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It’s that time of year when the weather is beginning to tease us with temperatures that feel very much like Spring. Today I saw the first pink blossoms of the season and the grass in our back yard is finally starting to look green instead of brown (at least until our guinea pigs gobble it up). This weekend the kids’ winter sports are wrapping up for the season and the daffodils are just beginning to come into flower. In fact next Friday 26th August is Daffodil Day organised by the Cancer Council of Australia. This craft post is not officially associated with the Cancer Council but because I think it is an important cause which affects many people and their loved ones I decided to create a printable paper daffodil craft. It’s also to celebrate the change in seasons and my favourite time of year.
I love that the daffodil is a bright, happy symbol of hope for an otherwise depressing and rather scary subject. It’s very appropriate because with research we are coming ever-closer to a real cure that doesn’t include the horrific side effects of chemotherapy. Once upon a time the prospect of finding a cure seemed like a far-fetched dream, but there are projects out there which are beginning to look very, very promising. One such project is Dendritic Cell Research, which works by retraining the body’s own defences to fight cancer using the dendritic cells which already exist within our blood.
Every daffodil day I usually choose to buy a few of the real ones people are selling out in the community to raise money for cancer research, awareness and prevention. I always see it as a win-win, my living room gets a bright splash of colour and I know that the money is going to go to good use. Who knows? I might even be contributing to discoveries which will one day save my own life.
Our printable daffodils don’t cost anything but a little bit of your time and a few basic craft supplies. However, if you’d like to donate to the Cancer Council for Daffodil Day you can do that here.
Who are our daffodils for?
Like many (if not most) people we have been indirectly affected by cancer through those near and dear to us. Our daffodils are for everybody who has been affected by cancer but in particular they are for the following people.
- For my grandfather, who died from lung cancer at age 73, not helped by a lifetime of roll-your-own tobacco smoking nor by years spent working with asbestos
- For my late grandmother who was lonely without him for years afterwards. She’d also lost her mother to stomach cancer when she was just 10 years old.
- For my mum, who had cancer 9 years ago and has since recovered
- For my dad, who had thyroid cancer as a young man and recovered
- For my aunt, who is now in remission from cervical cancer
- For my cousin, who is my age with two young children and is currently battling breast cancer. It’s been a long road for her.
- For Finlay, the little boy of a blogger friend who is just three years old and is currently battling relapsed hepatoblastoma. We designed some jingly, golden dancing ribbons to draw attention to Finlay’s struggle last year. He also has his own Go Fund Me page to help his family out with the financial burden that goes along with having a seriously ill child.
Now it’s time for you to make some daffodils too!
You will need:
- Print out your template.
- Cut out the different shapes.
- Glue the flower shape to a craft stick.
- Fold the orange shape along the white fold lines. The scalloped edges become tabs to stick it together with.
- Roll your shape into a cylinder and glue it together, then glue in place over the orange dot on the flower base.
Happy daffodil making. Are yours going to be for anybody special?
• Next month is Childhood Cancer Awareness month marked by a gold ribbon. Here is a round up of 12 fun gold-themed activities that kids will love.
• Make a jingly, fun gold dancing ribbon
• If you are after Spring-themed crafts you could try making a tissue paper butterfly, or older kids might prefer a woven yarn and craft stick butterfly.
• Use egg cartons to create a colourful DIY jewelley box decorated with egg carton flowers
• Use cupcake cases to make some pretty paper flower bunting
You can find plenty more Spring-themed activities on our Seasonal Crafts board on Pinterest. If your half of the globe is heading into Autumn or Fall there are lots of ideas to suit those seasons too.