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Art Lessons For Kids - Painting With Paper

Updated on November 9, 2010

A bouquet of Art - Matisse For Kids

Who doesn't love flowers? Or, at least making them? This is a beautiful project that parents love to hang up. Its great for Mother's or Father's Day, or celebrating springtime.

When I teach this project to my classroom, I oftentimes show images of Matisse ahead of time, just to get the kids inspired to create art using paper instead of paint. This is also a great project for kids to start learning patterns and rhythm of colors. It is probably also helpful to show images of flowers before starting, getting an idea of all the colors and shapes that can be found in the wild.

Materials You'll need to make your Bouquet of Paper Flowers:

  • A sheet of thick white paper, 11" x 17" at least
  • Flesh colored paper for the arm and hand
  • Variety of Green Paper for the stems and leaves
  • Variety of brightly colored papers for the flowers
  • A Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick

How to Assemble Your Flower Bouquet:

  1. Using the Flesh colored paper, trace your arm and hand. You may need a friend to help you with this.
  2. Place your white paper Vertical/ Portrait
  3. Cut out your hand and arm, and lay across the bottom of the white paper, match the end of the arm with the edge of the paper and cut off any part of the flesh colored paper that hangs over.
  4. Anchor just the ARM part of the flesh colored paper, keep the hand/fingers free from glue at this point.
  5. Make long stems out of the green papers - thick and thin. You can tear them or cut them.
  6. Make various leaf shapes out of the green papers - big and small, long and thin, round and fat
  7. Lay the stems into the "fingers" of the hand. Make sure some of them overlap the thumb, but go under the fingers.
  8. Carefully begin gluing down the thumb and the stems from the bottom up. Do NOT glue the tops of the stems yet.
  9. If your hand needs to look more realistic as if its "holding" the flowers, you can either fold the fingers under and glue them, or cut the fingers off to give the effect of bent fingers.
  10. Glue the fingers down.
  11. Place your leaves throughout your stems and glue them down
  12. Tear or rip (we did both for the example) colored paper into the shapes of petals and bulbs.
  13. Glue down the petals and bulbs. As you do this, figure out if you need to make any of your stems shorter, or have them overlap some of the other flowers to make the picture more interesting.


We really liked some random petals falling from the flowers, it gave it a more organic feel. Also, the overlapping of leaves, petals and stems made it seem messy and more wild and fun. I also like overlapping colors within a flower - so if a tulip is red and cut out by scissors, I like hand ripping yellow details and gluing those on top. (This may be easier to do with older kids!)

Clean Up:

Use a damp cloth with mild detergent to clean up any excess glue. If you're using nice furniture to make your project on, cover it with plastic or newspaper before you begin.

And, remember: Art is a practice. The more you do it, the better you get!


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      Lindsey Roberts 5 years ago

      I was searching for a quality art project to do with my 2nd grade class. I love this and just got all the materials ready for them to do later today. Thanks for posting :)

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      Laura Spector 8 years ago from Chiang Mai, Thailand

      Gypsy Willow - I'm so happy you like it. I would love to hear how it turns out - please let me know!

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      What a beautiful project, my grandson and I will try it today, thanks!