Bright paper cup flowers

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Pretty painted paper cup flowers - try this beautiful spring craft for kids

Believe it or not, these beautiful painted flowers started off life as simple white paper cups.

You can transform them into brightly coloured daisy flowers using just 4 items.

We show you how to do this as well as showing you a simple painting technique that even very little kids can do to make their flowers look like masterpieces.

Enjoy this cheery spring craft.

These bright paper cup flowers can be hung up as bunting or even stuck to the wall as a giant colourful floral display.

Summary:

Time: 10 minutes
Age: Little Kids to Tweens
Difficulty: Easy peasy

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Pretty painted paper cup flowers - try this beautiful spring craft for kids
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You will need:

  • White paper cups
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paints in bright colours
  • Paintbrush

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Pretty painted paper cup flowers - try this beautiful spring craft for kids
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Step 1: Trim the rim

Carefully cut away the rim of your paper cup.

This bit is a little fiddly so if you are doing this craft with small kids then it might be best if an adult does this.

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Pretty painted paper cup flowers - try this beautiful spring craft for kids
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Step 2: Cut strips down your cup

Starting at the rim cut down to the bottom of the cup.

Then make another cut about 2cm over from the first one. Again cut from the rim to the base.

Keep cutting until you have cut strips around your whole paper cup.

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Pretty painted paper cup flowers - try this beautiful spring craft for kids
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Step 3: Shape the petals

Bend down each strip of your cup until they all lie flat around the centre.

Now round off each end with scissors to make it a petal shape. Your paper cup now looks more like a flower and is all ready to paint.

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Pretty painted paper cup flowers - try this beautiful spring craft for kids
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Step 4: Paint your petals

Feel free to paint your paper cup flowers however you prefer. You can use blocks of your chosen colour for the petals to make them look beautiful.

Our easy 3 layer painting technique

We’ve chosen to blend three different paints together using a simple painting technique that’s very effective.

To do our paint technique pick three similar colours, each one a little lighter than the next. For this flower we picked:

  • dark red
  • bright pink
  • pale pink

Paint your petals in the darkest shade first as the base coat.

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Pretty painted paper cup flowers - try this beautiful spring craft for kids
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Step 5: Add a blob of your medium colour

Add a little blob of the next colour to the base of your petal.

We added a blob of the darker pink colour we had chosen.

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Pretty painted paper cup flowers - try this beautiful spring craft for kids
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Step 6: Brush strokes

Place your paintbrush in the blob of colour and make large crush strokes up the petal. Don’t go all the way to the top.

Keep painting until you are happy with the results. The colours blend in together and make a lovely effect.

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Pretty painted paper cup flowers - try this beautiful spring craft for kids
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Step 7: Add your lightest colour

Now place a blob of your lightest colour paint at the base of each petal.

We used a pale pink.

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Pretty painted paper cup flowers - try this beautiful spring craft for kids
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Step 8: Brush the lighter colour

Again place a paint brush in your blob of paint and brush it up the petal.

Brush up a few strokes of your lighter colour.

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Pretty painted paper cup flowers - try this beautiful spring craft for kids
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Step 9: Flower power

Now all your flower needs is a pretty centre. And this is the messy bit.

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Pretty painted paper cup flowers - try this beautiful spring craft for kids
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Step 10: Get messy

Choose a nice colour for the centre of your flower and squeeze a bit out onto a paper plate.

Dip your finger into the paint and make lots of fingerprints until the whole centre of your flower is covered.

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Pretty painted paper cup flowers - try this beautiful spring craft for kids
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Ta-dah! Your painted flower is complete

Your beautiful paper cup flower is ready to go.

Make a few more in different colours to create a series!

These flowers are so much fun to make and paint that you’ll probably want to make a whole bunch. They would look lovely displayed on the wall in a huge floral montage.

Pretty painted paper cup flowers - a gorgeous spring craft for kids