Think twice before you put your recyclable items out for pick-up. You may find that many plastic or glass containers can have multiple uses. I’ve found several crafty ways to use some:
Individual serving sized yogurt containers make great paint pots for the kids. They can be used to hold water or paint.
Peel off the label of a pickle jar. Wash, rinse and allow it to dry. Now, fill it up will all those stray buttons you have. Jars also make great containers for glue sticks, embroidery floss, ribbon and craft sticks (recycled frozen treat sticks). They can also be used as a way to keep your paintbrushes, colored pencils and other tools neat and tidy.
Cardboard box lids and pizza boxes can be turned into a painter’s ‘canvas’. I use them for making patterns or templates for craft items that I make over and over again. They can also be used to protect your kitchen table from paint and glue mishaps that often take place when a young artist is creating a masterpiece.
Plastic coffee ‘cans’ make great storage containers for rocks or seashells that the kids might find on a family trip. Keep them tucked away in your vehicle’s trunk so you’ll have them at a moment’s notice. You never know when your little one will find the perfect specimen for his collection.
Like they say: “one man’s trash is other man’s treasure”.
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