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Real flowering craft: Make a Mother’s Day corsage

Craft and photo by Bettijo B. Hirschi & Aimee Lowry

A Mother’s Day corsage might be traditional, but this easy-to-make bloom is anything but stuffy. Simple enough for little fingers to create, and all you need are cupcake liners, a pipe cleaner and a safety pin.

8 solid-colored cupcake liners (we used yellow)
1 mini cupcake liner, white (optional)
1 pipe cleaner (we used green to simulate leaves but any coordinating color will do)
1 small safety pin

On a hard surface, flatten each of the cupcake liners and then stack together with the inside facing up. Using the pin, poke a hole through the entire stack. If using a mini cupcake liner, flatten and poke a hole through that as well.

Take your pipe cleaner and begin threading (from outside of liner in) through the center hole you just created in the cupcake liners. End by placing on the mini cupcake liner.

Roll the end of your pipe cleaner into a little knot to secure liners into place, then slide all  the liners so they’re snug against the knot.

Working from the mini liner out, scrunch each cupcake liner closed around the pipe cleaner knot. The liners closer to the middle will fold in tighter and as you work your way out the liners will naturally stay more open, like a real blossom. Gently scrunch and/or twist liners until you’re happy with your flower’s shape.

Trim pipe cleaner so you have about a six-inch tail. Carefully wrap the extra pipe cleaner tail around the non-pinning side of the safety pin. We wrapped it around three times and then formed a leaf-like shape with the remaining pipe cleaner. If you’re not using a green liner you might just want to cut the excess off.

TIPS: If you’re having difficulty getting your flower to hang correctly while wearing, be sure you’ve twisted it nice and tight so the blossom is held firmly against the pin. If you continue to have trouble you can use a glue gun to get it to hold firmly.

Monthly “Real Crafts” are created just for RAK by Bettijo B. Hirschi & Aimée Lowry, the Arizona moms behind family-style blog Paging Supermom.


real lucky craft: Easy leprechaun dress-up

Easy leprechaun dress-upLucky for you, construction paper and string is all you need to dress up your little leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day. “Real Crafts” are created just for RAK by Bettijo B. Hirschi & Aimée Lowry, the Arizona moms behind family-style blog Paging Supermom. For more ideas visit pagingsupermom.com.


 Construction paper (we used two pieces of green and one each of black, yellow and orange)
String (we used orange cording)
Hole punch


Using a green sheet of construction paper, freehand a basic top hat shape or trace the free printable pattern. Cut out the hat.

Cut a straight strip of black construction paper to fit above the brim of your hat.

From yellow paper, cut out a square shape. Cut two slits into the yellow square just wide enough for the black strip. Thread the black paper strip through your yellow “buckle.” Glue the black strip and buckle to the green hat.

To create the hat’s headband, cut two strips of green paper approximately two inches wide. Tape the bands together to form one long strip. Measure your child’s head and tape the strips together to make a circle that fits properly. Trim the excess paper.

Glue or tape the hat to the paper headband.


Using a full sheet of orange construction paper, trace the free printable beard pattern and cut.

If you don’t have the pattern, just freehand cut along one of the short sides of the paper, making two humps that mimic the curve of a beard.

On the opposite end of the paper cut long slits of varying lengths about every half inch to create beard “hair.” Loosely wrap one hair strand around a pencil and roll to create a curl in the paper. Repeat until each hair strand is curled.

Cut out a mouth hole from the beard.

On either side of the beard, place a piece of tape on the underside to reinforce the paper where the string hole will be. Make a hole punch on either side of the beard (being sure to go through the taped area).

Thread the string through the beard and tie onto your little leprechaun. While wearing, we found it added stability to the beard if we tucked the string under our child’s chin and above the ears before tying in the back.


By John Bomhoff
Art Studio Manager, Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Learn all about snowflakes with this week’s craft from the Children’s Museum of Phoenix.

Ages: five (with help) and above.

Materials: white Xerox paper cut into squares (8 ½” X 8 ½” or smaller) and scissors.


Fold the square of white paper in half to make a rectangle.

Fold it again in half to make a square.

Fold it in half to make a triangle.

Cut segments out of each side of the triangle. Open up the paper.  You have a snowflake!


This is a familiar craft to do with children at this time of the year.  It is also a great opportunity to teach desert dwellers about snow.  To begin, read the following poem with your children.

 Five Little Snowflakes

 One little snowflake with nothing to do.

Along came another and

Then there were two.

 Two little snowflakes laughing with me.

Along came another and

Then there were three.

 Three little snowflakes looking for some more.

Along came another, and

Then there were four.

 Four little snowflakes dancing a jive.

Along came another, and

Then there were five.

 Five little snowflakes having so much fun.

Out came the sun, and

Then there were none!

 Then, share the following Fun Facts about snow:

  • Snow forms when the temperature is at or below freezing (32 degrees) and there is moisture in the air.
  • Water vapor freezes into tiny crystals.  Lots of ice crystals joined together make a snowflake.
  • Snowflakes come in all different shapes, and no two snowflakes are ever exactly the same.
  • It usually snows in late fall or winter, but only in cold climates.
  • It has snowed in Phoenix but that has been very, very rare.


The mission of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them. With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children ages birth to 10, the Museum focuses on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is located at 215 N. 7th St. in downtown Phoenix, at the southeast corner of Seventh Street and Van Buren in the historic Monroe School Building.

Real spooky craft: Boo, to you

RAISING ARIZONA KIDS is all about real families, real life and “real” kids who love to make things. But most crafts are too hard, too messy or require too much time. To which we say, “Get real!” RAK’s new series of “Real Crafts” are from the Arizona moms behind the Paging Supermom blog. Visit pagingsupermom.com for more ideas from “sometimes supermoms” Bettijo B. Hirschi and Aimée Lowry.

Grandparents, aunts and uncles will love a good scare from this friendly ghost made from your little one’s handprint. It’s a cinch to make these greeting cards with your kids using black card stock, white craft paint and wiggly eyes.

Items needed

Black paper
White craft paint
Foam paintbrush
Paper plate
Wiggly eyes
School glue


Cut black paper to fit inside envelopes. (For A2 envelopes, cut your paper to 4.25”x5.5” or for A7 envelopes, 5”x7”.)

Pour white paint onto paper plate. Carefully dip child’s open palm into paint, then spread paint evenly on hand with foam brush.

With your child’s fingers close together, stamp handprint onto black paper. (Don’t worry if you get a little bit of smearing—it adds to the sense of motion.) Let dry.

Using school glue, stick wiggly eyes onto the palm of the handprint to create a ghost.

Write a note on the backside or have your child write his or her name. Slip inside your addressed envelope, and mail!