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HOW TO MAKE A PLASTIC BOTTLE BIRD FEEDER 

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – how to make a plastic bottle bird feeder.

We all know the damage plastic is doing to our environment and the importance of recycling it so it doesn’t end up in landfill or our oceans.

We can take that one step further and get our kids involved in creative recycling to empower them to help save the world.

By showing them how to reinvent things, we are opening up their creative minds to come up with new ideas for recycling and reusing.

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HOW TO EMPOWER YOUR CHILDREN TO SAVE THE WORLD

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If you think your children are not hearing and paying attention to all the stories of doom and gloom for the planet, think again.

Those little minds are like sponges and take in all the information around them. And it scares them.

More than that, those stories can potentially rob your children of motivation, future planning, hope and joy. They can even lead to depression, particularly during the troubled teen years.

The good news is you can counteract the negativity that stems from doomsday stories and empower your children to save the world.

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HOW TO MAKE PERMANENT SAND CASTLES OUT OF PLASTIC

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – making permanent sand castles out of plastic bottles.

This craft is fun, cheap, and awesome for the environment (anything that keeps plastic out of landfill and oceans is).

But be warned, it gets a bit messy.

 

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HOW TO MAKE A PUPPY PUPPET

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – a fun puppy puppet made out of toilet rolls.

My last few projects have concentrated on using recyclable materials you probably already have on hand. If you haven’t already seen them, check out Get Organised With These Great Recycling Projects and Marble Run Fun So Easy to Make.

This week’s project is no different. It’s easy to make a fun puppet playmate with some cardboard tubes and string.

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MARBLE RUN FUN SO EASY TO MAKE

MARBLE RUN FUN PICTUREWelcome to another Wacky Workshops project – marble run fun.

There is such a fascination with watching marbles whizz down little slides in all directions. It can keep adults and kids amused for hours.

I remember buying a plastic marble run for my sons when they were young – they absolutely loved it.

Prices for these toys range from $20 to more than $80 in Australia but today’s projects will cost you next to nothing and will deliver the same fun.

The first project is a traditional marble run and the second project is more like a marble maze.

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GET ORGANISED WITH THESE GREAT RECYCLING PROJECTS

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project –  great recycling projects using things you already have.

A few weeks ago I gave instructions for a really cool train desk caddy, How to Make a Starlight Express Desk Caddy.

While this one is really fun and uses recyclables, it may not be big enough for your needs. If you are looking for something larger, my shoebox caddy could be just what you need.

Want something with a simple, clean design? My tin can caddy is easy, looks great, and would even make a lovely gift.

Perhaps you want something pretty to contain hidden treasures? Then you’ll love my petal princess.

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HOW TO MAKE MUM SMILE WITH THESE PRETTY PICTURE PLANTERS

 

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The perfect way to display artwork.

Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – making Mum smile with pretty picture planters.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, the challenge is to find something new that will put a smile on her face.

Those of you who read my post Gifts To Make Mama Cry will know I’m all about giving the emotional gift instead of buying into the commercial hype and (possibly) getting something that will not be as cherished.

This usually means a bit of creativity is required but the steps in this week’s projects (yes, there’s a bonus gift idea) are so easy that all you need is the ability to glue.

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TRASH TO TREASURE – IT’S EASY!

TRASH TO TREASURE – THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO RE-PURPOSING JUNK

Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project.

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Your old shirt can look so beautiful and hold so many new and artistic memories

I know, you just can’t possibly get rid of that stained shirt. It’s the shirt you wore the first time you took a bus to the city and talked to that stranger who knew your crazy cousin Ed.

Oh, and that lonely earring. You lost the other one four years ago but it could still show up, right? It’s your lucky earring. The last time you wore it you found a shiny five cent coin on the ground.

We all have things we can’t manage to let go of when trying to de-clutter our spaces. Often they are silly, useless things that are loaded with some sentimental meaning just for us.

The only way to deal with these things is to transform them into something useful. That way you can still enjoy the wonderful memories they bring instead of having them take up space in your wardrobe or jewellery box.

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