Today’s kid’s craft idea repurposes plastic shopping bags, teaching kids that they can make something beautiful from an item often thrown away. The “punch” technique used to make the Plastic Bag Flower Garden Picture is easy for kids of all ages. Older children might enjoy making the Plastic Bag Punch Art Dove, too. (In case you’re wondering about the cute napkin rings on the right, StyrofoamCrafts.com has a tutorial for those as well.)
To make a Plastic Bag Flower Garden Picture, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 12” sheet (or larger sheet cut to size)
- Acrylic craft paint: Blue, brown and green
- Plastic shopping bags in assorted colors
- Ribbon, 8”
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Pencil; ruler; dental floss; scissors; wide, stiff bristle paintbrush; thin paintbrush
To make a Plastic Bag Flower Garden Picture:
1. Using ruler and a sharp pencil, score a 9” x 12” rectangle on your foam sheet. Cut out the rectangle by snapping it on the edge of a table along the score lines; or, slice through the foam sheet using dental floss. Lightly sand cut edges with a scrap of foam to smooth out any rough edges.
2. Paint the sky and the earth on the front and sides of the foam sheet. Let dry.
3. Paint on flower stalks and leaves using a thin brush. Let dry.
4. Cut 2-1/2” – 3” diameter circles from plastic bags. If you prefer, you can also use squares for your flowers.
5. Place a small dot of glue at the end of a flower stalk. Center a plastic circle on the glue and using the blunt end of the skewer, push the plastic about ½” into the foam sheet. Slightly twist the skewer and then remove it. Spread out the “flower” with your fingers. Hint: If working with small children, cut off the sharp end of the skewer first.
6. Repeat Step 5 till all of the flowers are “planted.”
7. Tie ribbon into a loop. Insert and glue knot into the back of the foam sheet for a hanger.
Have you made any crafts from plastic bags? I’d love to hear about it.