Recycled materials for crafts
Jan Mussler (mussler@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Thu, 4 Sep 1997 15:10:08 -0600
John, Here's some of my ideas for recycling materials. After I way over
spent on craft materials my first year, I'm committed to trying to model
1. Puppets - recycle old wooden spoons, popsicle sticks, small pieces of
fabric, for marionettes, small pringles cans for bodies
2. Leatherwork - I recycled a suade leather jacket into an Indian Brave's
vest which was decorated by my son with fabric crayons and used the
cutaway pieces for small leather projects such as leather head ties for
the finsished feather (Wolf), comb cases, pocket change holders (Cub
How-TO Book), there are free patterns at Tandy's also. The jacket came
into the local clothing closet and was too soiled to keep (they cost a
fortune to clean). It cost nothing, but you might get a bargain at the
local thrift store. I just turned the soil over or sometimes inside the
sleeve is pristine. Old purses and wallets can also be recycled.
3. Wood scraps come into our green box site (recycling, garbage center).
We ask the attendant to save things for us.
4. We scarf up old wheels at the "dump" for Cubmobiles.
5. End rolls of newsprint - either gotten free or very cheap from the
Newspaper or Recycler. The newsprint makes great B&G placemats, scenery.
The internal cardboard tube can be sawed into about 7 miniature Tom Toms.
We recyle our busted sleddding or "tubing" inner tubes for the Tom Tom
6. Busted bike inner tubes (gotten free out of the garbage at the Bike
shop). After the kids practice patching a tire on them, they can be used
for the inner tube gym, which is in the Webelos Resource Book (I think).
7. The two liter bottle rockets are real popular. Let me know if you
need more on that. We've discussed this before.
8. The "Chlorox" pig (other critter, your creation). I buy liquid
detergent and wondered what to do with the "heavy" plastic bottle. I've
also cut it up with heavy shears (broke the sewing shears) and used it
for fin materials for the bottle rockets, pattern material for projects.
Anybody got any other ideas for this wasted resource?
Jan Mussler, Webelos Den Leader, Pack 170
Nederland, CO - Long's Peak Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City