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…..

    • Scissors
    • 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!


Tracy McDowall

Tracy McDowall  

Tracy has been running her business RAW Art for the past 24 years. RAW Art runs fun educational hands-on workshops with kids and adults in schools, kindy's, and at their creative art studio in vibrant West End. Tracy believes art is important in every child's life, helping kids to grow into creative innovative thinkers // www.rawartworkshops.com.au