Snake plants are so low maintenance and have such interesting patterns on their leaves. This collage snake plants artwork is a fun project for kids and adults alike - we made it a family project!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Textured Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Create it!

Step 1: Cut a planter shape from textured or regular cardboard. Paint it and allow it to dry.

Step 2: Paint cardboard different shades of green. We swirled green and black paint together for the dark green speckled color. Once dry, cut into rectangle strips.

Step 3: Cut strips from cardboard. These will be the stems for the snake plant leaves.

Step 4: Glue the green painted strips horizontally onto the vertical cardboard strip.

Step 5: Once dry, cut the combined strips into a leaf shape. 

Step 6: Paint a larger rectangle of cardboard to serve as the artwork background. Allow it to dry.

Step 7: Glue the leaves onto the background.

Step 8: Glue the planter over the leaves.

These were a great family project - works well for a variety of ages - and it was fun to see how each of our snake plants turned out! And, if you are looking for some more plant craft projects, click here and here .

This rainbow threading with play dough and pipe cleaners is a sensory experience as well as fine motor skills practice. And, it is so simple to set up!

Start with:

  • Play dough
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Colored Beads
  • Scissors, optional

Create it!

Step 1: Make two balls of equal size out of play dough.

Step 2: If you would like to pre-cut the pipe cleaners, snip so each color after red in the rainbow is a bit shorter. Or, feel free to just bend the pipe cleaner at each end after Step 3 to make them shorter prior to placing in play dough.

Step 3: Have your little one thread the beads of the same color on each of the pipe cleaners.

Step 4: Place each end of the pipe cleaner into the play dough balls to build the rainbow sculpture!

These are so fun to make in a group to see all of the beautiful variations of rainbows!

DIY this fun rainbow shapes puzzle - made from cardboard - and just add blocks! Super simple to make for your child and a great way for them to work on recognizing shapes.

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors or Box Cutter  (for adult use)
  • Glue
  • Pen or Marker
  • Blocks

Step 1: Cut two identical pieces of cardboard.

Step 2: Cut some small squares of cardboard. These will be used to create a space between the two larger pieces of cardboard.

Step 3: Glue two cardboard squares to each corner of one of the bigger pieces of cardboard.

Step 4: Trace the shapes on the remaining large piece of cardboard.

Step 5: Carefully cut out the shapes from the large piece of cardboard.

Step 6: Glue the piece of cardboard with shapes cut out to the top of the other piece of cardboard.

Step 7: Have your child place the blocks on the puzzle!

Discuss shapes and colors together as your child enjoys the puzzle!

Anyone else all about plants the past several months? These tiny recycled succulents are made with items like cardboard tubes and kraft paper or paper bags!

Start with:

  • Cardboard Tubes
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Kraft Paper or Paper Bags

Create it!

Step 1: Cut portions of cardboard tubes for succulent pots. Paint and allow them to dry.


Step 2: From kraft paper or a paper bag, cut two identical succulent shapes.

Step 3: Glue the edges (leaving an opening) together. Crumple up more paper and stuff the succulent shape.

Step 4: Glue the opening closed.

Step 5: Paint the succulent and allow it to dry. We did small cactus shapes and also triangles for additional succulent types.

Step 6: Place the succulent into a painted cardboard tube, securing it by placing small crumpled paper inside the cardboard tube.

Step 7: To make a small barrel type cactus, crumple up paper. Cut a square of paper and wrap it around the crumpled paper. 

Step 8: Place the bottom of the wrapped paper into one of the painted cardboard tubes.

Step 9: Paint the small barrel cactus, adding dots or stripes if you'd like!

Step 10: To finish off the pots, add a small band of cardboard tube to the top of each painted cardboard tube.

We've added a few new plants to our collection over the past several months and while we are gaining plant caring skills, these tiny recycled succulents are sure to stay looking great...and no worries if you don't have a green thumb!