Fall is in the air, and I felt inspired to create something fun for the season.
My daughter keeps me on my creative toes with her daily requests to do crafts and various projects. Due to her, I am always looking for inspiration with what I have on hand. Crafts can get expensive, especially when you do one each day. To keep costs low I try to upcycle and re-purpose recycled items in our house. It cuts the cost, and teaches a great lesson to my kids about recycling and reducing our waste.
Upcycle Old Containers
Do you have any containers in your recycle bin? Look around your house to see what you can find. For the purpose of this craft, I re-purposed an old Isagenix Shake Container. Any big jug would work though. You could use Ovaltine, Protein Powder, or Hot coco containers. Pickle jars or any glass jars could work too. The glass jar would allow you to put a candle inside, which could create a more spooky effect. Get creative, and have fun finding and using odd shaped containers.
Once you have a container you will need some additional supplies. You might have most of this lying around your house, like me. If not, no worries as you can pick these items up at our local Target and/or the Dollar Tree Store.
- Yellow and Orange Tissue paper (cut up into small pieces)
- Mod Podge (or water downed glue)
- A container (Any size or shape)
- Brown Pipe cleaner (1)
- Green Tissue paper for Leaf
- Black paper for face
- Ribbon (optional)
- Brush or sponge to apply Mod Podge
Time to get MESSY!
Once you have gathered all your supplies, start by applying the Mod Podge and tissue paper to the container. I let my kids take care of this step. They had fun applying the glue and the tissue paper over the entire surface. I coated the top and sides of the lid but not the seam in order for the jar to remain functional. Then I curled a pipe cleaner and glued it to the top of the jar along with a tissue leaf. To create the jack-o-lantern look, I cut out shapes from black construction paper and glued it to the front of the jar. I added a ribbon for a final touch.
The project is easy and the results are festive.
Final Product Uses
Once you are done, consider the following uses for your container.
- You can add cookies/treats to the container for a special treat for teachers or a school party.
- Fill it with glow in the dark spider rings and vampire teeth for a fun surprise.
- Fill it with candy and leave it on your patio for trick -or-treaters.
- Use it to decorate your house or office for fall.
- Have family, friends, classmates or coworkers write down something they are thankful for and put it in the jar from now until Thanksgiving. Read all the comments during your Thanksgiving event.
- Get Creative! Come up with your own fun ideas for this project. Feel free to share pictures of your creations in the comment section or on our Facebook page.
Most importantly, remember to have fun this fall and re-purpose old materials in the process.