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Crafts Using Recyclables

Earth Day was celebrated in April.  However, everyday we should be conscious of our environment.  Below are three different recycling projects based on skill level that will help to protect our Earth and that can be entered into the Delaware State Fair.  

When submitting a craft made out of recyclables into the Delaware State Fair, a tag must be attached to the project explaining what recycled materials were used and what impact it has.  For example, paper towel cardboard tubes were used to make this project.  Instead of the tubes going to the landfill, they were used to make a piece of art for my bedroom.   

 

For the Cloverbuds:  Frozen Juice Container Recycled into a Holder 

 

Supplies:

Frozen lemonade (or any flavor) frozen juice container

Soap and water

Scissors

Scrap piece of paper, wrapping paper, or material

Crayons, coloring pencils, or markers if designing cover

Glue

 

Directions:

Enjoy lemonade made from the frozen lemonade.  

Wash out the container and let dry.  

Cover the container with a piece of scrap paper decorated by you or a leftover piece of wrapping paper or material. 

Fill will coloring pencils, markers, scissors, etc. 

 

For the Younger Members:  Cardboard Tube Wall Art

Supplies:

Cardboard tubes

Ruler

Pencil

Camera

Paint

Paint brushes

Glue

Unused Frame (optional)

 

Directions:

Collect cardboard tubes from paper towels, etc.   

Mark the tubes into 1 inch sections and cut into rings..  

Decide on a design.    

Shape your rings to create your design. 

Take a picture of your design after you have perfected it.  

Paint each ring inside and out based on your design.

Let rings dry thoroughly.

Glue pieces together using the picture you took as a guide.

Hang and enjoy.

 

Additional Directions if using a frame (optional)

Cut your rings the same depth as the frame.

Place the pieces inside the frame as you shape them and create your design. 

Glue any pieces that touch the frame to the frame after painting.

You do not have to use the glass.  A picture frame with a broken glass is a perfect reason to recycle the frame.

 

A suggested website for some design ideas:

https://godiygo.com/2017/11/14/45-diy-paper-roll-wall-art-beautify-home/

 

For the older members:  Recycled Aluminum Can Lanterns

Supplies:

Soda cans (with tabs still attached)

Soap and Water

Tape (electrical works well)

Ruler 

Pen or marker

Towel 

Exacto knife or utility knife

Battery operated tea lights

Twine, cord, etc.

 

Directions:

Wash empty cans with soap and water and rinse.

Wrap tape around the top edge and bottom edge of the cans.  (The edges of the tape will serve as cutting guides for starting and ending the cut strips.)

Make marks about 1 cm apart around the cans or on the tape to indicate where to cut the strips.  

Fill the cans with water to about ½ inch from the top and freeze.  (The headroom allows for expansion. The frozen water supports the can during cutting.)

Remove one frozen can of water at a time and place on a towel to catch melting water.  

Using the marks made as guides, cut from the bottom edge of the tape wrapped at the top of the can down to the top edge of the tape wrapped at the bottom of the can using a ruler to help draw straight lines.  

Using both hands, carefully compact the cans slightly making sure the strips protrude outwards forming a lantern shape.

String lanterns onto the twine using the tab as a hook and knot at desired location on twine..

Turn on the tea lights and slide inside the lanterns.

Enjoy.

(The cans can be painted with spray paint if desired.)

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 Supplies:

  • Large sized uncooked eggs (as many as you want to do)
  • 100% silk ties (you’ll need 6-7 ties if you want to die a dozen eggs)
  • White cotton fabric (like an old pillow case)
  • String or twisty ties (like the ones from the garbage bags)
  • A large pot
  • Water
  • ¼ cup white vinegar

Instructions:

Step 1: Cut open each tie and remove the lining. Open them up so that they are flat pieces of fabric.

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Step 2: Roughly cut each tie into 7-inch squares (doesn’t have to be a perfect square, just about 7 inches in size). This size fabric will perfectly fit around a large sized egg.

Step 3: Cut the same size pieces out of the old pillow cases.

Step 4: Wrap each egg tightly with the right side of the fabric making contact with the egg (the side with the pattern being most clear is the right side). Use a piece of string to tie the fabric tightly and as smoothly as you can to the egg. The fabric should be as tight and as smooth as you can get it without cracking the egg. The more material that makes flat, direct contact with the egg, the better the dye will transfer.

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Step 5: Once the eggs are wrapped in the silk you are going to wrap them in a piece of the pillowcase material and tie them up the same way.

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Step 6: Place the eggs into a large pot filled with enough water to cover them by 2 inches and ¼ cup vinegar. Bring the water to a boil, lower the flame, and simmer the eggs for 20 minutes.

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Step 7: Remove the eggs from the pot using tongs and place onto a kitchen towel or paper towel to cool and drain completely. Once they are cooled, remove the fabric using scissors (be careful not to break the eggs).

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Bubble Wrap Design Card

Supplies:

Cardstock

Bubble wrap

Permanent marker

Scissors

Paint

Paint brush

 

Directions:

(Tip:  Practice on a scrap piece of cardstock to get the proper pressing technique)

Cut cardstock and fold to desired size for card

Draw or trace design of choice (heart, butterfly, flower, etc.) onto flat side of bubble wrap (be sure the design will fit onto the front of the card)

Cut out design from bubble wrap

Spread paint onto bubbles

Pick up bubble wrap, turn over, and press onto card (be sure to get edges and not to move design while pressing onto card)

Carefully lift design from the card starting at an edge

Let dry

Add message to the front and inside of card

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Light Up Snowman

Snowmen are great winter time decorations to set up on your shelves when taking down your Christmas decorations. Here is a snowman craft that will help give a feeling of warmth and coziness as the snow is falling outside.

A how to video can be found at the link below. You may choose to skip over the directions for the mirror base.
https://youtu.be/uQ0W0_pqECw

Supplies

  • Rust-oleum 2x ultra cover matte clear finish spray or frosted finish spray
  • Small fish bowl vase (This will be the head of the snowman.)*
  • Medium fish bowl vase (This will be the body of the snowman.)*
  • Black permanent marker
  • Orange permanent marker
  • Snowflake stick ons for buttons
  • Scarf (ribbon, strip of material, or knitted)
  • Hat (ornament from dollar store or hand made)
  • Battery operated tea candle
  • Glass cleaner
  • Paper towel or cloth
  • Adhesive glue for glass
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors

 

Directions

  • Clean the vases with a glass cleaner and let dry.
  • Spray the outside of the vases with matte clear finish or frosted finish spray and let dry completely.
  • The openings of the vases are the bottoms.
  • Draw eyes and a mouth on the side of the small vase using the black permanent marker.
  • Draw a carrot nose (thin long triangle shape) using the orange permanent marker.
  • Glue the face painted bowl to the bottom side of the body bowl using the glass adhesive.
  • Let dry.
  • Add the snowflake buttons to the body.
  • Glue on the hat to the top of the head using the hot glue.
  • Cut the scarf material to the desired length, wrap around the neck, and tie.
  • Set the snowman over a lighted battery operated tea candle.

Snowman Hat

Supplies

  • Black sparkle cardstock (found in the scrapbooking section)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Decorations

Draw and cut a circle from the cardstock for the top of the hat.
Cut a rectangle shape from the cardstock to fit around the circumference of the circle plus a 1/4 inch.
Glue the rectangle around the outer edge of the circle forming a hat shape.
Glue the two ends of the rectangle. (The edges should overlap 1/4 inch.)
Draw and cut a circle slightly larger than the first from the cardstock for a brim.
Glue the larger circle to the bottom of the hat.
Glue some decorations onto the hat.
The sizes of the circles and the rectangle depend on the size of your vase.
*These may be found in the vase aisle of a dollar store.

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Pasta Ornaments
Here is a great Christmas project to do with your 4-H club in December.  Make sure there is Christmas music playing in the background and a cup of hot chocolate nearby.
Google DIY pasta Christmas ornaments and watch the pot boil over with ideas. Then YouTube pasta Christmas ornaments to gather some seasoned tips. Grab boxes of several different types and pasta, a glue gun, glue sticks, white glue, spray paint, permanent markers or craft paints, and let the creativity begin.
Cook up personalized pasta angels for each family member.  Paint the hair and eyes to match the person.  If the person is bald, the angel doesn’t need hair.  Then add special items for each angel to hold.  Someone who loved to cook would have a miniature spoon, a hairdresser would have miniature scissors, a carpenter would have a miniature saw, a singer would have a song book- things like that.
When you put away your Christmas decorations, wrap these ornaments and pack them separately so your 4-Her will have them ready to submit to the Delaware State Fair.
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Try this fall themed craft!

Here is a fast and easy way to make a beautiful arrangement for fall. These toilet paper roll pumpkins are fun to make!

Items needed
15″ by 15″ square of material (fall colors in both solids and prints work well)
Roll of toilet paper
Piece of batting long enough to go around toilet paper roll
2 brown pipe cleaners
2 green pipe cleaners
1 brown paper lunch sack

Instructions
1. Put batting around toilet paper roll.
2. Lay material wrong side up on work surface.
3. Place roll of toilet paper in center of material.
4. Starting with any corner, pull material up around toilet paper roll and tuck into center of roll.
5. Continue to tuck material into roll until all material is tucked.
6. Fold brown paper lunch sack in half.
7. Roll the lunch sack until it looks like a stem. Tuck it into the roll of toilet paper where you put material.
8. Curl pipe cleaners on a pencil.
9. Tuck pipe cleaners into toilet paper roll around lunch sack so that they look like vines.
10. Make several using different materials and have a pumpkin patch you can admire year round! To make it look more real, place leaves around pumpkin bottoms and tuck one or two into toilet paper roll.

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It’s the perfect time of year to celebrate the snow.  A fun, simple craft that your Cloverbuds can complete is making a snow globe.  This project was found in the OSU December 2019 4-H Cloverbud Connections post.

Let’s get started:

Collect the following simple supplies:

  • A small jar for each child. This can be a baby food jar, a pickle jar, or a mason jar.
  • Glitter in silver, white, blue, or a combination of all. You can add the reflective snowflake confetti if you like.
  • Water resistant glue and distilled water. Using distilled water ensures that all the minerals and bacteria are removed making sure that you don’t end up with water that can get cloudy.
  • A winter item to put in your globe. Choose something simple like a small figurine or a toy.  (A large selection of perfect winter items are now on clearance in many stores.)

What to Do:

  1. Glue the figurine in the center of the inside of the lid.
  2. Pour glitter into the bottom of the jar.  Be generous, but not overwhelming.  About ¼ of the way full is a good guideline.
  3. Pour water into the jar leaving approximately ¾ of an inch of air space at the top.
  4. Run the glue around the perimeter of the inside of the lid to form a waterproof seal when you screw the lid in place.  Allow to dry for a bit so your glitter doesn’t stick to the glue.

Turn it upside down and enjoy!

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DIY Suncatchers

 

Here is a craft that can be done by all members.  The basic steps are the same; however, the project can be made age appropriate by using different materials.

Use glass gems for younger members and glass pieces for members who are old enough to handle sharp glass pieces.  Complete details can be found on several sites.  A few I recommend are DYI Glass Gem Suncatcher, wholesalerusainc.com, wikihowtomakesuncatchers.com (source of below picture at left margin.)

Materials needed:

Glass gems, glass stones (in floral section of craft stores) or cut glass pieces

Clear glue

A plastic lid

 

Please keep in mind the following tips to help create a successful project:

Tip 1:  Be sure to use clear glue (Elmer’s, Super Tacky, etc.) for a clear and more attractive suncatcher.   Using white glue makes for a cloudy piece.

Tip 2:  Trace the outline of the lid on a piece of scrap paper.  Place the glass gems or glass pieces inside the outline.  Move the pieces around until satisfied with the design.  Then transfer each gem or piece from the paper to the lid that has been coated with clear glue.

Tip 3:  If using glass gems, make sure they are touching each other.  This makes the project sturdier.

Tip 4:  Once all the pieces are beautifully placed in the lid, pour some more glue onto the lid and glass gems or pieces to be sure all spaces are filled.

Tip 5:  Leave the suncatcher dry for 4 or more days.  If you start to remove the project from the lid and it is not completely dry, place the suncatcher securely back on the lid and be patient while it thoroughly dries for another day.  It will pay off.

You can make a more advanced suncatcher buy gluing the glass pieces onto the glass from a picture frame.  First, trace the inside edges of the frame onto the glass.  Securely glue the back of the pieces to the glass leaving a narrow (1/8 inch) space between the pieces.  After fully dried, fill in the spaces with black liquid lead.  Let dried completely.  Place the glass back into the frame and secure with the frame tabs.

 

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Here is an easy project to do with your clubs in honor of St. Patty’s Day.  For your Clover Bud, this could be submitted to the Delaware State Fair as a craft exhibit.  For the younger youth members, this could be submitted as a paper craft exhibit.  Let your crafters use their imaginations and come up with their own ideas.

 

 

You can find the directions on the Youtube Paper Strip Shamrocks by Sugar Bee Crafts.  She does an excellent job explaining the steps while demonstrating the 3-leaf clover.  However, as my members were doing their project, they wanted to do the 4-leaf clover.  For the children too young for hot glue, use tacky craft glue.  (Remember to leave your glue bottle laying down when not using it to make dispensing the glue faster.)  I found slightly bending the ends helped to give a larger surface for gluing and more stability.  The children will need to hold the pieces together for a few seconds and let the entire piece sit undisturbed while it dries thoroughly.

While it is drying, play a St. Patty’s Day game or make a Healthy Shamrock Shake.  Then record these activities on your 4th H for Health tracking sheet.  May the luck of the Irish by with you.

 

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