Updated on December 11, 2017
ZenFlora Review & Giveaway – 2017 Holiday Gift Guide
If you are looking for a gift for a coloring fan on your list – or for yourself! – why not consider a ZenFlora Adult Coloring Paper Flower Kit. You don’t have to be a master gardener to make these pretty flowers!
This review and giveaway is part of our Holiday Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.
Stacey from Life’sMomentsDesigns kindly sent me a ZenFlora kit to try. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while using the kit. This post does contain affiliate links.
There are two different styles of ZenFlora kits to choose from: a Chrysanthemum-like one and another that looks like a Camellia. Each kit makes a beautiful flower that is approximately 18 inches across.
I haven’t really crafted since I was kid, so I’ll admit I was a little intimidated. However, the kit includes everything you need, including the glue in the form of glue dots:
- 16 petals. There are three sizes and each petal is covered with one of eight different black and white zentangle patterns; the reverse side is black. The paper is very sturdy card stock and the patterns are slightly glossy. The area for coloring is matte.
- 2 black leaves. Each is made from heavy, black paper, like heavy construction paper. These are perforated to make folding easy.
- 6 black paper centers
- Cardboard base, with holes for hanging your creation (if you want to)
Note that if you are all thumbs, like I am, you may want to use a hot glue gun if you have one instead of the glue dots; I for one need some training on how to use glue dots effectively without getting them all stuck to my hands!
The only thing you need to add is your coloring medium of choice!
The designs to color – on the petals – are easy, and feature mostly bold line-work, so it is actually difficult to color outside of the lines. You will want to color on a hard surface or a clipboard (I use this one). You can use any medium with no fear of ink seeping through to the back of the petals as they are solid black on the reverse. However, you will get the most stunning look with the vibrancy of markers. For my kit, I used Prismacolor Premier double-ended markers.
Once you have completed your coloring, you are ready to assemble your flower.
First things first: the instructions on this kit are well written and easy to follow.
You start by giving each petal some dimension by overlapping the pre-cut slit on the bottom and securing it with a glue dot. Based on my experience, you will get the best, fluffiest-looking flower by overlapping about 3/4. Too much overlap and your petals will point up too much; too little and your flower will be flat.
Each petal has a numbered code for placement on the cardboard base. Because I am not the most coordinated person in the world, I actually drew the placement locations on the base in pencil following the map on the instruction card. Then you add the center pieces and leaves and voila – a paper flower.
(Once I started the assembly, it took me about 45 minutes to complete the flower. )
You can hang the flower using the holes on the base, or you can use it as a table-top piece of decor. I have put a candle in mine and am using it as a Christmas-themed centerpiece (for safety I will not be lighting the candle, however).
I really enjoyed coloring the petals: they were easy so I was able to clear my mind and color away, stress-free. And although I was nicely challenged by the assembly as I am not overly coordinated, the satisfaction I have from seeing the results of my efforts on the dining room table is priceless. I feel inspired to try more “crafty” coloring in the future.
Where To Buy
Stacey from Life’s Moments Designs has generously offered to send a ZenFlora kit to five of you! This giveaway is open to anyone with a US or Canadian mailing address and will end on December 18th at 11:59pm.