Up With Up-cycling

Friday 11/15, is America Recycles Day, so this week I am focusing on recycling everything from magazine and catalog pages to empty soda cans and used grocery bags with terrific up-cycled projects.

Common Core State Standards

Reading Informational Text

Speaking & Listening
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.4

Literacy in Science & Technical Subjects

Set a good example for your students by using recycled materials to create gorgeous gift boxes, bags and envelopes.

Tear out catalog and magazine pages and die cut into envelopes, gift boxes and bags.

Fold on the perforations and glue on the tabs to assemble each envelope, box and bag.

Continue recycling, cutting shapes out of empty soda cans to create charming wind chimes.
Tip: it’s helpful to wear gardening gloves when cutting off the bottom and top of the soda can because the aluminum is sharp.
Save your old grocery bags to make adorable holiday ornaments. Simply cut the bag into pairs of holiday shapes, but sandwich quilt batting between the paper layers and cut the paper and batting together, then stitch around the perimeter and embellish each shape with buttons, bows and hand drawn details.


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