March is one of my favorite times of the year in Texas. That's when the bluebonnets and other wildflowers pop up along the highway, and they never fail to make me smile. Bluebonnets are the official state flower, so when Meghan of Playground Park Bench announced she was putting together a 'Tour the World by Flower' blog hop, I knew I had to get involved.
Texans have a ton of state pride (everything is bigger, and all that), so I made my fair share of bluebonnet-inspired crafts as a child before moving to New York at the age of 8 (I don't know what New York's state flower is, so there's that). I decided to recreate one of them (which I still have, 25 years or so later) for the blog hop.
- a small terra cotta pot (mine's just a couple of inches in diameter at the top)
- Easter basket grass (I used a more realistic looking kind from the faux floral section at the craft store, but the traditional plastic-y stuff looks cute too)
- 3 white pipe cleaners
- pony beads in white, light blue and dark blue
To create your bluebonnets, bend each pipe cleaner in half. Thread the beads onto the pipe cleaner (great fine motor practice!), beginning with the white beads, then light blue and dark blue. Twist the bottoms of all three bluebonnets together and arrange in the pot with the grass.
For more flower crafts from around the world, be sure to check out the rest of the hop over at Playground Park Bench!