Things To Do!
So many things can be made using recycled materials. Children should be introduced to this concept of reusing and upcycling items. This practice can ultimately aid the environment and affect the costs in households. Try
a few of the ideas below, but the sky is the limit when it comes to MAKING!
Fashion a Fabric Mask
Be a protector!
No sew masks are quick and simple to make. Many different patterns are available online, especially those for kids. Using recycled fabrics is the way to go. Try old T-shirts, kitchen towels, leggings, jeans, pillowcases, scarves and bandanas. Help
Construct Building Blocks
Create a Sculpture
Be a creator!
So many beautiful sculptures can be made using a wide variety of recycled household items. Collect an assortment of objects that are headed for the trash or recycling bin: buttons, keys, screws, pieces of wood, or fabric. Design an abstract piece of art. The selection is endless!
Making a set of blocks from a variety of boxes is fun and easy! Use large shipping boxes to make huge structures like a walk-in fort or castle or even a rocket. Smaller boxes such as cereal or cracker boxes make great little cities or mini towers. The boxes can be taped with colorful duct tape. Cover with fabric, color with crayons/marker or leave natural. For sturdier boxes, stuff the boxes with old newspapers. Build away!
Make a Bookmark
Be a recycler!
Using paper or cardboard for a usable item can be interesting. Make a bookmark or card from a cereal box, comic strips, junk mail and other papers off to the recycling bin. Find a sturdy base, such as a cereal box to cut a strip (about 6 inches X 1.5 inches). Cut thinner paper, like junk mail with a fun design or draw your own picture and glue it to the strip. Punch a hole in the top and use recycled ribbon, yarn, or old key chain to attach. For a card, using a sturdy paper, decorate with cut outs from various sources, such as junk mail or comics. Keep for yourself or send as a gift!
Plant an Herb/Veggie Garden
Be a grower!
This can be fun and wildly creative. Find an old boot, an old drawer, or some other goofy container to make your own garden. You may need to drill a hole in the bottom so adults can help. Place some rocks in the bottom and mix some homemade compost with the soil. then select your plants or seeds and follow the package directions. Choose herbs, tomatoes, lettuce...the list is endless. Eat healthy!
Produce a Vase/Planter
Be an artist!
Glass jars from jelly, mayonnaise or sauces provide a variety of sizes and shapes to create a fabulous home for cut flowers or a houseplant. It makes a nice gift! Decorate the container using paint, old jewelry, ribbons, buttons and other small objects like keys or rocks. Enjoy nature!
Pick Cloth Napkins
Be a paper saver!
Instead of using paper napkins that are purchased in a store, make your own. Choose colorful bandannas, washcloths or dish cloths...no need to sew...just choose your colors, designs, and sizes. If you sew or know someone who does, you can cut fabrics, such as towels, or olds shirts into squares and sew the edges with a hem. Wash and reuse!