Saturday, December 1, 2012

Work in Progress: Bottlecap Ocean Mural

painting the background
a gluey mess

testing designs for the fish

almost there
I thought I'd post some photos of our Grade 2 bottlecap mural in progress.  The timing was perfect because as a part of their Sharing the Planet unit, they saw the documentary Bag It and they were very keen to keep some plastic out of the landfill or the oceans.

The kids did lots of problem solving for this project-- many of the lids were dirty (old dried milk, ew!) and needed to be washed and dried in the sun.  I let them figure out the best way to do that.  There almost wasn't enough blue, so they had lots of great ideas to solve the problem (paint the background instead, make the fish bigger, add sand, add white bubbles...)

Overall it was a lot easier than I thought it would be, but we haven't started drilling each cap in yet (the kids used Elmers Glue All).  The kids are really looking forward to having a go with the drill.  My plan right now is to carry on with a new project and have the kids go out one by one to try drilling with another adult.  We'll see how it works!


  1. Can't wait to see the finished mural. It looks great so far.

    1. thanks holly! we started using the powertools today to screw in each cap and my bicep is killing me!! :)

  2. WOW! Where did you get all those caps?? I love collaborative art, and this is awesome!

    1. oh wow, another pyp art blogger! thanks for reading, kyle. we've been collecting caps since last year-- using re-usable bottle is kind of a new phenomenon in these parts. :)