Kindergarten has spent the last month working on some amazing trees, made completely out of recycled materials (not counting the glue and the paint!) We began our unit by using paper scraps left over from other art projects and pages from the phone book. We thought it would be a great idea to reuse paper, which is made from trees, to create new trees!
To start, we used a phone book - which is FULL of many, many sheets of paper and often discarded each year when a new edition comes out - and ripped out pages to make our collages on. We looked for pages that were mostly covered in plain phone number listings, so that the words would become a sort of background pattern. Then, we glued the two sheets together, attaching them where the papers had been ripped from the book.
Then, I used a hot glue gun to attach the leaves to the bottle caps (Elmer's would probably work, too.) I also had to transfer their initials to the inside of the bottle cap. The bigger bottle caps (like the ones on a Gatorade bottle) work better; the stamp prints best when almost the whole leaf is backed by the bottle cap. It really takes no time at all to glue the stamps once the students are done making them!
We loved this unit!