Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Daisy Chain Tutorial

Daisy Chains! Okay, we use black-eyed susans but you get the point. This is such a great, easy, no cost (unless you need to buy the flowers) activity.

First - pick some flowers from your yard. Make sure your stems are at least two inches long. Daisys and black-eyed susans work nicely. We have also done this with dandelions. I don't recommend making chains out of any flower that has a milky sap. The sap will be all over your fingers, or worse, your child's head.

Pick up your first flower and about an inch or two down make a slit in the stem with your fingernail.

Open the hole a bit.

Place stem of a second flower into the hole.

You now have a chain of two flowers.

Repeat the process of making a hole in the stem with your fingernail and inserting a new flower into the slit.

Look - three now. Keep going around. When you come to the last flower, what I do, is I make sure the stem is longer than the others and weave that stem through at least one other hole making it a little sturdier.

Voila! A flower fairy with a beautiful crown.

Here is Lucy making herself an anklet. She's six so a child of six years of age, if motivated enough, can do this all by herself.

Get out and unplug your kids. Make some daisy chains. Draw with some chalk on the sidewalk. You can even brush the dog. And if you don't have a dog to brush feel free to come over and brush mine. She's got a ton of fur!

Photos of my un-manicured hands courtesy of Lucy.


mysteryhistorymom said...

What a great idea! I think we will try this tomorrow with zinnias!:-) Lori

Sherry said...

I remember making chains out of the little white flowers in the clover, I think??, when I was little. My granny showed us how to make necklaces out of them. The black-eyed susans make beautiful crowns though!!


jillytacy said...

I don't think I've ever made a daisy chain but now I know how. Thanks! by the way I love the black eyed Susans for the chain. I prefer them over daisy's.


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