This post brought to you by Astrobrights Papers by Neenah Paper. All opinions are 100% mine.
From Martha Stewart to Glamour magazine I’ve seen the neon color trend utilized on everything including party themes to head-to-toe fashions. Although I personally wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a neon dress (it would attract WAY too much attention AND I am WAY too old to pull it off), I do however find electric blue and hot pink youthful and playful.
What’s even better about neon is that my daughter is extremely attracted to these cheerful colors so I thought I’d do a fun kids craft with her. I came across AstroBrights papers, which was PERFECT for the project I had in mind, a) because of the unique and vibrant neon colors, and b) because Astrobrights supports a great cause that I believe in (more later).
I wanted to make a unique back to school teacher gift so I bought a set of highlighters that scream neon and decided to make a paper flower bouquet to present it. Here are the materials you need to make this Back to School Teacher Gift.
- Washed and clean recycled can
- AstroBrights paper
- Highlighters (approximately 18 depending on the thickness and size)
- Rubber band
- Hot glue
- Various craft punches (optional)
- Computer (optional)
- Paper cutter (optional)
Constructing the Vase:
Remove the label, wash, clean, and dry a recycled can. Next wrap a rubber band around the can. One by one, add your highlighters around the can. Tie a ribbon around the can to hide the rubber band. Insert a small piece of Styrofoam or floral foam inside the can. Set the vase aside.
Making the Paper Flowers:
Constructing paper flowers can be made however your heart desires. For this project, I made simple accordion flowers. With my daughter’s help, we used craft punches in flower and circle shapes to embellish the accordion flowers. We hot glued each paper flower onto a wooden skewer and arranged them in our highlighter vase. Using my computer, I made a sign that says, “You as my teacher is the highlight of my year.” A had written note from your child is a great option too.
AstroBrights Papers “Give a Brighter Year” Back-To-School Campaign
Win school supplies worth $30,000 for the elementary school of your choice!!!
This exciting campaign is going on now and will run through September 10, 2012. Simply “like” AstroBrights Facebook page and submit a short online form to be entered into the sweepstakes. You can then earn additional entries every week by revisiting the page and answering a few simple questions.
In addition, enter the Make something Astrobrights challenge to win a Visa Gift card. Submit and share ideas like this one that are so bright they’re AstroBrights! Check out AstroBrights on Facebook for more details!
Here are some more AFTER photos!