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How to Create Beautiful Flower Flags With Flower Pounding

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Flower pounding is such a fun process art activity for kids! Watch as the pigments from the flower transfer onto canvas to create these beautiful flower flags. Post and project by Abbey Donald of Wild Wattle Folk

Flower flags made by flower pounding on canvas

My children love instant crafts––ones that are quick to take form and shape and keep their beautiful creative spirit flowing. When they make things that require drying time (glue especially), I see the little light of excitement dwindle slightly.

They want to keep going and their excitement fades while trying to find something to do in the meantime.

Who can blame them!? I myself have felt that way many times.

Child peeling off flower from flower flag with hammer and flowers at table

Flower pounding doesn’t require any waiting before seeing wonderful botanical prints. And my kids just love this because it’s such a fun, hands-on activity. 

Every aspect of this craft is exciting to them, from hammering away at the beginning, to peeling off the flower and revealing the print.

It’s also one of those treasured activities you can use as an excuse to go on a nature walk searching for leaves and flowers to collect beforehand.

How to Create Flower Flags

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MATERIALS

Time needed: 30 minutes.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Prep your fabric

    If you aren’t using a recycled drawstring bag that’s been cut into flags, you can hand stitch a loop at the top of the material. This allows the flag to hang after threading the cord through.

    Alternatively, the flags can also be attached to a piece of hanging cord with clothespins.

  2. Lay out your flower

    Choose a flower or leaf you would like to dye into the fabric. Place it on a hard surface, with the side you want on your fabric facing up.

    Place a piece of calico fabric over the top of the flower (make sure you have your flower facing up, touching the fabric).

    Then place a piece of cardboard over both and tape down the side so it won’t move while hammering it.

  3. Begin flower pounding with hammer

    Now comes my son’s favorite part: hammering the cardboard. Be sure little hands aren’t on the board, and then let them hammer away at the piece of cardboard.

    Child flower pounding at table with flowers nearby

  4. Check your flower transfer

    Gently peel away the tape and lift off your piece of cardboard. Check the back of the fabric for any areas that haven’t been hit yet to expose the full shape. Pound those areas lightly now with the hammer.

    Child peeling off flower from canvas to create flower flags

  5. Peel away the flower

    Turn your piece of fabric over and gently peel away the pieces of flower to reveal the beautiful botanical print.

    Child peeling off flower from canvas to reveal flower print

  6. Cut cord to length

    Cut a piece of cord the desired length to use for hanging your botanical print and tape it to a toothpick.

    There are also child-friendly threading needles available, but I personally love finding household objects to use instead. It’s wonderful getting the creative thoughts flowing and brainstorming on how to make ordinary objects, new and exciting tools.

    Thread string through each flower flag

  7. Create flower flags!

    Thread your cord through the looped piece of material and double knot the end. Continue adding and threading additional flower flags or you may choose to leave it as a singular wall hanging.

    Create these beautiful flower flags by flower pounding on canvas

  8. Hang your flower flags!

    Now your botanical print is ready for all to see! Your little one will surely feel so much happiness in creating a print instantly with their own hands.

    Child holding up flower flags made by flowering pounding on canvas

This is a great activity to do if you have a special flower with a memory attached to it. Then you will be reminded every time you see it.

If your little one is feeling a little more creative, they can also create a larger picture by arranging the leaves and flowers together.

Flower print on canvas with flower petals surrounding it

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Shelley
    July 19, 2019 at 10:35 am

    How long do the flower prints last? Do they fade quite quickly or could they be expected to last for a little while (i.e. a month or so)? This will be fun to do with my daughter when she’s home with me this summer.

  • Reply
    Antje
    May 18, 2021 at 10:12 am

    Hi Shelley,
    you might already have found out for yourself, but I’ll answer your question anyway. Maybe it”l be of use for someone else.
    We tried this technic with leaves some years ago, and I still treasure the string of little flags my now grownup kids presented me with.

  • Reply
    Sandy
    May 18, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    This project looks like fun.
    I was wondering why exactly to use a calico piece on the flower……..could you make a double print using a second recycled drawstring flag instead of calico?

    • Reply
      Rebecca
      May 20, 2021 at 6:05 pm

      Sandy – I like the idea of sandwiching the flower between two pieces of fabric. “Calico” isn’t used quite correctly in this post (this term refers to a printed cotton fabric). Any lightweight, plain cotton fabric you have on hand should do. At a fabric store, you will see this material referred to as muslim, typically found near the quilting fabrics.

    • Reply
      The Artful Parent Editorial Team
      May 26, 2021 at 1:50 pm

      Hi Sandy,
      This is such a fun project! While Abbey links to a fabric referred to as calico (on amazon), we think that plain cotton fabric is perfect for it. And we haven’t tried sandwiching the flower in between two pieces of fabric yet – if you try it, let us know how it works out!
      Thanks,
      the Editorial Team

  • Reply
    Rebecca
    May 20, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    Beautiful idea! Thank you for sharing! I think the better term for the fabric is muslim, which is a plain, lightweight cotton. Calico refers to a printed cotton fabric.

    • Reply
      The Artful Parent Editorial Team
      May 26, 2021 at 1:45 pm

      Hi Rebecca,
      Yes, you’re right – muslin fabric, or plain cotton fabric – is perfect for this project!
      Thanks,
      the Editorial Team

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