Published on May 1st, 2010 | by Wenona Napolitano10
Green Friends Made from Discarded Yogurt Cups
Only a few recycling centers accept yogurt containers and none in my area, so most get tossed in the trash and end up in landfills (which makes me feel really, really guilty).
This cute spring craft incorporates those yogurt containers and transforms them into fun animal friends that are cute, easy to make, perfect for kids and keeps the containers out of the landfill.
These green friends are fun to make anytime the kids need something to keep them busy and teach them about reusing, recycling and repurposing. And they can be made by older kids without supervision, or by younger children with supervision.
To make some froggy friends you will need:
- Small yogurt cups One flat like those of Yoplait YoPlus yogurts for the turtle, and for the frog a small cup like those from Yoplait FiberOne or Yoplait Kids yogurts.
- Green spray paint The type made for plastic works best but there are low voc options too.
- Green craft foam Thick green recycled/handmade craft paper or green cardboard would work as well.
- adhesive A glue gun and glue sticks are quick but hot. Try a fast drying craft glue if worried about burns.
- Craft eyes Small to medium size
- Markers One permanent and one fine tip or ball point pen.
To make your green frog friends:
1) Clean and dry empty yogurt cups
2) Take the yogurt cups outside or to a well ventilated area and turn upside-down on a bottle or newspaper and spray paint them green. You may need two or three coats to get even coverage.
3) While the paint is drying, trace patterns for the head, legs, tummy (frog) and tail (turtle) onto the craft foam (or cardboard) with a fine tip marker or ball point pen.
4) Cut out the shapes and set aside for the frog. You will need a large football/frog shaped head, two legs and a circle for the belly. For the turtle you need four little legs, a tail, and a head.
5) Once the paint is dry you can glue the shapes on. Start with the head for each friend.
6) Now glue on the tummy for the frog or tail for the turtle.
7) Glue on the eyes
8 ) Draw a mouth and nose holes for the frog.
You can use acrylic paint, stickers, or cut out craft foam to customize the frogs and turtles with spots and designs. You can use what you have on hand or look for eco-options when it comes to glue, paint, and other supplies.
Making yogurt cup crafts helps me feel a little less guilty about tossing yogurt cups in the trash, since some of them are reused and the kids have a great time making frog friends with them.