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Recycled Crafts for Kids – Plastic Spoon Flowers

 

By Holly Campbell

When it comes to teaching your kids about recycling and reducing waste, it helps a lot if you make things fun. Kids are more likely to stay interested if they learn how unwanted stuff around the house can be transformed into something functional and pretty.

 

Here's a great way to recycle plastic spoons into cute colorful flowers, and brighten up the kids' room. This craft is really fun and easy, even younger kids can make them.

 

The materials needed for this kids craft really cheap, if not free. You'll need some plastic spoons in various colors such as  white, red, blue, yellow or green (4 plastic spoons to make 1 flower), some pipe cleaners, green plastic twist ties, and hot glue.

 

How to make plastic spoon flowers

1. Take a pipe cleaner, fold over about 1 inch at end and twist together. Repeat on other end. You want to do the same for the other 3 pipe cleaners.

Gather all 4 pipe cleaners together and bend them in half, twisting pipe cleaners loosely to form single unit.

 

2. Apply a little hot glue to top of handle of a plastic spoon. Stick the pipe cleaner bundle to handle, overlapping loose pipe cleaner ends with bowl of spoon.

 

3. Repeat with 3 more disposable spoons to form a "flower". You may want to alternate the colors. For example, red and green for Christmas.

 

4. To complete the plastic spoon flower, cut two 8-inch lengths of twist tie; twist around spoon handles and curl as desired. If you like, wrap green tissue paper around the "stem" and tie it off with a decorative bow. Give the flower to grandma for Grandparents Day or Valentine's Day, and watch her smile!

 

Make as many plastic flowers as you like, and get really creative with different sizes of disposable spoons. Better yet, get the kids to draw funny faces on the spoon or decorate it with their favorite stickers.

 

The possibilities of recycling plastic spoons to make crafts for kids are endless. Try our easy ideas or create your own. Have fun!

 

 

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