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This folded treat bag is featured using scrapbook paper but I bet it would work with all sorts of recycled papers. Pop on over to the blog Cosmo Cricket for the step by step tutorial on how to fold an easy treat bag perfect for year round gift giving.

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As a fan of sets of things this collection of multi colored self watering planters is as pretty as it is functional. I am currently propagating ivy and this would be so much more attractive than my current set up. Pop on over to the blog Momtastic for the step by step tutorial on how to make recycled soda bottle self watering planters.

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These 3D patterns are great to make your own paper / cardboard sculptures. It could be an animal trophy to hang on your wall, a paper lampshade, an object to put on your desk or even a mask for Halloween.
It is easier than what it seems, and it is a good way to relax (making this is therapeutic & bring self-reward once done).

First you will have to download a pattern (free paper sculpture templates if you want to try an easy model & they all come with complete instructions in English).
Then, you will have to print it on a thick recycled paper or cardboard.
Once you will have the printed pattern, you will have to check you have the following tools: a pair of scissors, a ruler, white paper glue and a tool to fold the paper (could be a scoring tool / cutter pencil or even a small knife).
Now, just follow the instructions: cut the parts, fold & glue them. It is easy, all the parts of the pattern are identified with edge number guide for easy assembly.
Once finished, you could personalize the sculpture according to your taste.

See them all at Ecogami Shop

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I’ve seen pencil holders made from recycled wood blocks but putting silly faces on the blocks thus transforming the colored pencils into a “hairdo” is beyond cute. Pop on over to Mer Mag Blog for the tutorial on how to make colored pencil holders with faces. Be sure to check out lots of her other fun crafts.

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I am collecting up all sorts of decorating ideas for 4th of July and quite frankly all summer long I decorate in red, white, and blue. These origami stars are just the perfect project to make one or two a day when relaxing and taking a break. The video tutorial on how to fold an origami 5 pointed star is wonderful and relaxing over at the Cambridge Imprint Patternmakers. I think the advertisements that come in the mail for 4th of July sales would work great.

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So simple yet so pretty and festive! Yes, I love these pedestal star plates in red, white and blue. And best yet I keep a stash of candle sticks just to make these types of projects throughout the year. Pop on over to the Crafty Girls’ YouTube channel to see how to make these pedestal star plates for 4th of July.

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If you like playing with paper whether it’s new or recycled this chart for all sorts of ways to manipulate paper could really come in handy for making all sorts of things from flowers to sculptures. I found it over on the blog Blackfoot Art Center. Pop on over to check out more!

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This is another of my favorite twofers. A project the kiddos will have fun making then playing with.

Pop on over to the blog Frugal Fun 4 Boys for the tutorial on how to make a recycled cardboard marble run. I bet it could be fun to glue all sorts of objects in all sorts of patterns. Maybe make 2 columns so you can race your marbles.

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Now this technique for turning recycled plastic Easter eggs into Weeble Wobbles is just too cool. I want to paint them in all sorts of themes. But to celebrate May the 4th Be With you day try out the Star Wars characters in this post over at Almost Unschoolers that features a tutorial on how to make recycled plastic Easter egg weeble wobbles

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I am really excited about this new interchangeable no-sew button bracelet kit available at Buttons Galore. The possibilities are truly endless! Use the buttons that come in the kit that are beyond cute (and kid friendly) to beautiful elegant and sparkly buttons and even recycled and vintage buttons from your stash.

Start by screwing in the included knob closure that comes in the kit.

Place the screw part into a hole from the back to the front and then screw the knob part onto the threaded end on the top side of the faux leather cuff.

Select the buttons you would like to put on your bracelet.

Place each button shank through each hole on the bracelet.

Then simply thread the straight side of the button clip through the shank and snap it into place to secure.

Rotate your buttons so they line up in the direction you want them to be seen.

This faux leather cuff and button bracelet kit includes pretty colors like light blue, pink, orange, black, taupe, and red so they work with colorful buttons, gold and silver buttons and combinations of all of the above.

To wear the faux leather button bracelet simply wrap the cuff around your wrist and poke the knob closure through the hole at the opposite end from back to front.

It is fun to wear several at a time in all different colors.

You can slide the clip off the button shank and change out the buttons for different looks to coordinate with different outfits or when you find a new button you want to wear.

This is so cool!

How to make an easy Button bracelet, no-sew and interchangeable - YouTube

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