This is the fourth and final installment of the Scott Naturals 4-Week Test Drive post series. (If you missed previous weeks, learn more about the Scott Naturals 4-Week Test Drive, how to learn to green your outdoor play with the Scott Naturals Week 2 post or how to teach your kids to be green with the Scott Naturals Week 3 post.)
This week, let’s look at how you can upcycle your “trash” into art projects and treasures! (How much greener does it get?)
As a life-long pack-rat and wanna-be artist, this topic is the definition of my office/craft room. When it comes to art projects for kids, there is no need to go out and spend a lot of money on supplies and kits. All you really need are some basics and a little imagination. But the key to upcycled art projects is that you have to think ahead. You can’t just decide you want to make a project today, if you haven’t started gathering supplies. Here are some of my favorite things to upcycle into art:
- Toilet and Paper Towel tubes
- Empty Canisters (like formula and coffee can)
- Ribbon & Elastic Cording (from gifts, packages, etc)
- Tissue Paper (from gifts, store purchases, etc)
- Tissue Boxes
- Odd Socks
- Clothing (that is ripped and can’t be passed down)
Yes, it looks like a pile of trash. But with a little imagination… poof… a project to keep little hands busy and crafty!
Let’s look at a few of my favorite ideas for this “trash.” Toilet and paper towel tubes easily become telescopes, binoculars, a vase for “flowers,” and much more. Here is a project my daughter came home from school with this year. When they studied the nursery rhyme Jack be Nimble they created this “candle stick” to jump over.
Empty canisters make excellent drums. This adorable drum uses upcycled fabric, popsicle sticks and bottle caps too.
Oh I could go on and on… which might actually inspire me to start blogging about some of our crafts…ummmm.
The point is, that you can keep trash out of landfills by using things found around the house to create art and entertain your kids. A win-win.
For the final time, I want to remind you about the Scott Naturals 4-Week Test Drive and encourage you to try swapping your household paper products with the new Scott Naturals paper products made out of recycled and sustainable fibers. Scott Naturals products are made with recycled fibers and sustainable materials instead of 100% virgin fibers, and if we all swapped our current products for Scott Naturals for four weeks we would save 2 million trees.
And remember, just for clicking this link to learn more about the 4-Week Test Drive (and hopefully sign up), Scott Naturals will donate $1 to the National Wildlife Foundation — now isn’t that worth a click? Oh, and you can grab some coupons while you are there.
Last week’s winner – Congrats to Terra H who won last week’s month supply of Scott Naturals.
WIN it – Finally, to help one reader take the 4-week test drive challenge, I am giving away a Scott Naturals prize pack that includes paper towels, napkins, toilet paper and flushable wipes.
Mandatory Entry – Tell me your favorite art project made from things around your house.
Additional Entires: (Must do the mandatory entry first)
- Take the 4-week test drive. (Remember, just for clicking that link $1 will be donated on your behalf to the National Wildlife Federation.)
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- Follow TheSuburbanMom on Twitter (@SuburbanMomClub) and tweet about this giveaway. “Enter to win a #ScottNaturals Prize Pack and take the #ScottTestDrive and go green! #giveaway @SuburbanMomClub http://wp.me/pQHaE-32c”
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Contest ends May 9, 2011 at 11:59 pm. Open to U.S. residents in the continental U.S. only. Winning comment will be chosen at random by Random.org and contacted for shipping information. Winner will have 72 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
Disclosure – This post is sponsored by Scott Naturals and TheMotherhood, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.