Polka Dot Cardboard Tube Tulips

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Polka Dot Cardboard Tube Tulips
Total Time 2 to 3 hours Ages school-age

Turn recycled cardboard tubes into a beautiful bouquet of polka dot spring tulips! A fun project kids and adults can do together. Makes a nice centerpiece for Easter or a lovely Mother's Day gift!

What you'll need

  • 4 (4-inch) cardboard tubes
  • 8 (12-inch) wooden dowels
  • Paint: pink, yellow, purple, green, teal, white
  • Tools: paintbrush, scissors, hot glue gun
Helpful Tip:

A glue gun is used in this project. We recommend parental help and/or supervision when using a glue gun.

How to make it

  1. Paint each cardboard tube, inside and out and allow to dry for about 20 minutes. Tubes should be dry to the touch, but the cardboard should still feel damp and pliable. 

  2. While the cardboard tubes are drying, paint each dowel green. Using a block of floral foam or Styrofoam makes a great stand!

  3. Cut each cardboard tube in half (2-inches long each). 

  4. Each tube will yield two flowers. You should have a total of eight painted tubes.

  5. Flatten one end of the tube, then cut a 1/2" slit at both creases.

  6. At the cut, fold the corner of the cardboard tube inward.

  7. This is what your tube should look like.

  8. Add a dab of hot glue in the corners to hold them together, but do not glue the center yet as the dowel will be inserted here. 

  9. At the open end of the cardboard tube, cut triangles to form the tulip petals. 

  10. Add some hot glue to the center of the bottom of the tube and insert the dowel. Pinch the tube around the dowel to adhere the glue. Use the handle end of a paintbrush dipped in white paint to add polka dots to both sides of your flower. 

  11. To display, add some floral foam to a vase or tall container. Insert the dowels into the floral foam. To open the flowers a bit, simply reach inside the top of each flower and stretch the cardboard outward. Once the cardboard dries for several hours, the tulips will hold their shape as the dried paint makes them stiff and sturdy. 

  12. Like polka dots? Try these sweet polka dot treat cups for your Easter or spring themed party!

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