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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Tuesday- Friday10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

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Making Art Together

From Found Materials to Flowers

Love plants and flowers but don't have a green thumb? Here's a gardening activity for the whole family, and you're guaranteed to grow beautiful blooms of all sorts! During the Every Day Art Project, From Found Materials to Flowers here in The Studio at The Carle, guests creatively used an array of found materials to create their own mini flower gardens.

The green garden bases are sheets of insulation board from Lowe's painted with green acrylic paint to look like grass. We used wires, chenille stems, chop sticks, popsicle sticks, coffee stirrers and toothpicks as stems, and lots of other things for branches and flower petals.

We recommend using a thick craft glue like Aleene's brand, or hot glue to attach your pieces together. Children should always be supervised by an adult when using a hot glue gun.

Want to make a garden but don't have any materials on hand? Collecting your own free recycled materials is easy. Try keeping a container next to the kitchen sink so you can easily set aside bottle caps and lids; wine corks and colorful plastic fruit netting; junk mail envelopes and foam scraps; and twist ties and bubble wrap.  Pretty soon you'll have a found materials collection ready for the next time your family's mood strikes. Collecting more materials than you need? Ask your child's art teacher or day care provider if they need any clean found materials for art projects.

Happy building!



We enjoy exploring materials and ideas in the Art Studio, and we’re excited to share our process with you! Please consider the following factors when adapting these posts for your learning environment: 

We facilitate a variety of programs within the Art Studio for a wide range of age groups. Please carefully consider the age appropriateness of each individual activity in your own learning environment.

Our projects are always done with adult supervision and proper safety precautions. Be sure all of your projects are overseen by adults who likewise follow proper safety precautions. The adults overseeing your project must also be responsible for handling or assisting with any potentially harmful equipment or materials. 

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is not responsible for any damages, injuries or liabilities that result from any activities contained within this website, and we expressly disclaim any responsibility or liability therefor. From time to time, we reference materials that we have found to be particularly important in our projects. We do not receive any monetary compensation for recommending materials. 



by Diana MacKenzie

This entry was posted on Monday, June 3rd, 2013 at 7:00 am and is filed under By Diana MacKenzie, Every Day Art Program, Found Materials, Mixed Media, Nature, Sculpture. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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