Category Archives: Upcycle/ Recycle/ Repurpose

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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Presidents’ Day Milk Carton Craft

Four score and seven years ago…Abe Lincoln would have never guessed he would become a milk carton bird feeder. That’s right…we’re kicking off Presidents’ Day with a themed craft that your little ones (and the birds) will love. 

Supplies: two recycled milk cartons, scrap construction paper (black, blue, red), one lace doily, cotton balls, scissors and/or a utility knife, hot glue gun, permanent marker, paint brush, neutral paint color (you can mix white with a dab of each of the primary colors to get the skin tone as shown below), clear twine (for hanging the finished product). Yeah, yeah, yeah…sounds like lots of stuff…BUT you probably already have most of it.

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Step 1: Cut a square out of the side of each milk carton using scissors or a utility knife. pres.day.carton_2

Step 2: Lay down some newsprint or scrap paper and let the kids go to town painting each milk carton. Don’t worry too much about the inside triangles at the top of each carton as they will be covered with construction paper.pres.day.carton_3

Step 3: As the paint is drying, cut out some basic shapes from the construction paper. Abe needs a hat and a beard. George Washington needs a hat, some rosy cheeks, a bow tie, and a lace doily collar. And both presidents need some eyebrows. Once the paint is dry, apply the construction paper cutouts with glue. pres.day.carton_4

Step 4: Use a glue gun to give George some white, cotton ball hair. Adding finishing touches like eyes and a nose with a permanent marker. pres.day.carton_5

Step 5: Using scissors or a utility knife, cut a slit at the top of the carton, opposite the cap. Thread a piece of clear twine through the slit and the spout and secure with a knot to form a loop for hanging. Dangle from your favorite tree, fill with birdseeds, and enjoy your Presidents’ Day.

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Repurposed Stocking

Who says a holiday stocking needs to look like a giant sock? Here at BPFK we like to think out of the “box” (<–haha), so here’s an eco-friendly, cardboard twist on tradition. With just a few supplies from around the house, we’ll show you how we repurposed an empty oatmeal container into the perfect “stocking” for those little holiday surprises.

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Supplies: large empty oatmeal container, washable glue, scissors, construction paper, holiday ribbon (1-2 varieties).

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Step 1: Cut construction paper to size and glue around your oatmeal container. We enlisted the help of our favorite little crafter for this step.

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Step 2: Glue your favorite holiday ribbon around the top and bottom rim of the container

BPFK_step 3_ribbonStep 3: Using scissors (or an x-acto knife), poke 4 holes, equidistant, at the top and bottom of the container face. Make two sets of  X’s using four pieces of ribbon. Thread ribbon through diagonally opposite holes and knot from inside the container to secure (see image below).

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Enjoy filling this fun little drum stocking with Christmas treats and fun surprises!

Jazzy DIY Horn Wreath

Are you constantly cleaning up messes going though paper towel rolls? Don’t toss them! We have the perfect holiday craft that transforms your cardboard trash into the coolest holiday ”anytime” wreath. Using some basic supplies, one of our favorite BPFK stickers, and your “sticker-application experts” (a.k.a. the kiddos),  we’ll show you how you can construct this jazzy door ornament.

Supplies: hot glue gun (be careful around the kids), wooden craft ring (or any circular base you can find at your local craft store), holiday ribbon, BPFK horn stickers (enough to cover all the paper towel rolls), 12-16 paper towel rolls (depending on the size of your ring base).

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Step 1: Plan out how many paper towel rolls you will need to fit around the circular base. Enlist the help of your sticker-application professionals to cover all the rolls. Hint: Secure stickers with some washable glue for a more permanent application.   wreat_2

Step 2: Using a hot glue gun, evenly arrange and apply rolls around the ring base.

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Step 3: Add a pretty bow and your wreath is ready for display. 

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Check out our other paper towel roll stickers for more unique wreath ideas. Throwing a kiddie sports party? How about a baseball wreath?

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Saddle Up! It’s Time for a Kickin’ Cowboy Party.

Howdy! Our little friend Dominic is turning 4 and we’ve put together ideas for his cowboy themed birthday party.

Horse illustrations from istockphoto.com.

Horse illustrations from istockphoto.com.

We always like to create a focal point for our table design and build out. Our overall color palette for the party is blue and red. We used three of our Red Barn stickers that repurpose cereal boxes. We made horse cupcake toppers and placed them in the foreground to create a corral. I’m madly in love with this Mexican blanket on the diagonally – so vibrant and festive!

Each guest receives this customized party favor – cowboy hat, our Cow sticker wrapped in a blue bandana and a sheriff star. Yeehaw!

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We always like to have at least one simple DIY craft activity for the kids and parents. This time, we made cowboy mustaches using popsicle sticks and black construction paper.

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We made cowboy beans and corn on the cob for some yummy grub.

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The kids went wild for these cupcakes.

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So MOO-ch fun recycling a milk carton into a cow plaything.

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We recycled an Amazon box into horseshoes by cutting out the shapes and covering them with shiny silver duct tape – kid-friendly, light-weight and 100% fun!

BPFK Cowboy PartyGiddy up, ya’ll, it’s time for Dominic’s kickin’ party!!!

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Halloween Milk Ghost

Boo! It’s scary how fast you and the kids can recycle milk cartons into fun Halloween
decorations. These milk ghosts are dimensional and seem to float in the air. I like to
hang them in groups of 3 or 5.

What You Need (and probably already have)

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1. Milk cartons (empty, rinsed and dried)
2. Sand paper (any grade)
3. Utility knife
4. Regular scissor
5. White paint
6. Black marker
7. Fishing string

6 Simple Steps – Done in less than 60 minutes

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1. Sand the milk cartons to remove the wax. The rough texture adds to the fabric look.

 

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2. Cut off the bottom of the carton. This gives them a hollow, dimensional look.
ALWAYS cut away from your hands. PARENTS, you should do the cutting because the
carton’s bottom is pretty thick.

 

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3. Create a wavy pattern across the bottom to give the illusion of moving fabric. I find it
easier to cut the carton sides with a pair of scissors than a utility knife.

4. Paint. What a great way to use up any extra white paint you have. I used old primer.
Spray paint works too. It doesn’t have to be perfect. I like drips and blotchy spots.

 

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5. Draw and color in the face with black marker.string
6. Add the fish line for hanging.

Tip: Putting the string through the existing spout allows the cartoon to hang at an angle,
giving the appearance of flying. Also, the cartoon catches more wind this way – like a
windsock.

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And BOO…you’re done!

Sandy Salvaging

Taking a last beach vacation with the kids before summer is over? At Box Play for Kids we’re all about reusing and recycling so here’s a handy sandy salvaging idea for some inexpensive fun in the sun. Make a sandcastle using recycled plastic food containers.

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Instead of buying new buckets and shovels, just save (and rinse) your yogurt cups and plastic food packaging in the days leading up to your trip. All the cups and lids shown above fit into the largest container for compact storage. We even brought along some of our favorite Box Play for Kids travel companions. Our octopus and shark stickers make for perfect beach toys.

IMG_3776 Ok…so maybe our sandcastle looks more like a sand village, but we still had fun.

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And Ollie the octopus is feeling right at home.

My favorite part of this sandy project: easy clean up. No need to rinse out sandy buckets and lug them home. Just find a recycle bin on the beach as you’re leaving and you’ll have one less thing to pack in your suitcase.

Back-to-School with California Baby

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California Baby, one of our favorite personal care brands for kids, is partnering with us again for another promotion. This time it’s for Back-To-School featuring fun, simple recycling crafts for kids. Our eco-friendly, DIY craft stickers (Rocket Ship, Giraffe and Whale) will repurpose their amazing Bubble Bath and Powder packaging into fun new toys. Check out the Fun Reuse section of their site for more ways to recycle their containers.

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From Best Buds to Budding Artists

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to spend my Saturday evening eating chocolate donut holes, doing fun crafts, and hanging out with my favorite little four-year-old friend. Like me, this sassy chica is a big fan of arts & crafts so I always have a project or two up my sleeve when I come over for a babysitting date. Since Friendship Day is right around the corner {yes…that is a holiday} we ended up making BFF (best friends forever) necklaces and magazine picture frames. Whether or not you’re actually celebrating Friendship Day this Sunday, August 4th, these fun and eco-friendly {pun intended} projects will make for the perfect girls night!

Project #1: BFF Necklaces

Supplies: Scrap cardboard or card stock {a recycled cereal box works great}, aluminum foil, tape, scissors, a hole punch, string or yarn, colored Sharpies, and a ballpoint pen.

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Step 1: Cut a heart shape out of your cardboard. Then cut a zigzag line thru the center of the heart. bff.necklace_2

Step 2: Cover the heart halves with tin foil. Secure the foil with some tape on the back. Use a hole punch to make holes at the top of each half.

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Step 3: Use a ballpoint pen and colored Sharpies to decorate your necklace pendants. Thread a piece of yarn or string through each pendant to create necklaces. 

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So then Miss Chloe and I had a little photo shoot with our new BFF bling…bff.necklace_5

And of course every photo needs a frame which brings me to our next project.

Project #2: Magazine Frames 

Supplies: Scrap cardboard {a recycled box works great}, old magazines, a pair of scissors, a ruler, a paint brush, tape, a pencil, an exacto knife, and Mod Podge.

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Step 1: Grab your pencil, ruler, knife, and cardboard. Clearly, this step is not for the kiddos since it involves a sharp exacto knife and some pretty technical measuring. Assuming you’re designing around a 4 x 6 in photo, the inside dimensions of your frame should measure 3.5 x 5.5 in (to create a .25 in lip around the image) and the outside dimensions should be about 5.5 x 7.5 in. I also cut out a 5 x 7.5 in backplate and a trapezoidal stand for my frame.

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Step 2: Now comes the fun part. Flip through your favorite old magazines looking for fun images, words, typography, colors, and textures. Use a paintbrush and Mod Podge to apply the magazine scraps to your cardboard frame. If you haven’t discovered Mod Podge, prepared to fall in love with this magical gluey gloss. Although tempting, there’s no need to decorate the backplate or frame stand.bff.frame_3

Step 3: Once your decorated frame is dry, tape your favorite photo to the back of the frame. Secure by taping on the backplate over the photo. Use your knife to score a vertical flap through the cardboard stand and secure to the bottom edge of your frame with more tape. Note: You may need to use your knife to adjust the bottom angle of the stand.

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 BEST FRIENDS RULE!! Happy Friendship Day!

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Back-To-School Bash

It’s back-to-school season and we’re kicking off this academic year with a little celebration. We picked up some fresh school supplies, some new books, and some healthy red apples to gear up for class. But what’s a party without favors and what’s a back-to-school bash without some educational fun? Just have the kiddos bring a clean empty milk carton from home, stick-on our appropriately-themed, BPFK school bus stickers, and let the good times roll. You can even squeeze in a quick lesson about the importance of recycling.
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All of our stickers are printed on 100% recycled, uncoated paper so don’t be afraid to let your little pupils customize their new toys with markers or crayons. Another idea: Help your kiddo write his name neatly and this yellow bus becomes the perfect desk name tag.

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