Tag Archives: Earth Day Crafts

Repurposed “Dipped” Cans

By General Crafts Contributor Erin from the blog Lovesome.

Reuse old tin cans to make elegant storage.

With Earth Day around the corner, I’ve been trying to think of something I can do to repurpose an everyday item. One day I was washing some cans to put in the recycling bin and realized that their shape and texture was pretty great. All they needed was a little color and they would be perfect!

Here’s what you need to make your own dipped cans:

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Tug-a-Toy

By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the blog A Geek In Glasses.

Tug a Toy at ThinkCrafts.com

tug-a-toy at ThinkCrafts.com

 

April is National Pet Month and Earth Day. In Celebration of both, today I’m sharing a recycled craft that will make your pup happy. I have a house of three dogs, they all love a rousing game of tug-a-rope. When they play with us, it stays civil and the toy survives. But, when they play with each other, the toys get destroyed. If you had to replace as many as I have, any alternative would work. Here is a chance to use up old t-shirts and make 2 or 3 toys per shirt! Saving money, recycling old clothes, and making (wo)man’s best friend happy all in one craft!

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Sand Bowl

By Paper Crafts Contributor, Lauren Romano.

You can make a bowl from a lot of things, but did you know you can make one out of sand? It’s a great way to use sand from your favorite beach vacation spot to create a souvenir. All you need is a handful of items to make the beautiful piece that can be used to shells or other beach finds.

What you’ll need:

Step 1. Choose a bowl that is going to serve as the base of your sand bowl.

Step 2. Wrap the outside of the bowl in plastic wrap. Smooth out all of the wrinkles and bumps so it’s a completely even surface or you can leave a few seamed lines so it resembles the natural lines created in the sand from the waves. Push the end of the plastic wrap into the inside of the bowl.

Step 3. Find a disposable bowl you won’t mind throwing out after use.

Step 4. Place your base bowl upside down on a vinyl placemat. It allows the glue and sand to stick to it, dry on and easily peel off or wash off with a little scrubbing.

Step 5. In your disposable bowl, mix together the glue and sand using a popsicle stick until you have a consistency that is thick but that you can still pour.

Step 6. Pour the glue mix over the bowl. Don’t worry if you don’t pour it completely even, gravity will pull it down and even it out.

Step 7. After about 3 hours, pour more glue over the bowl so it creates another layer. Repeat the process again in a few more hours.

Step 8. Let the bowl sit for a full day. Avoid moving it while it’s drying or you could make marks in the glue.

Step 9. Lift the bowl, then very carefully peel the plastic wrap off.

Step 10. Use scissors to cut away any ragged edges on your sand bowl.

Discovering Earth Day and Recycling

By Cardmaking & Scrapbook Layout Contributor, Peg from the blog Peg’s Crafting Corner.

April 22nd is Earth Day.  How are you celebrating this year? One part of helping the earth and celebrating Earth Day is by recycling.   I’ve done several projects this year for that day so I began thinking about what we’ve done to help the earth.  I decided to do this scrapbook layout to show some of the activities that my family has done to help celebrate.  It, also, got me to thinking about the things I use for those projects.  Are they eco friendly?  

One thing I did was to find paper that can be used on my project that is recycled. Of course, my first choice was my favorite kraft paper.  That way I can help keep it out of the landfills and create some fabulous projects with it.  Did you know that if you type in the word “recycled” in the search box at CreateForLess it gives you a large amount of items in all craft types to choose from?  Try it!  It’s fun to see what you can find to use.  I found this really cool recycled symbol done in rhinestones that I can imagine on several projects.  It could be ironed on a shirt or a piece of material and then sewn onto a layout or card. 

This year, my son wanted to plant a garden and wanted to start the seeds himself.  While looking for Earth Day activities that we are doing, I realized that he was doing one by planting a garden for us which will give us enough to use with no waste and no packaging from the stores to go to the landfill.  We have the containers for the seed starters that are plastic but we will use them again next year thus keeping them out of the trash.  Another thing I decided to grow this year was our own flowers.  This will help beautify our area and the seeds I get off these plants will be used for future plants.  We can give back to the earth by planting a tree.  They are important to the ecology in many ways and they provide us with things like shade so you can’t go wrong by planting a tree to celebrate Earth Day, 2012! 

Join the celebration this year.  Plan what your family can do to help the earth.  Start by looking for crafting supplies that are recycled and use those.  Don’t forget to scrapbook what you do because just like giving back to the earth when we plant a tree or pick up garbage, we give back to our families in the future by scrapbooking our activities. 

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Trash or Toss

By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

I’m just going to come out and say it. My trash and recycling cans were looking kinda sad. With two kids and a dog (and a husband who isn’t always careful) the once cool and shiny flip top cans we use for both our trash and recycling have seen better days. They are a little scratched and no matter how often I clean them, not very shiny. And worse, they have ugly signs stuck on them so everyone knows where to put what. Those signs, by the way, were meant to be temporary until I could find something better. But temporary turned into “it’ll do” until I decided to give them an Earth Day spruce up.


OK, so it didn’t make them shiny and new again, and it didn’t get rid of the dent in the back of one where the kids “accidentally” knocked them into the corner of the wall, but at least the ugly signs are gone. And it’s better than getting new ones and having to send these to the dump. Besides, you almost don’t notice the scratches anymore…

Here’s what you need:

Not-so-shiny-anymore trash cans
Vinyl stick on letters
Electrical tape
Ruler
Clear matte spray paint
Strips of paper
Newspaper

Start by giving your cans a good scrub down. They probably need it anyway. Mine did! Once they are clean and dry, use your ruler to tape one of the paper strips about 1/3 of the way down the front of the can. This will create a straight line for your stickers to sit on. Carefully stick the vinyl letters along the edge of the line to spell out “toss” or “recycle” (or whatever you want! They’re your cans after all!)


Create a box around the letters using electrical tape then mask the rest of the can with newspaper. Smooth down the letters and the tape to assure there is no seepage and spray in thin, even coats, allowing each to dry before adding the next, until the shine has gone from the surface of the can.


Once the last coat is dry, carefully peel back the tape and letters (you might need tweezers to grab the corners of the letters) and clean up any errors with nail polish remover.


Voila – fancy (almost) new trash and recycling cans! Happy Earth Day!