Sunflower of Thanks

By  Loretta Mateik 

size: 14" tall

  • Sunflower of Thanks


  • White paper plates, 9"
  • Cardstock or construction paper: dark brown, green, gold
  • Recycled plastic container
  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam, 6" disc (or size to fit inside container)
  • Wooden chopsticks
  • Green chenille stems
  • Raffia and moss


  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Marigold, Crimson Tide, Tangelo Orange
  • Paper crimper (optional)
  • Hole punch
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, ruler, black marker, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Pattern - Sunflower of Thanks

  • 1. For large flower, cut two 5-3/4" dark brown paper circles. For small flower, cut two 4-1/2" dark brown paper circles. For small flowers, cut 7-1/2" circles from paper plates.
  • 2. On covered work surface, paint plates Marigold, Crimson Tide, or Tangelo Orange. Let dry.
  • 3. Measure and cut 1"-wide sections around flower edges (for petals).
  • 4. Print and cut out pattern. Use black marker to write "people, places, or things" thankful for onto center of each leaf. Use hole punch to punch hole on end of leaf.
  • 5. Measure and cut gold paper rectangle same-size as height and width of container. Run rectangle through paper crimper. Adhere rectangle around plastic container. Tie raffia around container.
  • 6. Adhere flower center onto front of flower. Adhere chopstick onto back of flower. Let dry.
  • 7. Insert chenille stems through holes on leaves; twist ends. Wrap chenille stems around chopstick.
  • 8. Position foam disc in plastic container. Adhere moss onto top of foam. Insert chopsticks into container.
  • Tip
  • 1. If working with a group of kids, have each kid make a flower and display in a large floor pot in your classroom.