Thursday, July 29, 2010

Recycled Kids' Art Project: Cereal Box Puzzle!

I have another fun recycled kids' craft for you over at my IDMommy blog...a tutorial to turn your old cereal boxes into puzzles!  :-)  Check it out for a fun rainy day activity!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Turn Canning Jars into Sippy Cups with the EIO Kids Cup!

Here's another great green kids' product idea.  MOMtrepmreneur Kathy Haskell of EIO has designed this product that turns canning jars into sippy cups, while helping kids learn to drink from a REAL cup.  Very cool!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Recycled Kids' Art Project: Used Magazine Collage!

Okay, I'm mooching off of myself again, but I thought this would be a good post to share here on my Junk Mail Gems blog too!  I used to make collages all the time when I was little.  Here's how you and your kids can have fun turning old magazines into art too!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Few Interesting Things...

I love this necklace made from dollar store flip-flop keychains strung together, from Junk Jewelry. Very cute!

...and this great table made from used magazines.  Awesome! It does look a bit like a computer rendering so I'm curious if this is an actual table or a concept.  But, it is very nice. (via SuperUse)
I came across these cool paper lanterns and a tutorial to make them, suggesting them as Christmas ornaments.  But, being in the summertime state of mind, I could so see these hanging in my gazebo, in a porch, or outside in the trees to decorate for a summer pretty!

Friday, July 9, 2010

DIY Retro Clock Bottlecap Magnets

I just love these magnets for two reasons.

1) They are made from recycled bottle caps (and you all know how much I like to recycle!)
2) They feature graphics inspired by some awesome classic clock designs that I have always wanted to purchase but cannot afford.

Check out the great tutorial on How About Orange for complete step-by-step instructions, as well as the downloadable graphics!

Man, I have a gigantic bin full of bottle caps just SCREAMING to be used for this project, not to mention a stack of artwork from my kiddo to display.  Now I can have little reminders on the frig of the clocks I'd love to purchase some day when I strike it rich! (after we sell our house and I can start hanging art on the frig again, of course!)

(via Cut Out & Keep)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Free Giveaway: $20 worth of "Elle Belle's Bows"

Just thought you all might like to check out a post on my other blog today, as we are giving away $20 worth of "Elle Belle's Bows" product!  Above is a small sampling of the super cute hair accessories created by MOMtrepreneur Kerri Armstrong.  Check out the post for links to her site and all the info on how to enter the giveaway!

Have a great Thursday!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Patriotic Plastic Cup Earrings...Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day, everyone!

Heading out to a July 4th bbq soon and have nothing festive to wear?  Well, if you have a pair of earring hooks and some plastic cups around, fear not because 17 year old Katie and her sister Taylor have put together a tutorial so you can make these cute earrings made from plastic cups!

Nice work, ladies! (via Craft Gossip)

Hope you all have a fabulous fourth!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Recycled Crayons by Red Elm Designs

I remember melting my broken crayons in muffin tins to make marbled crayon "discs" when I was little.  They looked NOTHING like Red Elm Designs', who takes recycling crayons to a much higher level with these adorable cupcake crayons:
Their red, white, and blue stars would be fun for this holiday weekend!  Check out all of their fun designs here.  Sometimes the recycled version is way better than the original!

(via Inhabitots!)

Here's a great tutorial for recycling your own crayons, too!
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