See how to make a flower pot family tree, then try it with your kids on the weekend,by Riot Art & Craft.

You will need:

  • A selection of photos and a garden pot or vase
  • Paper Cups (1 per family member)
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Dark Green Crepe Paper
  • Gold Foil Candy Cup Wrappers
  • 1/8in x 12in Dowel Rod Pack
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Dry Floral Foam Brick
  • Flat Paint Brush
  • Masking Tape 12mm
  • Tacky Craft Glue
  • Scissors

Step 1. Paint your cups.

For each cup, paint both the outside and the inside of each cup you will be using. Contrasting colours work well and remember that the inside of your cup will be the outside of your flower when selecting your colours.

Step 2.  Fold your flowers

Using your scissors cut from the rim of the cup, down to the base (as close as you can get). Cut these all around the cup, approximately 2cm apart; these will form the petals. Next fold each second strip so it touches the rim of the base of the cup.  Secure each piece down with a small piece of masking tape.  Fold the remaining strips over the top, and stick down with masking tape.

Step 3. The stamen

Make a template piece of card the same circle size as the bottom of a spare cup. Place this onto a piece of coloured card and cut around the circle with around an extra 2cm around the edge. Fringe in to the edge of your template circle. Flatten a piece of candy wrapper over the top, and push both pieces with a dab of tacky glue between each into the middle of your flower (the bottom of the cup).  It should fit snugly. Do this for each flower with contrasting card colours. Next cut out your family’s faces using the template and stick to the middle of each flower.

Step 4. The stems

Paint your dowel rods green and allow to dry. Stick to the back of the flower using masking tape, then cover over this with a foil candy cup wrapper to cover any masking tape. Fold over an 8cm piece of green card and cut out double leaves, stick three per flower along the back of your stems.

Step 5. Display

Cut a piece of floral foam (ask mum or dad to do this with a knife) to snugly fit your pot. Fill in any edges with smaller pieces, so that it sits snug.  Arrange your family flower tree.  For foliage, cut a grassy edge along a strip of green card and wrap around the edge. Conceal your floral foam with strips of green crepe paper.



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  • Oh that’s gorgeous. What a clever idea. And as everyone gets older, you can easily make a new one


  • Very unique and creative idea! Love it!


  • What an adorable idea!


  • I never thought of decorating an artifical plant. I have however seen something similar on a large grave at Cheltenham Cemetery


  • Great creative ideas! Thanks for sharing this!


  • looking great


  • What a smart and cute idea great gift for grandparents too!


  • this is a beautiful idea i think i will try this with my children. ;)


  • Oh what a cute keepsake idea =)


  • A very cute idea. The grandparents will love it.


  • this is such a lovely and sentimental craft idea! this would be lovely to give to the grandparents


  • A great idea. So colourful…..and no watering needed. People who are not “green fingers” or hate gardening tend to forget to water their plants


  • great idea. kids could easily make these


  • this is a great idea. i love it, it’s so special
    thank you for posting this


  • Thanks! Had a lot of fun making this flowerpot. Thanks for sharing such a lovely idea. :)


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