Recycling Projects to Keep You Busy During COVID-19 Lockdown
If you, like most of the world, are currently in #Lockdown due to the #Coronavirus Pandemic that is sweeping the world, chances are that you are becoming bored and irritated as many of us do when “cabin-fever” sets in.
This is why we thought that today we would bring you some great little recycling and upcycling projects that you can do at home to keep you busy and help the planet at the same time. If you have children, get them involved too… this lockdown is extremely difficult for youngsters!
For the Kids
Arts and crafts activities are a great way to put your recyclables to good use, but also an excellent way to teach your kids about the importance of reducing your household waste.
Bottle Cap Fish
Create your own underwater paradise full of colourful fish, plants and bubbles. Collect plastic bottle caps from water and drink bottles. Paint the caps bright colours and make a whole school of friendly fish.
You Will Need
- blue cardstock paper
- bottle caps (we used milk caps)
- coloured cardstock paper (for the fish tails)
- wiggly eyes
- black marker
- green tissue paper
- glitter glue
- white paint
- paper straw
- 2 small small paper plates
- school glue
- Cut small triangles out of the coloured craft paper
- Glue a triangle down on a sheet of blue paper.
- Squeeze some school glue onto one of your paper plates. Dip your bottle cap into the glue to give it a generous amount all around the rim and then glue the milk cap down overlapping the triangle to make the fish shape.
- Continue adding fish all over your paper. Finish them by gluing on a wiggly eye.
- Use fun Rainbow Glitter Glue to make the scales
- Make scales on the bottle cap and also lines to define the tail fin.
- Use a black marker to draw a mouth on your fish.
- To make the bubbles, dip the end of a paper straw in white paint and then pressed it onto your paper.
- If you want to add more detail to your scene you can crunch up little strips of green tissue paper and glue them to the bottom of your paper to make water plants.
Source: I Heart Crafty Things
- 3 or 4 different coloured strings of embroidery floss/thin string or twine in different colours.
- Cut your thread – 2-3 feet of each colour is ideal for making friendship bracelets.
- Gather your thread – find the middle, and fold it in half, so three strands of thread become six. Tie a knot about an inch underneath the fold – you should be left with a loop above your strands of thread. This will be the top of your friendship bracelet.
- Secure your loop to a surface – you could use a bulldog clip to attach it to the lip of a desk, or tape it to a table, or use a safety pin to fasten it to a secure piece of fabric.
- Separate the colour you want to start with from the rest of the thread. Gather the other strings together in your hand.
- Knot your chosen colour around the rest of the string. Do this by running the chosen colour around the rest of the strings and then pulling it through the loop.
- Then, while holding the other strings taut, pull the knot you’ve made up until it reaches the top of the friendship bracelet.
- Repeat step 2 until you want to change colour. At this point you can just return the string you’ve been using to the main bracelet and single out another colour to work with. Go back to repeating step 2.
- When your friendship bracelet is as long as you’d like it to be, tie another knot to finish it off and cut off any excess, leaving a couple of inches of thread below the knot. You can either cut through the loop at the top so that both ends look the same, or keep it – it’s up to you!
Because of the tradition of wearing friendship bracelets until they fall off, you might find they get dirty from time to time, but don’t worry – just wash them in a bowl of lukewarm water with a few drops of OMO to get them looking their best again.
For the Adults
Tin Can Pencil Holders
You Will Need
- Tin can
- Spray paint
- Ribbon/decorative paper
- Thoroughly wash the tin cans.
- In an open area, spray paint the cans and let them dry.
- Glue decorative paper or ribbon to the cans for a fun embellishment.
- Place the tin can on your desk as a pencil holder or use it as a vase.
Upcycled Vases for Easter Flowers
Découpage is such a simple and effective way to upcycle old glassware in an afternoon, and the results are beautiful vases which you can either use yourself or give as presents.
You Will Need
- Patterned tissue paper or printed napkins
- PVA glue and glue brush
- Clean glass bottles or jars
- Cut out flower designs from printed tissue paper or napkins.
- Using the glue and brush, apply these to the front of your bottles or jars, smoothing them down to ensure the entire flower or design sticks to the glass. The paper tears easily once damp, so take care when smoothing down.
- Build up the design by adding more flowers.
- Leave to dry and then fill the bottles with water and fresh flowers.