DLTK's Discussion Group Archives - Jul/01 to Dec/01
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Decorate the cup like a flower pot -- this can be done by covering it with paint, with wrapping paper, coloring it with markers, gluing images cup from old cards, clipart, magazines, or stickers. I like to provide a variety of materials and prepare a number of pre-made examples then let the children make their own way (though you'll want to have an adult or older child handy to help out children who aren't familiar with crafting)
Make red (Chrismas-y) tissue paper flowers -- you can just accordian fold tissue paper and tie it in the center, or you can make more complicated petals -- see http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/spring/mtissue_flower_vase.htm for inspiration
Take recycled styrofoam meat trays (clean, of course) and cut circles that fit inside the paper cup. You want the circles to go about 1/2 way down the cup, but not all the way to the bottom, so trace around the top of one of the cups and then cut INSIDE the line you traced. Punch holes in the styrofoam circles (2 to 4 holes -- enough for each flowre) Put the circle inside the cup and put the flower stems through the holes in the circle (the circle just helps keep the flowers from flopping about too much. As an alternative you could put a clump of playdough in the bottom of the cup.
Test before hand to make sure the tissue flowers don't tip your cup (depends on the size of the flowers you make compared to the size of your cup) If this is a problem, drop a rock or two into the bottom of the cup before you put the flowers in. (you can even have the children paint/decorate the rocks in Christmas-y colors