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« on: September 14, 2007 05:02:22 PM »

Iíve worked out a few projects for children that use up the horrible plastic containers fruit sometimes comes in. This one will help bring a bit of colour to the grey winter months ahead. Itís so simple instructions arenít really necessary, but here they are just in case it looks mysterious for any reason.

Lid from a plastic fruit container * a fine permanent marker * various colours of tissue paper * white glue * paint brush for the glue * a tapestry needle and thread in any colour * scissors

1. Slowly peel any stickers off the plastic lid.

2. Using a permanent marker, draw a simplified picture on the lid (this can be done on paper first, then put the lid over the paper drawing and trace it with the marker.)

3. Tear or cut up small pieces of tissue paper choosing the colours that best fit in your picture.

4. Paint glue on the lid over the picture youíve drawn and lay pieces of tissue down to colour in your picture.

5. When the tissue is finished paint another layer of glue over the picture and leave to dry.

6. Poke holes in the two top corners of the lid with the tapestry needle, and tie a thread loosely through the two holes leaving enough to hang the picture.

Hang it up in a window and see the colours shine through.


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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2007 05:15:48 PM »

Such a lovely idea!

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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2007 05:31:42 PM »

This is adorable, I love these kinds of projects!  I bet it would be great for holiday decorations - pumpkins for halloween, trees and lights for xmas, hearts for valentine's day, etc.  I can see kids making these and then parents keeping them as little treasures.
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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2007 05:58:01 PM »

This is so cute.   My son is only 2, but I can't wait til he's older and I can start molding him into a crafty little man.  Oh how I long for the day we will be crafty together!


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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2007 10:18:19 AM »

Cute Idea!  I read recently that the #6 recycleable plastic containers can be used just like shrinky dink plastic.  They're like the ones above, but have a 6 on them.  You can shrink them in the oven with the same process as for real shrinky dinks.  I just thought I'd share that since your topic is on re-using these containers.  Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2007 03:59:33 PM »

Great point, the shrinky dink thing is a great way to use them! Funny shrinky dinks are big again. It was one of my first crafty kicks when I was little in the 70's.

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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2007 05:11:04 PM »

Can someone tell me how to do the shrinky dink thing with #6 plastic containers? I know I have some around my house somewhere.

I wish my son was interested in doing artsy stuff, but he's more into video games than anything else.
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2007 07:28:06 AM »

What an awesome idea. My kids will love this activity.
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