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Zig Zag Zinnias are paper sculptures of flowers in a pot for Mother’s Day or for teaching about different types of lines


Art, Science  



Title – Zig Zag Zinnia
By – Paula Hrbacek
Primary Subject – Art
Secondary Subjects – Science
Grade Level – 2


  • Flowers are a typical gift on Mother’s Day. Zig Zag Zinnias make zany Mother’s Day gifts!
  • Zig Zag Zinnias are paper sculptures of flowers in a pot that second grade students can make for a special lady.
  • This lesson can be used to teach the parts of a plant, or different types of lines.

Materials Needed:

  • Coffee filters, 3
  • Pipe cleaners, 3
  • Brown construction paper, 1 sheet
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Scraps of green paper
  • Markers
  • Newspaper or scrap paper
  • Examples to show of a flower pot and zinnias


  1. Begin by discussing the different types of lines.
    • This project will use dotted lines and zigzag lines.
    • A teacher can adapt the lesson to include other lines as well by making each flower differently.
  2. Make the Paper flowers:
    • Color the center of each coffee filter yellow or orange using dotted lines. Use the pleats in the filter for a guide, and color the flat bottom part of the filter.
    • Zinnias are usually yellow, orange, red or bright pink. Choose one of these colors and draw zigzag lines from the center to the outer edge, and back, to make petals.
    • Wad a scrap of paper into a ball that is smaller than a golf ball, but larger than a grape. Place one ball in the center of each filter, on the back (uncolored) side. Gather the filter around ball.
    • Twist a pipe cleaner around the center of each filter, just above the wadded ball. Twist the pipe cleaner tightly so that it holds the ball inside the filter, like closing a sack of bread.
    • Fluff the edges of the filter into flower shape.
  3. Make the basket.
    • Fold brown paper to make a basket by first folding the sheet in half the wide way (hamburger way).(Note: Hamburger way is a term some art teachers use to tell which direction the paper is folded. When folded by the length, it is called the “hotdog way,” because it is long and narrow like a hotdog bun. When folded by the width, it is called the “hamburger way,” because it is short and fat like a hamburger bun. )
    • Look at a flower pot and notice how the pot is smaller at the bottom than at the top. Place the paper with the folded edge towards you. Fold up the two corners on the folded side at an angle that is similar to a pot shape.
    • Glue the sides, leaving the top open.
  4. Cut scraps of green construction paper into long leaves and glue them inside the pot.
  5. Glue the flower stems into pot.

Florida Sunshine State Standards:

    VA.A.1.1 The student understands and applies media, techniques, and processes.


  • Student used zigzag and dotted lines.
  • Student folded paper
  • Student cut paper
  • Student twisted stems

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