I am the queen of shouting, “Wait! Don’t throw that away!” as my poor husband starts to chuck some piece of “junk” into the trash can or recycle bin. I even request family members to sometimes save certain things for me. Okay, I’ll admit that I do save quite a lot of rubbish to use for arts and crafts and probably do deserve the eye rolls that I get, but can anyone complain when it’s completely FREE, the kids have lots of fun with it, and it keeps the items out of the landfill at least for a little while longer???
Here are some things we save and a few projects we’ve done:
|Tornado in a Bottle|
|Toilet Paper Heart Stamping|
|We use the lids as paint trays for cookie cutter stamp painting
and the containers for storage of markers, colored pencils, etc.
|Template for Cutting Hearts|
|Thrifty scissor practice|
|Bubble Wrap Painting and Printing|
|Snowman (his “buttons” are fruit pouch lids)|
|We use as paint or water cups when painting or for sorting small craft items before a project.|
- crayons from restaurants
- I have a lot of melted crayon and recycled crayon projects I want to try this summer…
- bread tags
- extra buttons that come with new clothing
- junk mail return envelopes
- I’m saving these for a writing/mail center pretend play box for the kids (see #19 in this post)
- ribbons and strings from gifts and packaging
- plastic and metal lids
- metal cans that have been opened so that they have smooth edges
- I’ve been wanting to make this magnetic robot building set!
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