What you needCraft foam sheets in a variety of colors suitable for flowers and leaves
Assortment of family photos which can be cut, sized to fit in the center of a flower (if you don't want to cut your photos, you can always scan and print them)
Green pipe cleaners
Dimensional paints (sometimes called "puffy paints")
Small terra cotta or plastic flower pot
Piece of floral foam sized to fit inside the flower pot
Piece of ribbon long enough to tie a bow around the flower pot
They make great gifts for Mother’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, birthdays, or even as a nice “Get Well Soon” gift for a family member who is sick or in the hospital.
Step 1: Cut the photos so that the person’s face is centered in a circle shape. An easy way to do this is to use a small cup or other clear glass or plastic round object or stencil so that you can see the person’s face and center it. Trace the circle onto the photo with a pencil and use scissors to cut the photos. These will be the centers of the flowers.
Step 2: Draw or trace flower shapes onto the craft foam sheets, sizing them to work well with the photo centers cut in step 1. Draw on the back of the sheet so that you don’t have to worry about pencil lines showing on the front of the finished flower. Then, use scissors to cut out the flower shapes.
Step 3: Use craft glue to attach the photo to the center of the front of the flower. Allow to dry.
Step 4: Twist two pieces of green pipe cleaner together to provide added strength for the stem then attach to the back of the flower using craft glue. You can then use a green circle of craft foam to cover where this attached on the back to add a more realistic look. Allow to dry. Then, add a few leaves to the flower’s stem, either by using bent pipe cleaners or by using pieces of green craft foam cut into leaf shapes. You can simply twist the leaves onto the stem if using pipe cleaners, or use craft glue to attach foam leaves. Allow to dry
Step 5: Use dimensional paint around the edges of the photo center to decorate the flower. You can also add details to the petals with the paint if desired. Then, using the paint, decorate the terra cotta or plastic flower pot as well. Allow all the paint to dry completely before doing the final bouquet assembly.
Step 6: After everything is completely dry, it is time to assemble the bouquet. Place a piece of florist’s foam in the flower pot. Then, stick the ends of the photo flowers into the craft foam, tie a bow around the flower pot with a piece of ribbon, and enjoy a beautiful bouquet of friendly family faces.
Photo by abbybatchelder