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Recycled Disco Ball

Posted by Environment Smart on 11/04 at 02:24 PM
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Recycled Disco Ball
: Make a cool disco ball using an old ball and CDs.

Discoball

You will need:

  • Several old CDs: the amount needed will depend on the size of the ball. Use software or music CDs and not recordable CDs as these will fleck.
  • An old ball: we used a battered old soccer ball.
  • Tacky glue or hot glue gun: we preferred the tacky glue as the pieces can still be shifted while the glue is wet.
  • Wire for hanging: not too thick.
  • Stong scissors or shears

 

Instructions:

  1. Make sure that your ball does not leak air. It is advisable to coat the ball with a layer or two of urethane to help prevent future leaking.
  2. Cut the CDs into irregular pieces. We cut 1cm to 2cm pieces for the soccer ball. Use smaller pieces for a smaller ball. Discard any splintered pieces. Wear safety glasses. Please note that it may be difficult to control the shape and size of the CD pieces you cut. Some CDs splinter very easily. Pieces that have a bit of a break in them can, however, still be used.
  3. Wrap wire around the ball in two directions. Bring lose wire ends together and form into a loop. The CD pieces will be glued on top of the wire, so make sure that the wire is not too thick, otherwise the CD pieces will not glue evenly.
  4. Glue the CD pieces all around the ball to completely cover it. This project require patience and fine motor skills. It is best suited to older children, teenagers and adults. 
  5. Hang your disco ball from the protruding wire loop.

Note: This project can also be done with a styrofoam ball if you cannot find an old ball to recycle. 

 

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Toilet paper roll holiday wreaths

Posted by Environment Smart on 10/10 at 12:40 PM
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Halloween wreath

autumn wreath

We are always collecting toilet paper rolls. Often they go with the kids to school for their art class, but we do keep some at home for our own crafts. This year I thought it would be fun to make an autumn wreath and found instructions for a lovely one that makes use of toilet paper rolls. Since this one is so nice, we may just make one for Halloween as well. Both wreaths are great family projects. Everyone gets to add their own pieces of art to the overall outcome.

As well as reusing the toilet paper rolls, we will also be reusing colourful paper from wallpaper sample books instead of using construction paper. These books are quite easy to obtain from your local hardware or home decorating store. Stores just throw them away when they are out of fashion.

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Pine Cone Turkey Craft

Posted by Environment Smart on 09/18 at 12:40 PM
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It is the time of year when your pine trees are dropping their cones all over your lawn. Why don’t you collect the cones and use them to make a simple pine cone turkey to add festivity to your Thanksgiving dinner table. This is a nice way to use the cones instead of bagging them for the garbage.

All you need are:
- round pine cones (you can cut the ends off of the long ones)
- a glue gun and glue sticks,
- small brown or black pompoms or acorns
- red and orange felt
- orange pipecleaner
- a selection of feather
- small googly eyes
- scissors (and wire cutter)

 

 

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