From year 3 - Working time: approximately 4 double lessons


Children and young people find it important to bring a little joy to their parents through small gifts. Flowers suit every occasion, a bouquet of flowers with a makeshift, individually designed vase is even more special.

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  • Make a 3D object made of plywood
  • Self-assessment for completion of a task
  • Use of a ruler when drawing geometric
    shapes; exact drawing; develop symmetrical shapes
  • Wood processing: sawing, filing and grinding, glueing; use of drilling machine if necessary
  • Careful surface design, recognise the connection between form and colour design

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Material and resources

  • Squared paper, cardboard
  • Ruler, Pencil, Scissors
  • Plywood, 6 mm thick, depending on size
  • Draft for a base plate, a stand plate and a cover plate
  • One to three test tubes
  • 2, 3 or 4 round rods, 8 mm diameter, length approx. 20 mm shorter than the tube
  • Dispersion paint in white
  • Acrylic paints
  • Wider bristle brush for the primer and other paint brushes for painting, mixing cover
  • Pricking awl
  • Fretsaw with saw blades, file, abrasive paper
  • Screw clamp
  • Backsaw for the roundbars
  • Drill with drill bit, 8 mm diameter, as well as drill bit in the diameter of the test tube
  • UHU Stic ReNATURE or UHU Stic
  • UHU Wood Glue
  • Brush and mixing cover

UHU all purpose adhesive extra

  • Gel-type synthetic resin adhesive for crystal-clear fast bonding.
  • Drip-free and clean.
  • No paper curling.

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Step-by-step plan

Step 1

Roughly sketch the shape of the flower stand.

Step 2

Develop and draw the base plate on squared paper in the folding section, in a size of at least 100 x 100 mm. The teacher assesses the form and the student corrects it as necessary.

Step 3

Draw a smaller form for the stand and cover plate. For this, the form of the base plate can be reduced on each side by 20 mm or a modified, simplified form can be designed and cut.

Step 4

Stick the design drawings on thin cardboard with UHU Stic ReNATURE or UHU Stic and cut to make the templates.

Step 5

Transfer the outline of the larger base plate using the template onto the plywood. Also, transfer the shape of the smaller stand and cover plate (= twice the same form).

Step 6

Saw the outlines with the fretsaw. File and sand all edges.

Step 7

Mark the holes for the round bars and the test tube on the design.

Step 8

Transfer the drill points onto the sawn-out cover plate using the pricking awn.

Step 9

Align the stand and cover plate precisely and hold together with a screw clamp.

Step 10

Drill holes through both plates. Trim the drill holes.

Step 11

Glue the stand plate with UHU Wood Glue onto the base plate.

Step 12

Prime the plates - with the exception of the holes (!) - with white ink and leave to dry. Lightly sand the high-quality wood fibres, then gently coat the surfaces with acrylic colours: emphasise the edges, paint on the strips, points or stamps, etc. Note the connection of form and design!

Step 13

Cut the rods and sand their edges.

Step 14

Glue the rods into the holes in the stand and cover plates.

Step 15

Insert test tubes.

Brigitte Wintergerst

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