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Here is an inexpensive craft for Mother's Day easy enough for pre-schoolers to do.
We did this in church for Mother's Day this year. The kids enjoyed decorating the planters for their mothers and it's a gift that mom can enjoy all year.
They are perfect for painting projects from young to old! If you don't like the outcome, you can clean it off and start over! You can cut the lip from around it as well, to create crazy shapes with the lid, or to make hearts, etc. for any occasion. The lip can be crocheted around and used as a base for a towel hanger!
By LadyMichelle from Pottstown, PA
"Crafternoon" boredom buster for the kids. We saved the lids from water bottles and soda-which should be removed for recycling, in case you didn't know this already. We hot glued two lids together to create play "Buggies" for "Bugville". My children came up with this idea! They glued eyeballs and even antennae pipe cleaners. They customized each bug with paint and made bug houses out of large dish detergent tab bottles and some recycled Easter grass. Great fun and creativity.
Make a sparkly Christmas decoration or ornament using soda bottle lids that would typically end up in the trash. This is a guide about plastic Coke lid Christmas tree.
I like to lay them over a picture and trace the picture with a permanent marker or a color marker. You can make stencils out of them of shapes for the smaller kids to color. It is fun to do.
You can also cut out a shape you traced in the middle, put a picture on the back, and secure with a circular piece of cardboard. You can also do this with paper plates that are colorful. I took a flower theme paper plate and cut in the center a hole big enough for my child's face in a picture I liked. For a frame you cut off the rim of the lid. It is a perfect frame. It is hung by a piece of yard or ribbon tied in a loop.
For kids that like to sew, you can make holes in the lids, by cutting little circles and let them sew with yarn. If you can get a hole punch to work this is great too. The end of the yarn can be taped or knotted.
Some people fill them with Elmer's glue, all the way to the top, and then lay in decorations like foil stars, different color glitter - small things. When it dries you pull the circle of glue out of the lid and you can put a hole in it and hang it up.
I am wondering if anyone has tried putting a photo in one of these, that is covered with plastic, it would have to be thin.
By Robyn from TN
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Every time I toss one of the colorful, translucent Beneful dog food lids into the recycle bin I think "what could I make out of that?" Now that Christmas is coming, I'm thinking "stained glass" ornaments of some sort. The colors are pretty, the plastic is durable and flexible, hmmm. Ideas?
I have heard of putting clear plastic beads in the bottom of an oven proof pot and melting them in an oven to make sun catchers. There are some safety issues with this obviously but maybe you could do something similar by cutting these lids in small pieces, arranging them in a nice pattern and doing the same.