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This inspirational craft activity is part of a “Day Camp in Hawaii Unit” suitable for after-school, summer school, scouts or other youth groups




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Title – Tissue Paper Flowers
By – Paula Hrbacek
Primary Subject – Art
Grade Level – 1-3

Day Camp in Hawaii Theme Tie-in:

Hawaiian women wear flowers behind their ears. Which ear they wear it behind tells gentlemen if they are married or single. Unmarried women wear their flower behind their left ear. It’s sort of like a wedding band.


  • flower ring


  • colored tissue paper
  • pipe cleaners
  • pliers


  1. Cut tissue into 12-inch squares.
  2. Lay four or five squares on top of each other. Each square can be a different color–the one on top will be in the middle.
  3. Fold all the squares at the same time like a fan. Pinch or twist the center of the folded tissue, and hold it so the folds are on the top and bottom.
  4. Wrap a pipe cleaner around the folded tissue.
  5. Twist the pipe cleaner tightly.
  6. Unfold the fan as much as you can.
  7. Begin separating the tissue by pulling the top sheet straight up on one side, then pull the other side of the same sheet straight up.
  8. Continue one sheet at a time, doing first one side, then the other, until all the sheets are separated and fluffy.


  • flower on a stem


  • tissue paper
  • rubber bands
  • plastic balloon sticks


  1. To make a flower on a stem, wrap a rubber band around a balloon stick about two inches from the end.
  2. Place the folded tissue between the stick and rubber band.
  3. Pull the band up, and wrap it around the stick as tightly as possible.
  4. The rubber band will hold the tissue to the stick.

Closing Thought:

A flower isn’t pretty until it blooms. We’re kind of like flowers, too. Every day, every time we try something new, we grow up a little bit. And if you keep trying, you’ll be just as beautiful as this flower.

Author’s Note:

This lesson plan is an example of the activities in my new e-book, Day Camp in Hawaii – a Day Camp Program for Scouts and Other Youth Groups . The book is a complete and affordable K-6 summer camp, summer school, vacation bible school or after-school program with games, songs, crafts, science, art, dance, acting, Hawaiian Lore, organization and management time savers, budget savers and more. Each activity begins with an introduction that is educational, and ends with a closing thought that reinforces a value.

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