Kids Craft Corner: Recycled Plastic Flowers

Mother’s day is coming up quick and you know what mommas aren’t getting, a cute craft from school! It’s not Mother’s day without a kids craft, so like a good momma, I put my kids to work making me a gift.  We decided on recycled plastic flowers.  Here is everything you will need for this craft:

Supplies

  • Clear plastic cups or plates
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Cookie sheet
  • Foil
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Hot glue gun
  • Vase (Starbucks Frappuccino bottle, terracotta pot, floral foam, or cardboard tube)

We started with clear plastic plates.  You can also use clear plastic cups, or clear plastic shot glasses, we just lucked out and had plates in the pantry.  The kids chose whatever colors they wanted to design their flowers. The more color the better, but make sure the whole surface is covered.  I cut slits for them on the sides.  I experimented and cut different amounts and lengths slits on the plates.  We decided that fewer cuts made the prettiest flowers. 

I preheated the oven to 350 degrees and had the kids help me cover our pan in foil.  Next, we placed the plates colored side up onto the pan and baked for about 3 mins.  The kids kept an eye on the plates to watch them curl up, and we pulled them out when they liked their shape.  We found the that longer you leave them in the oven, the flowers become smoother and the colors less vibrant.

While I sat them over to the side to cool, the kids began to color the flower stems (popsicle sticks).  Once they were done with the stems I helped them hot glue them onto the backside of the plate. And voila!!  Momma has flowers for Mother’s day.  You can fancy it up by putting them in a vase (Starbucks Frappuccino bottles work great for this!), a terracotta pot or block of floral foam.  We used a cut toilet paper roll and a cardboard square, because that’s what we had available here at the house.  I don’t think this will be the last time we melt plastic at my house.  My kids were amazed and have already been telling me the other things we can make with the melted plastic.  I hope your kiddos enjoy making this craft as much as my two did!

See page 2 for an easy printout.

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