Toilet paper painting- Making flowers

Spring has arrived and boy do we have spring fever at our house.  We haven't done a ton of crafts lately, but I wanted my girls to make something for their grandma for her birthday.  I resorted to my Usborne Book of Papercraft and found this fun project I had never noticed before.  We tried it two different ways.

To do this craft you will need:
  • toilet paper
  • tempera paint in several colors or Do-A-Dot markers
  • heavy paper or cardstock

I tore off several sheets of toilet paper- some measuring 6 squares, the others measuring 4.  The book suggested using paint to color the toilet paper, but I wanted to see how our bingo dot markers would work out with this first.  I admit, I was trying to get around the mess that seemed inevitable with the paint.

I folded the sheet of toilet paper in half, then dampened it with water (not too wet or it will tear easily).  I had the girls add color to the toilet paper sheets using the dot markers.  Lou had a good time coming up with unique designs on each one.  The cool thing about using the dot markers was the tie-dye effect that could be achieved.

After the sheet of paper was completely covered with color, we twisted the toilet paper...

Then rolled it up into a spiral flower shape and placed them on a baking sheet.  

While the dot marker method was working great, I wondered how the texture and color would be once the florettes had dried.  Plus, I knew the paint method would most likely be a little more fun.  I pulled out the tempera paint, poured several colors onto paper plates, and added a little water to thin it out a bit.  Mina had a ton of fun just mixing the water into the paint.

Once the paint colors were all mixed, I twisted up the dry toilet paper sheets and gave them to the girls to dip into the color.  They loved rolling the paper twists into the colors and squeezing out the excess.  Yep, this method was definitely way more messy.  But I could tell the girls were having a blast doing it this way.

After we had painted and rolled up several flowers and leafs, we put them on a baking sheet to let them dry in the oven.  At a temperature of 250° F, it took the flowers about 2 hours to dry completely.  Needless to say, we finished the project the following day.  The brilliant blue, orange and red florettes are the ones done with the dot markers; the more dull colors were done with the paint.  The florettes done with the dot markers also produced a softer texture than the ones that were dipped into the paint.

To finish up our project, I gave each of the girls a piece of cardboard to draw and paint their scene where they were going to attach their flowers.  I wish I would have thought ahead and given these sheets of cardboard a coat of white paint to help their pictures pop out a bit more.

My two older girls (age 8 and 5) decided on a garden scene.

Mina (age 3) decided she would draw a face.

When their background scenes were finished, they decided which flowers and leaves to attach and we used hot glue to adhere them.  Aren't these cheerful and bright?  I just love the end results and my kids had a blast creating these.

These bright toilet paper flowers made for some interesting and fun 3-D art.  
What types of 3-D arts and crafts have you been doing?


  1. Hello from your newest follower. Found you via the kid blogger network.
    These look like a lot of fun and I love how you've extended the activity. Debs :)

  2. this looks like such fun! we're definitely going to have to try this! pinning it, too! thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday.

  3. These look like so much messy fun to make & the finished product is so beautiful!!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Looking forward to seeing what you link up today!!
    Happy Easter,
    Beth =-)

  4. These look very messy and very FUN! Thanks for the inspiration, and for sharing this idea at the Kid's Co-op.

  5. My children would absolutely love those!

    Thanks so much for linking to Fun Sparks. xx



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