Picnic Leftover Crafts for Kids

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Like many households, we have a random drawer full of mismatched leftover paper plates, cups, and plastic utensils. Today we finally put them to good use with these three picnic leftover crafts. (Other people do have this drawer, right?)

1.  Suncatchers

You simply cut a big hole in your paper plate, add a circle of contact paper, and just let your kids pick out the flowers and place them on. I love this craft because it’s great for a toddler but equally entertaining for preschool age and up.  Add another layer of contact paper, hang them up and they look gorgeous.

2.  Paper Cup Luminaries

Ok, the only caveat here is that it’s really difficult for the kids to use the hole punchers through the cups.  (This is why Pinterest is deceiving).  But Presley tried…she tried really hard, so I ended up helping out but the kids really liked the final product and Presley has been practicing with the hole puncher ever since.

3.  Dandelion Painting

Start by pressing the fork into the paint and then press it around in a circle. The messier the better! I thought these turned out lovely, but it turns out my kids came up with a better craft which is painting the actual forks… but hey, if it keeps them occupied, whatever works!

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Elle Walker is a co-founder at What's Up Moms and the mom to three kids (10, 7, 5). In her spare time, she loves testing out kids activities (often muttering, "Pinterest, you lie"), to find the best activities that minimize set-up, reduce costs, and uses stuff up around the house. Follow her behind the scenes at Instagram @whatsupelle. {{Privy:Embed campaign=591322}}