Apples Two Ways

I have to admit, the title of this post was inspired by Top Chef.  I love that show and noticed that often in the challenges a chef will take an ingredient and cook and present it in two ways. It always sounds fancier to say you've made something two ways.   Try it next time you host a party.

I wish the apples in this kids craft were edible, but alas, they are not.  With the weather finally turning a little cooler in Northern California, I was inspired to do some kids activities that  focused on the Fall.  I loved this fun idea I saw at The Picky Apple where they painted using wine corks.  We are not big wine drinkers and don't have any corks lying around, so I modified the project to use bottle caps.

Supplies you will need:
  • bottle caps (the number depends on the number of colors you will be using)
  • paint in Fall colors
  • tray or plate for the paint
  • construction paper for the background
  • Brown construction paper cut into the shape of  a tree.
While the kids were napping, I drew and cut some trees from brown construction paper.  I am NOT an artist and think my tree looks sad like one of those Charlie Brown trees, but whatever.  I then glued the tree onto some construction paper to make a nice background for my Fall scene.  

Your child will be stamping some apples on the tree using the bottle caps and Fall colored painted.  How many colors you use is up to you.  I used yellow, orange, green, red and brown.  Make sure you have a bottle cap for each color of paint to keep the colors from mixing.

I explained to the girls how we were going to make apple trees and there might be some apples in the tree and some at the bottom of the tree.  I demonstrated how they can dip the caps in the paint and stamp them on their paper. Here are their interpretations.

"A" starts out with some green apples on her tree.

Lil C having fun.  This is a great preschooler activity, but also works well with toddlers.


B starts out so well.  

Then she just starts stamping everywhere.  I asked her if she was making apples on the ground.  "No!"  I asked if she was making apples on the tree.  "No!"  Okay then B, you just keep doing what you are doing.  I like to think that B's tree was in the middle of a big storm and so apples were flying in every direction.  

I kinda like it.

C was similarly inspired

"A" was a little more restrained.  I love how even the simplest children's craft reveals so much of the artist's personality.

I love painting with things I have around the house.  You might remember in the past we painted with blocks and bottles.  I think bottle caps will be added to my list of "fun things to use with paint."  

So I just noticed that this post is pretty photo intensive.  I think I will save the second apple idea for tomorrow so as not to overwhelm you all.  If you liked this easy idea for kids art, check back in tomorrow for the the second way with apples.  The anticipation must be killing you.



  1. This is great!!! What an awesome craft!

  2. Hi Vicky, Thank you for visiting The Turner Five. Please let me know when and if you make curtains. I'm sure they will turn out great. Love the painting with bottle tops idea. Your blog is so creative.

  3. Great idea! We're doing an "autumn apples" unit this month, I might have to try this!

  4. Thanks for stopping by! Cute idea! I love open ended art!

  5. How fun! I will definitely be trying this with my niece!

    We are your newest followers from the blog hop! We would love for you to come on by and follow back.= )

  6. Following you back! These trees and bottlecaps are a great idea! My boys will love it.

    Thanks for linking up at the party

  7. Thanks so much for dropping by and visiting my Christmas blog and also for taking the time to leave a comment. I so appreciate it and look forward to following your fun blog!

    Best wishes,

  8. Cute idea!! I love reusing everyday things for the kids!! Thanks for stopping by, I am following you back! Would love to have you guest post sometime with a fun kids craft! Let me know if you'd be interested!

    momtosprouts@ yahoo

  9. New follower from the Blog Hop!

    I'd love for you to stop by my blog and follow back if you like.

    Katie @ Glamorous without the guilt

  10. What a fun idea. Happy new follower from the Friday blog hop.

  11. Cute craft idea for the kiddos! We currently have a big box of apples to get through so I think we'll be having some of those cinnamon apple snacks around here!

  12. @ Mandi, thanks! I am so glad you like it.
    @ Nancy, thanks for the sweet words. Have a great weekend!
    @ Meg, let me know if you try it.
    @ Chell, we are also big fans of open ended art. Thanks for coming!

  13. Brilliant idea! Bottle cap printing! Awesome! I can think of so many ideas for this! Will be pinning it to remind myself!

  14. I LOVE THE BOTTLE CAP PAINTING! We are sooo doing this! Thanks for the great idea!

  15. Super cute! I keep finding such creative ideas for making apple trees!!
    I would love for you to link up at Living Life Intentionally’s Linky party - ~Beth

  16. Love the bottle caps - perfect size for little hands and for those apples! awesome!
    momstown arts & crafts is hosting a Halloween link party, love for you to join us!

  17. What a fun idea! Now I want to find some tiny apples and try apple stamping on a tree.

  18. This is a really cute idea. Great for children's church.

  19. great fun - love how they all turned out so differently. It is so true how art often reflects their personality. My youngest is way more precise, technical and orderly while my oldest is a bit more free with her art (and things in general).

    Thanks for linking to the Sunday Showcase! Can't wait to see what you have in store for us this week! :)


  20. If your child is interested in art and craft then you can help him by making things of the bottle caps etc.