I’ve been hearing a lot about upcycling in recent months. As someone who hates the thought of contributing unnecessarily to landfills, and also as someone who loves free things, the idea of repurposing stuff that I would otherwise be throwing out (or tossing in a recycle bin) appeals strongly to me. Here are a few of my favorite upcycling maker projects, most of which are kid friendly.
You can use that old newspaper to make paper mache, which is one of my favorite ways of making something. Who doesn’t love the magic of turning flour into glue and then changing old newspaper into anything you can dream of?
– Make a pinata – I did this once in elementary school and it was *awesome*
– Make dinosaur hats, piggy banks, and other cool stuff
You can cut plastic bags into strips, join them together, and then knit or crochet with them. Cool, right?
You burn some files to CD, and then the CD gets scratched, or the files go out of date. Why waste all the pretty shininess of the CDs?
Old toothbrush handles are not useless!
Sure, you can chuck it in the recycling bin, but some of these projects are just cool.
Images in this post:
cobalt123. (2009). Disc Decoration, Red Heart [photo]. Retrieved 19 October, 2014 from https://www.flickr.com/photos/cobalt/4102378031. CC-BY-NC-SA.
peregrine blue. (2012). ready for tea? [photo]. Retrieved 1 March, 2014 from http://www.flickr.com/photos/peregrineblue/7842227598/sizes/s/. CC-BY-NC.
pinprick. (2006). i actually had an uncle named narcissus, if you can believe it [photo]. Retrieved 1 March, 2014 from http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinprick/198405940/sizes/s/. CC-BY-NC-ND.
Pop Tab Lady. (2008). Plastic-bag Yarn and Pull Tab Tote [photo]. Retrieved 1 March, 2014 from http://www.flickr.com/photos/poptoplady/2503373912/sizes/s/. CC-BY-ND.
Romain, Robin. (2010). Make Art Not Trash [photo]. Retrieved 19 October, 2014 from https://www.flickr.com/photos/49677956@N00/4474054211. CC-BY-NC-SA.
Silly Eagle Books. (2010). snowman ornament [photo]. Retrieved 1 March, 2014 from http://www.flickr.com/photos/sillyeaglebooks/5192818396/sizes/s/. CC-BY-ND.