Upcycled Coral Reef is an award-winning storefront installation created by local designer, Joan Vorderbruggen. The entire installation was constructed using repurposed and eco-conscious materials exclusively. Secondhand crochet quilts and doilies were laundered then dyed by hand. Crochet and knit hats, scarves and baby afghans, many of which were tattered and frayed were transformed into underwater flora and fauna creatures and sewn to a large repurposed steel frame. All of the hanging fish and seahorses were crafted with felt manufactured from recycled plastic bottles, and the jellyfish from second hand doilies and repurposed yarn. This installation aims to draw attention and educate viewers to the endangerment of the world’s vast coral reefs, and the many ways that it may be protected. via Textile Center.
If they find the textile art fascinating, they could try this Easy Weaving Project. It also uses upcycled materials and could make a nice wall decoration. You could let your kids have at it in all the mismatched glory of young art or you could teach them how to die the materials they choose to match the area where you would like to hang it.
If Coral Reefs are more your kids focus, there are quite a few websites where they can learn more, such as this site from Kids Do Ecology. The Minnesota Zoo also has a wealth of online resources. If they want more, you can pick up a Museum Adventure Pass from your library. Keep in mind, though, the zoo trip won’t be entirely free. You will be responsible for parking and any family members over the first two.