Toddler Activities: Soda Bottle Flower Prints

Description

An easy craft for all ages. Make flower prints and cards using a soda bottle.
Printing flowers with a Soda Bottle

Materials

  • Empty plastic soda bottles. Use one bottle per color.
  • Tempera
  • Decorative items: Buttons, glitter, ribbon or rhinestones.
  • Tacky Craft Glue
  • Thick card stock, construction paper or white scrapbook paper. Here is a link to some on Amazon.

Other Materials

  • Newspaper to work on.
  • Brush<
  • Paint tray, paper plate or small flat containers (lids of plastic containers work well)
  • Paper Towels

Steps

  • Put one paint color in each lid or container.
  • Use one bottle per color.
  • Press bottom of soda bottle into paint and print. This forms the petals
  • Press the cap into the paint. Press into the middle of the petals printed. This makes the center of the flower.
  • Repeat until finished.
  • Sprinkle glitter when paint is wet.(optional)
  • Let dry. Add embellishments if desired such as stickers, buttons, rhinestones or ribbon for cards.

Tips and Suggestions

  • Use smaller soda bottles for easier handling especially for younger children.
  • If you are doing cards, allow some time to just experiment on a sheet of construction paper.
  • Thick blank cards like the ones we used can be found in craft supply stores.
  • Tempera washable paint works well but water colors and acrylic may have more variety.
  • We recommend Ceramcoat Acrylic since it is washable until it dries or using tube water colors for a little thicker consistency. Apply these two types of paint with a paintbrush for best results.

Other Ideas

Printing with corks
Another fun variation on this toddler activity is to use corks and ceramcoat acrylic paint. The card in the back is a combination of the soda bottle prints and cork prints. We used tempera for most of our prints but ceramcoat offers some sets with a nice variety of colors. Since it is washable until it dries, it is easy to wipe the cork after each color, however having a cork for each color is ideal. We used a water color paint brush to apply the paint to get a thinner coat. That allowed to show more texture in the print.