garden-fairy houses

written by tammy

recycled fairy house

Spring is here, and so are the the garden fairies. Garden fairies come out at night when everyone is asleep and help your flowers grow. If you make them a beautiful home and put it in the garden your flowers will flourish and your veggies will plump. And when it rains, the fairies will have somewhere to dry their wings and enjoy a cup of nectar.

Plastic containers from the recycle bin work best for this project. We used empty mushroom containers and a natural potpourri of flower petals, twigs and leaves collected in and around the home for crafting. A waterproof glue is recommended if you want your houses to last.

what you need

Supplies:

- empty mushroom containers
- washable craft glue
- potpourri twigs and leaves
- leftover easter grass
- scissors
-extras: glitter glue, foam stickers, beads

What To Do:

Turn the container upside down and cut a door.

Pour some glue into a plastic container lid and use old paint brushes to apply a thick layer of glue to the container.

Affix the potpourri, twigs and leaves to the wet glue, trying to cover as much of the plastic container as possible.

Allow the glue to dry overnight and then place it in the garden for your little fairy friends.

**We were having so much fun with our houses we whipped out beads, stickers, pompoms and leftover Easter grass, then adorned the entire house with sparkly glitter glue**

recycled fairy house detail

The above house was done by a 5 year old girl. She did everything from the cutting to design and decorating on her own (with supervision, of course).

Check out another fairy house… here!

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markers in a can

written by tammy

can holders

Sometimes a picture says it all…

Sure, there are countless ways to adorn these, but the bare can is both simple and beautiful. Useful too.

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fun shop stickers

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stickers

Do you LOVE stickers?

Grab some markers and make them yourself. All you need are blank sticker labels, a little color and lots of imagination.

We’re hooked. Make them, trade them and give them to friends… Fun Shop Stickers is a great play date activity.

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before you toss… cut!

written by tammy

Recycling isn’t limited to what you sort into the appropriate bin and bring to the curb once a week, it’s also about finding simple ways to use ordinary household products, again.

For example, before tossing your moldy shower curtain liner, cut the magnets out of the bottom.

Most shower curtain magnets are super-strong (and great for crafting)!

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x-wing fighter

written by tammy

It’s true, one of my young friends is a little Star Wars obsessed, thereby explaining the influx of Star Wars themed crafts on the site. This one, of course, was recycle-bin inspired… with much of the art direction by a 4 year old boy.

We used a water bottle, 4 toilet paper rings, a styrofoam supermarket tray, some pipe cleaners and masking tape. Lots and lots of masking tape!

Using a sharp knife or a craft knife, have an adult cut 2 seat holes, one for your pilot and one for the co-pilot (see last pic). Using masking tape, cover the sharp plastic edges where the bottle was cut.

Cut the styrafoam tray into 4 wings of similar size. Loop a piece of pipe cleaner through the end of each wing, and twist together to form lasers.

Attach the toilet paper rings to the bottle using masking tape, as seen below. Then add the wings.

Cover the entire ship with masking tape, then add accents & details using stickers or permanent marker.

After much play with this ship (notice the broken wings) I was told that R2D2 needed a seat… so make sure you give R2D2 a seat!! Also, to make sure our Jedi did not fall into the bottle, we taped a small piece of pipe cleaner inside to form a seat that he straddles. You can see part of it in the last two images.

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what can you do with the recycle bin?

written by tammy

Sometimes we’re in the mood to craft, but haven’t a single idea! What to do? Hit up the recycle bin for inspiration.

Today, we created this Family Car for the Playmobil toys out of:

- an empty juice bottle
- ribbon holders
- styrofoam food tray
- 2 straws
- chopsticks, from takeout
- foam balls
- ribbon
- felt

The rundown:

We made a hole in the top for passengers, then taped 2 straws to the bottom of the bottle, pushed the chopsticks through the straws and secured to our ribbon-holder wheels with a dab of glue.

Next, we cut the styrofoam tray into rectangular shapes for seats and used some felt and ribbon to add flare.

Since there was lots of adult help for this project, we decided to use the hot glue gun to secure the embellishments since it bonds well with plastic.

** Have an adult cut any necessary holes with a sharp kitchen or craft knife **

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diy lightsaber

written by tammy

Supplies:

- paper towel tube
- toilet paper tube
- aluminum foil
- clear packing tape
- black electrical tape (or black magic marker)
- red sharpie (permanent marker works best!)
- scissors

1. Choose the color construction paper you want for your lightsaber blade, wrap it around the paper towel tube leaving 1/2 inch of paper overhanging on one side, securing paper with a small piece of tape, and then tuck the excess paper into the top of the tube.

2. Wrap a piece of aluminum foil around the toilet paper tube to create the handle. Use a piece of aluminum foil that is slightly larger than the tube, so that the overlapping foil can be tucked into the tube at both ends.

3. Embellish the handle with a stripe or two of electrical tape & draw a button on with red marker.

4. Pinch-in the bottom of the lightsaber blade and insert it into the top of the toilet paper handle, pushing firmly until the fit is snug.

5. Laminate and secure the entire lightsaber by covering it with overlapping pieces of packing tape. Using lengthwise strips of tape, that are about 3/4 of an inch larger than the project, on each end, tucking the ends over and into the tubes each time a new layer is applied. Will take 3-4 long pieces of tape. *If doing this project with a young child, or as a party-activity, this is a good step for the adults to help out with*

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