Summer CraftA few weeks into summer break, almost every parent hears two dreaded words from his kids.

“I’m bored!”

What we all wouldn’t give for a little boredom in our adult days, right?

So when you need to come up with a fun activity to keep children busy, crafting a flower bouquet with wood and screws is one of my all-time favorites. I particularly like this project because it has a handful of steps, requiring children to complete a little bit at a time, so it’s great to spread it out over several hours or days. It also helps children learn the concept of step-by-step sequencing. More than anything, it’s fun and it expands their motor skills.

Flower Nail Art

Flower Art With Screws
This is a great project for kids ages five and up. My dad used to make this craft with me when I was a boy, and over the years, I’ve modified it to suit my children’s interests.

Materials
A piece of scrap wood
Spray paint*
Pencil
Craft paint, variety of colors
Paintbrush
Safety goggles
Electric drill and bit**
Phillips screwdriver
A variety of different-length screws

*Tip: Choose a light or pastel color. The nail art will show up better with a light background.

**Tip: This is definitely only for parents to use — another reason why this is a great family project!

Instructions

  1. Cut board to size. I used a 1-by-12-by-14-inch piece of soft pine because it’s easier to screw into.
  2. Spray paint the front and sides of the board.
  3. Lightly draw the outline of a flowerpot and several stems on the board with a pencil.
  4. Paint the flowerpot and stems with craft paint, and allow it to dry.
  5. Wearing safety goggles, drill tiny holes, about 1/4-inches in depth, at the ends of the flower stems. The holes don’t have to be exactly at the end of the stems, so don’t drive yourself crazy, just be sure they’re evenly spaced.
  6. Teach your children how to use a screwdriver (while wearing safety goggles). Turn them loose and let them attach all the screws into the holes in the board. This part will keep children busy for a while, maybe days, but it’s great to hone motor skills, and they will be very proud of their work.
  7. Once screws are in place, paint the tip of each with a variety of colors. Again, it might take a while, but that’s part of the fun!

Tip: Modify this project in many ways. If your child loves dolphins, print and trace a dolphin on the board, then use the screws to outline it. Or spell your child’s first name. You’re only limited by your imagination!