Now, I know that there is some debate about artificial sweeteners and such, but I want to come clean: I am a Crystal Light drinker. “My name is Keri and I have been drinking Crystal Light for 8 years now…” Recently, it was buy one, get one free (score!!). I immediately stocked up and started brainstorming how I could use these:
So, through a loose interpretation of “upcycling” – the practice of converting waste materials into products of greater value – today, I give you 4 ways that make it easy to be green!
|Print French pharmacy label on cardstock (mine was about 5″ x 8″) and adhere to the container.
I used a basic scrapbook adhesive since I was going to cover it with Mod Podge.
|Brush on several coats of Mod Podge letting the coats dry in between applications. The ink ran a tiny bit when I was Mod Podging. I was fine with it – I think it gives it a little character.|
|I used the other pharmacy label for the lid (should’ve printed it a tad bit bigger) – secure with adhesive|
|Now fill: I added hand sanitizer, fever/pain reducer for kids and adults, antibiotic ointment, anti-itch cream, bandaids and a moist towelette.|
|See?! It all fits! Since I also teach CPR, throw in a breathing barrier and a set of gloves and you are ready!|
Valentine Goody Holder
Supplies: scrapbook paper/card stock (I used a vintage Valentine paper from Paper Studio), foam brush, Mod Podge, embroidery floss, red cardstock, black pen, metal tag, adhesive
|Crop your paper and adhere to the container and the lid. Add several coats of Mod Podge as described above.|
|I hand cut a heart similar to one of the hearts on the paper and adhered it to the tag.|
|Then, I tied it onto the goody holder with simple embroidery floss. These would make quick and easy teacher or coworker gifts!|
Travelin’ Toothbrush Holder
Supplies: printed Japanese toothbrushes (love these! So cool to frame in a bathroom!), black letter stickers, adhesive
|I adhered the toothbrush graphic to the container and added the contents with black letter stickers – easy breezy! I haven’t Mod Podged/sealed this one yet – I am going to see if I can find another option that doesn’t smear the ink..|
|This one is perfect for a trip to Grandma’s, camp or a sleepover. Since it is plastic and the lid fits tightly, a damp toothbrush is no big deal.|
‘Knot ‘ Your Average Gift Container
Supplies: 9 or 10 12″ pieces of ribbon, ric rac, trim, etc. in various widths, textures and tones, buttons, craft glue
Tie the ribbons around the container and knot.
|I added coordinating buttons on the lid and glued them in. See – there are my funky tweezers again! Love them!|
|The finished product! This would be great to put movie tickets or a gift card in or create your own manicure kit with a cute emory file, nail polish, cuticle cream, etc. Also an easy craft to make at a party – instant favors!|
Or maybe I ran out of containers, ha!
1. Roadtrip Busy Kit: Cover the outside with a map, post cards, travel related brochures, etc. Inside, stash some travel bingo cards, colored pencils, make your own Mad Lib, a list of major checkpoints along the way and a treat/snack. You will have one happy traveler!
2. Backback Buddy: Cover with scrapbook paper, a child’s drawing, lined notebook paper or snag a worksheet or extra copy from the classroom. This is the perfect carrier for pencils, pens and markers. Or an afternoon snack of pretzels or trail mix. Or if you’re the Little Bug, it also makes an awesome keeper of treasures!
3. Party Favors: Cover with coordinating wrapping paper or even an extra party napkin (think Star Wars, Barbie, Dora, etc.), Mod Podge, add stickers or personalize with letter stickers. Fill with a signed thank you card, bouncy balls, bubbles, candy, stickers…any fun party stuff!
Okay, I am thoroughly exhausted and crafted out! I would love to hear what you think and let me know if you embark on your own upcycling adventure! Happy Friday!