What do you do with all of your plastic lids?? Instead of throwing them in the rubbish how about starting a collection of plastic bits and bobs usually destined for landfill or recycling, that can be creatively upcycled into some unique art projects.
In this fun budget-friendly project we will transform a piece of cardboard box, some old plastic lids, and a couple of collected feathers into a creative Dream Web inspired design.
Suitable for kids from 4 yrs and up – a great project for little kids to practice their threading and gluing skills, and improve fine-motor skills.
A fantastic way to explore and learn about colour/ pattern/shape with your mini-maker. Lets get creative!
You will need…..
- PVA Glue
- Hole punch
- A piece of cardboard box about 20-30 cm square
- Assorted plastic lids of different colours and sizes
- A coloured pen ( a Posca Pen is great!!)
- A few pipe cleaners – long and/or short
- A couple of feathers
- Some assorted beads or buttons (for threading)
Step 1 – create your round dream web base shape from the cardboard ( this step best done by an adult) – cut out a large circle from the card, and hole punch a hole on top of circle, and two holes on bottom.
Step 2 – arrange and glue down your bottle tops – create a pattern, or make the arrangement symmetrical – perhaps place the largest lids in the centre of your design – and you can also layer your lids from big to small – squeezing a little glue into each lid as you go. This will need to be left to dry flat for a while.
Step 3 – thread pipe cleaners with beads/buttons – decorate your pipe cleaners with some beads/buttons – perhaps look at pattern and colour when doing this.
Step 4 – Feathers – twist and attach your 2 x feathers onto the ends of the 2 x pipe cleaners. Keep one pipe cleaner in reserve for the top of your dream web.
Step 5 – pen – once your cardboard is dry – use a coloured pen or a Posca pen to decorate with dots/stripes/lines/patterns – you can do this inside the lids too!
Step 6 – join everything together – now make a hook on the end of each pipe cleaner, and thread through each hole – and twist tight. Have the 2 x feather pipe cleaners hanging from the two holes at the bottom, and the other pipe cleaner from the top hole.
Step 7 – admire your upcycle dream web – hang it on a hook for display!