15 January 2010

blooming excellent - fun project for school holidays

Greetings all,
I'm a little overwhelmed that i struck a chord with my post about packaging!!  Sometimes when you work alone in a creative field, you wonder if you're completely odd or other people share your passion about the little things, like twisted coloured string & hand stamped stickers, ahhhh, nice to know you're out there!!  I'm sure if i posted about my genuine vintage button collection or patterned bias binding obsession, you'd be just as agreeable.  Thanks!!
Now for something completely different . . . a little handmade magic trick for your children to try!!  My eldest daughter must take the credit for finding this project on the internet.  She likes to google science experiments, as you do.  Well i would have if the internet was available when i was a child, i'm a bit of a science geek too. 
Basically, from a piece of regular A4 copy paper or similiar weight, cut out a flower, including petals around a large round (20c piece size) centre.  Feel free to decorate & colour it in. 
Fold in all the petals, make it flat. 
Place 5ml (teaspoon) of water in a bowl & pop the folded paper flower on the water & watch the petals magically unfold back to the original flower. 
So apart from using scissors, it's completely harmless. 
My children started making their flowers with messages, which was so sweet!!

the bowl has 5ml of water, the folded flowers are ready to drop in

here i can show off all the 'i love you mum' messages they made, ahhhhh

Thanks for bearing with all the images, my guys were really proud of their work & wanted to have one each on the blog.  Try it this weekend with your children or friends, maybe an 'i love you' for a special person in your life??  It's just such a fun, free, unmessy & creative project for children to try & show off to friends & family.  It will keep them occupied for hours!!  We took some to the Queen of Handmade's house & her daughter loved it.  Love Posie


Anonymous said...


posie blogs Jennie McClelland said...

Just had to approve that comment, what the?? Sorry but do you think someone named Birgit would normally type blog comments in Japanese?? Um, sure. Love Posie

Julie said...

Interesting comment???

Anyway, cute idea, showing the son tomorrow, I'm sure it will keep him amused for ages.

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I will try that tommorrow!!

Kylie said...

What a great idea - cute messages. Does your camera have a macro setting? Will be able to get a clearer closer pic if it does. Will have to chat and give you a photo lesson next year:)

posie blogs Jennie McClelland said...

Thanks Kylie, the images on the blog are just quick ones i take on the little digital camera (Nikon Coolpix). For REAL photography i use a super duper Canon DS70 SLR with all sorts of phallic lens attachments & use a light box for my website images with proper lighting. This was just on the kitchen counter on an overcast day. I know when my husband (photography guru) sees the images, he'll think they're crap. Bare with me & the cheat method!! Love Posie

posie blogs Jennie McClelland said...

Ok, my eldest just advised me that first comment is in Chinese, so i'm wrong. Love Posie

Liz said...

Hmmm, Weatherspoon is such a Chinese name - not!!! Love the little flowers, clever.

Liesl said...

I love the flowers. They remind me of "water flowers" we used to have when I was a kid. Very pretty!

Bianca Jae Makes Stuff said...

What a great little trick! I'm going to get the girls to do it this weekend. Seeing as though it is the last of the holidays!! Woohoo!! xox

Anonymous said...

How do you spell your surname?