Recycled Rainbow Art Project

Recycled Rainbow Art Project

I don’t know about you, but I always have a surplus of lids in my home. Jar lids, milk caps, lids to bottles, yogurt lids…so many different varieties that I for some reason never throw away (or, rather, recycle, and instead I hoard them away in a box among my art supplies.

Why?

Because, those lids provide some of the best materials for creative projects.

 

Since, it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, and rainbows never go out of style is occurred to me the other day that those yogurt and sour cream container lids look an awful lot like rainbows when they are cut in half.

This also happens to be the rainbow week of for @kidartlit on Instagram hosted by www.alittlebookhabit.com.

I am celebrating all these amazing events with a simple, recycled, rainbow art project. The great part about this project is you can adjust it depending on the level of mess you are up for. Don’t want to use paint? No problem! Don’t want to use glue? No problem! 

Much like the “Choose Your Own Adventure” series, I have created a choose your own art experience by creating two different supply lists for you. One for the messier project and one for the less messy project. The best part? You can offer both of these techniques at the same time and entertain a variety of ages too.

 

Messy Project Supplies:

Recycled Plastic Lid- Like those from the gallon yogurt containers or sour cream containers. 

Paint (Love this paint, especially)

Gemstones, buttons, pompoms, beads (any small decorative items)

Clear Glue (Elmer's Clear Glue works great!)

6" of Ribbon (I used this white ribbon)

2" of Washi Tape (I used this one)

Tule

Pony Beads (Optional)

Scissors

 

Not-So Messy Project Supplies:

Recycled Plastic Lid- Like those from the gallon yogurt containers or sour cream containers. 

Permanent Markers or Mr. Sketch Markers (Remember: These are PERMANENT. Take the necessary precaution to protect your clothing and your work surface).

Gemstones, buttons, pompoms, beads (any small decorative items that have self-adhesive backings.

6" of Ribbon (I used this white ribbon)

2" of Washi Tape (I used this one)

Tule

Pony Beads (Optional)

Scissors

 

To Make the rainbows I have listed the steps below for you, but I have also created you this little quick video too.

Hello, World!

The Process:

Step 1. Cut the yogurt lid in half and cut out a small section in the center of your half circle to create and arch shape. You will work on the side of the lid that doesn’t have any printing.

2. Apply your paint, makers, or oil pastels.

3. Add embellishments- use the glue if you don’t have self-adhesive embellishments.

4. While your rainbow dries, cut a 6” piece of ribbon. Turn your rainbow over so you are now working on the back of the lid. Take the ends of the cut ribbon, one end in each hand, and cross the two ends over each other making an “X.”

5. Using your washi tape, tape your ribbon piece to the back of your rainbow so the end pieces are at the bottom of the rainbow and the looped part is sticking just above the top.

6. Wait for the rainbow to drive completely. Use the Tule to create a necklace. Bead on a few pony beads for extra bling.

 

KidArtLit

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