Bottle Print Flowers

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Bottle Print Flowers - Simple to create eye catching art using recycled soda bottles.

Our recycling bin is usually filled with boxes, containers and bottles.  I confess that I often raid it to find materials for crafting with the kids.  Yup, nothing but the best for my kids.  When I was visiting another blog and saw Flower Prints From Soda Bottles I knew I wanted to try it and add my own spin to it. And I knew just where to look for some free art supplies. These Bottle Print Flowers are a great way to more use of a plastic bottle.



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I squirted 4 colors of paint on a tray (you could use less or more, but my girls sometimes get overwhelmed with too many choices).


I showed the kids how they could hold a bottle and dip it in the paint so that the bottom of the bottle would get thoroughly coated.  Then we pressed the bottles onto the paper to make our flower imprints.  I liked that I used the different bottles because each one had a different bottom which resulted in a nice variety of flowers.



We are big Disney theme park fans in our house and A already sees hidden Mickeys everywhere.  Maybe the brainwashing is working!  I had to laugh when she made some prints and said "look, it's a Mickey head!"  That's my girl!


They did many, many prints and I almost ran out of places to put all the drying pictures.  Here are a few examples:



This ended up being a 2 day project since I got the idea that it would be cute to add some stems and grass to our paintings when they had dried.  So the next day, I taped another piece of paper to their finished paintings and drew some stems on the flowers.  If you have an older child you could have them draw the stems.  I think pipe cleaners glued on the paper would make adorable stems too.  For the grass I gave the girls some green construction paper to tear.


I then provided the girls with some recycled applesauce cups filled with Elmer's glue and a water color paint brush.  They carefully glued the torn "grass" on the bottom of the paper. 



See how careful they are being?  Well that lasted about 3 minutes and then they started being un-careful and just putting the grass wherever they darn well pleased.  Luckily they ran out of green paper before they could cover up the all the prints.  Maybe the grass had just been mowed and a strong wind came along and blew it everywhere.  Yes!  Now that I think about it that must be what they were trying to convey.  My daughters are geniuses!

One of my favorite things to come out of this multi-day art fest was the fact that the kids were so engrossed in it.  When B finished her grass she said she wanted to do more.  So I gave her some orange and purple construction paper and we tore it together (mostly me) and she made a collage.  A had no interest in this, but B later declared it was her favorite part of the activity.  I might have to revisit torn paper collage at some point soon.


For more flower activities check out:
        10 Flower Activities                                  Making Flowers with Recycled Materials

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57 comments:

  1. Cute art! I'm following you back from scathingweekly.blogspot.com <3 Scather

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  2. such great ideas!

    Im following you back from Gilmorekozlen.blogspot.com

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  3. For your torn paper collage - my daughters primary teacher would keep a tote filled with all the years paper scraps and one of the last projects he would do was torn paper art. They could make what ever they wanted but the couldn't use scissors. It was pretty fun and a great way to recycle and reuse all those odds and ends that pile up! And my blog is http://asurvivorsguidetomotherhood.blogspot.com

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  4. Shannon, that must have been a big tote her teacher had! Will check you out for sure. Thanks for stopping by and for the idea.

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  5. Cute! I'm stopping by via the Lots of Lovin' Weekend Hop. Thanks for Following at Frugal Plus :) I now Follow your blog as well via GFC.

    ~ Jill
    http://www.frugalplus.com/

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  6. That's a cute project.

    I am following back The Spring Mount 6 Pack.

    Http://thespringmount6pack.com

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  7. Jill, thanks for the follow!

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  8. Debi, thanks for the follow!

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  9. Your kids are so lucky. Crafts at our house consist of coloring books and finger paint. Following back from the hop!

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  10. What a cute idea! Love it! Thanks for stopping by the Sit and Relax weekend hop again!

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  11. So much fun! My five-year-old would love that!
    Sandy

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  12. Thanks for stopping by, I am a new follower!

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  13. Hi VICKY it's www.reesemilania.blogspot.com following you back. :-)

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  14. thanks for stopping by my blog and i am your new follower

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  15. Vicky,

    Thanks for stopping by and following my blog.

    You have a lot of cute ideas to do with kids! Being a former preschool teacher, now a stay-at-home-mom I will definitely be using some of these fun crafty ideas with my kids. Especially the 2 liter flower painting project! That looks like a lot of fun!

    I am proud to be your newest follower!

    I do have a link party every Sunday that goes for a few days throughout the week. I would love it if you stopped by and shared some of your fun ideas with the ladies over there. Most of them are all stay-at-home moms too. I'm sure they would be completely inspired to try out some of your projects with their little ones too.

    Thanks again,

    Jacque @ Jacque's Soda Parlor
    thesodaparlor.blogspot.com

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  16. Thank you for stopping by and becoming a follower! I've returned the favor.

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  17. Thanks for linking up at Monday mingle hop, following back. I love the creativity and i look forward being part of your blog.

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  18. Andrea, LOL! Thanks for coming by!

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  19. Michelle, thanks for checking us out!

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  20. Sandy, thanks! Following you back!

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  21. Kristin, thanks for following!

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  22. Reese, thanks - love your blog!

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  23. Asia, thanks for following Mess For Less.

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  24. Jacque, Thanks for the follow! I'll be sure check out you Sunday link up.

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  25. Coupon Saving Sista, Thanks for much for the visit!

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  26. May, thanks so much for checking us out.

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  27. Brit, thanks so much for the follow back.

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  28. Such a great project!! I wish my kiddos were old enough to appreciate all of your great ideas!

    WM

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  29. New follower with GFC. Thanks for visiting Bacon Time and your comment on my angry bird cupcakes. The cupcakes were for my sons 9th birthday but I made the mistake while waiting for an appointment one day and let my 2 year old play, now he always wants mommies cell phone. Looks like a lot of fun ideas on your site, can't wait to see more. Would love for you to link up at my any linky goes party. It is still up if you want to link up but starts each Friday Afternoon.

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  30. Torn paper can be used for so much. I make landscapes with my students actually. They love them!

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  31. Vicky.
    As a parent, I'm going to say that your blog is wonderful. Thank you so much for reaching out to me, so that I could come and see your blog. I really like your ideas.

    I am not a craft mom at all. Don't like to do it, but I think I will honestly do some things on here. It is so refreshing. I am definitely doing the fruit loop thing today for my son. We don't have fruit loops, but I"m hoping cheerios will work.

    Many thanks. I'm following you as well.

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  32. Vicky, I'm following you back from http://materialgirlgreen.blogspot.com

    Great idea for an activity! Next time they do this activity, you can encourage them to make ABA or AABB patterns with the colors to develop their cognitive skills!

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  33. Working mommy, they will be before you know it. Thanks for following!

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  34. Mindie, thanks! I am sure my kids will be into angry birds soon enough. Who knew it was so easy to make those fun cupcakes. I will check out the link up.

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  35. Sarah, you do amazing work with your students. They are lucky to have you. Thanks for commenting!

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  36. Hines Sight, Thanks for the kind words. Really if I can do it anyone can. I am not the perfect mom with perfect projects but I figure if they have some fun, learn something and kill some time then I'm happy.

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  37. Material Girl, Thanks for the idea! Sounds like a good extension for next time.

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  38. How fun! My boys are a little older and don't like crafts as much, but my older DS does like to draw. He's recently been into drawing two people/things and making them "VS" each other--who will win? LOL, that's a boy for you :)

    Thanks for the visit!
    Jenny
    Full Cart Full Wallet

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  39. Thanks for stopping by and following! I will pass some of your great craft ideas on to my children for the grandkids!

    I am now following you back.
    chatterfromtexas.blogspot.com
    www.notecardsandphotosbytheresa.com

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  40. Wow! You are so creative! I love your blog and am a new follower!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day! :)

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  41. Wonderful ideas and crafts!

    Hop'in by from 'Thoughtful Thursday Blog Hop'. I'm following your blog now, wont you please come and follow me back?? ~KM

    Krafty Max Originals

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  42. Jenny, thank you for stopping by!

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  43. Theresa, I hope your grandchildren enjoy them.

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  44. Semper Wifey, thanks for the follow!

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  45. Jessica, thanks I love your site.

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  46. Krafty Max, thanks I am following back.

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  47. This is adorable. I always need more craft ideas for my kiddos. I'm following you back! Thanks so much, can't wait to see what I learn from you. :)

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  48. Sorry I am just getting to gfc now with the hurricane and all I am so behind...
    Thanks for coming over to mommy2nanny3doggy1

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  49. Christy, thanks for coming by and looking around!

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  50. Denise, hope everything is okay there and you guys are back to normal.

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  51. Vicky - thanks for the nice comment on my site and for becoming a fan :) Your site is incredible! How do you have over 100 followers after just starting to blog? Thats amazing! I look forward to seeing what you post next!

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  52. Sooo, I'm pretty sure my kids would want to live at your house. I've been scrolling through all your projects and you have a TON!!!! I'm subscribing in Google Reader. :o)

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  53. This is soo cool, thanks for my stopping by my Heavenly Blossoms blog!!! I am so grateful thank you stopped by, your blog is the first that I have come across of its kind! I will definitely take these ideas into action with my 20 m/o!!! Following your awesome blog now!

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