Don’t Throw That Away! – Thrifty Arts & Crafts Supplies

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:

glass and plastic jars with lids
Tornado in a Bottle

toilet paper and paper towel rolls
Toilet Paper Heart Stamping

32 oz. plastic yogurt containers and lids
We use the lids as paint trays for cookie cutter stamp painting
and the containers for storage of markers, colored pencils, etc.

cardboard (packaging from clothing ordered online)
Template for Cutting Hearts

Thrifty scissor practice

bubble wrap
Bubble Wrap Painting and Printing

plastic lids to baby food fruit pouches 

Snowman (his “buttons” are fruit pouch lids)

plastic applesauce cups  

We use as paint or water cups when painting or for sorting small craft items before a project.
And here are some other things I save, though I don’t have any photos of actual projects we’ve done with them:

  • 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
  • ribbons and strings from gifts and packaging
  • plastic and metal lids
  • metal cans that have been opened so that they have smooth edges

Do you save any “trash” to repurpose or have any fun art projects using recyclables?

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