Sunday, January 24, 2010

Recycled Crafting

One thing I love to find at Thrift stores (op shops) are old craft books, especially those printed around the 1970's. They are full of easy craft ideas using easily accessed household items.

I love to spend time with Rhianna crafting especially when I know we are helping to reduce our carbon footprint and better still, we have a whole morning of fun without spending a cent.

These are 2 of my recent craft book finds at the local op shop at East Blaxland.

This is one of the first projects we made from the book on the left. Obviously it is an owl but it was made from an old Milo tin from the recycling bin. We already had some felt scraps so we were good to go. We use it as a money tin. Every time we have some spare change we throw it in the owl and then when we have a reasonable amount we might enjoy a treat such as take away Thai which we all LOVE.

Pictured below are 2 little magnetic pockets we made from old jeans. We cut off the pockets and attach magnetic strip to the back of them using fabric glue. We then decorated them using a bit of ribbon and some fabric paint to decorate. Rhianna puts her lunch order money in her name one and her pocket money (obviously) in the other to use when we go to the shops.

A morning's worth of entertainment for nothing and we managed to use up some resources that would have otherwise gone to landfill. So proud!!!!!!!


Slow Living Essentials said...

Hi Vanessa, I stumbled across your blog at the Down to Earth forums. It is the strangest thing, but I have that exact same Woman's Day Handicrafts book (bought from an op shop too, about 4 yrs ago!). I had it out just yesterday, and thought the giraffe on page 42 would be really cute for my daughter!! I enjoyed looking through your blog and especially like your pocket money holder - I think that would be a great sewing project for my 10.yo! Thanks again, Christine

Vanessa said...

Thank you so much Christine. I love the old craft books as most of the equipment they use can be found around the house and all that kitsch craft is back in fashion now. Luckily for me LOL

libby said...

Oh my gosh - those pockets magnets are adorable.


Vanessa said...

Thanks Libby,
When your jeans get too big for you this year, rip the pockets off and get your girls to make these.