Friday, April 3, 2009

Magnetic Flower Arranging

I've wanted to make some sort of "quiet time" activity for M using a cookie sheet and magnets for a long time now. And it just so happened that the first real free time I've gotten to work on it corresponded to the beginning of Spring here in Texas. So, I guess it's only natural that the cookie sheet theme be flowers.

I used an old, corroded cookie sheet for this project. The paint covers any ugliness. It was important though that I find a sheet that would stick to magnets. (Aluminum wouldn't work)

The flowers are cut-outs from several old Martha Stewart magazines. They are covered with packing tape on both sides for durability. The magnets I put on the back of each flower already had adhesive backing; so that saved a little time. Painting the foliage was the most time-consuming part of the whole thing. (but relaxing and fun, nonetheless)M doesn't really understand the concept of making a bouquet, but she does enjoy moving the "flowies" around on the pan and naming their colors. I think I may store it away for now, and take it out in a few years to be used on car trips.

11 comments:

Siayla said...

This is a great idea. I recently did a similar activity for Chicka Chicka boom boom on my blog if you want to check it out.

I love the flower arranging idea! I might try that with my daughter, and will link back here.

Thanks for your wonderful ideas!

Lettie said...

What a great idea! Too bad I only have boys (but maybe they would like it too). I'm going to pass a link on to my sisters who both have girls.

Theo-Ann said...

lovin' it! super idea.:)

sarah in the woods said...

Wonderful idea! Beautiful job!

Heather said...

You make such lovely things for your daughter!

Sandi said...

Great idea!

Rob and Michelle said...

You painted those leaves?! They are so beautiful...I looked at the close of picture... very impressive & cute idea
~Shell

Rob and Michelle said...

You painted those leaves?! They are so beautiful...I looked at the close of picture... very impressive & cute idea
~Shell

Sandi said...

Great idea!

Heather said...

You make such lovely things for your daughter!

Siayla said...

This is a great idea. I recently did a similar activity for Chicka Chicka boom boom on my blog if you want to check it out.

I love the flower arranging idea! I might try that with my daughter, and will link back here.

Thanks for your wonderful ideas!