Nature Crafts: Deconstructing Flowers

Over a week ago now, I bought myself bright flowers and displayed them in tinted jars.  I enjoyed them every single day. Today, when I glanced over at my kitchen table, the flowers looked a little tired. But there was still a little perkiness in the petals.

How often to we glance at a simple flower without truly appreciating the complex wonder contained in each one?  I was challenged to do this very thing by photographer Qi Wei Fong and his exploded flowers series. So, before I disposed of the gerberas, I thought: why don’t I take a few moments to examine them with the kids? The activity took less than 10 minutes and gave me opportunity to reinforce the wonder all around us, if only we take the time to look.

Exploded Flowers by Qi Wei Fong

Deconstructing Flowers




Hard surface

It’s best to work out of the wind, so we found out very quickly!

nature crafts -- Decontrusting flowers

Cut the stem off.

nature crafts -- Decontrusting flowers -- cut stem off

Pluck the petals and arrange of a white piece of paper, cardboard or directly on a table.

nature crafts -- Decontrusting flowers -- pluck petals


nature crafts -- Decontrusting flowers -- arrange petals

exploded flowers

I love these unforced times, when anyone can join in if they like.

I said, “Hey, I’m going to pull apart these flowers to see all the bits. Anyone want to do it with me?”

The two little ones hovered for a bit, interjecting, chatting and taking turns at pulling petals, and then they left to continue their game.  Then, my 9-year-old daughter and I were left, and we sat together plucking petals and arranging them.  It was a truly lovely experience.

When we finished, I called out to no one in particular, “We’re done if you want to have a look! I’ll leave it on the table for the rest of the afternoon, so if you’re interested, come and look at all the amazing pieces of just one flower!”

It didn’t really matter if they got messed up. I left them there until dinner. Everyone looked, and loved it. I watched the children pause, every time they walked past the table.

nature crafts -- Decontrusting flowers

The petals are in the bin now. I wonder, was that a waste of time? To sit and pluck the petals off flowers? I mean, who has time to do that, right? Well, I do, I guess. I’ve learned the value of just doing stuff.  Capturing the moment.  Acting on an idea and threading it into our life…because I have more time than I think. Time woven, not caught.

Next time I look at a flower, I will have a little more wonder than before. And I hope the kids do too. Yes, time well spent.


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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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  1. says

    Wow Kelly what a beautiful idea! I’m glad you were inspired (challenged) to do this–as I never would have thought to do it. Now I want to go hunt some flowers just so I can tear them apart! :) Will be adding this to Pinterest and sharing on FB.

    You ALWAYS inspire me!

  2. says

    That is not a waste of time, we rush so much & our kids are now wrapped up in this hectic world we live. How nice to sit, pull apart flowers, re-arrange & then admire the beauty of all the flower parts. I’m inspired to do this with my kids when I next have flowers in the house. Thanks for the tip!:)

  3. says

    This is totally awesome! I just found your blog, and loved this project so much that my little girl and I already picked and deconstructed one flower and turned it into a pretty cool collage :). And we will go out to pick some more once the baby wakes up! Thanks so much for sharing.

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