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Children, Families

Cork Crafts for Kids

cork crafts for kids

cork crafts for kids

Is it half term where you are?  Looking for ways to entertain the kids?  To help I’ve put together a round-up of some great cork crafts for kids.

I’ve written all about why you should try and pick natural cork stoppered wine over screw-topped or plastic cork bottles so it’s a good way of putting your cork to good use.  Otherwise you can buy cork stoppers online (eBay is a good source) or you can always ask friends, family and at local restaurants and bars to save any cork for you, rather than drinking litres and litres of wine to gather your cork!

Here are my favourite cork crafts.  As with any kids crafts, adult supervision and help will be required:

cork crafts

These painted cork keyrings from El hada de papel are very cute – simply paint a cork and add a little eye hook (available from any diy store) and hey presto – a unique keyring!
eco friendly crafts for kids
Cork boats, such as these ones from Handmade Charlotte are really easy to make and great fun.  You could make a few and have a boat race!

natural crafts for kids

These cork mice, made from champagne corks by Russian blog All Together, are incredibly cute.  Make a whole family for added “awwww” factor!.

cork activities
These cork knights from Red Ted Art are the ultimate in reusing and recycling – not only do they use the cork, but also the wire cage and the metal lid too!  And they look pretty amazing to boot!
diy stamps

If you’re looking for an incredibly simple and easy craft then these cork stamps from Knobz fit the bill.  Simply glue wooden embellishments (available from craft shops) on to your corks, and you have an instant stamp set!  If you can’t find any embellishments then buttons or even bits of foam cut out in different shapes and glued on will also do the trick.

If you don’t have kids and are wondering what to do with your cork then you can compost it.  Cork doesn’t break down easily so don’t put the whole cork in – first chop it up into small pieces (or put it in your blender) and add it to your compost bin.  You can also add the small fragments of cork to soil when you’re potting plants to aid with water retention.  Alternatively, use the whole corks at the bottom of plant pots, when potting your plants, in place of styrofoam or rocks, to aid drainage.

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Children, Families

Recycled Craft Ideas For Kids

recycled craft ideas for kids

recycled craft ideas for kids

It’s half term this week and if you’re running out of things to keep your kids occupied then I’ve got some great, free recycled craft ideas for kids made from the contents of your recycling bin for your kids to tackle.  All the crafts are super fun and great for nursery school aged kids and up (although adult supervision and in some cases, help, is definitely require).

Here are the six craft ideas, shared with me by Ecomarket, an ethical community of like-minded eco-lovers and eco stall-holders selling earth friendly products, for Moral Fibres readers:

1. Tin Can Telephone

tin can telephone kids diy craft

The old favourite.  This one needs a fair bit of help from adults, but is great fun.  Wash out two tin cans (that ideally have been opened with a smooth edge tin can opener to avoid any sharp edges.  Although covering the edge with tape is good too) and use a nail and hammer to make a hole in the bottom. Tie a long bit of string between the two (with the knot on the inside of the can) and start talking.

 

2. Tin Can Stilts

tin can stilts

Sticking with cans for the moment, they also make great stilts.  Larger tins are best for older kids if you have them, otherwise stick to small cans for littler people. Again, an adult is needed here: use a nail and hammer to make two holes on the bottom edge and try a loop of string through for your kids to hold on to. The decoration is then all down to your kids.

 

3. Toilet Roll Owls

toilet roll craft ideas

Empty toilet roll tubes make great owls. Simple push two edges together at one end to make the ears and then grab a pen and start colouring, or some coloured paper and start cutting and sticking.  You can even hang them up afterwards with some string.

4. Plastic Bottle Bowling

ideas for plastic bottles

If you happen to have a couple of plastic bottles in your recycling (I like a bit of sparking water now and again – a guilty pleasure – so often have a plastic bottle kicking about in the recycling bin) then collect them up to make your own bowling set. Kids can decorate the outside however they like (although a fun way is to squirt a bit of paint inside, screw the lid on tight and then get your kids to shake it until the inside is completely coated) and when they’re done, line them up and use a light ball as your bowl.  Striiiiiike!

 

5. Bottle Cap Memory Game

recycle bottle lids

You’ll need quite a collection of identical bottle caps for this game. Inside each one stick a bit of paper with a number on, or a small picture (as long as you have a duplicate). Use each number/image twice and then lay them out neatly. You turn over two each go and the aim of the game is to pick two of the same. When you’ve picked a pair, take them out the game and keep on going. The person with the most pairs at the end wins.

 

6. Tin Can Drums

craft ideas for tin cans

Another old favourite.  A drum, made from a tin can and a balloon.  You can add some stale rice into the mix too if you’re in the market for a headache, or if you’ve got a babysitter/grandparents coming round!  Add a handful of rice or lentils to your empty can.  Cut the end off the balloon and then stretch this over the top of your can.  Secure it in place with an elastic band.  Some chop sticks or skeweres will make good drumsticks.  However you might want to cover the ends of the sticks with large balls of plasticine or blue tac to stop them from poking their eyes.

Happy crafting!

What are your favourite craft ideas for kids?

 

 

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