Art Lesson Plan: Coasters


  1. reuse bits of leftover yarn
  2. recycle plastic lids


  1. yarn scraps
  2. plastic snap-on lids from hot chocolate, coffee, iced tea
  3. white glue that dries clear and waterproof
  4. scissors


  1. Generously spread glue inside the lid.
  2. Beginning at outside edge, wind yarn around and around towards the centre, changing colours if you wish, but tucking in ends, especially when you reach the centre. It looks like a giant swirl. Let dry. Done. ***Discuss the 3 R’s of the environment (reduce, re-use, recycle). Stress RE-USING lids and yarn to students, to make something new and useful.***

This project is one of Ten Easy Environmentally-Friendly Arts and Crafts Projects:

  1. Coasters: Mother’s Day, Father’s Day
  2. Pencil Holder: Mother’s Day, Father’s Day
  3. Magazine Holder: for siblings, friends, parents
  4. Shell Butterfly Magnet/Brooch/Barrette: for siblings, friends, parents… (symmetry)
  5. Bird Feeders: for anyone
  6. Twig Picture Frame: for anyone
  7. Handprinted Card: for anyone
  8. Tin Can Stilt Walkers: for anyone
  9. Goldfish Bowl: for anyone
  10. Pop Bottle Terrarium: for anyone

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