Celebrate summer with these colorful plastic flowers! You can plant them indoors, or put them outside as markers in your garden. Made with just a few items from your kitchen, these posies will be blooming in no time.

Celebrate summer with these colorful plastic flowers! You can plant them indoors, or put them outside as markers in your garden. Made with just a few items from your kitchen, these posies will be blooming in no time.

MATERIALS AND TOOLS:
• Plastic lids that are thin and flexible
• Plastic bottle caps
• Twist ties or thin wire
• Wooden skewers or chopsticks
• Straws
• Hot glue or glue dots (find them in the scrapbooking section of a craft store)
• Scissors

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. These flowers start with thin plastic lids, like what you'd find on a whipped-butter container. The lid should be thin enough to bend easily. First, cut the thick band off the outside rim of the lid, leaving a flat circle. Then, bend the circle in half and cut two small holes near the center, making slots for the twist tie. (These are jobs for a parent).

2. Now the fun begins! Using safety scissors, children can cut the flat circles into flowers. Petals come in all shapes in sizes - try cutting triangles, rectangles, or curved petals around the circle. You can layer flower shapes and lids on top of each other - just make sure the lid or flower with the two holes is the back layer. Next, experiment with different colors and sizes of bottle caps for the flower centers - the bolder, the better!

3. Once you've cut some petals and selected all the parts of your flower, put it all together. Take the back layer (the one with the holes) and attach it to the flat end of a skewer or chopstick with a twist tie. To do this, look at the back of the lid or flower, and push the twist tie through one hole towards the front. Push the same end of the twist tie back through the second hole, so that both ends of the tie are poking out of the back in a "U" shape. Twist these ends tightly around the skewer.

4. Attach the other layers to your flower with hot glue or glue dots, covering up the twist tie in the front. It is easiest to add bottle caps by putting glue on the flat, top part of the cap, not the circular bottom.

5. Cut the straw so that it fits on the skewer below the twist tie and two inches above the pointed end of the skewer. Pinching the straw and skewer together, push a few inches of the stem into a flowerpot or outside. All done! You've become a plastic gardener!

The Ohio Craft Museum is offering Young Masters day camp this summer for children, ages 6 to 12, and teen workshops for children, ages 12 and up. These hands-on art camps strive to nurture creativity through a variety of media, such as clay, wood, polymer, recycled materials and more. Go to the museum's website, ohiocraft.org, for more information, or call 614-486-4402- to register.