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Recycled Coffee Lid Animals

Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - five lid animals
This is a fun way to recycle coffee lids by making cute animals with paint and/or construction/paper. This is a great activity to do with your child (supervision needed for younger children as cutting/hot glue is used.) You can actually tie a ribbon/string knot from the top (of the hole) as an ornament, or make this as a banner for a party, glue to a craft stick or play as is!
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Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - five lid animalsThis is a fun way to recycle coffee lids by making cute animals with paint and/or construction/paper. This is a great activity to do with your child (supervision needed for younger children as cutting/hot glue is used.) You can actually tie a ribbon/string knot from the top (of the hole) as an ornament, or make this as a banner for a party, glue to a craft stick or play as is!

Total Time: 2 hours

Supplies:

  • lids
  • craft sticks
  • paint
  • string
  • paintbrush
  • construction/colored paper
  • glue stick
  • tape
  • hot glue
  • pencil/Sharpie
  • scissors, optional
  • wiggly eyes, optional
Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. You (or your child) can paint your lids with colors of whatever animals you want to make and allow to dry.
  2. Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - choose paint colors
     
    Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - paint the lids
     
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  3. In the meantime, you can prep each animal's features by using an empty non-painted lid. Starting with the butterfly. I freehand drew the butterfly and antennae then cut them out with scissors. Glue antennae to body of butterfly.
  4. Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - paper antennae, folded
     
    Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - opened up
     
    Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - cut down the center
     
    Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - unpainted lid on paper body
     
    Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - glue antennae to body
     
  5. Now this is where your child can help decorate the butterfly. While I dab hot glue, my child stuck on the decorations. (This is optional, you can decorate in other ways like with stickers, paint, glitter glue, puffy paint, etc.)
  6. Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - with unpainted lid as a placekeeper now it is time to decorate
     
    Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - jewels and pom poms glued on
     
  7. Next for the lady bug prep, freehand and cut the head (half circle), long rectangles, and some circles.
  8. Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - ladybug
     
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  9. Next for the frog, you can freehand and cut half circles for the eyes, half circle for the mouth and some legs.
  10. Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - frog
     
  11. For the pig, you can cut triangles and smooth out the tip. Optional cut another piece for the pig ears and glue together.
  12. Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - pink ears
     
    Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - ears and smaller inner ears
     
    Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - glue inner ears to ears
     
  13. For the lion, I used craft paper and since I did not have a large enough paper (I glued/taped together). Traced the circle of the lid and cut about 1" around.
  14. Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - craft paper pieces taped together for mane
     
    Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - cut into a circle
     
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  15. Then going around the circle to the circle line traced, cut all around forming the lions face.
  16. Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - fringe the outer edge outside of the lid circle
     
    Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - mane
     
    Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - test lid on top of fringed circle
     
  17. Once lids are dried, ready to assemble each animal! Hot glue ears, wiggly eyes and button (as nose) down.
  18. Recycled Coffee Lid Animals
     
  19. Trace the center of where you want to place the lid. Then go over with hot glue and place the lid over the hot glue to secure.
  20. Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - trace around the painted lids
     
    Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - circle traced with a pencil
     
    Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - glue lid in place
     
  21. Trace the head of the ladybug where you want to glue down. Apply hot glue and secure down. Add hot glue to place on the circles/body/eyes.
  22. Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - glue head to create ladybug on red pained lid
     
    Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - add center rectangle and dots
     
    Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - add optional eyes
     
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  23. Repeat same step for the frog.
  24. Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - green frog eyes
     
    Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - wiggle eyes and tongue
     
    Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - legs and feet
     
    Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - finished frog
     
  25. And lastly same step for the lion, secure down with hot glue. The whiskers and mouth, I drew with black Sharpie. Optional: You can add craft stick to the back of the lid
  26. Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - glue head with mane for lion to lid
     
    Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - add eyes and nose
     
    Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - use Sharpie for details
     
    Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - whiskers and mouth drawn
     
    Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - finished lion
     
    Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - craft stick glued to back of lion
     
  27. Ready for your child(ren) to play and use their imagination.
  28. Recycled Coffee Lid Animals - ready to play
     
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