Bring the colors of fall indoors with this vibrant autumn sunflower craft! This is a great art project for kids to explore creating texture with oil pastels and is perfect for younger kids to do on their own with minimal help. Gluing the flower down on a bright blue background adds a nice contrast to the whole project.
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Our garden sunflowers
We planted autumn beauty sunflowers from seeds this year in May and by the end of August, they had grown to 7-8ft tall! And their colors are just so beautiful and vibrant, inspiring me to make this sunflower craft with my kids. We loved using all of the gorgeous Fall colors!
Make your own Autumn Sunflower Craft
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- Cardstock or construction paper in shades of orange and yellow, blue and black
- Oil pastels
- Printable template available here in my shop (kids can also draw their own petals and centre of the sunflower)
Instructions for your sunflower art project
1. Start by drawing your petals, either by using the printable template or by drawing your own (or having kids draw their own). We used 3 different shades of orange scrapbook paper. Using a bit of thicker paper works well when using oil pastels. We used 10 petals per sunflower.
Next, draw the center of the sunflower using the template, or have your kids draw their own on black paper.
2. Cut out the petals and center of the flower.
3. Draw on the petal shapes with oil pastels using autumn colors such as reds, oranges, yellows, and browns. Kids can explore the different ways to use oil pastels and try drawing with the whole pastel on the side, to create a different texture.
You can also layer oil pastels, they don’t blend as easily as chalk pastels so you can layer the colors without worrying about making it look too muddy.
5. Once the petals are done, use a brown pastel to draw in the center of the flower. If you look closely at the center of a sunflower there is quite an intricate design as you can see from the pictures above.
Older kids might enjoy trying to make a unique design in the center of their sunflower.
6. Once the petals and centers are done, you can arrange them onto your blue background. This will make it a lot easier to glue if they are already placed down.
7. I used a glue stick and gently lifted the petals a couple at a time to glue them down. Glue the center down on top of the petals and you’re done!
These sunflower crafts look so bright and beautiful hanging on our art wall! They remind me of the sunflowers growing in our garden and all of the vibrant autumn colors that are coming with the fall season.
A PDF that is perfect for printing and projecting onto a whiteboard in the classroom for kids to follow along! PDF includes a lesson plan overview, materials needed, step-by-step instructions and photos, and a printable template.
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