Sometimes hospitals, especially ICUs, put restrictions on real flowers. It may just be certain kinds of flowers, I’m not entirely sure. But I do know that some are restricted. But flowers always cheer up a dreadful hospital room, as well as the patient!
Why not make them a bouquet of ribbon flowers? Double the fun! Brighten up the room plus a homemade gift from the kids. Sweeter than ever.
Or send them some of these tissue paper and contact paper flowers we’ve made. They’d be adorable too!
I am excited to be partnering with JCPenney this month during Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Through the end of October, JCPenney customers are given the opportunity to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar. These contributions will be donated to JCPenney Cares to directly fund programs supporting breast cancer awareness. JCPenney’s partners include The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® and The National Breast Cancer Foundation®.
With the contribution to JCPenney Cares, they hope to support everything! From research projects, awareness programs, mammograms/screenings, and emotional support services
Along with rounding up any purchases at JCPenney, make a loved one a ribbon flower bouquet.
This was George’s first time using a hot glue gun. And he nailed it!
I gave him a safety once over before we began. Showing him where it was hot at the tip and that the glue would be hot when it came out. He did awesome! I am incredibly impressed and suggest you try a hot glue gun with the kids (maybe try a low heat one, affiliate link).
He cut, glued, and formed these flowers all on his own. Of course, I had to make some for myself too!
How to make our simple ribbon flowers:
Shown above, starting at the top, left to right.
1. I cut one ribbon to begin. George followed by measuring ribbon and cutting five to eight more to length (depending on how big the ribbon was and how much I had on hand).
2. George glued the ends of all the ribbons together in a flower-like fashion. I first set them out to give him an idea of the shape and how they should be spaced apart and he took it from there.
3. Each ribbon got folded into the center to make a ‘loop.’ (I’ve seen several ribbon flowers where they twist it at this stage. I actually prefer the ‘flat’ look of the loop without twisting.)
4. Finish gluing each ribbon loop to the center.
5. Add a center to the flower. We used large pom poms. Large buttons would be extremely cute!
6. On the back of the flower, we glued a pipe cleaner on. I twisted it in a spiral so that it would have more surface area and George squeezed a glob of glue on the back of the flower.
Tip: When using hot glue, use a craft stick to press down the ribbon and pipe cleaner instead of your fingers. It’s hot!
Prop them in a tall, narrow vase to display the ribbon bouquet! Gorgeous and a homemade gift for a friend.
Did you know that JCPenney has craft kits available online?
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