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Rubber Band Bouncy Balls Anyone?

Ever wondered what to do with all those rubber bands instead of throwing them in the bin? Make rubber band bouncy balls of course! Every day when the newspaper arrives, it has a rubber band around it, we have saved all the bands and Jen, Erin and Cady have made the most amazing bouncy balls with them. We visited my mom today, Caiden asked her if she had any rubber bands, oh what thrill and excitement ensued when she brought out two big bags of bands, saying, “You know how I can’t throw anything away”…. (My mom also saves her newspaper rubber bands….. what luck).
So if you feel the need to do some recycling of the rubber band kind, to make the bounciest, rubber band ball ever, this is what you do. Take a band and tie a few knots in it, roll it up, then just start wrapping single bands around and around in figure eight movements, (this can be a little tricky in the beginning, but don’t give up, it’s REALLY fun once you get going:) AND when you are finished, you have reused something and have an amazing rubber ball:)


Acorn Nature Sewing Cards, Recycling

When I woke up this morning, I thought  I would make some sewing cards from wood, but I didn’t have the correct thickness of wood for the scroll saw, so I decided to go ahead and recycle some thick cardboard boxes instead. I will go searching for wood tomorrow but for today we used card:) This was such fun and even Kye enjoyed sewing a little Maple leaf!

Cardboard boxes from around your home
Wool needle

Draw your acorn template or whatever you would like to draw onto your card and colour in.

An acorn.

Take a sharp nail and push holes through your card, make sure your sewing holes are not too near the edge of your drawing.

Once you are finished making the holes for sewing, cut out your acorn.

Thread your wool needle and tie a knot on the end of your yarn. Start sewing in and out of the card.

And there you have your finished acorn!

This is Kye’s leaf that he was sewing.

Happy sewing!


Halloween Lino Prints

I saw a lovely blog post over at Farmama this morning, where they have made beautiful prints. My girls were keen to give this a try, so we went searching for materials around our home. We had some polystyrene in a  box that our dehydrator was delivered in and we thought we would recycle it to make our prints. It worked really well too:)

Materials we used:
Carving tools
Ink or paint
Ink roller to roll your ink / paint
Craft knife to cut your polystyrene

First we drew our picture onto our polystyrene in pencil.

Then we took our carving tools and carved out our picture along the lines.

Roll your roller in your ink making sure it is covered completely.

Roll your ink all over your carving.

Press your polystyrene onto the card firmly. And there is your print!

These are some other prints Jenna and Erin did today.

Perfect for birthday cards etc…
Happy Monday!


Re-use, Recycle a Tree

I have been working on my blog yesterday and today and I am so excited to have discovered how to add a 3rd column! Now all my tutorials are on the right hand side for everyone to enjoy:) Early last week we discovered our beautiful Cypress tree was leaning quite dramatically towards our house. We had so much rain  at the end of our Summer and early Autumn and this poor tree just couldn’t withstand the moisture in the ground. It started to lean more and more and eventually its roots were lifing out of the ground. We new we had to have it taken out, as it would definately fall on our home(I hate cutting down trees) but in this case we had no choice, we couldn’t support it in any way, so it had to be taken down… We did however find a way to reuse and recycle our tree:)

There was great excitement on the day when the tree felling company came. All our children stood at a safe distance and watched for any little birds that might be nesting in the tree, luckily there were none:)
This lovely tree will not go to waste though, we had a few ideas for it:) All the small branches were put into piles and will be dried out and reused for woodwork and firewood. Parts of the bark are a rich red colour and I am sure will give us a beautiful colour in the dye pot. We are going to make planters with some of the pieces, Caiden and Jenna are looking forward to hollowing them out with a wood chisel, there were so many wood shavings and we used these for a mulch for our plants and lastly, everyone got together and designed an obstacle course to enjoy! So even though our lovely tree is not standing in the corner of our property anymore, we have found many wonderful uses for it!

Happy Saturday everyone:)

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