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"Polished in a Pinch:" Homework Flowers (a before dinner craft)

Written by Libbie Summers | Thu, May 18, '17

Welcome to “Polished in a Pinch,” our new weekly lifestyle series with Creative Culinary Director, Libbie Summers. Each week, Libbie will share a new hack, tip, or recipe to take things to the next level in a short amount of time. Welcome to “Polished in a Pinch!”


When my son was young, I couldnt bare to discard anything his little hands had created – sentiment that ended when he started growing facial hair and an attitude. You can imagine how many containers of coloring book pages and turkeys made out of construction paper hands started to pile up. Something had to be done.  Like Terras Kitchen, Im a big fan of upcycling before recycling. Its easy to toss something in the recycling bin. But, its a little harder (and a lot more fun) to figure out how to transform it into something beautiful and useful. These Homework Flowers are the perfect example. With the help of little hands, what was once math worksheets and coloring book pages are now the homespun chic centerpiece of the dinner table.
Homework Flowers
Makes 5 flowers
What you need:
5 sheets of homework, coloring book pages, old mail, old maps
1 spatula
1 piece of paper card stock
1 pencil
pair of scissors
paper cup cake liners (colorful is best)
glue stick
paper straws
mason jar
What to do:
1. Make flower template: Place the head of the spatula on the card stock and draw aro
und it (moving it in a circle) to make the petals of a flower. Cut out.
2. Make flower base: Place the template on each sheet of homework paper and draw around. Cut out.
3. Make flower center: Fold the cupcake liner in half and make small cuts 1-inch from the edge to the center.
4. Assemble the flowers: Use the glue stick to glue the center of the flower onto the
homework flower. Fold the flower petals up to create a flat area at the base of the flower. Pinch the end of your paper straw to create a flat area (your straw will be your flower stem). Glue the flat part of the flower to the flat part of the straw. Set aside to dry. Continue with the remaining flowers and straws.
5. Make the arrangement: Scrunch the petals of your flowers a little with your hands so they are not so flat. Bunch the flowers together and drop in the glass jar. Place in the center of your table. Unlike other flowers, this arrangement will last for weeks! Remember to recycle when done using.
Pro Tip: For big drama, place multiple jars filled with the paper flowers all over the table.


Now that you have a centerpiece, you need meals to fill the table! Our menu is full of stress-free, 15-30 minute meals that you can make quickly while the kids are entertained making this craft.