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Creative Craft Workshops Coming Soon!

Posted on September 5, 2017 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)


My Autumn Workshops are coming soon and they’re all about creating beautiful and useful objects from my favourite resource centre – the recycling bin. Yes, I’m talking trash and not ashamed to say it.


After taking a good look at what we all normally toss has possibilities: piles of old magazines, dog-eared paperbacks, glass and/or plastic containers, fabric scraps, and so on, I decided to develope a series of small but perfectly formed creative craft hands-on any one can master.


Workshop participants can use their recyclables to: create decorative items for their homes or to give as gifts. make a bit of money for kids’ school activities. start a part-time or full-time home-based business. support a favourite charity or cause.


Workshops are designed for both adults and kids.


We're going to have tons of fun.


For details check out my Shop!

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.

DIY Mother's Day

Posted on May 10, 2017 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Eh gads and zuts alor! - it's Thursday and I haven't posted anything for our Mother's Day. I hope you've been giving some thought to what you can make for your Mom. Your recycling bin, believe or not, is full of great possibilities for repurposing containers, etc. and to help you along, here are a few ideas for you.


CARDS FROM MAGAZINES, JUNK MAIL, ETC.



These cards are so easy to do and all you will need are some junk mail, magazine, gardening catalog, etc, some brown paper (I used a brown paper grocery bag - but use what you have), thin cardboard (cereal box, etc) and a bit of ribbon (leftover from other occasions). If you are artistic, you could draw flowers but, as I'm not, I roughly clipped out pictures from a gardening catalog and glued these to some cardboard before cutting these out so they looked like flowers.


Here's what I did: I cut two pieces of brown paper in the shape of a flower pot - one for the back and one for the front. Fold the top of each part over so it looks like a flower pot, then glue these two together at the bottom and sides, leaving the top wider part open. Then I cut a cardboard insert in the same shape but slightly smaller and glued the flowers to this. Then I inserted the flowers into the pot, glued on a ribbon tied into a bow in front and voila a nice Mom's day card was born!


MORE MAGAZINE RECYCLING FOR MOM - LET HER HAVE CAKE!



If your Mom loves cake but you don't have the time or inclination (or like me, no ability) to bake one yourself, head for your grocery store and buy a plain iced cake. When you bring the cake home, style it up with a couple of flowers (fake or real) and some butterflies cut out of magazine pages. Stick the whole thing on a pretty plate and wait for the compliments.


Click here for a butterfly template.


GIFT WRAP LEFTOVERS - FLOWER VASE



You don't have to break the bank to present a nice bouquet of flowers to Mom. Heck, you can raid your garden and clip a few from there. Grocery store flowers aren't too expensive and you can separate the flowers to make a couple of bouquets. To make the cone, use gift wrap or scrapbooking paper if you have it. Or you're a little artist, why not make a nice drawing on plain paper and use this as the cone wrap.


Here's a cone template for you.


Before sticking the flowers into your vase cone, insert the flowers into a plastic sandwich bag so water doesn't seep out. You want them to stay fresh for at least a couple of days, no?


REUSING EGG CARTONS - FOR MOM'S BATH BOMBS




Bath bombs are so easy to make that I wondered why I hadn't attempted these before. But I couldn't think of a way of packaging mine until I raided my recycling bin. I found and reused plastic eggshells from Easter as moulds to make the bath bombs and it was a no brainer to use the papier mache egg cartons (also from my recycling bin) as the bath bomb containers .


For a bath bomb how to, click here.


RECYCLING VINTAGE BAKEWARE - JUST HANG IT!



If Mom's a whiz in the kitchen why not raid her bakeware and see if you can find a few spare pie plates or tart pans to create some kitchen wall art for her. Write or print out some of her favourite baking recipes and cut out to fit inside the plates or pans, use double-sided tape to hold the recipes in place and hang the how thing up. Several would look spectacular.


I found the ones shown here.


FINAL WORD


Okay, we've got cards, cake, flowers and some wall art for Mom. I think she'll be pleased and you haven't emptied your wallet completely and even did some good for the environment, too. Hurrah!