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Spare Parts: Tips and Our Favorite Upcycling Projects

I have been wanting to do a post on this for a while because our up-cycling bins have been so helpful to us over the past year.  They are a great tool for anyone with a boy in the house because the building/invention possibilites are endless and they are my go to for all craft projects as well.

This is the bottom on my second pantry.  I keep 2 broken laundry baskets in the bottom and fill them up with all kinds of recycable material.  This has been a great tool in both homeschool and just being a mom.  I keep it stocked with the regular bottles, jars, lids, baby wipe containers and then any time we have interesting shaped trash of any kind it goes into our bins.  I also keep a ziplock baggiy in the bins for the smaller items such as bottle tops so they don’t get lost in the shuffle or end up in someones mouth.

This morning I needed an activity for the kids to do while I prepared their schooling for the day, so I had them pull out the bins and get to work building.  Here is there Castle complete with a baby wipe draw bridge!

Because I am always adding new things here and there the experience of building is always different and creative (unlike a set of blocks).  There is a variety of shapes and textures that make it a really good tool for imaginitive/inventive play for the older ones and my little guys love to just put things in and out of different containters over and over again so it suits everyone.  And on top of all that it is free, you can’t beat that.

So…I thought it would be fun to share some of the ways we have used our upcycled materials over the past few months to create and have fun in hopes that it gives you some good ideas too!

Floating Bottle top Turtles:

turtle cover

Snowman Shakers:


Car Wash:


Bottle Top Boats:



  1. Organic Aspirations (@becki_lewis)

    I love your routine for storing the things to be up-cycled. I am featuring it tomorrow on Eco Kids!

  2. Hannah

    Great ideas!!! Thanks for sharing your post with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday. Hope to see you back today! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/02/melt-my-heart-eco-kids-tuesday.html

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