Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Earth Day Projects

We all have these random items ready to be thrown into the recycling bin or even the garbage can..lets see what we can do with them....


I saw the most fun looking game called Find It. I unfortunately didn't like the price tag so I created these:

1. I have a son who runs track and drinks several powerades a week. I took the powerade bottles and cleaned them out, removed the label and let them dry.

2. Once dry I reused the rice from the water table and filled the bottles almost full. Leaving an inch of space near the top.

3. I found different buttons at Micheals and added them to the bottle.

4. Print up clues to find each button in the bottle, laminate, and attach with ribbon or yarn

5.. Hot glue lid closed or don't and you can guess what could happen!


I love how these turned out. They are for in my laundry room for all the "stuff", you know change, box tops for the kids schools, the button without a home, the screw that goes somewhere, etc.... I debated painting them and opted not to and if I change my mind I can paint them someday.

1. I have a can opener that cuts on the side of the can and make the perfect lid so I had been saving the lids and cans.

2. I cleaned, delabeled, and goo goned the cans

3. I hot glued wood balls on top of the lids and the letters on the cans.


How many of platic baggies do we use a week? If you pack lunches like I do more than I care to admit. Why do we use them because the fit so nicely into the lunch boxes. So I began to search and for roughly $7 a pop I found some reusable bags again I didn't like the price tag. I even started rationalizing if I only bought 1 I could figure out how they were made and make more and then inspiration struck. And now we have the following:

1. Carefully cut the bag open, right under were it is sealed, making sure not to cut all the way through.

2. Clean the pouch out and remove the plastic strip behind the straw opening and let dry.

3. Take a piece of sticky back velcro and and cut both sides in half length wise and then cut to width of drink pouch.

4. On the top of the drink pouch adhere the velcro and then attach the other side of the velcro to it. Peel the backing off and then fold it over making the cutest little reusable bags for next to nothing!



  1. Love the caprisun reusable bags. Totally copying your idea!

  2. Wow, so creative and Green! Love that:)

  3. So clever!

  4. Love those capri sun bags! I have a stash under my sink just waiting to be made into something! Thanks!

  5. Such clever ideas.. We make the 'I Spy' bottles too:)

    Dropping in from Show n Tell!!

  6. Love the capri sun bags! I've made wallets out of capri sun pouches and a little purse for my daughter. But these are so simple and clever! I'm definitely going to try it.

  7. These are all such phenomenal ideas for upcycling. I am bookmarking your post for my massive Earth Day craft extravaganza next week.

    If you have a moment today, please share this with my readers @Creative Juice Thursday Hope to see yours among all the amazing projects!

  8. I LOVE the juice pouch snack bags. What a fab idea!!! Awesome ideas!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at my For the Kids Friday Link Party! I appreciate you stopping by. I will be posting this week's link party shortly. I'd love to see what you have to share this week!

    Hope to see you soon!
    :)rachel @

  9. Hi! I featured you on my blog today!! thanks so much for sharing!!

    ~ Sarah

  10. The Earth Day feature is this Friday...

    Thanks for sharing this at Creative Juice! Hope to see you back at the party tonight!

  11. Does the velcro stay on or do you have problems with it coming off as you use them a lot?

  12. Great projects and ideas! Way to reuse and reduce. You are awesome, Julia!


  13. Wow, what great ideas! Creative and green (with envy)! ;)

  14. thanks for linking to Workshop Wednesday! Can't wait to see what you r up 2 this week!

  15. They are all great ideas...I love recycling,reducing & reusing..
    Sherrie from Simpleliving :)

  16. So excited to make these for my kids school lunches. AND LOVE your blog name. My daughter is named Seren afer serendipity.