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it IS easy to be green

Many of my friends live a very green lifestyle…and that makes me happy. They all seem to have something in common beyond just wanting to preserve the earth for future generations.

They all carry the belief that one day they will use those piles of coffee cans, toilet paper cores, cardboard, and magazines to create something. Unfortunately, they all then admit that the only thing they’ve created is a depletion of storage space.

If that sounds all too familiar, then here’s a few ideas of how you can give new life to that stuff you’ve been unwilling to add to a landfill. These might even make worthy holiday gifts.

Rainbow Crayons

If you have kids in your life, then you have tons of broken crayons stashed somewhere. Unwrap those bad boys, throw them on a cookie sheet, and bake them in the oven at a low setting until they melt. (word of caution: wax can easily catch fire, so keep an eye on the tray at all times) Take ’em out, let ’em cool, and drop the whole thing on the floor to break them into small pieces.  These are great for texture rubbing projects!

If you want to get a little craft crazy, you could place the broken crayons in muffin tins or shaped cookie molds. The finished rainbow crayons will come out in cool shapes making for great stocking stuffers.

Magazine Bowl

Supplies needed: Magazines or newspapers, glue, clear tape

1. Fold a magazine page in half lengthwise (the kids call this a hotdog fold), open it up, and fold the edges in to the center.  Fold the edges in towards the center again and then once again. The width of the paper should be about 1/2 inch.

2. To make the bottom, fold this strip in half from top to bottom and tape the ends together. Put glue along one side and roll into a coil, taping the end down.

3. Fold another strip in the same fashion as the first. Tape this strip to the center coil and wrap it around tightly. Tape the end down.

4. Repeat step 4 until you’ve reached a width you like.

5. Gently pull the outside edge upward to create a bowl. Each strip should overlap the one below.

6. Water down some white glue and brush it over the entire bowl to help hold the shape and give it  a nice gloss. The glue will dry clear. You could also use Mod Podge or a clear acrylic varnish.

Decoupaged Tote Bag

Supplies needed: empty cereal box, scissors, pretty paper, Mod Podge

1. Cut about 3 inches off top of a cereal box.

2. About 1.5 inches from that cut, cut out an oval on each side to use for handles.

3. Brush some mod podge all over and cover in  decorative paper.

4. After the paper is completely dry, brush another layer of mod podge all over to seal the paper.

5. If you are feeling extra adventurous, you could use a piece of spare cardboard and add a side pocket, either gluing or sewing it on to the tote.