If you have tin cans in the recycle bin, it’s time to grab a few for this weeks UpCycled craft project! A tin can, old catalog or similar, a little creativity, and a go-green thumb all you’ll need. Not only will we be recycling, we’ll be creating new life, too.
For this project, we will be collage’ing and decoupage’ing, a french word that means to cut out. By cutting out pictures and words from your favorite magazines, then gluing them on to your tin can, you will be making your own unique artwork.
It’s fun, easy, inexpensive, and earth-friendly too! Not to mention, it will be fun for the kids to watch their new plant grow!
- Tin Can
- Hammer & Nail
- Small Paint Brush
How to make a decoupage medium – glue mixture:
You will need to combine 3 parts glue to 1 part water.
Prepare this first so it is ready.
How to make the Flower Pot:
1) Wash and dry the tin can. Sand off any rough edges. 2) Turn the can upside down. Poke a few holes in the bottom of the can by tapping a nail with a hammer in several spots. 3) Get your favorite magazine, and start tearing out pages that have pictures and words you want to use on your can. After you collect a pile of pages, you can start cutting out the words and silhouetting the pictures (cutting away the background). 4) Once you have all your pictures and words cut out, decide how your cut-outs will best lay out on your can. 5) When you are happy with your layout, it is time to start putting the pictures and words on to your can. Using a paint brush, working small areas at a time, apply the glue mixture to the can. Put the cut-out in place, smoothing it out on all sides, gently pressing it down to keep air bubbles from forming. Then apply another small coat of glue mixture on top of the cut-out, continuing to press down and smooth. 6) Continue adding pictures and words until the can is completely covered. Apply one final coat of the glue mixture, smoothing it out, for a final sealant. 7) Once your can is completely dry, add your soil and seeds. Fill your can 3/4 of the way with soil and add a few seeds. Cover lightly with soil. Keep moist until they germinate.
Upcycled craft project by Laurie Rivlin Caspert, a Cornell graduate and Creative Arts Director at Camp Romaca, a popular summer sleepaway camp in Hinsdale, MA. Laurie successfully ran her own graphic design studio for sixteen years before discovering an even greater passion – teaching art to children. She’s taught hundreds of kids in the ten-plus years she’s been teaching after-school art classes in her studio in Bergen County, NJ. She calls her approach “fun art” (as opposed to “fine art”), a roll-up-your-sleeves, messy kind of art kids love. The emphasis is on fun and the creative process.
With her new idea, YouGottaHaveArt@Home, she has come up with an innovative approach to bringing fun and creativity to children everywhere. Laurie’s dream is to have her own craft show for kids. She would love the opportunity to spread her passion and enthusiasm – to empower kids to express themselves and help bring out the innate creativity in every child. Remember, YOU GOTTA HAVE ART!