Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Flower Prints from Soda Bottles

Another rainy day here, and the girls were starting to go through a bit of "messy art withdrawl". We made flower prints using empty soda bottles! In our case, they were empty seltzer water bottles, but you get the idea.

Clara really got into the painting today! She could hardly contain her excitement!


In mind, were similar prints I had seen on various blogs, but had forgotten about until I spotted a few empty bottles in our Invention Kit.

To make your own flower prints, roll out some freezer paper. Dip the bottom of an empty soda bottle into some paint, then stamp on the paper. Rotate the bottle around to make even more petals!


Dip the bottle cap into some paint and it makes a great stamp for the centers of the flowers! The girls took turns stamping with the cap and the bottle. So much fun!


They look so bright and cheerful!


Bonus points for drinking imaginary water from your empty bottle!


EXTRA bonus points if your face is smeared in paint!


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42 comments:

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Very neat!

Readily A Parent said...

Now see I've made flower cutouts from the bottoms of soda/water bottles but it never occured to me to use the bottle as a stamp!
I gotta go rummage through the recycling now . . .

Lenetta @ Nettacow said...

Just died of cuteness...again! I'll be linking. :>)

Anonymous said...

Now that is how a great Mom solves the problem of a rainy day and two active girls!

Megan said...

knowing my girls...we'd jhave lots of bonus points!

What a fun idea!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Readily A Parent -- You were making too much work for yourself! ;-) Have fun!

@ Lenetta -- Hahaha! Thanks so much for the link! I really appreciate it!!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Megan -- I can relate to that, believe me! :-)

Candice said...

Look at those big brown eyes! Fun and easy craft idea.

Being us... said...

another awesome idea!

Jenny said...

What a great idea! We'll have to do this soon. I just need some soda bottles!

Raising a Happy Child said...

I just love Clara's face in those pictures - priceless :)

Nilu said...

What a great idea. Thanks.

Joyful Learner said...

Where do you get your inspiration for these fabulous ideas? You have such creative (never mind low cost) activities that are simply brilliant!

Jen said...

Great idea and I love the pics of the kids! My girls would love this.

Jen
Creative and Curious Kids

Gaby said...

Another great idea! Love it. It looks like it was so much fun too, we don't have soda bottles or seltzer though, I'll have to be on the lookout for what we can use :)

biancifiore said...

wath a great idea! Chiara and I have just some bottle! we are going to have fun!!! kisses

Christy said...

Super cute idea! We never have bottles like that; I'll have to get some from the grandparents. I love the paint all over Clara's face!

MaryAnne said...

I've been meaning to do this for forever - thanks for the reminder!

Love the paint on Clara's face =)

Rebecca said...

Oh my goodness- i am just going to eat Clara up! Could she get any cuter?! Oh, and the flowers are cute too ;) haha!

Sherry said...

Love love love this idea! We are putting this on the to-do list! Lu will have fun with it! She loves to paint!

Heather N said...

I'm new to your blog. I just LOVE IT. So creative and so frugal. Thanks for all of the great ideas.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Rebecca -- Hahaha! You crack me up!

@ Sherry -- I bet Lu would do a great job with this! Can't wait to see!!

@ Heather N -- Welcome! So nice to "meet" you!! :-)

Ticia said...

My kids would love this. I'm thinking I might try setting them up with different things to try stamping with....... That could be really fun.
And I love the paint smudged faces, those are the best pictures.

Suzi Dow said...

I had a dress with that very print by in High School!!!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Suzi -- That's amazing! I didn't think to stamp it on fabric, but that would make a lovely design. I'm going to have to give it a go!

gardenmama said...

Such a great project Valerie!
I love the colors the kids used too!

Marie said...

I am SO doing this with my kiddos!

Frugal Fabulous Finds said...

This is so cute !! GREAT IDEA !! Shared with my FB group :)

Wendy @ FrugalFabulousFinds.com

Just Breathe said...

So cute, I had no idea!

Mark said...

@Christy

We typically don't have soda in the house. That bottle was from some seltzer water. The real seltzer water -- just carbonated water, not sweetened.

...they call me mommy... said...

Awesome, easy idea! :) Thanks!

Angela said...

I love the paint on the face! We worked on mixing colors with food coloring today (hah! not so easy to get off!) and my 4yr old daughter is finger-stained for the next week, I'm afraid! But what fun she had learning about color combos! :)

vanessa said...

This is so creative! I love it. Another great use for bottles and bottle caps!

Fer said...

I just loooooooove everything your girls do!!! You go Mamma!! You rock!!! :) Thanks for the inspiration!! And have a wonderful day every day!! I bet you will have!! :)

Kathryn said...

Great idea to use the bottom of a 2 litre bottle to make flowers. It looks like it is a lot of fun to make too.

Night Owl Mama said...

I love that both your girls can do this activity. So cute and so fun

Stacy of KSW said...

These are great, I would have never even thought to use a bottle like this. I can't wait to try this with the kids

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

That is so creative Valerie! Not to mention fun. Thanks so much for the great idea, I'll be linking.

Confessions Of A Homeschooler said...

What a fun idea, we'll have to try that one! I just found your blog, I am looking forward to browsing around a bit :)

Liberty said...

What a fun and creative idea!

I too just discovered your blog through Crafty Crow - I am off to explore a bit :)

Kimberly said...

I thought of this post today when we were getting ready to create wrapping paper. We gave it a try, and Ava loved it. We used a 20 oz. bottle, as well, since I happened to have one sitting around. Credit to you on my post.

Mom of Two said...

Gave this a shot & my daughter did her own interpretation. What a fun idea.
http://makesthree.blogspot.com/2010/04/flower-prints.html

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