Friday, May 13, 2011

Daisy Chain Count Down

 Only 13 days of school left for my kiddos.
To mark these last days, we made these daisy chain count downs.
WAY more fun than a paper chain count down if you ask me... and who doesn't have a pile of plastic eggs laying around from Easter?!



Supplies Needed:
-  Flowers (I printed them on card stock), you can find mine HERE
-  Plastic Eggs, one half for each day
-  Small Candy, Toys, or Notes, one for each day
-  Green Ribbon or Yarn (I used about 5' for 14 flowers)
-  Glue (I'm going to recommend hot glue here)
-  Sharpie Marker

Here's the stuff I started out with...


Directions:
1)  Cut out one flower for each day.
2)  Tie a loop at one end of your yarn so that you can hang it, and then lay it out in front of you.

3)  Make sure your goodies fit into your egg shell halves.

4)  See what I'm doing here?   Yeah.... DON'T DO THIS!!!!
I mean, DO do it, but not in this way.
NOTE that I have placed the flower under the yarn.  This you DO want to do!

And then I'm placing my candy filled egg shell onto the Elmer's Glue.
Why, you may ask, was this a bad idea?  Well, the Elmer's Glue was taking FOREVER to dry!
I'm all about instant gratification when it comes to things like this.

Here is the idea on how you're building your chain.

However... I had to resort to...
My glue gun!  Ok, so not as kid-friendly.  But it worked so much better.

So I filled each egg half, lined the edge of the egg shell with hot glue, and placed the egg shell in the center of each flower, with the yarn running in between.

And then I had this...

5)  I used the Sharpie to add numbers (one at the top) in the center of each "flower"

And here is the finished Daisy Chain Count Down!
He really is excited about this... the sun was just in his eyes.  Promise! ;)

After the fact, I thought it would be even cuter with some leaves here and there.
So here is the chain with the leaves...


Cute, don't you think?
Each day after school, the kids can cut a daisy from their chain and enjoy a special little treat.

I also thought that these little paper cups would have been great in place of the eggs.
Perhaps they would have worked better with the Elmer's Glue, and been a better project for the kids.  I did the project above with my Girl Scouts, but did all the hot gluing for them.

Another nice thing about these little paper cups, is that you could cut paper circles and add the numbers to glue onto each.

Happy Last Days of School!

21 comments:

  1. I LOVE the eggs! They make the flowers & chain so cute! We did a plain old paper link one, but next year I'll snazz it up! :)

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  2. awesome idea i have a bunch of eggs sitting around and looking for ideas

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  3. Oh, this is so sweet! Also a great idea for classrooms. Will try to remember this for next year.

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  4. Such a cute idea, and we have masses of plastic eggs to use up. Thanks for sharing!
    Deanna @ www.shadytreediary.blogspot.com

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  5. What a great way to reuse the eggs! I think I have 12 dozen (no kidding) from a few years ago when I tried to have an Easter egg hunt party and no one came. LOL. Maybe we can count down to 2012!

    Thanks for sharing. I'm your newest follower!

    Popping over form I heart naptime.

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  6. Very pretty and a good idea of reusing the pastic eggs!

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  7. What a cute idea!!!! I would love if you'd share your idea on our What I Made Wednesday Linky Party! http://sweetpeasandbb.blogspot.com/ I'm your newest follower! =)

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  8. Fantastic idea! I'm your newest fan!!!

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  9. Adorable and functional!


    Would love for you to share at Calling All Crafters!
    http://allthingsfee.blogspot.com/2011/05/calling-all-crafters-7th-edition.html

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  10. So cute! I love this! Great way to use those easter eggs lying around...

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  11. What a great idea for a count down! I know my kids would love this so much more than the paper chain ones we do, especially with a treat inside.

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  12. how cute!!! i LOVE this idea. will definitely be doing it when my baby girl is older :) very creative! thanks for visiting my blog and my flowered belt post; i linked it up to your party! and am your newest follower ;)

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  13. Visiting from ABC and 123. What a great use for Easster eggs and a fun way to count down to summer!

    Holly
    Stay and Play

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  14. Very cute. I love it. How smart. I have some eggs sitting right behind me waiting for the attic. Maybe they might do this instead. :)

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  15. These are not just fabulously pretty count down chains... but just fabulously pretty decorations for any child's room! love them!!!


    Thank you so much for stopping by at Kids Get Crafty and linking!!

    Maggy

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  16. What a great and fun idea. Thanks for sharing it. I will have to try it out with my grandkids.

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  17. What a great idea!!! The eggs are just perfect little centers! :)

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  18. That is a great count down chain. Love the flowers for their spring-time feel.
    ~Kimberlee
    {Accuquilt Giveaway} 

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  19. So cute!! I would love for you to come by Sassy Sites and link up at our Flower Power party today! xoxo!

    Marni @ Sassy Sites!

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  20. This is such a great and cute idea! Found you at Paisley Passions. I want to make one of these for me!

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