Eco-Friendly Kid’s Craft Celebrating Earth Day
This post sponsored by Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day.
Happy Earth Day! When the really cool people at Martha’s Circle and Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day contacted me about doing a fun, eco-friendly kid’s craft to celebrate Earth Day I was so excited! Partly because I’ve been wanting to branch out and share some other types of content with you guys and not concentrate almost solely on food (although food is my first passion) and this gave me the perfect opportunity. And partly because I love Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day soaps and detergents. Here’s why. First of all the smell is wonderful. SO fresh and clean and not overly fragranced and it just feels good to know you’re using such a good product. All of their products are Earth-friendly for every room in the house, from the dish soap to laundry detergent, they’re made with natural essential oils and plant-derived ingredients (that’s what makes the smell so good ) they’re free of ammonia, chlorine bleach, parabens and phosphates, because who wants to put that stuff on their skin or clothes? I love that they have the full ingredient disclosure on the products so you know exactly what you’re getting. The products are never tested on animals and there are no animal-derived ingredients, because again, who wants that on their skin or clothes? And there’s at least 25% post consumer resin in recyclable bottles. What does that mean exactly? Well today being Earth Day it’s even more important. It means that 25% or more of their packaging is made from recycled materials and that they are recyclable themselves. What could be better?
I’m not the greatest at DIY’s but I wanted to give it a try. Although my kids are a little too old for stuff like this, I do have 19 nieces and nephews so it worked out perfectly! I grabbed my niece Merritt and nephew Mac and we we headed to the craft store. That part was just as much fun as the making of the craft itself.
Since I’m not the best crafter in the world I don’t get to any craft stores much so just walking the aisles and seeing all the fun possibilities made me feel like a kid again! We grabbed all kinds of fun stickers and duct tape (the varieties of duct tape just amazes me), googly eyes (those were my favorite) and colored pipe cleaners. We bought sitcky foam animals, colored paper, glitter, just anything we thought we wanted to use and none of it cost more than a couple bucks each.
We really didn’t need all the items we bought but you never know, right?
So what did we decide to do with all the things we picked up on our shopping expedition? We made Earth-friendly bird feeders out of recycled and recyclable cardboard rolls (like paper towel, toilet tissue, etc.). You’d be so surprised at the shapes and sizes you’ll find around your house when you start to look. I was! And then used the same to make customized binoculars and telescopes to watch the birds.
First, we started on the bird feeders.
We picked out the size roll we wanted to use, covered it in peanut butter (you need something for the seed to stick to) and then rolled it around in bird seed. I found a waste free blend with no hulls or mess that was made of mostly nuts and thought it was perfect.
Once we finished we put the covered rolls on branch and went to work on the binoculars.
We cut the rolls to the size we wanted with a sharp knife. This was the only step that wasn’t appropriate for the kids so I handled that part.
Covered them with colored paper and glued them together using Elmer’s Tacky Glue or spray adhesive. Some of them were covered with duct tape, like the camo telescope that Mac liked. We really only needed one for each kid and one for me but we made several because it was just fun.
There are plenty of options for both girls and boys.
I think this one was my favorite.
We used all the different shapes to make binoculars and telescopes with different themes.
Then of course we washed up with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Soap. The Basil scented is my favorite! It’s chock full of plant-derived ingredients and essential oils and their household cleaning products are powerful against dirt and grime. What’s not to love?
Do you celebrate Earth Day? What’s your favorite eco-friendly kids craft?