With the Kids

Accordion Folded Spring Flower Collage

To welcome the coming of spring, we made cheery flower collages on accordion folded strips of cardboard for a spring flower collage. They stand up on my mantle and make us dream about gardens full of blooming flowers to come. Aren’t they pretty?

accordian fold spring flowers collage

You’re going to love this super easy spring craft. Grab your kiddos and get started here. You will need some sturdy paper, poster board, or light weight cardboard for your base. I cut a cereal box into three strips for our project. Accordion fold your strips, so your finished piece will be able to stand.

cereal box accordian fold

Accordion Folded Spring Flower Collage

Time to gather your stem collage items. I gathered these ahead of time and presented my girls with a “stem buffet.” Your kids might enjoy helping you with this step, too.


  • plastic straws
  • pipe cleaners
  • strips of colored & patterned paper
  • felt
  • craft foam
  • yarn
  • ribbon
  • popsicle sticks, painted green
  • green tape
  • draw stems with green crayons, markers, paint, etc.

flower collage stem ideas


Once you have all your stem materials gathered, glue, tape, and draw stems on your board. Be prepared – pipe cleaners take a lot of glue to stick! Set this aside to dry while you work on your flowers.

spring flowers collage

There are many different ways to make your flowers – use what you have on hand! This is a great time to use up extra craft supplies. We cut circles and tulip shapes out of watercolor paper. The girls made designs with oil pastels and crayons, followed by watercolor painting.

If you’re needing other ideas for flowers try there: colored paper shapes, mini cupcake papers, flower pictures cut from magazines and catalogs, or flower stickers.

spring flowers collage

When your flowers are finished and dry, attach them to your stems. We used a combination of glue stick and white glue for this part. Glue dots would also work great, with no drying time. Using glue is good hand-eye coordination practice.

glueing spring flowers

That’s it! Easy right? Now you have some cheery flowers to tide you over till the real ones are blooming. Display this on your mantel, in your child’s room, on the fridge, or hang it from the wall. My girls also decided these would make great backdrops for their Playmobil and animal set-ups. So super fun!

spring flowers collage

Happy Spring everyone!

*Originally posted 3/19/12


  1. Such a perfect way of educating kids how beautiful and important nature is. Thanks for this wonderful idea of crafting for kids.

  2. I love how cheery this is! And so many colors and textures. It’s pretty fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. It’s just wonderful and suitable for all ages. I can’t wait to make it with the nursing home’s residents. It will a fun activity…. Thanks for sharing this gorgeous craft.

  4. This is such a neat cereal box craft.. I love the flowers and all the different things used to make them. I especially appreciate that you’ve taken the time to share the tutorial. It is wonderful and I love all of the illustrative photos. I hope that it’s okay, I just finished a cereal box crafts round-up and included your pretty flower collage. You can see it here:


    Thank you for such a wonderful post!

  5. Cute idea! I think it would make a great card for a birthday – one flower for each year! I’m going to make one for my daughter who will be 39 on her next. Thanks for sharing your idea.

  6. Hi! I saw this on Crafty Crow today. What a great craft!! I have 3 sick kids home today….I’m feeling the need for a nice, creative yet quiet craft. Awesome. Thank you!


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