A recycled poetry project is a great way to show your love for Mum. It’s affordable – and personal. You choose words and decorations that speak straight from your heart … to Mum’s.
You will need:
• Magazines and brochures (Mother’s Day brochures are perfect for Mother’s Day poetry projects!)
• craft glue
• decorative doo-dads – recycled bits and bobs
• a surface to present your poem on; cardboard, timber, an old plate … anything!
What to do:
1. Peruse magazines to find words you think suit a poem for your mum. The poem may be a message to Mum – or it may be about something Mum loves – like the beach, or cooking … Let your personality, and love, shine through.
2. Play with the words and arrange them to create a poem. Identify any additional words you may need. If you can’t find a word, cut individual letters to make the word.
3. Choose a background for your poem. An old plate, timber, or even a sheet of cardboard or paper. (You may choose to make your poem into a card for Mum.) Lay the poem onto the background, playing with alignment of your words. Remember to leave space for some decorative doo-dads.
4. Glue your poem and doo-dads onto your chosen background. (White PVA glue works best for the words. Clear craft glue dries quickly, for the doo-dads.) Don’t go crazy with the decorations. The poem should be clear and easy to read.
5. Voilà – your poetry project is done!
NOTE: If you choose to varnish your project, you will FIRST need to coat the words with a PVA glue wash – and leave to dry. Otherwise the oil-based varnish will make the paper transparent – and your poem will be very difficult to read!
KATHRYN APEL is a born-and-bred farm girl who’s scared of cows. She lives with her husband and two sons among the gum trees, cattle and kangaroos on a Queensland grazing property. Too Many Friends is Kathryn’s fifth book and third verse novel, following the release of On Track (2015) and Bully on the Bus (2014) to much acclaim. Kathryn loves pumping poetry because she can flex her muscles across other genres, to bend (and break) writing rules. Kathryn teaches part-time and shares her passion for words at schools and festivals.