Paper poinsettia flowers are easy enough for young children learning scissor skills to make, but lovely enough for anyone to craft to put on cards, gift tags or to hang as Christmas decorations.
We even made a Christmas wreath out of them - my 11 year old is very fond of making them.
We usually make ours with 3 inch petals but you can make them as large or as small as you need.
- red and yellow construction paper,
- hole punch.
- fold a piece of red construction paper in half. Rub your
finger along the crease so it's a nice clean fold.
NOTE: older children and adults can fold 2 or 3 times before cutting to make a group of petals. Young children should stick to a single fold.
- Cut a half petal shape out along the fold, so that when you open your petal it's symmetrical (the same on both sides) with a fold down the center.
- Repeat this process until you have five petals.
- Use a hole punch to punch out a number of yellow dots from the yellow construction paper.
- Assemble your flower by gluing the five petals in a circle and gluing the yellow dots in the center.
Before the Paling of the Stars poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti