Daffodils Showing Off Their Skills
Properties Master Jen McClure and Master Properties Craftsperson David Schrader devised a project for their Technical Design & Production students to complete at home as a hands-on creative problem-solving project. It’s based on The Leonardo Challenge, an annual event at the Eli Whitney Museum in New Haven. Hunter Spence, former Props Master, always included a flower arrangement in his submissions.
Here’s a version that you can do at home.
Jen used an egg carton, eggshells, a coffee filter, toothpicks, and cooking skewers to create daffodils that look like the ones from her own backyard!
- Assemble your materials–nothing is off-limits! Cardboard, tin foil, paperclips, old tee shirts – what do you have at your disposal?
- Think about the flower’s textures more than its colors. Match your materials to those.
- Look at what shapes make up your flower. Cut or tear your materials into those shapes.
- Start assembling your flower from its center and build from the inside out. If you don’t have glue, here’s an easy paste recipe.
- Decorate or color your flower if you want to.
- Display your flowers in an empty vase, jar, or old shoe.
Bring a little spring inside!