When I first heard the Weird Animal theme, plants and animals from Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax immediately came to mind! I had some left over foam from a previous project so I used the scrap pieces to make a few great – and totally weird – flowers! I imagine we can make some strange and unique animals that can live in these flowers, too. That’ll be another project for another day.
WHAT YOU NEED
- craft foam (I recommend an assortment of vibrant colors)
- tacky glue
- pipe cleaners (I recommend an assortment of vibrant colors)
HOW TO MAKE
- Cut the foam into the desired height of the flowers you want to make. I used the 5.5″ high by 8″ wide sheets, so no change to the height was needed.
- Determine what color you want on the outside of the flower. Keep that 5.5″ x 8″ sheet as is and set aside.
- Determine what color you want on the inside of the flower. Cut one of the 8″ sheets in half so you end up with two (2) 5.5″ x 4″ sheets. In this example, the orange is the outside of the flower and the purple is the inside.
- Using the scissors cut very thin strips into the foam, leaving approximately 3/4″ of the foam in tact at the bottom (see photo). Do this for one of the 8″ sheets – the outside in orange – and the 4″ sheet – the inside in purple.
- Using the glue, place a thin strip along the bottom of the uncut inside 4″ piece. Tightly roll it up. Once rolled, place a thin strip of glue along the bottom of the uncut inside 8″ piece. Roll this one around the 4″ piece. (This sounds way more complex than it really is! See the photo for how it should look.)
- Take a pipe cleaner in the color of the inside (in this example, purple) and tightly wrap it around the bottom of the flower to help hold it in place. Let the glue dry overnight, and in the morning fan out your flower. Voila! You have some crazy flowers perfect for some weird animals to call home. PS: I don’t love the way the photo came out but if you could see these flowers in person…they look sooo much cooler! I imagine them nestled into a giant paper tree or in the base of a (faux) waterfall. I’m definitely going to work on getting a better photo soon.
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