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5 Toys Made From Recycled Goods

There are so many house hold items we use and then just throw away. How aboutwe consider using these unwanted items we consider trash to make children’s toys that are economical, creative and eco-friendly.

You know all that milk you and your family consume by the gallon… well here’s a good way to put to use all those empty milk bottles. Make your child an igloo. Although it won’t really be cold inside!

Milk jug igloo

Milk jug igloo

As a mother you must certainly know the feeling of being in a hurry, walking into a room and seeing that it is a complete and absolute mess. Everywhere you look there is a piece of some toy or the other. Here’s a solution for all those small pieces that come underfoot.

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In my home we use tissue like nobody’s business! If I had collected even 4 months’ worth I could have made a pretty large amusement park with slides that twirl and whirl all the way down. Here’s a marble slide that you can make with just a few old tissue rolls.

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Don’t throw away your old business cards. On a happy Saturday afternoon sit down and use them to make pretty lanterns for your daughters’ room.

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If your children ever want a turtle and you aren’t necessarily keen on looking after your child’s pet, here’s an easy way out! Use bottle bottoms to make little turtles. Have your child use imagery to envision being on a beach and watching the baby turtles hatch and run clumsily towards the water.

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I happen to think wine bottles are   particularly interesting and useful. Of course people have come up with a million uses for the bottles themselves, but what happens to the cork? This is an example of what you can do after wine night at your house. It’s attractive, fun to make and can keep your children occupied for a bit! I would know

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Toys from trash! Have fun with it!

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When trash becomes so much more

I am a hardcore environmentalist. I live by the motto of reuse and recycle. And I can be really annoying about it. If you don’t believe me, you can ask my friends. They’ll have tons of stories to tell you about how I got on their nerves about recycling something or throwing stuff in the wrong trash can. But I honestly think recycling is serious business and we cannot afford to slack because Mother Nature needs us. Without intervention, the world will be full of garbage! There is something that I’ve learnt though. People don’t like to do things that they should if creativity isn’t involved. So I’m going to give you some examples of how you can turn trash into wonderfully useful household items. Here are some of the things that I made out of “garbage”:

   Plastic bottle bird feeders  – 

Bird Feeder

Plastic Bottle Bird Feeder

Don’t throw away those plastic bottles because we all know where they end up. Do you know about the Great Pacific garbage patch? Yep. Right there. So why not use those bottles to feed the cute little birdies in your yard? Be careful though. Cutting plastic can be a little tricky. Here’s a video you could watch for instructions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE9jKmQJED0   

   

 Cereal box magazine holders – This one is really simple. Cut the cereal box (No, not in half. Be innovative about it. You could use those fancy scissors.) and paint or decorate it. You have your very own magazine recycled magazine holder.

Cereal Box Magazine Holder

Cereal Box Magazine Holder

Soda can coasters – 

For all you neat freaks out there, there is a way to make recycled coasters! Cut out soda cans in square shapes and paste them on small ceramic tiles and voila! They’ll look pretty edgy.

Soda Can Coasters

Soda Can Coasters

 

 Yogurt containers or castle makers?

Use yogurt containers (or plastic containers of any kind) and paint them. They will make excellent sandcastle makers during the summer. It’s time to go to the beach!

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Make Sand Castles   

   Egg carton jewelry  boxes

Here’s a quirky idea for all you accessory-loving girls out there. Use egg cartons to store all your jewelry. Design it the way you like for a very nature friendly way of keeping your jewelry organized!

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Egg Carton Jewelry Box

 

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Re-use Old Wooden Pallets to Make Gorgeous Furniture

In this day and age recycling and reusing materials is always a great idea. What is even more satisfying is when you manage to create something beautiful out of materials that otherwise would have been thrown away.

Wooden pallets are a great resource. There is nothing a little sandpaper and varnish cannot do to cheer up a piece of wood. For those of you who like color in your life, throw in some paint and you are good to go.

One must never underestimate wooden pallets and their amazing ability to morph into the most attractive things. For people who like making their home a cosy place, wooden pallets can be used for a number of things. Have a look!!

For memories and entertainment!

Modified wooden pallets

Modified wooden pallets

Recycled Wooden Pallets

Recycled Wooden Pallets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee tables for a nice cuppa!  

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Reused Coffee Tables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Dining Table

Beautiful Dining Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lounge

 

If you throw mattresses and cushions on the wooden pallets you have settees to lounge on.

 

 

 

 

 

Hang up your jewellery!

Hang up your jewellery

 

No more messes to sort through on your way out. Hang up your jewellery

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the lushes in town!

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A crib for the baby!! That’s always useful.

 

Baby Crib

Baby Crib

Of course all of these magnificent creations can be painted or varnished to suit the decor of your home. For people who are more outdoorsy, wooden pallets have a whole other range of uses.

 

 

 

 

 

Check it out!

Green and Peace are two lovely words

 

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Book Shelf

Book Shelf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 bicycle parking

Bicycle Parking

 

A space to park your bicycles in and out of the house!

 

 

 

 

 

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Deck Chairs

 

For those of you who like lounging in the sun wooden pallets can be converted into astounding deck chairs that can be painted brightly to make people look your way! 

 

 

 

 

 

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And instead of making your way all the way to the park, bring the swing to you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Backyard Wooden Pallet

 

If you fancy sheep in your backyard wooden pallets always make a great feeding crate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed looking at the numerous uses of wooden pallets. They are a creative, fun, cheap, eco-friendly way to reuse old materials to spruce things up a bit.

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