Last Minute Halloween from the Recycling Bin

Posted on October 29, 2017 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Here's a last minute table top Halloween decoration you can make with what's in your recycling bin - glass bottles!

Grab a few bottles from the recycling bin and decorate with horrifying Halloween labels. You can find loads online or make your own. These are best for your grown-up parties.

Halloween Apothecary

Posted on October 20, 2017 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Here's a fun and frugal idea way to create little treat boxes for any little Halloween visitors in the form of apothecary containers and it's almost all from your recycling bin! I got the idea when I pinched a discarded candy display case from a local store (I get most of my cardboard boxes there!!). I made the containers from toilet rolls and added labels I found online. Of course, each one is filled with goodies.

Recycling Broken Crayons

Posted on August 21, 2017 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Kids love colouring with crayons (and so do some adults!) but often these become too small to use or get broken up into small unusable bits. Still it would be a shame to discard these when you can melt them down to make one large mult-coloured crayon. It's easy to do. All you need are the crayons and a muffin or mini-cake tin. The fancier your baking tin, the fancier the crayon melt will be but all I had were plain muffin tins. Note you can also use those silicon baking trays.

Here's What You Do

  1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees. While they wait for the oven to warm up, your kids can arrange the pieces in the tins. ( I actually didn't preheat the oven. I had baked a cake and once I turned off the oven, I realized it was still hot so I plunked my muffin tin with the crayon bits into the oven. Two hours later, the crayons had melted.) 
  2. But if you are preheating, once the oven has heated up, place your tin with the crayons inside for 15 to 20 minutes. (I didn't do this as I was baking a cake and after removing it from the oven (and turning it off), I simply placed the tin with the crayons inside the warm oven and left these there until the oven cooled).
  3. Once the crayon shapes have cooled, remove them from the tin. If they stick, place the tin in the freezer for an hour or so and the crayons will pop out. 

Told you it was easy. These crayon melts are a great idea if you're taking the kids on a road trip or to an appointment where you have to wait some time. All you need to bring is one crayon melt per child as each crayon has multiple colours. 

Father's Day - Let's Recycle!

Posted on June 17, 2017 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

This is what the fathers we know will be wearing this Sunday on Father's Day: bow ties made by recycling old comic books! I bought the comic books at a local school book sale for under $1 for 3 and decided these would be perfect for a Father's Day project for my after school club kiddies. I created a template they could cut out and use to create the bow ties. Since a few of the kiddies haven't got Dads, I suggested these could also make great hair bows.

To hold the finished bow ties in place, we used plastic paper clips a friend gave me to recycle (thanks, Sean!!). We had a great time and to finish off, the kids each designed and made a card to go along with the bow/hair tie. These bow/hair ties only take minutes to make so are great last minute projects.

For a paper template, click here.

If bow ties aren't your thing, you can find a few ideas from my past posts. Click here.

Still not impressed, enter Father's Day Crafts in your search engine box and you'll find oodles of stuff.

Happy Dad's Day and remember, it isn't all about stuff. Spending time just goofing off or doing chores together is a great way to celebrate with day.