Earth Day Flower Art

earth day flower art sm

Celebrate Earth Day by creating a cute flower picture made from nature items and food coloring.
Remember:
never pick items from plants; use what’s already fallen on the ground!


Celebrate Earth Day all month long! Looking for Earth Day events in San Diego? Find our list of family-friendly Earth Day activities here >>


You'll Need:
Piece of corrugated cardboard
Found nature items such as leaves, twigs, rocks and seeds
Tacky glue
Box of assorted liquid food coloring
4 or more disposable cups
Paintbrushes
Water
Newspaper

Here's How:

 1.| Begin by going outside and collecting nature items for the collage; look for lots of different sizes and textures, but nothing too big or heavy.

 2.| Back inside, entirely cover the workspace with newspapers to prevent food coloring stains.

 3.| Next, add approximately two tablespoons of water to each disposable cup.

 4.| Squeeze an amount of each color into the cups and stir. Try mixing new colors too. (The more drops of food coloring added to the water, the deeper the colors will be.)

 5.| Now, use a paintbrush to paint a background scene onto the cardboard, and set it aside to dry.

 6.| Use paintbrushes to cover all of the nature items in the prepared colors, and leave them to dry completely.

 7.| When everything is dry, arrange the nature items on the cardboard background to make a pretty picture of flowers.

 8.| When pleased with the positioning, use glue to adhere everything in place.

 9.| Allow the glue to dry, then find a special place to display the picture and honor our precious planet!

More ideas and tips:

• For different effects use craft paints or markers instead of food coloring.
• For variations on the project, try painting all the nature items in one color, or in metallic or glitter paints.
• If using opaque paints, make patterns on leaves and petals by adding dots or stripes in different colors over the first color.
• It’s easier to paint slightly dry leaves instead of very fresh, green ones.
• Don’t paint the background or items for a very natural finished look.
• Make a nature mosaic by gluing the found items in a pattern instead of a picture.
• Arrange the items into letters to spell out an Earth Day message, like “Love Our Planet.”
• Try forming other designs with the nature items, such as people, animals or butterflies.
• Make an Earth Day tiara or crown with this technique.
• Make a beach version by using only items found seaside.
• Clean up litter and create a craft at the same time by using colorful bits of found plastic and debris instead of natural items.
• Hot glue works well for this project, but it is an adult’s job.


22 Frugal tips on How to Go Green.  Want ideas on how to help take care of Mother Earth? Read 22 Frugal Tips on How to Go Green.



---------------------
Pamela Maxwell is an artist, author and mother of two growing boys. Her craft and scrapbooking projects have appeared in numerous books and magazines.

Published: April 2014

Art with Alyssa: Alebrijes, Mexican Folk Art Sculptures

Art with Alyssa: Alebrijes, Mexican Folk Art Sculptures

Alebrijes, familiar to those who have seen the movie “Coco,” are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures—mythical creatures with body parts from varying animals. Although not related to D . . .

Read more

DIY Halloween Treats

DIY Halloween Treats

These not-so-spooky treats are sure to delight your child’s friends, neighbors and classmates. Click the links below to download FREE printable bag toppers for each. Spooky S’moresItems needed . . .

Read more

Beastly Bags for Halloween

Beastly Bags for Halloween

Use paper bags and craft scraps to scare up some spooky decorations this Halloween! Supplies: Brown or colored paper bagScraps of paper, yarn, fabric, craft foam or feltAssorted buttons, bottle c . . .

Read more

Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull Mask

Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull Mask

Make a mask for The Day of the Dead or Halloween that looks good enough to eat! Supplies: 8 1/2” x 11” sheet of white card stock Glitter glue pens Pencil Black permanent marker Scissors . . .

Read more

Creepy Cones

Creepy Cones

Kids can express their creativity with this fun, easy Halloween craft. A search of the cupboards or a trip to the dollar store will supply everything needed to create these creepy cones for Hallowee . . .

Read more

Greedy Ghosts Game

Greedy Ghosts Game

What to do with all that leftover Halloween candy? Toss it into the open mouths of these three greedy ghosts, and it becomes a fun game for one or a whole party! Supplies: Cardboard box (at least 1 . . .

Read more

Art with Alyssa: Dia de los Muertos Nichos

Art with Alyssa: Dia de los Muertos Nichos

Celebrate Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) by creating a personal nicho. A nicho is a small shadow box filled with items that are special to the person who creates it (small photos of . . .

Read more

Freaky Fruit

Freaky Fruit

Why should pumpkins get all the attention at Halloween? Share the spotlight by giving a few pieces of fruit the spooky treatment, too! Supplies: Fresh or fake fruitCraft paint in desired colorsScra . . .

Read more

Art with Alyssa: Skull Craft for Dia de los Muertos

Art with Alyssa: Skull Craft for Dia de los Muertos

Create a beautiful calavera (skull, in English) to celebrate Mexico’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Traditionally, skulls are created out of sugar or clay, elaborately decorated and place . . .

Read more

Art with Alyssa: DIY Fall Leaves

Art with Alyssa: DIY Fall Leaves

Celebrate the season by making fall leaves with a DIY printing plate made from Styrofoam. Print leaves onto paper just for fun or get creative and use the printing plate to make thank you cards, place . . .

Read more

Fall Flowers

Fall Flowers

This DIY fall craft is easy, fun, and makes the perfect centerpiece for Thanksgiving or any autumn meal! Supplies:  Sheets of colored tissue paperNewspaper pagesScissorsClear tape Here's Ho . . .

Read more

Art with Alyssa: Nature's Paintbrushes

Art with Alyssa: Nature's Paintbrushes

Create beautiful outdoor art using homemade paintbrushes from plants and items found in nature.Tips for Teachers/ParentsTeach children to respect living plants and only use found or discarded flower . . .

Read more

San Diego Family Magazine Logo

Be Family Informed – Sign up for our Newsletters below!