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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

 

 

 

 

Trees make paper. Paper makes a tree.

It’s the last Friday in April which means today is Arbor Day, a special day to celebrate trees. In the spirit of Arbor Day, here’s a fun tree craft made from recycled and recyclable tree products you probably have around the house. What better way to teach your little ones about the importance of trees and recycling than with a little project like this?!

Supplies needed: toilet paper roll (or paper towel roll), scissors, hole puncher, green and red scrap paper, and a glue stick.

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Step 1: Cut a tree top shape out of your green scrap paper.

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Step 2: Use the rest of your green scrap paper to make leaves. I like to tear into little pieces but you can use your scissors to make more precise leaf shapes if you want.

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Step 3: Grab your glue stick and add your leaf texture.

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Step 4: Use your red scrap paper and a hole puncher to make some fruit for your tree. Apples or cherries…your call.

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Step 5: Grab your glue stick again and dot your tree with some yummy fruit. arbor.craft_6

Step 6: Take your toilet paper roll and cut a one inch slit down each side (on opposite ends of the same circle). arbor.craft_7

Step 7: Slide in your tree topper and you have a cute little tree made with paper and cardboard (that came from a tree)!

arbor.craft_8 You can use it as a centerpiece on your Arbor Day table or bring it outside to play. arbor.craft_9

Eco-friendly Art Supplies for Your Little Artist

I love doing crafts with my little one but I’m always on the lookout for art supplies that I know are safe for me, for my child, and for the environment. Believe it or not, there are a myriad of natural, non-toxic, and planet-friendly alternatives to the chemical-laden markers, paints, and glues we often find on the shelves. Here’s a list of our favorite eco-friendly finds for your little budding artist.

1. Clementine Art: Natural Modeling Dough

source: creativebrainsonline.com

source: creativebrainsonline.com

Clementine Art carries an array of natural and green art supplies for kids – from washable paint colored with Mayan mineral earth pigments to soy crayon rocks, but we love the scented modeling dough. Colored with turmeric, carmine and spinach, the dough comes in fresh flavors like strawberry, lemon, and lime. And moms can rest assured that their little ones are playing safe; Clementine products are certified non-toxic, free of synthetic preservatives, animal byproducts or petroleum bases (just in case your little one decides to sneak a nibble).

2. Eco-finger paint

source: http://shop.ecokidsusa.com/

source: http://shop.ecokidsusa.com/

What kid doesn’t like to get her hands dirty? And what mom doesn’t like the sound of all natural ingredients? We’re liking this powder based finger paint from eco-kids, another great line of eco-friendly art supplies for kids. Ingredients include flour, annatto seed, carrots, spinach, earth clay, red grapeseed, purple sweet potato, gardenia, red cabbage and cornstarch – almost sounds more like a salad than paint! Eco-kids also carries other essential art supplies like eco-glue, eco-crayons, and eco-dough. Not only are we big fans of this brand, but we became friends with the owners of this super nice, family owned business at the NY International Gift Fair!

3. Coccoina Glue

source: www.seejanework.com

source: www.seejanework.com

Whether you’re doing paper crafts, school projects, or scrapbooking, glue sticks are a staple for all sorts of kid’s crafts. We’re digging this Italian-made variety called Coccoina. Made from potato starch, these glue sticks are gluten free, non-toxic, non-solvent, and acid free. Not to mention, they smell like yummy almond marzipan.

4. Fortune Cookie Crayons

source: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ivylanedesigns

source: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ivylanedesigns

And now for the cutest, planet-friendly crayons EVER – check out these adorable fortune cookie crayons from Ivy Lane Design. This Etsy shop owner and mother of two really knows how to upcycle. Her crayons are hand poured and made from broken bits and pieces left over at the end of each school year. She travels around to elementary schools and collects bags and boxes full of old crayons that would otherwise go in the trash. Check out her Etsy shop for other fun crayon shapes.

5. Paper plates and toilet paper rolls

source: http://www.parents.com

source: http://www.parents.com

Some of the best craft supplies are the ones that we already have laying around the house. If you have paper plates, toilet paper rolls, (and just a little bit of imagination) you will never run out of things to make with your kids. Turn a paper plate into a bird nest or a tambourine. Make racecars or binoculars out of toilet paper rolls. The possibilities are endless. Looking for an easy way to turn nothing into something? That’s what we’re all about at Box Play for Kids. Check out our website for custom-designed children’s stickers that (combined with a little imagination) turn toilet paper rolls into rocket ships, egg cartons into pianos, cardboard boxes into cameras, and much more!!

Got milk carton? Make bunny.

Here’s a craft project every bunny will love. Hop to it!

Supplies needed: Empty milk carton, cardboard, white and pink construction paper, scissors and a marker.

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Step 1: Cover milk carton with white construction paper or you can use paint. Create bunny ears.

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Step 2: Cut out pink circle to make bunny nose.

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Step 3: Attach bunny ears to top of milk carton. And, you can glue a cotton ball to make the bunny’s tail.

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Step 3: Draw bunny smiley face. Cut out whiskers and attach with glue.

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Recycling Crayons

You know all those crayons you’ve collected over the past several years that are in useless pieces in a bucket somewhere? This is a fun way to bring new life to them. And the kids can help!

Step 1: Pre-heat your oven to 250 degrees.Step 2: Take all the paper off the crayons and break them into tiny pieces. Two things you’ve been telling your kids to NOT do for years and years.

 

Step 3: Put the pieces into a silicone mold. Look at these cute Spring molds we found!
 

Step 4: Place the mold on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil {just in case…} and “bake” them for about 15 minutes.