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Weekend Fun: Peek-a-boo Flower

Weekend Fun: Peek-a-boo Flower!

Spring is just over two weeks away – so get in the mood with some books about flowers, plants, and growing things. There are many at the library in both fiction and nonfiction. Learn about how a flower grows and get ready to plant some seeds that will give summer flowers! Zinnia seeds grow well and bloom all summer long.

While you’re waiting, make a peek-a-boo pop-up flower in a box!

What you need:

  • 1 piece sturdy cardstock, any size
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • 1 piece of cardstock for the flower stem, green or any color
  • assorted cardstock scraps
  • marker
  • tape

What you do:

  1. With the short edges at your left and right, fold approximately 1/2 inch on one side and then fold the entire paper in half and in half again.
  2. Unfold and fold the other way and rub along the folds to make good creases.
  3. Decide which side of the paper will be the front, and fold so that side is on the outside of the box.
  4. Make a 1-inch slit along each fold and fold the resulting flaps up.
  5. Snip off the flap on the 1/2-inch fold.
  6. Follow the folds to form the box. The four flaps form the bottom.
  7. Check to see if there is an opening in the bottom. If not (or if it’s too small), snip a tiny square in the center of each flap (see photo).
  8. Apply glue to the short side flap and form the box once again. Press and rub to help the glue stick.
  9. With the box on its side, open the bottom two flaps and apply glue to the inside of each.
  10. Fold up and press to help it stick.
  11. Cut two thin strips of green or any color cardstock to form the stem.
  12. Glue the two strips together to reinforce the stem.
  13. Use the assorted scraps to cut out a circle for the center of the flower and three small strips for the petals. TIP: The strips should be slightly smaller than the box shape so that the assembled flower will fit inside.
  14. Draw a face on the flower center and glue the strips criss-cross on the back of it.
  15. Tape the flower stem to the back of the flower and insert it through the hole at the bottom of the box so that the flower is inside.
  16. Move the flower up and down through the hole. If the petals bump the sides of the box, trim them a little more with scissors.
The cardstock was folded in half and then in half again.
The flaps overlapped a little, so we cut small squares in the center of each flap to form a larger hole for the flower stem.

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