HomeBeauty5 EASY UPCYCLE CRAFTS (USING STUFF YOU ALREADY HAVE!)

5 EASY UPCYCLE CRAFTS (USING STUFF YOU ALREADY HAVE!)


Sydney Piercey, writer of Sustainable Play: 60+ Crafts for an Earth-kind Dwelling, shares her favorite zero-waste playtime makes

As an eco and finances aware mom to a few, I really like discovering methods to show issues I can discover round the home into toys, video games, costumes and decorations. There’s all the time a bathroom roll tube or two to be discovered mendacity round someplace, or an empty cereal field, or egg carton, making these good supplies from which to craft from time and time once more. 

And so the next 5 crafts are based mostly round 5 issues I can simply discover at any given time, to make with or for my kids. 

1. The cereal field doll’s home

What you will want:

Cereal field

Scrap cardboard

Scissors

Tape and glue 

You possibly can flip any outdated cereal field into the right miniature home with a number of easy steps. Lower your field open alongside the entrance proper edge and the entrance backside edge to create the massive door. Add a size of scrap cardboard the identical width of the within of the field for the primary ground, and tape into place. Lower out home windows and a door, (I take advantage of a sq. of scrap cardboard as a stencil to get the sizes to match), after which add particulars resembling roof tiles and doorknobs. This fast craft has nice long-term worth, my youngsters love returning to it for faux play with their peg dolls, but in addition love the chance for some inside design – slicing and sticking from magazines for décor!

2. The juice carton hen feeder

What you will want:

Milk or juice carton

Scissors

Glue 

Optionally available: sticks, glue, crayons, paint 

This Earth-friendly craft is particularly nice for the spring and autumn months – the 2 greatest seasons for hen recognizing.  To make your birdhouse, merely reduce a window out from one aspect of your carton, midway up. You can do a circle right here, a sq., or an arch. Then, beautify your own home. We love including sticks to make a roof, sticking them onto the slants of the carton. That is one thing that little ones can do independently if you happen to apply the glue for them first.  As soon as your birdhouse is adorned, fill it with birdseed and depart it exterior! Enjoyable reality: raisins make nice meals for birds (soak them in heat water first so that they’re delicate and simpler to chunk) and eggshells too! Bake clear shells at 250 levels for quarter-hour, after which crush. One other technique to put waste to good use. 

3. The john roll magnifying glass

What you will want:

Scrap cardboard

Clear movie (resembling meals packaging)

Lavatory roll

Scissors 

Glue

Optionally available: ingesting glass 

One other easy upcycle, the toilet roll magnifying glass has many makes use of. A prop for outside play to identify creepy crawlies, or an adjunct for an explorer or spy costume. Start by slicing your bathroom roll tube open vertically. Roll it right into a tighter tube and tape to safe. Subsequent, reduce a circle out of your scrap cardboard – you need to use a ingesting glass as a stencil for this. Folding your circle in half, reduce a small semi-circle, in order you’re left with a hole circle form. Lower one other circle, barely smaller than the primary circle from some clear movie. I like getting my youngsters concerned when attempting to find supplies like this round the home. Typically, it’s simply rummaging by means of the recycling bin, however for this craft we discovered the clear movie from a packet of tortilla wraps! Glue your clear movie to at least one aspect of your cardboard circle, reduce two slits throughout the highest of your tube and slide your ‘magnifying lens’ into its ‘deal with’. You possibly can add tape to safe too if you might want to.  

4. The cardboard sheet dinosaurs

What you will want:

Sheet of cardboard 

Scissors

I’ve shared our cardboard dinosaurs a few instances on Instagram, and at any time when I do, they all the time get a lot love! They’re actually easy to make, so it’s achievable to make an entire pack, which could be very properly acquired by younger dinosaur fanatics! To make them, reduce out a lot of dinosaur silhouettes. You possibly can draw these beforehand, utilizing books or the web for inspiration, or reduce them out freehand. Subsequent, reduce legs in your dinosaurs. The legs are arch shapes (two per dinosaur) with foot particulars added on the finish.  Lastly, reduce two slits midway up your dinosaur and slot their legs into them.

5. The scrap paper paper chains

What you will want:

Scrap paper (tissue paper, newspaper, magazines, wrapping paper)

Scissors

Glue

Paper chains are such a basic, however underrated I feel as I don’t see them getting used sufficient! I really like you can reuse so many issues to make them: newspapers, magazines, kids’s drawings or my present favorite: tissue paper from parcels. Typically after we use newspaper, my youngsters will paint sheets of it whereas I reduce the sheets into skinny strips. Lower a number of strips of your paper, curve right into a loop and glue to safe. Repeat this with one other strip, linking it by means of your first strip. Proceed this for so long as you want, or till your paper runs out to make pretty lengthy paper chains.



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