we are delighted to have been invited to be a part of tinkerlab’s creative challenge this month! our tinkerfriend has asked us to upcycle magazines to create a project that is child-directed. given all of the junk mail and catalogs inundating our mail box this season, i was more than happy to accept this challenge so we could upcycle some of this unnecessary paper! (why all the catalogs from stores who have web sites?!)
the other night, while sorting through the stacks of catalogs, i said to my daughter, “i wonder what we could make out of all of these extra magazines…” with christmas undoubtedly on the brain, she immediately responded, “ornaments!” but of course! she said she wanted to rip them up and glue them to balls. sounds like a plan to me — so she got right to work on the ripping that evening (thus the dark photo. my apologies: it’s a casualty of wintertime blogging.)
the next day we took a trip to michaels and scored these brown paper ornament shapes for 60 cents each (which turned out to be even cheaper with a coupon – love it.)
later (and again after a mad-early sunset,) N got to work mod podging her “magazine confetti” (as she termed it) onto the ornaments.
once they were covered (and she was kind of bummed by the white look of wet mod podge initially) she said she wanted them to sparkle more, and asked for glitter. [artsy-mom guilt-producing confession: i so HATE loose glitter.] while i knew glitter would be a lovely and festive addition to something for our tree, i shuddered when N asked for it. then sighed a bit of relief when i realized quickly that we didn’t have to sprinkle it onto the ornament. i suggested stirring the glitter into the mod podge and painting another coat of glittery mod podge onto the ornaments. she was sold - phew!
we hung the ornaments to dry (which only took about an hour actually – not bad in terms of fairly instant gratification.)
and they are super cool, colorful, and sparkly on our christmas tree!
thank you, rachelle, for including us in this challenge!
check out all of the other amazing bloggers below who gave their junk mail a second life:
- tinkerlab (our lovely hostess!)
- kids in the studio
- teach mama
- the imagination tree
- childhood 101
- teach preschool
- hands on as we grow
- the artful parent
- a mom with a lesson plan
- toddler approved
- kiwi crate
- art 4 little hands
- red ted art
- the chocolate muffin tree
- imagination soup
- michelle’s charm world
- messy preschoolers
- mommy labs
- putti prapancha
- sun hats & wellie boots
visit each of their amazing projects on the linky below – so many fun ideas! there’s a second linky at the bottom where you can join in the fun and add your own upcycled magazine ideas, too!
add your own ideas here: