Flamenco Flower Dolls

I have to give the credit to my son for this craft. The other day, we were out in the yard and the kids were picking flowers off the azalea bush. My son, who loves building things, took the flowers and poked them all onto a short stick. When he showed it to me, I said, “wow, that looks like a flamenco dress.” Then I went into the house and got some scraps of paper, and a small ball of play dough, and presto, we had flamenco flower dolls! I’m sure Flamenco dresses were inspired by flowers, so this craft has gone full circle. If you want to try it out, read the instructions below, and start dancing!

First, pick some flowers.

Then slide them onto a small stick.

Now make a head and arms out of paper. Leave extra paper at the neck, and poke a hole in it, fold the tab slightly, and slide onto the stick. Then get a ball of play dough and stick it onto the bottom so it stands up.

Now dance!

Here is a photo I took twelve years ago, while my wife and I were in Sevilla, Spain. We saw some amazing flamenco dancers there!


  1. Rebecca Flanagan
    June 19, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    delightful! can't wait for springtime in Hobart. I'm thinking ball room dancers with magnolia flowers :-) x

  2. alice
    June 19, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Lovely indeed. You know, Rebecca, I think these would work with the camellias that are out now down here in OZ. The magnolia ballroom dancers will be fabulous, too.

  3. June 19, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    how creative of him! he must get it from his parents! :D

  4. June 19, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Ha, thanks. And yes, I think these would work well with many types of flowers. We have some beautiful rhododendron flowers in our yard that I want to try. And Rebecca, If you make a magnolia ballroom dancer, I want to see pics! Cool!

  5. June 19, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    This is great! You are so creative and I Pinned the heck out of your blog yesterday when I first found it. Can't wait to print up Paper City!

  6. June 19, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Hi Joel, Not sure if I've commented before but I'm in awe of how creative you are (and now your boy too!). These look so great, feeling like dancing myself now. Ronnie

  7. June 20, 2011 at 12:42 am

    I knew this trick with the flower, but the reason why I comment is on how beautiful is your picture of Sevillan dancers !

  8. June 20, 2011 at 2:33 am

    What a creative kid! I love the fact that the dancer has her arms in the air, dancing! :) Best regards from Barcelona, Marta

  9. min
    June 20, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    My mom always talks about how she did this as a kid. Funny how some crafts pass the test of time. Thanks for bringing it back!

  10. June 21, 2011 at 9:22 am

    so cute! can't wait to try this project! http://portlandsunshine.blogspot.com/2011/06/flower-project.html

  11. Ann
    June 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Great idea - could use petunias too - but Mum might not like it!

  12. June 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    As a flamenco dancer, this is a project after my heart - can't wait to try it!

  13. July 4, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I love this! Will be doing it today with my toddlers! Thanks for sharing.

  14. July 8, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Such an adorable idea! You must be proud to have such a creative kid.

  15. July 11, 2011 at 12:42 am

    ole ole y ole!!! Joel, lovely. I really like your spanish craft!. Bien hecho!!! un beso desde España

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  17. luis
    January 9, 2012 at 1:15 am

    This picture is not from Seville. It´s from Cordoba, 140 km. far.

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  19. October 14, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Hello Joel, Freshly discovered your blog and I just love it! Finally a blog that demonstrates human creativity and not only techno projects... Congratulations on your wonderful blog!

    1. October 17, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      Thanks!! Glad you found it!

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