Surprise mom this Mother’s day with these easy-to-make plastic flowers recycle craft. You can get most of the materials needed out of your recycling bin.
You will need:
- Empty plastic bottles
- Small yogurt container
- Modge Podge
- Crepe paper in different colours
- Wooden skewers
- Empty tin
- Plastic or cardboard circles
- Sisal or small pebbles
What to do:
When you choose your plastic bottles for this project, carefully look at the shape of the bottles, use bottles where the bottom of the bottle can be shaped into flower petals without too much cutting. Choose a bottle where the top is roughly the shape of a flower or blossom for the tulip. (PS- Cutting should be done by an adult for safety reasons.)
For the tulip, cut the top off the bottle and cut strips out of the lower part of the bottle to make the curved leaves. Cut the rim off the yogurt container.
Make a hole in the centre of the yogurt container and in the centre of each leaf. The hole should be just large enough for the wooden skewer to fit snugly. Paint the flower part with a layer of podge and glue small squares of crepe paper onto the bottle. Fold the edges over the rim and glue with podge. Let dry.
Meanwhile, make the leaves. Insert a wooden skewer through the hole in the leaves and paint leaves with podge. Fold the crepe paper over the edges and glue with podge. Paint the skewer with podge and twist a thin strip of green crepe paper around the edges. Cover the yogurt container with crepe paper in the same manner.
When the flower is dry, you can add strips of a slightly lighter or darker colour to the flower to define the lines.
Insert the skewer with the leaves into the yogurt container and glue the flower on top.
To make the rest of the flowers: Cut the bottom off the container, cut grooves where the petals are going to be and fold the plastic to form a flower. Trim the edges of the petals into a round shape.
Cover the flowers with podge and crepe paper and make the stems and leaves in the same manner as with the tulip. Once your flowers are dry, trim off the extra paper around the edges, glue the skewer with the leaves to the back of the flower and glue a cardboard circle or bottle cap in the center of the flower.
Cover tin with podge and crepe paper using squares in the shades you have used for the flowers.
Once your tin is dry, fill with sand, add the flowers and round the project off with a bit of sisal or pebbles on top of the sand.
A pretty gift for mom, grandma or a teacher and a frugal craft project- plastic flowers recycle craft!