It's not that I don't love flowers, but I do have seasonal allergies, and the sneezing has not passed me by this spring--in fact, it seems to be in full force. With outside offenders brought in, I may never find relief (this is me in all my itchy-eyed, runny-nosed glory as we speak).
The good news is that there are quite a few beautiful allergy-friendly flowers available for Mother's Day or any day of the year. The list includes: pollen-free varieties of lilies (or just carefully remove the brown anthers at the ends of the stamens), roses, hydrangea, orchids (just avoid touching them--there is a chance of skin irritation), pansies, violas, impatiens, camelias, azaleas, begonias, daffodil, dahlias, daisies (you need to make sure that both the dahlias and daisies are pollen-free varieties), gladiolas, irises, marigolds, petunias, snapdragons, tulips, violets, and zinnia.
If members of your household are highly allergic, try to avoid flowers like: lilies (intact with pollen), amaranthus, coneflowers, peonies, poppies, and mums.
Better yet...make your own tissue paper flowers! (You knew that was coming, didn't you?)
We had a blast experimenting with our flowers yesterday. Tristan, 6, could pretty much manage the project by following my step-by-step instructions, but my 4-year-old had difficulty (don't worry--they'll have their own flower-making project tomorrow!).
Colored tissue paper (craft, hobby stores, some stationery stores, chains like Target)
green pipe cleaners or string/yarn/twine
stapler (optional, but helpful to have around for kids)
Here are the steps, complete with some helpful hints for little hands:
1. Cut out some colored tissue paper into a rectangle (ratio length:width should be about 4:3, like 8" x 6", but it's not an exact science). You will need about 5 - 8 same or different colored sheets per flower. Generally I found that the more you stack, the harder it is to pull apart the layers later on--so stick with 5 sheets for the kids.
5. This part takes some patience: Fan out the layers, and then peel each layer up, separating from the rest of the pack. Do this little by little.
6. Do a little more shaping once all of the layers have been pulled up. IMPORTANT! I found that the less handling, the better. Once the tissue paper is bent and played with too much, it tends to lose its shape and rigidity. Some kids will love to pull the paper this way and that. I ended up adding a staple to the base of Tristan's flower to pull the two sides together. Good as new!
7. Clean up, saving any usable scraps for your Homemade Flower Cards for Mom.
Look how gorgeous!
|I made a huge one 20" x 15" and a baby one with some leftover paper. Clusters can give a fantastic effect!|
|This is actually my little stemless baby flower. If you find an opaque vase, you can set these right on top.|
Don't forget about the teachers in your lives--teacher's Appreciation Week is going on now! So make an extra bouquet and slip it on her desk with a note--she'll be seriously impressed.
We accept hugs, kisses, and spa certificates! Happy Mother's Day!