Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Fun Upcycling Kid's Craft

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Last week My Atlanta Mommy wrote up a post on the new Terracycle Brigades and added some coupon links for you to get started. These Brigades are incredible. Through them, TerraCycle and its sponsors help schools or other community groups raise money for a charitable organization of the collector’s choice, which can include your child's school. Participation is free and all shipping costs are paid. To date, over 1.8 million units of waste have been diverted from landfill. Plus TerraCycle and its sponsors paid over $800,000 dollars to over 50,000 schools or non-profits. To see the full range of items TerraCycle collects and pays for, visit www.terracycle.net.

Emily of Terracycle shared a really cool upcycling DIY which Kara of Ramblings of a Marine Wife did a post on you can do with your kidlets. Here is Kara's idea on how to take some of your own trash to make a wallet:

(click here for full template)

1 clean, empty food package (at least 7 inches by 5 1/2 inches in size)
1 ruler
1 pen
1 pair of scissors
1 self-adhesive Velcro fastener

1. Cut a rectangle that is 7 inches by 5 1/2 inches in the package. Centered inside the rectangle, draw a smaller rectangle that is 4 inches by 2 1/2 inches. This smaller rectangle will be 1 1/2 inches from each edge.

2. From the top edge of the smaller rectangle, draw a semicircle that intersects with the top of the large rectangle and the corners of the small rectangle. Repeat for the other three sides. Cut around these lines.

3. Fold in all four semicircles so your cut piece folds up to the size of the small rectangle. Tape the bottom flap and two side flaps in place.

4. Attach one side of the Velcro fastener on the inside of the top flap. Fold down the flap so the other side of the Velcro attaches to the outside of the bottom flap.

If you'd like to join or start your own TerraCycle Brigade, go to www.terracycle.net.

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