I came across this book by chance while stopping in at the Greenlight Bookstore one weekend to cool off: “Remake It: Recycling Projects from the Stuff You Usually Scrap,” by Tiffany Threadgould.
It's a book filled with recycled projects for kids and adults, and it just so happened there was an author-signing event taking place for it that day.
The book shows you how to make use of a cereal box or old t-shirt you were about to throw away and instead turn it into something useful, or even, a gift for your friend.
Even if you’re not a crafty or hands-on person, Threadgould’s book makes any project using everyday trash-bound items look simple and flawless. The best part about this book is that there are items that actually look good when they are finished and are fit for gifting.
I know how tight money can be, so if you could reuse something you already have it’s a no-brainer. Even my 21 month old helped make a card wallet from a pancake box. Well, she folded the ends... But I know one day, she’ll be able to really do some of these projects on her own.
The book has simple templates, so all you have to do is follow the easy instructions. Her website also has useful how to videos and more templates to use.
My favorite projects are the T-Shirt Rug and the Felted Sweater Blanket which require a little more time and effort. But there are so many fun and novel ideas, that you forget you’re also doing something for the environment by recycling.
I liked the planter made from old toys and it didn’t take any time at all. I just reused an old pail.
You can find Threadgould's book at your local bookstore or at the library. You could also go in with other parents and host a crafting party to work on some of the projects together over the summer.