There are many items that I seem to accumulate in our house. Items such as prescription bottles, egg cartons, and paper bags all have secondary uses; it seems a waste to keep throwing them away. I want to share with you how I utilize and reuse everyday items in my everyday life.
I have been falling behind in cleaning out our medicine cabinet and we seem to have collected quite a few bottles. Here is what I use them for.
- Sewing supplies. A while back, I took several bottles and labeled them for needles, pins, buttons, etc.
- Laundry change. Childproof caps are great for keeping your quarters together. I used to use a candy container for them, but the lid broke off.
I have just starting saving egg cartons and I am so glad I do now! They have come in handy for so many things.
- Seedlings Put a little soil in cardboard egg cartons and plant them directly in the ground or pots when seedlings pop up.
- Paint tray An egg carton makes a quick and easy paint tray for art projects. Just be sure to use a plastic or foam carton; this cardboard one soaked up all the paint!
We have an overabundance of paper bags and I was at a loss with what to do with them. Then I thought of some great art projects.
- Pattern templates I recently made my own pattern for W with a paper bag. I’ll be sharing that project with you soon.
- Costumes Carefully turn the bag inside out. You can cut out a hole for the head and arms. Wee Can Too edible tempera paints use natural looking colors that are great for costumes!
- Art paper Cut off the bottoms and handle of the bag. You can have one long piece of paper, or two if you cut it in half. Paper bag paper is great for soaking up tempera paint or even for simple crayon drawings using veggie crayons. We’ve been using paint and crayons from Wee Can Too. Since they’re made from fruits and vegetables, I don’t have to worry if the kids lick or chew on them.
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