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Vickie Howell: April 2010 Archives

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Recycled Container Plant Pots

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Celebrate the Earth everyday and say, "Yes I CAN" to planting by upcycling cans, bottles and jars from your recycle bin to your garden!  This is a great opportunity to work with your kids on not only embracing nature, but showing them how one man's trash can be another man's planters.  Paired with sweet, colorful cacti and succulents, salvaged containers can put the "eco" in your patio dECOr.  Here are a few ideas how you and your family can make plant pots with a (re)purpose!

Materials
Soda Bottle, Jam Jar or Soup Can
Glue
Different Trims (Twine, Bias Tape, Ric-Rac, etc.)
Fabric Scraps
Scissors
Drill  (For kids, I recommend a Craft Drill)
Tiny Cacti & Succulents


Pop (Horta)Culture
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  • Cut a plastic, pop bottle in half; make slits in the bottom for water to escape.   
  • Cut out fabric appliques (I chose flowers from some oil cloth scraps I had).  Glue appliques and bias tape or ribbon trimming around bottle.

Owl Can
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  • Drill hole or holes in bottom of can.
  • Cut a piece of fabric long enough to wrap around a soup can, adding a 1/2" to overlap.  Cut 2 pieces of ric-rac trim the same length.
  • Spread a thin layer of glue around can; lay fabric on top.  Add an additional dab of glue where the fabric overlaps.  Glue on ric-rac trim.

Twine Bottle
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  • Cover a jam jar (or other glass bottle) with a thin layer of glue.  Starting just below the jar's rim, wrap twine around until completely covered. Snip off excess.
  • If you're using a jam jar then you'll have a lid with a removable top.  Ditch the top and glue a length of ribbon around the lid.
Once the glue has dried on all of your repurposed pots, fill each one with soil, a tiny plant and water.

xx, 
Vickie


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Strawtastic Jewelry!

Posted by Vickie Howell on April 5, 2010 at 4:49 PM
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Chain is charming and beads are beautiful, but for kids, a plastic-petal necklace can be jewelry at its finest. Let this week's Craft Apparent project be the final straw towards getting your kiddo to accessorize. Sip, sip, sup--here's how to whip these baubles up!

Materials
Handful of Drinking Straws (2 colors)
Scissors
Yarn or String
Large-Eyed Needle
Large Sequin (Optional)

How-To
Necklace:
  • Cut straws into 1" pieces.
  • Thread needle with a length of yarn (as long as you want the necklace plus several extra inches for safety.)  Alternate stringing straw pieces and sequin until the necklace is long enough to fit over the wearer's head.  Tie two ends in a knot; cut off excess.
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Flower Pendant:
  • Cut 3-1/4", 3- 1" and 6-1 1/4" straw pieces; cut length of yarn.  Thread needle.
  • String the 3 smallest straw pieces and knot in a circle to create flower center.  DO NOT CUT YARN.
  • String long-medium-long straw pieces onto the yarn end coming from the center; tie back at center to create petal.  Repeat for 3 remaining petals, ending with a knot at the center. 

  • Tie flower to necklace.  Cut yarn.
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Bracelet:
  • Cut as many 1/2" lengths of straw as needed to create the bracelet length desired.  Make as for necklace.
For less razzley-dazzley accessories, skip the sequin.

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 This is a great project for birthday parties or classrooms!

xx,
Vickie
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