The following post is from Kristina of Toddler Approved:
Today I wanted to share two different ways you can make a recycled lid flower craft. Both versions are simple and beautiful, but one is better for toddlers while the other works well for school age kids. Both could be turned into gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week or Mother’s Day.
We love to recycle lids and bottle caps. They can be used in so many creative ways as you craft or create educational games. They are especially cool to use in mixed media art projects to make the art pop off the page.
Toddler Lid Flower Craft
Supplies: lids, Elmers glue, cardstock paper, scissors, ribbon, buttons (various sizes/colors), and pre-cut green leaves from paper.
Toddlers love exploring objects with a variety of textures and colors. This lid craft is a fun way to explore new objects while talking about color names and learning concepts like bigger, smaller, smooth, bumpy, etc.
For this version I helped my toddler draw several glue lines on her paper, and then we worked together to stick ribbon onto the lines.
Next, we put big glue dots at the end of each ribbon stem and she added a big playdough lid as the flower. Then, she added more glue to the center of each lid and stuck a button right in the middle.
To finish off the project, she glued some pre-cut leaves onto the ribbon stems, and then we let her masterpiece dry.
School Age Kid Lid Craft
Supplies: green floss or yarn, fabric scissors, colorful felt, lids, buttons, ribbon, Tacky craft glue, and cardstock
This felt lid flower craft version is a bit more challenging to make and requires kids to use scissors and cut through felt, so it is more appropriate for school age kids.
First we laid out green floss and cut it a variety of lengths to make flower stems. Then we glued the floss onto a larger piece of felt.
After we glued the stems onto the white felt base, we glued a ribbon border around the felt to add some color and hold the ends of the floss in place.
Next we cut felt into several circles and then we began layering the felt, bottle caps, and buttons to create flowers. We glued everything in place using tacky glue.
We finished off the flowers by cutting some small cardstock leaves and gluing them onto the flower stems.
After letting the glue dry, we added a little ribbon loop to the top so that we could hang our flower creation on the wall.
It is so cool to see how little bottle caps and lids can be transformed into such gorgeous works of art! Just add a note to your art work that says, “Mom (or teacher), Thanks for helping me grow!” and add in a personal message and you’ve got a beautiful gift ready to give. You could even pair your flower artwork with a potted plant or bouquet of flowers.
Here are a few other lid and bottle cap crafts that we love:
- Recycled Lid Craft: Glitter Bugs via Crafts by Amanda
- Cap Stamps via The Long Thread
- Bottle Cap Art Magnets via Paint Cut Paste
What else have you created with lids or bottle caps? What other gifts could you give for Mother’s Day or Teacher Appreciation Week?
|Kristina is a mom of 3 and a former Special Ed teacher for children with communication disabilities. She blogs at Toddler Approved as she looks for ways to make life a little more fun and creative with her kids while embedding learning into everything that she does. Kristina tweets as @ToddlerApproved and can be found on FB and Pinterest.|