the "petals" have been rolled up. Arrange them to your liking.



3. For the stem, bend about an inch of the end of the green pipe cleaner into a "J" shape and loop it through the middle of the petals. Twist it on the bottom to keep it in place.

4. Take the orange pipe cleaner and start winding it tightly (like a snail!), stopping after just a few rotations.

5. Placing the rolled bit on the tip of your pinkie, wrap it tightly around your finger. (You can also use the pencil if that's easier for you!) Pull it off your finger and pinch it down tightly to compress the layers as much as possible.

6. Glue it into the center of the petals! 

7. And you're all done!!!

We learned about this project thanks to One Little Project. We hope you enjoy this craft! Click here to find more upcoming Kids Create programs in our online calendar! 

Also, if you love spring, flowers, and gardening, you can also check out these books to learn more! 

Book Cover: Flower Garden
Flower Gardenby Eve Bunting, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt

Helped by her father, a young girl prepares a flower garden as a birthday surprise for her mother.

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Book Cover: Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirtby Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

Up in the garden, the world is full of green--leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit. But down in the dirt there is a busy world of earthworms digging, snakes hunting, skunks burrowing, and all the other animals that make a garden their home. In this exuberant book, discover the wonder and activity that lie hidden between the stalks, under the shade of leaves ... and down in the dirt.

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Book Cover: The Gardener
The Gardenerby Sarah Stewart, illustrated by David Small

A series of letters relating what happens when, after her father loses his job, Lydia Grace goes to live with her Uncle Jim in the city but takes her love for gardening with her.

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Book Cover: And Then It's Spring
And Then It's Springby Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

A young boy and his dog decide they have had enough of winter, so they resolve to plant a garden. Join them as they savor the anticipation of new growth.

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Book Cover: Planting a Rainbow
Planting a Rainbowby Lois Ehlert

A mother and child plant a rainbow of colors in their flower garden. Lois Ehlert's vibrant, stylized artwork brings to life the cyclical excitement of planning, planting and picking flowers in a garden.

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Book Cover: How to Say Hello to a Worm
How to Say Hello to a Worm: A First Guide to Outsideby Kari Pecival

The beautiful simplicity of a garden is depicted through digital woodcut illustrations and engaging nonfiction text presented as a series of sweet questions and gentle replies. Less of a traditional how-to and more of a how-to-appreciate, this soothingly sparse text paints an inviting and accessible picture of what a garden offers.

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