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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.

Main image from here.

Children, Families

Ethical Kids Clothing: Sale Roundup

ethical kids clothing

ethical kids clothing

I’ve written before about the importance of shopping ethically, but what if you’ve got kids? Never fear, there are loads and loads of great companies out there making some fantastic ethical kids clothing.

I know as a parent it can be difficult to justify the cost of kidswear, particularly as they grow out of things so fast.  So to go easy on your purse I’ve done a little roundup of some great ethical kids clothing that’s currently in the summer sales:

ethical kids clothes

1. Boys&Girls Stripe Top from Burp Boutique (£8, was £16 with discount code SUMMER50)

2. Boys&Girls Star Top from Burp Boutique (£7.50, was £15, with discount code SUMMER50)

3. Boys&Girls Jumper from We Love Squirrels (£12, was £24)

4. Frugi Cardigan* (£17.40, was £29.00)

ethical clothes for kids

1. Tootsa Stripe Top (£18.20, was £26)

2. Little Shrimp Leggings (£8.75, were £17.50)

3. Little Green Radicals Dress from We Love Squirrels (£9, was £18)

4. Tootsa Ice-Cream Top (£14.70, was £21)

5. Tootsa Sweatshirt (£16.20, was £27)

Hope you enjoyed this ethical kids clothing round-up.  Some of these pieces, especially the Toots MacGinty and the Boys&Girls stuff, is gender neutral so make great hand-me-downs if you have younger kids or are planning for future kids.

ps:If you’re also wondering about ethical shopping on the high street, then if you missed it, here’s an ethical guide to the high street.

Main image from Tootsa MacGinty.

 

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