Happy Easter, Everybunny!

We partnered up with Bashas’ Supermarkets, our hometown grocer, for the 4th Annual Easter Festival at The Wigwam Resort hosted by Hickman’s Family Farms.  We created custom bunny ear stickers that repurposed hundreds of recycled toilet paper rolls. The ears were a huge hit!

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Thank you, Bashas’, for supporting small local businesses. We had a blast!

Bashas’ DIY Egg Carton Spring Garden

Spring into action with the kiddos! Creating a garden is a simple family activity that is sure to please all. And, have yummy results!

Supplies needed: Bashas’ egg carton, a dozen eggshells, seeds, small spoon, pushpin, potting soil and water.

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Step 1: Empty eggshells. Use knife to gently crack along the tops of each egg. Thoroughly wash out each eggshell and dry. (We made delicious scrambled eggs.)

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Step 2: Poke holes on the bottoms of each eggshell for better drainage. (hint: it may be easier doing this step while the egg is still whole – less fragile than empty shells.)

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Step 3: Place seeds in separate containers.

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Step 4: Using a small spoon, fill eggshell halfway with potting soil.

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Step 5: Place seeds in eggshell. Kids love to help!

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Step 6: Cover seeds with more potting soil and place in egg carton.

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Step 7: Repeat 11 times.

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Step 8: Create labels for each variety of seeds. We chose to use bamboo skewers left over from a party.

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Step 9: Add water to each eggshell. We used about 3-4 spoonfuls to moisten the soil.

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Done! Place egg carton on a windowsill or outside so it gets plenty of sunlight. Be sure to water regularly (Keep moist but do not over water). Depending on variety, seedlings should start to sprout in 7-10 days.

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We are thrilled to see our first sprout just after 3 days!

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Basil was the first to sprout but the tomatoes are growing the fastest.

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Carrots are finally sprouting.

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A Home Run Birthday Party

Baseball season is finally here and the weather is perfect for an outdoor celebration. We put together this sporty party featuring our Baseball Bat eco-friendly, recycling activity stickers. BPFK_Baseball Party_11 This large sign was designed and then printed at our local print shop and mounted on foam core. It served as our centerpiece. BPFK_Baseball Party_2 We placed lots of peanuts in a clear bowl for decoration and snacks. And had a vintage tin bucket filled with Cracker Jacks. Wiffle balls are way more kid-friendly than the real thing (more laughing, less crying). And, we served up hot dogs for some major league nosh.

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For our party activity, we took pics of the kids and assembled DIY Baseball cards. We got lots of goofy faces…we’re big fans of silliness!

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The Baseball Bats made festive table decoration and party favors for the take-home goodie bags.

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And, we couldn’t resist making these homemade baseball butter cookies.

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Single Sock Bunnies

Who doesn’t have a few single socks hanging around the laundry room?? Well, if you’re still waiting for the match to turn up, now is the perfect time to give up. At BPFK, we love to find creative ways to repurpose your would-be-trash into unique little treasures. Just in time for Easter, we’ll show you how to transform your miscellaneous socks into the cutest little bunnies – perfect for a centerpiece or just some fun, springtime decoration.

Supplies: 2 loose socks (non-matching), 2 rubber bands, dry rice, fabric glue (or hot glue), scissors, ribbon, cotton balls, 2-3 miscellaneous buttons, needle & thread (optional).sock bunny

Step 1: Start with one sock and fill about half way up the sock tube with rice. Secure the rice in the sock with a rubber band and use a second rubber band to separate the bunny head from the belly. {Hint: small, clear rubber bands work best if you have them.}sock bunny

Step 2: Using a second lost sock (preferably one with a contrasting color to the other sock), cut a small circle for the bunny’s belly. {Hint: Cut a semicircle out of a flat sock for symmetry.}  3.belly.patch

Step 3: Apply the belly patch using fabric glue. {Optional: use needle and thread to sew on the patch and add some contrast and detail to your sock bunny.} 4.belly.patch

Step 4: Detail time! Be creative with your bunny and add some button eyes, a button nose, a cotton ball tail and a neck ribbon. You can also use your sock scraps to make some cute buck teeth.  5.detail

Step 5: What’s a bunny without floppy ears?! Using scissors, cut down the sock tube down to the head. Shape and trim the ears to your liking. 6.ears


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Step 6: Display and enjoy. Happy Easter from BPFK!

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Here are other creative ways to recycle old socks. http://www.wikihow.com/Recycle-Your-Socks

 

 

 

 

Recycled Cardboard Nest

Spring is here and we’re getting in the spirit with this easy peasy cardboard craft that serves as the perfect coffee table piece. All you need is an empty cardboard box, some hot glue, and scissors (or strong hands), and you have everything you need to make this cute little birdy nest. It’s amazing how you can repurpose a simple box into something unique.

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Step 1: Start by cutting (or tearing) your box into strips and pieces. You could even use an empty cereal box. The little ones will love tearing things apart and making a mess.

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Step 2: Once you have a hefty pile of cardboard scraps, it’s time to start gluing all the pieces into a nest shape. {Note: This step is for adults only since hot glue can be dangerous.} No need to be to perfect but just try to leave an opening in the center if you want to fill your nest.

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Step 3: Get creative! Fill your nest with candy, flowers, dyed eggs…anything! I lined my nest with some parchment paper and filled with malted milk eggs. 
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Happy Spring! 

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Green Living Magazine: Sticky Innovation Transforms Recyclables

Green Living Magazine is an eco-conscious local publication centered around daily life and the way we express ourselves as we live, work, and play green. We are thrilled to be a part of their March 2014 issue focused on “working green”.

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Fox News Segment: Repurposing Old Boxes Into Toys For Kids

We had a blast with the fun Fox Morning News crew. Thank you for highlighting small, local businesses. Link to interview: http://bit.ly/1ifkLAF

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Shamrock Stacks

Here’s a great way to start off St. Paddy’s Day.

Add green food dye to  your regular pancake batter until you get the green color you want. We like Trader Joe’s Multi-grain Pancake Mix. Make pancakes per instructions.

 

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Once made, use shamrock cookie cutter. If you want, use tube icing to outline the shamrock pancake. BPFK Pancake Shamrock_3

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Good Morning Arizona: Mompreneur Interview

Thank you Channel 3 for highlighting Box Play for Kids. The kiddos and I had fun talking (and playing) with you! Here’s a link to the interview.

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Recycling Leprechaun Craft

Of course “green” is our favorite color! Here’s a fun St. Patrick’s Day craft you can do with your wee ones. We are going to repurpose a paper towel roll and a leftover white cup from our Ice Cream Social party into a leprechaun beard and hat.

HOW TO MAKE A LEPRECHAUN BEARD AND HAT

Supplies needed: Empty paper towel roll, green construction paper, orange and green ribbon or string, scissors, hole punch, glue, paint brush and orange paint.

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Step 1:
Cut paper towel in half lengthwise and then again to open it up. Cut several vertical strips to create a beard shape. Next, cut a mouth opening and punch two holes at each corner for the ribbon.

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Step 2: Paint cardboard tube/beard orange and set aside to dry.

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Next, cut green construction paper into one strip and a circle for the top of the leprechaun hat. Glue paper onto white recycled cup.

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Step 4: Punch two holes at the top of the cup for string.

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Tip: After orange paint dries on paper towel roll, we wrapped it around a rolling pin to get the beard to re-curl.

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Praise the young and they will flourish.”
-Irish Proverb