There’s kind of a running joke in my house. Any guest who uses the bathroom will probably notice a few empty toilet paper tubes sitting in a basket on the floor next to the garbage can. That’s because my family knows not to actually put them IN to the garbage can. They are being saved. For cute projects like these polka dot tulips I made for Spoonful.
I was going to add leaves to them, but once I figured out which container I was going to use to display them, I realized they looked better without. The container was so simple. It is one of those plastic holders for Beanie Babies (remember those?) wrapped with folded tissue paper. I tacked it shut with a glue stick and wrapped a piece of ribbon around the middle. Easy peasy.
In the tutorial (link below) I only mention generic paint colors. If you’re wondering what type of paint I use for most of my kid’s crafts, it’s usually Craft Smart. It’s really inexpensive but the quality is good. You can find it at Michaels only. The colors I used were Grape Taffy, Spearmint, Bright Magenta and Butter Cream.
Each 4-inch cardboard tube yields two flowers. They are easy to make, but a glue gun is needed, so keep that in mind when working with your kids.
In case you’re wondering, I drew some inspiration from an image I found on Pinterest. Unfortunately, I was unable to find the original source. It seems to have started on some pinning type boards and forums in a country outside the U.S. They are lovely!
Get my tutorial for these Polka Dot Cardboard Tube Tulips on Spoonful.