Recycled Craft

You all know how much I love to recycle normal everyday trash objects into something that can be used again.

Pencil and Turning Tool Holder.

Pencil and Turning Tool Holder.

I made this handy holder for my teaching sewing studio at Let’s Go Crafting.  The kids use pencils and these turning tools (chopsticks) all the time and then set them down everywhere.  Hopefully, now with a specific home, these pencils and tools will find their way back.

Painted and Decoupaged.

Painted and Decoupaged.

I took an everyday object that no longer had a use (can you guess what it is?) and I painted it.  Then I cut out these cute little pictures from some leftover scraps of wrapping paper and used Modge Podge to attach them.  I then applied another coat of the Modge Podge to seal everything and make it shine.

Wrapping Paper Accents.

Wrapping Paper Accents.

I really had fun with the small dots around the upper edge.  Did you guess what container I used?

Empty Salt Container.

Empty Salt Container.

It was an empty salt container!!!  Back when we were making salt dough ornaments, we used lots of salt.  We emptied this entire container.  I cut off the top, ripped off the paper and then proceeded with the painting and decoupaging.  I love these recycled crafts!

Spool Knitting

As a kid growing up, I loved to spool knit.  My grandmother gave me a little spool knitter that I used ALL the time.  I had a big Folgers Coffee Can that kept my ball of yarn and my spool knitter and I carried that wherever I went.  Spool knitters are so small and portable that they really CAN go everywhere with you.  I wanted to bring this craft to my students, but store bought spool knitters are kind of expensive so I decided to make my own.

Spool knitter supplies.

Spool knitter supplies.

I gathered a few items – note the toilet paper roll – masking tape, 1-1/2 inch brads and some scissors.

Finished spool knitters.

Finished spool knitters.

Ta Da!!  Spool knitters!!  These are my first ones, but now I have a whole bunch of them – most of them have been handed out to my students.  I also love that these are made in part with recycled materials.  There is something so satisfying about using something that was destined for the recycling bin and repurpose it into something useful.  I also think this is a good way to show kids that you don’t always need to buy new – use your imagination and create something from almost nothing!

Spool knitter in use.

Spool knitter in use.

They LOVED them!!

More spool knitting.

More spool knitting.

All of my students are now using their spool knitters.

Spool knitted bracelet.

Spool knitted bracelet.

The most common thing to make are bracelets, but there have been headbands and necklaces as well.  Sometimes they embellish these items with buttons and other cute things!

Inspiration

Crafts that use recycled good always sing to me.  I love to see how different “trash” items can be repurposed.  At the noon art program that I run, most of the art projects are created using some sort of recycled items (toilet paper rolls, cereal boxes, tin cans, etc.).  Recently I was in a small little shop and saw these:

Trivet

Trivet

Trivet

Trivet

Coasters

Coasters

All of these are made out of newspaper and I think they look totally awesome!  I have also seen similar items made from magazines as well.  I would really like to learn how to make these for family and friends.