Kid Crafts on Earth Day

Did you do any special Earth Day crafts today? I worked on some unfinished projects I have (didn’t finish just yet) and had a good day hanging out with my kids and nephews. They were more interested in playing outside then crafting so I have a few things planned for this week. When I was growing up my school celebrated Earth Week with different events each day and I like the idea of continuing that along.

1. Inexpensive Artwork – Have your children paint or draw a picture using paints, crayons, markers, colored pencils or just a regular number two pencil. Turn their drawings into artwork by either cutting the paper down after or before they get to work and putting it in a frame. I have found that kids love this idea because after they are creative, their paper is hung up for all to see. It’s a step up from the fridge!

2. Remake Jewelry -Remaking a piece of jewelry will require older kids or your help. Take a piece of jewelry you no longer wear (or found at a garage sale or thrift store) and take it apart – make a new brooch or necklace. Stringing beads is easy for children and they will be glad to help refashion a piece or two.

3. Recycle clothes into a project – If you find you have wool sweaters you no longer wear, felt them by washing in the washer and make felted projects. Betz White has a great book – Warm Fuzzies – and after finding a few thrift store sweaters, we are prepared to make a few of the ideas in the book. I am also in the beginnings of making a tshirt quilt using old college and concert shirts. Maybe you have a few items of clothing you would like to have in a quilt or small blanket – get to work this week and plan a design and start cutting the clothes.

There are many ways you can reuse or recycle items you have in your home, the next time you set out to do a craft project think about what you already have! Share other ideas in the comments, or if you have questions about the projects listed let us know!

Tsoniki Crazy Bull is the host of the Crafter Cast – a podcast for crafters and craftypeneurs – a new show is posted every Wednesday.

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Tricia WAHM (and loving it) of 3 great kids.Married to Mr. Right. Family means everything to her. The Lord is the man that Tricia walks with..
Tricia Has always had a passion for crafting and hobbies and wants to share that passion with other moms.