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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Upcycling an Oatmeal Container

My darling daughter, is very interested in upcycling.  She likes to save every single container we empty.  She uses a spaghetti jar, for a bug catcher-- a butter container to hold her special treasures--I have to admit, I would rather just throw them into the recycle bin, because I have bought store-made bug catchers, and store-made treasure holders.  But,they are never as loved as her upcycled ones.   My daughter is naturally green, I guess-- and she does not get it from me. 

Recently, she has started to rub off on me.  I saved an ice cream tub, and an oatmeal container. They sat on my counter for a week!  I almost threw them into the recycling bin severeal times.  I resisted, and finally this morning the kids got to make their very own Halloween decoration.


It was a simple kids project, nothing fancy, and no special supplies were needed.  It was perfect for the Rainy day that we are having today!

We used the oatmeal container, construction paper and glue.  I did roll up brown paper for the stem and cut a whole in the bottom of the oatmeal container (top of the jack-o-lantern) to slip it thru.  The kids had a fun time, tearing the construction paper and sticking it with glue all over the container.  So, if you empty an oatmeal container before Halloween, you might want to try this fun and quick activity with your kiddos.

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