Take five pieces of brightly colored cardstock or scrapbook paper or construction paper, although cardstock and scrapbook paper work best as they are generally square shaped.
Draw a basic flower, freehand, as large as you can on one paper. Stack the pages and following the line of the flower, cut through all the pages at once to make five flowers.
Grab a piece of tissue paper and make about 40 small tissue paper balls. They don't need to be perfect, just scrunch them up as fast as you can. Using a glue stick, put a generous amount of glue in the center of each flower and press the tissue paper balls down on the glue. (Fair warning: if you use regular white glue instead of a glue stick, you won't be done in five minutes because you will have to wait for the glue to dry. So even if you have to go digging in your kid's backpack to find a gluestick, it's worth it).
One all the ballies have been glued on, put your first two flowers next to each other, overlapping one petal from each flower. With a hole puncher, punch a hole through both flowers at once and secure with a paper fastener. We previously enjoyed using these very handy little fasteners here.
Continue the garland by adding another flower to the row and punching another hole through the overlapped petals, continuing until all five flowers have been attached.
And guess what? You're done. Tape the garland to the wall and stand back and admire your speedy handiwork. Your wall has come alive and you're only out five minutes of time. Now you can go back to baking your Shavuot cheesecake.
And as I stand here gazing at my pretty flowers, I realize this is not just a decoration for Shavuot - it can be an anytime project, it's that pretty. And it's not coming down that fast either. But when it does come down, it's going into the Sukkah decoration bin.
For another flower project idea, click here .