Got plastic? We have an art project for you!

What’s special about this particular project is that is is part of a collaborative flower mural right outside the front doors of the i.d.e.a. Museum! So next time you’re in downtown Mesa, we hope you stop by and attach the flowers you create at home. And, we hope you enjoy the creativity of other members of our community, who have recently added to our mural.

Collaborative projects such as this one can bring us together creating a greater sense of community, which is extra important in these days when we can’t all be physically together.

Ana, who is part of the education team at the i.d.e.a. Museum, shares this final Together in the Desert art project that’s part of Mesa Family Takeout Night, which highlights downtown Mesa restaurants.

Getting started


  • Plastic bottle or cup
  • Scissors
  • Glue or glue dots
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Various decorative items


1.  Start by cutting your plastic bottle or cup to create your flower petals. (See video for demonstration) Make several cuts, depending on the number of petals you’d like.

2. Bend the petals back. When you do, you can trim the edges to customize the look of your flowers.

3. Paint your petals. In the case of plastic cups, sometimes they are already colored, so all you need to do is add your personal touch with beads, yarn, foam stickers, etc.

4. Attach a pipe cleaner or punch a hole in your petal and string yarn through it. This way you can attach it to the mural.

About this project

Thanks for joining us to create a beautiful desert flower for our community mural. This is the final video – showcasing a fun community art project – in our series for Mesa Family Take Out Night. Learn more about how you can support our downtown restaurants via Visit Mesa. Click here more more information.

Note: As part of Mesa’s Family Takeout Night initiative, we invite you to do this creative activity at home, snap a photo and send us your art image to

Or post your pictures on social media with the hashtags #mesatakeout #togetherinthedesert. Tag us at @ideaMuseum on Facebook and @ideaMuseumMesa on Twitter and Instagram.