In our fast-paced digital age, it’s refreshing to reconnect with the wonders of nature and foster creativity with our kids. One perfect way to achieve both is by engaging in this fun activity: a paper black-eyed Susan craft!
With its golden petals and dark center, the black-eyed Susan is a symbol of summer’s arrival. It’s a well-known flower, and likely got its label from a poem by the same name, “Black-Eyed Susan” by John Gay, about a sailor bidding farewell to his lovely “black-eyed Susan.”
Before jumping into the black-eyed Susan craft, here are a few facts about this stunning flower:
- Black-eyed Susan flowers are scientifically known as Rudbeckia hirta.
- They are vibrant wildflowers native to North America. In appearance, they have bright yellow or golden petals that surround a dark brown, almost black, center. The center is often referred to as a “cone” or “eye,” which gives the flower its name.
- Black-eyed Susans are associated with warm summer days and are often seen as symbols of encouragement, justice, and protection.
- Black-eyed Susans are perennial plants, meaning they live for more than two years. They bloom during the summer and continue to provide colorful displays year after year.
- These flowers are highly attractive to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. They provide nectar and serve as a valuable food source, aiding in the pollination of other plants.
- Black-eyed Susans can be found in a variety of habitats, including meadows, prairies, open woodlands, and roadsides. They are well-adapted to different soil types and can tolerate some drought conditions.
- Native American tribes traditionally used Black-eyed Susan plants for medicinal purposes. The roots were used to make a poultice for treating snake bites, swelling, and sores.
- Black-eyed Susan is the state flower of Maryland. It was chosen as the state flower in 1918 and is a symbol of the state’s natural beauty.
Okay, let’s jump into the black-eyed Susan craft, starting with the items you’ll need for the craft
List of Supplies for Black-eyed Susan Craft
- Colored craft papers
- Craft glue
- Black-eyed Susan craft template
Instructions for black-eyed Susan craft
Select two different shades of yellow craft paper for the flower (you can use any shade of orange as well) and then choose brown or black craft paper for the center of the flower. Trace the two big flower patterns on the lighter color and the small flower patterns on the darker shade of paper. Trace the strip on the brown or black paper. Cut out the traced patterns from the papers. Cut small and even fringes along the strip.
Start rolling the yellow fringed strip neatly and tightly.
Roll the whole strip and apply glue at the end of the roll to secure it.
Take the flower pattern cutouts and stick the small ones in the center of the big ones.
Take a flower cutout and create a crease along each petal (from the tip of the petal toward the center of the flower pattern). Similarly, create creases on the other flower cutout.
Apply glue in the center of any one of the flowers and place another one on top it.
Stick the rolled fringed paper in the center of the flower to complete the flower craft.
Additional Activities involving flowers
If you’re interested in more flower-themed activities and crafts, here are some ideas:
- Easy lollipop flowers that also make a lovely gift for mothers, teachers, etc.
- Have you begun teaching your kids how to cross-stitch? This is an easy cross-stitch pattern of bright summer daisies.
- For homeschool students interested in the study of flowers, check out this botany notebooking bundle or these wildflower notebook pages.
- And if you’d like to incorporate a flower into an entire unit study, this sunflower unit study could be just the thing you’re looking for.
- This painted paper flower craft is a creative one for older children, and you can even incorporate past painting projects they have done.
- Need more projects like the black-eyed Susan craft? Here are a bunch of flower activities for kids from preschool all the way to high school.
Stories for the Family
If you’ve been getting craft ideas from Only Passionate Curiosity for a while, you know we love to share suggestions for books. While these aren’t books about black-eyed Susans, they are informative books for kids about flowers, and a couple of fun storybooks are on the list as well!