Make Flower for Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift!

Coffee filter flowers are a fun and quick gift to make for Mothers Day!

Coffee filter flowers are a fun and quick gift to make for Mothers Day!


This craft is quick, inexpensive, pretty –and fun to make! Young children may need a little help but they will love to present these flowers to a loved one! The world’s largest flower– Rafflesia Arnoldii– is indigenous to Indonesia, hence I included it in my book, Recipe and Craft Guide to Indonesia.

Recipe and Craft Guide to Indonesia by Kayleen Reusser

Recipe and Craft Guide to Indonesia by Kayleen Reusser

This flower also stinks like rotting flesh but nothing about this craft smells!
Have fun making this together!

Materials Needed:
4 white coffee filters any size
1 pipe cleaner, cut in half
2 small bowls
3/4 cup water
Food coloring
Plate, wax paper or plastic surface to dry the filters
Instructions:

1. Lay coffee filters on flat surface.
2. Fold filters accordion style in one inch pleats.
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3. Fold in half and twist pipe cleaner around middle (Depending on size of filters, you may want to use wire cutters to halve the pipe cleaner).
4. Put 1/2 cup water in a bowl; add 6 -10 drops of food coloring. Stir.
5. With filters still folded against each other, stick the ends in the food coloring and allow saturating for a few minutes. Take out and dry.
6. Mix 1/4 cup water in a bowl with 6-10 drops of food coloring. Stick the folded center into the mixture. Allow to saturate until color meets color on ends. Remove and allow drying, leaving the pleats folded.
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7. Separate layers on both sides of the pipe cleaner. Your new flower may not be as large as the largest flower in the world, the rafflesia arnoldi found in Indonesia, but it is full of beauty!

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Weave a Beautiful Belt for 50 Cents in 30 Minutes!

Girls weaving with yarn and drawing book marks.

Girls weaving with yarn and drawing book marks.


It’s fun to get kids excited about crafts. My book, Recipe and Craft Guide to Indonesia, includes 10 crafts made from materials found in your home. Made from yarn, it only requires half a skein depending on the project. This makes it affordable to create gifts for yourself and others!

Weaving is an important part of the Indonesian culture both for history and the economy. Indonesian weavings are intricate and beautiful. Interesting Indonesian weaving tip: One type of weaving done in Indonesia is ikat (EE-kaht) which means “tie.” Ikat is the product of dyeing threads before they are woven into a patterned cloth. Ikat designs may have symbolic meanings indicating status, wealth, power and prestige. Some cultures believe ikat cloth is imbued with magical powers.

Recipe and Craft Guide to Indonesia by Kayleen Reusser

Recipe and Craft Guide to Indonesia by Kayleen Reusser

Make your own weaving following the instructions included in the book for a simple weaving. The project is so simple that several girls from my school have been making woven belts and bookmarks from yarn during their lunch recess. They weave while chatting. It’s simple, inexpensive and looks great when completed!

Woven yarn belt

Materials
5 drinking straws
Tape
Ball of yarn –variegated colors work well

1. Cut five pieces of 36” yarn.
2. Push through straw so 1” extends at one end. Tape to straw. Repeat with other strands and straws.
4. With left hand hold straws like a fan, taped ends out. (Hint: if you write with your left hand, it may be easier to hold straws in your right hand).
5. With opposite hand place end of ball under thumb holding straws.
6. Wind yarn around straws, working from one side to the other. Keep tension tight but even. Avoid pulling yarn too tightly as this will create an hour glass effect in your weaving.

Weaving from yarn.

Weaving from yarn.


7. Work in this way until you have woven several inches. Occasionally check your work to ensure consistency of tension. Push yarn off bottom of straws.
8. Continue in this way until reaching desired length of project. A bookmark could be 6 inches in length. A belt should be the diameter of your waist with an additional 12” or so to allow for tie (see picture).
9. Cut yarn from ball.
10. Knot strands together at both ends of weaving. Weave wall hangings and other items for friends and family.