Cheap Thrills — Inspired by Dandelions

For a fun time, have your kids collect dandelion seeds from the yard or park. This may sound easy in theory, but if your kids are like mine, they may get a bit distracted on their quest for seeds.

No, no, we’re not blowing the seeds all over the ya— Oops! Too late!!

That? That’s an acorn cap, sweetie. No, no, we’re looking for dandelion seeds… Keep looking!
Ah HA!! That’s the ticket!
Next, draw some lines for stems on a piece of construction paper.
Apply some glue with a paint brush.
Sprinkle dandelion seeds on top of the glue! Fun, fun, fun!
Allow to dry….
Are we having fun yet??
Oh, yes, I think so!!!


  1. Dear Valerie,

    My grass!!


  2. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Mark — O:-)

  3. That is the best use for dandelion seeds I've seen so far. So long as they don't give them away as seed mats!

  4. An Almost Unschooling Mom says

    Who decided dandelions were weeds anyway? They have so much potential for crafts, fashion, decoration, and food – okay, I'm on the fence about the food – but still! If you look at them in the right light, they're even kind of pretty. And, planting them is child's play! πŸ™‚

  5. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ An Almost Unschooling Mom — You're right, as far as weeds go, they really are a lot of fun! I used to love making bouquets with them when I was little, now the girls do the same. πŸ™‚ Not sure about eating them, but I hear they taste great fried..???

  6. Raising a Happy Child says

    What a wonderful idea – those dandelion collages look great. That last shot of Clara is so cute!

  7. EntertainingMom says

    Valerie, Dandelion greens are often found in pre-mixed salads… they have a slightly mustardy taste. I love this craft!

  8. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Raising a Happy Child — Thank you!!

    @ Entertaining Mom — With a vinaigrette dressing, they are pretty good! I've never eaten the flowers though… I don't think I'm that brave!

  9. Very cute.

  10. The Activity Mom says

    I love that! So fun! We need to get outside and try it!

  11. Love your pictures and the commentary. I'm not sure my kids could pick those puffy white dandelions without blowing on them.

  12. Sew Impatient says

    great idea πŸ™‚
    I used to love dandelions, we used to blow the seeds all over our mean neighbors lawn. did I just admit that? yes I did πŸ™‚

  13. Mama King says

    Sweet ans simple! Just what we could use right now. Thanks. Plus the girls love hunting for "poofy heads."

  14. Deborah (Teach Preschool) says

    Your blog is such a gem valerie:)

  15. Oh my goodness- You picked the most beautiful bright colored paper to make this craft even more amazing!

  16. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Ivy/Anna — Don't tell Mark, but I couldn't resist making wishes on a few of those dandelions myself! πŸ˜‰

    @ Sew Impatient — ROFL!!!

    @ Mama King — That's so funny! It seems everyone has nicknames for these, but "poofy heads" made my laugh out loud!!

  17. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Deborah — Thank you so much! We love your blog too!! πŸ™‚

  18. oo thanks! My son is obsessed with these guys! That might be why we have a yard full of them! He likes to spread the love around πŸ˜‰

  19. Just Breathe says

    Definately too much fun !!

  20. valerie, you make me smile!

    i saw somewhere else in the blog world where they used yellow dandelions as paintbrushes. fun!

  21. Darling! I love the idea! Thanks!

  22. You know seeing all of these great dandelion crafts these past few weeks has me regretting I haven't really seen any.

  23. It is awesome that you incorporated the dandelions into a craft project. In addition to being fun, they are free and plentiful.

  24. MaryAnne says

    This is a cute activity, and your girls look like they really enjoyed it!