Recycling Crafts

  • DIY Melted Crayon Art with Variations

    September 10, 2014

    This was the perfect “rainy day craft” for today…fun for me and for L! I’m so excited about these melted crayon creations, I can’t wait to make more! Let’s jump right in…   Materials needed: white canvas crayons hot glue gun and glue cardboard box hair blowdryer Although there’s definitely some unpredictability in this project, you first need to plan it out a ...

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  • DIY Rustic Spinning Stars

    September 4, 2014

    I love these Rustic Spinning Stars. When I first saw something similar here on the “happy hooligans” blog I just knew we had to make them! They’re fun to make with the kids and are beautiful hanging inside or outside. We have ours spinning on our front porch, while my dad hung his (which we gave ...

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  • DIY Cardboard Tube Bracelets and Watches

    September 2, 2014

    This is one of those things that I threw together while fixing breakfast one morning. L has a little craft corner, just a chair pulled up to the kitchen counter, next to where we cook and prep food. She was just looking for something to get into on this particular morning, so I pulled some ...

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  • Play Dough Funny Faces w/ DIY Outlet Covers

    August 27, 2014

    When I saw a variation of this craft years ago, I stored it away in the back of my mind, just waiting for L to be old enough to make and play with these! The outlet covers I saw were made using Sharpie Markers, but I love the color we brought to ours with paint! ...

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  • Bubble Blobs and Bubble Worms

    August 20, 2014

    Here is a super-fun activity made with materials you already have! L and I started making bubble blobs after breakfast this morning and we were still making them in the shower tonight! (I may or may not have bribed her into the shower with her bubble blob blower.) It’s definitely a good summer activity, but ...

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  • Imagination Box!

    August 18, 2014

    I don’t know about you, but our kids always seem to have too much stuff….too many stuffed animals, too many dolls, too many plastic play sets, too many puzzles, etc. When L is going to a birthday party, I hate to buy a toy that her friend will play with for 5 minutes and then ...

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  • Homemade Paper and Seed Paper

    August 8, 2014

    Last night, while cleaning up from dinner, I told L not to throw away her pudding cup because it can be recycled. She replied, “What’s recycle? What’s it mean?” So as I was doing my best to explain to a 2-year-old how plastics are melted down and made into new containers, I remembered how I ...

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  • DIY Tin Can Bird Feeder

    August 6, 2014

    I think what I love most about the Tin Can Bird Feeder is that you’re essentially making something from nothing! It’s also such a fun way to teach kids how to reuse and recycle! We just made the bird feeder on a whimsy for our own backyard, but it would make a terrific gift too.     Materials ...

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  • Sensory Bags

    August 2, 2014

    These bags are great for babies to play with and are a nice calming activity for bigger kids…heck, I even have a hard time walking by one without squishing it! They always feel so cool to the touch! We made ours pretty simple, but you can always embellish yours a bit by throwing some glitter ...

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  • New Ways to Paint

    July 24, 2014

    I have never met a person, young or old, who didn’t love to paint! So here are over 10 new ways to paint…time to get messy and have some fun!!!   Some tips before we start: Use an old shirt or apron for a smock shirt…or on a hot day, have your kids take off their shirts! When using finger ...

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