OKEECHOBEE -- Crafting does not always have to cost a fortune. There are many beautiful crafts out there that can be made using recycled materials. Recycled materials are especially handy for use in children’s craft projects.
Old compact discs can be used to make anything from Christmas ornaments to suncatchers to windspinners to picture frames. Instructions and more ideas can be found online at feltmagic.com.
Egg cartons can be cut apart and used to make flowers or cute critters. The entire carton makes a great paint pallet. Instructions and suggestions fro using old egg cartons can be found online at parents.com.
Leftover ceramic tiles are a treasure for crafters. They can be made into coasters, decorated with photos and hung on the wall or used to tile a planter out in your garden. Hative.com is a great source for ceramic tile recycling ideas.
If you have a knack for sewing, you can change outdated, ugly clothing into something anyone would love to own. A young woman who calls herself the Refashionista buys clothing at yard sales and thrift shops and changes them so much they are usually unrecognizable. Her website can be found at refashionista.net.
Water bottles can be made into beautiful patio lights, various animals, lava lamps or even piggy banks. Instructions for these and more can be found on homeschoolpreschool.net.
Old toothbrushes can be used to clean inside bottles, to add an antique finish to a surface, to clean calligraphy pens and to make rugs. The favecrafts.com website has even more ideas to offer.
Ever wondered what to do with a mesh produce bag? favecrafts has suggestions for those too. They make great scrubbers for non-stick pans, can be made into bath loofahs and are great for carrying toys to the beach. These are just a few of the many ideas on their website.
Natural beachliving.com offers ideas for many different recyclable crafts. They have a how-to for making a bird feeder from a water bottle or mason jar, how to make seed bombs and how to make a horse from bottle caps.
Everyone knows recycling is important for the planet, but most do not think of the recycling individuals can do. Not only is it good for the environment, but crafting with recyclables is fun and can save you money.
Newbiediy.com, lists three benefits for children who make recycled crafts.
• When children use recycled or upcycled materials to make successful crafts projects, it helps them learn the importance of reusing or conserving earth’s resources. This is a lesson that they will carry with themselves all throughout their lives and make them better global citizens of the future.
• When your children are giving the utility of an object another shape; that is. When they make something useful out of an otherwise completely different product, they are using their creative skills to think outside the box. The sharper their imagination becomes, the brighter their future will be.
• You can also spend some valuable time in making recycled crafts along with your children. Not only will your bond as a family strengthen, but the practise will teach everyone involved about patience and the necessity of seeing projects through no matter what.