Toddler Activities: Soda Bottle Flower Prints
An easy craft for all ages. Make flower prints and cards using a soda bottle.
- Empty plastic soda bottles. Use one bottle per color.
- 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.
- Newspaper to work on.
- Paint tray, paper plate or small flat containers (lids of plastic containers work well)
- Paper Towels
- 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.
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.