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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Planting a Rainbow

So I was up in the middle of the night thinking about plastic fruit cups yesterday...I'm sure you've noticed how I've used them a little in some crafts over the last couple months. First in the Polar Bear Mask and last week to make Leprechaun Hat Treats.

Well, it all started several months ago when my husband got a little antsy about my growing collection of them in the cupboard. I can't really say I blame him because seriously people, it was definitely a collection! We have been through this battle before with empty toilet paper rolls...To his dismay, I was adamant in keeping them because I was going to come up with something brilliant to make with them. A couple weeks later he received Dynamite TNT Bombs filled with candy, made out of Toilet Paper rolls for Father's Day! Bahahahaha! I still laugh to this day thinking about how it was my way at getting back at him.  :)

So when I was up the other night with my brain in overdrive, I suddenly had a light bulb come on in my head with billions of ideas of what I could make with fruit cups. I know, I know, I have issues! Since yesterday was the first day of Spring and we have had some pretty bulbs pop up in the front yard, we decided to get out our favorite Springtime book Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert and then we planted ourselves a very pretty rainbow (using fruit cups of course!)....


It is now the centerpiece on our kitchen table and every time I walk by it, it is greeted with a cheery smile! I love Spring!

To make your own Rainbow Garden you will need:
-An empty Egg Carton (we used one for 18 eggs)
-9 Fruit Cups
-Colorful Paint
-9 Large Wooden Craft Sticks
-9 Large Pom-Poms
-Green construction paper
-Green Easter Grass (we used the paper kind)
-Glue

This spanned out to be a two day project for us. We painted everything one day and let it dry completely overnight. Then we finished assembling it the next day.

Start by painting the inside of your fruit cups all of the colors of the rainbow (No need to paint the outside). We threw in some pink and a couple different shades of blue as well. Also, paint your wooden craft sticks green and the bottom of your egg carton brown. We used acrylic paint. Let the paint dry completely.



Affix the bottom of the fruit cups to the wooden sticks. You can use school glue but since we are inpatient around this house, we used a hot glue gun.


While you have the hot glue gun out, glue a large pom-pom in the center of each cup. Try to use a variety of different colors instead of just yellow. I let my kids choose the colors and place them inside the cups once I had put some hot glue in them. Then my kids cut some stems out of green paper and glued them onto the stems with school glue.

In order to poke the flowers into the egg carton, an adult will have to use a craft knife to cut a small slit in the middle of each egg carton section. You won't be able to place a flower in each section because they will be too crowded, so scatter them out over the egg carton.


Now you can poke all of the flowers into the egg carton. Last, we diluted some school glue with a little bit of water and used a paint brush to paint it all over the egg carton. Then spread the green Easter Grass all over the egg carton.




Happy Spring!!

To see what we did last year after reading Planting a Rainbow, CLICK HERE.

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22 comments:

Lori said... Best Blogger Tips

these are the cutest!

Rachel Kaylynn said... Best Blogger Tips

This turned out really cute, totally worth a cupboard full of fruit cups :)

Deceptively Educational said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this project! And I think your husband and mine could probably form a support group for wives who can't throw stuff away because they're craft obsessed. I finally had to let my husband throw out the Bounce dryer sheet boxes I was saving. (Drats! Inspiration didn't hit before he discovered them.) :)

Jamy said... Best Blogger Tips

AHHHHHH!!! This is FANTASTIC!

Veronica and Daniel said... Best Blogger Tips

THESE ARE AWESOME! I am putting fruit cups on my grocery list so I can make some too :)

Growing a Jeweled Rose said... Best Blogger Tips

These are too cute!! I have been looking for a way to use my fruit cups. Great idea!

An Irish Italian Blessing said... Best Blogger Tips

I love these! What a great idea, so crafty. I'm your newest follower from the Mingle hop :)

Kristina said... Best Blogger Tips

So creative!! I love your fruit cup creation!!

Mama Jodi said... Best Blogger Tips

What a clever craft. So much fun!

JDaniel4's Mom said... Best Blogger Tips

I really love this project! I have a lot of those cups too. My husband has the same issue with my upcycling.

Carolyn @ Mama's Little Muse said... Best Blogger Tips

This is ADORABLE! On April 2nd, TinkerLab is having a Linky Challenge using egg cartons and I have been racking (sp?) my brain trying to come up with something different and unique. Hopefully in the next few days I come up with SOMETHING! Erg! But I hope you link up on her site though. It will be fun! I love that this craft is done mostly with recycled materials! Good job! :) Will have to do it with my son!

Andrea said... Best Blogger Tips

Clever idea! Looking forward to trying it. And getting the book from the library, too!
Andrea
MyHomeschoolTale.blogspot.com

The Monko said... Best Blogger Tips

ooooh these are so pretty. Lovely spring idea

Kelly @ Here Comes the Sun said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful craft, as always. Thanks for sharing at Fabulous Friday.

Candy Girl said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fabulous way to reuse fruit cups! Thank you for linking it to the Rainbow Connection!

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute!! I love it! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday! I hope you will share again this week with us!

MiaB said... Best Blogger Tips

This project is way too cute!! Love it and love all the creative things you do in your blog :)

Charlene said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, this is so cute - love it! I would smile every time I walked past it too. Thanks for sharing with Hey Mom, Look What I Did on Adventures In Mommy Land...hope to see you again soon!

Crafty Mischief said... Best Blogger Tips

Too cute! It never occurred to me to try crafting with fruit cups! I'll have to try it. My kids will love this! Thanks for sharing!

Janet S said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this idea! I would like to try it our in my class. I did do a test flower but the paint didn't stick!! What kind of paint did you use? My next attempt will be to add glue to the paint. Thanks for posting this great idea.

Rachel@I Heart Crafty Things said... Best Blogger Tips

@Janet S Janet, we used two coats of acrylic paint on the fruit cups. Ours seemed to stay intact pretty well. We used this same technique for our polar bear mask and I did notice some paint chipped off after the kids played with them endlessly for an entire day, but the majority of it stayed on the cup.Hope this is helpful and I hope your class enjoys this craft!
:)

Love and Lollipops said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Rachel,

Thanks for the lovely comments! I just spotted this and thought - that could be done with bottle tops too (hehe). Love the fruit cups - we don't have those over here, I don't think.

Take care,
Georgia

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