Friday, April 20, 2018

Get Crafty for Earth Day! | Go Organically® Organic Fruit Snacks - Giveaway


In honor of Earth Day coming up on April 22nd, Go Organically Fruit Snacks wants to share some creative ideas to switch up snack time.

You know what they say: "One man's trash is another man's treasure." This rings even truer as we approach Earth Day and think of ways to teach our kids about keeping items out of landfills. For us, it's the perfect excuse to get creative and give new life to everyday objects by turning them into upcycled crafts. Check out the step-by-step instructions for making this awesome DIY dreamcatcher, then read on for additional super-simple craft ideas using household items like paper tubes, coffee cans and plastic water bottles. What better way to celebrate Mother Earth?



DIY Dreamcatcher

Originating in Native American culture, dreamcatchers are believed to offer protection to little ones by "catching" bad dreams in mid-air while they sleep. With a web-covered hoop to snare nightmares, dreamcatchers traditionally feature natural decorative accents like feathers and wooden beads. Try your hand at making your own upcycled dreamcatcher with our easy tutorial!

What You'll Need:

A piece of decorative fabric from an old shirt, shawl, scarf or table runner
Embroidery hoop
Sharp scissors
Wooden or plastic beads with a 1/8" hole or larger
Feathers and/or ribbons
Safety pins

What You'll Do:

Dig through your closets to find an interesting old T-shirt, shawl, scarf or table runner that you no longer use. Look for an eye-catching graphic or interesting material that's lacy or crocheted. Cut your fabric so that it's slightly wider than the embroidery hoop, and at least twice as tall.

Unscrew the top of your embroidery hoop and separate the two hoops. Drape your fabric over the inner hoop, lining it up so that plenty of extra fabric hangs down at the bottom.

Place the outer hoop on top and press down into place, adjusting the fabric and pulling it tight. Once you're happy with the fabric placement, tighten the top screw.

Take your scissors and cut the fabric hanging from the bottom of the hoop into long, thin, vertical strips. Trim any excess fabric from around the rest of the hoop.

String beads onto the ends of your fabric strips and knot them in place. Use safety pins to attach feathers and ribbons onto your fabric strips at random places for an eclectic effect. Loop a longer piece of ribbon through the hardware at the top and hang with pride!

Repurposed Household Items

Why toss these everyday objects when you can turn them into useful, kid-friendly crafts?

Paper Towel/Toilet Paper Tubes

Birdfeeder: Spread peanut butter on the outside of the tube using a butter knife. Roll the tube in loose birdseed, covering it completely. Slip your birdfeeder onto a tree branch, then compost tube once birds are finished snacking.

Wrapping Paper Cuffs: Prevent rolls of wrapping paper from unraveling with paper tube "cuffs." Simply slit tubes lengthwise with a pair of scissors and slip over either end of your wrapping paper roll to keep it contained.

Cord Corral: Roll up power cords and stuff them inside decorated tubes for a cute storage option that will prevent cords from tangling.

Coffee Cans

Pencil holder: Remove the lid and label from an empty coffee can. Cover the entire outside with colorful duct tape in a fun pattern. Fill with pens, pencils and highlighters for an instant desktop accessory.

Bank: Remove the label from an empty coffee can and paint the outside a bright color. Add a dollar sign with stick-on gems. Cut an opening in the lid to use as a coin slot.

Planter: To make a rustic-looking planter, wrap the outside of an empty coffee can with a sheet of burlap and glue in place. Tie a simple raffia ribbon around the center and fill with dried flowers.

Plastic Water Bottles

Sensory Bottle: Calm rowdy kiddos with a mixture of water, glitter glue and loose glitter inside a plastic water bottle. Just add the ingredients, put on the cap, and let kids shake the bottle like a snow globe for an instant dose of zen.

Bowling Pins: Fill 10 plastic water bottles with two inches of water or a bit of sand at the bottom, then put the caps back on. Arrange your "pins" on the floor and let kids roll a ball to knock 'em down.

Penguin Pal: Fill an empty clear water bottle with cotton balls, then use foam sheets or sturdy construction paper to add the wings, head and feet. Don't forget the googly eyes!

Happy Earth Day from Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks. Made with real fruit, the gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free kids snacks are a great choice for your on-the-go life. Be sure to follow Go Organically on Facebook for more kid-friendly ideas.

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100 comments:

Peggy said...

I don't do anything any more since I have retired.

Lauren said...

We do not really celebrate earth day, but maybe we should!

LB said...

We don't really do much, but my son usually does activities in school.

Nancy said...

We think every day is Earth Day since we reduce, reuse, and recycle every day. When the children are a bit older, we will do some special Earth Day activities with them.

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Unknown said...

Our town throws a huge earth day event- full of environmental friendly information, products and fun! We all plant trees and flowers together and it is always a blast!

Charlene E said...

We dont really celebrate Earth day but I do love a good upcycle project

Mary Cloud said...

We don't really do anything for Earth Day

Shelly Peterson said...

We don't really do anything special for Earth Day.

karley moore said...

I planted some more flowers in my yard.

Jan Lee said...

I don't do anything for Earth day; I don't even know when it really is to be honest.

bison61 said...

I do not celebrate earth day

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Elizabeth Brooks said...

we are going to plant a tree

aperry said...

Everyday is Earth Day! We garden, raise chickens, eat an organic diet and are aware of our carbon footprint.

steve weber said...

I work all day so I don't have a chance to do anything for Earth day.

Julie Lynn Bickham said...

I don't do anything special for Earth day. I do things everyday like recycle and bring my own bags to the stores.

Ken Ohl said...

We don't do anything special for Earth Day

abfantom said...

We don't do anything special for Earth Day

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Barb said...

I do not do any special things for that day. We are using less paper products now though.

Anne Higgins said...

We have a big gathering at a park nearby and have lots of stuff to do for all ages. Always fun and crowded.

Kelly Nicholson said...

earth day is a sleep in for me thanks

kdrae said...

Nothing special! We always recycle!
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Jacquelyn Cannon said...

We really don't celebrate Earth Day but we love recycling.

Melissa Storms said...

We have in the past attended a clean up at our local park on Earth Day.

Sharon Yarrell said...

I did not do anything special.

Maryann D. said...

I work at a school and they had tee shirts made for Earth Day and they have different events planned.
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Unknown said...

Everyday, but especially on Earth Day, I try to be conscious of the waste I put into the world, so I can work to limit it. I pick up trash and recycling that others leave on the ground, compost all my organic materials, and have a home garden.

Liz said...

No, I don’t do anything for earth day, however I enjoy gardening and I recycle.

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Lauryn Rescoe said...

I homeschool my kids, so we always spend the day doing Earth Day crafts and learning about living green. When we can, I take them somewhere to help plant a tree.

William Karcher said...

I like to get together with my sons and BBQ !

Laura Schrillo said...

we do not celebrate earth day

SueZH said...

We do not do anything special for Earth Day, however I do recycle all year long. I have a compost pile and I take care of my trees and shrubs.

Shelly Leatham said...

We recycle year round, but often on Earth Day, we plant a flower or tree!

Robin Abrams said...

We usually do not do anything for Earth day

Renee said...

Not usually.

JJAY100 said...

I haven't done anything on Earth day.

jakiesmom said...

I try to do something with the kids

Darlene Carbajal said...

I don't do anything for Earth Day.

Eileen Boyce said...

No I don't do anything since I am sick.

McKim said...

We try and clean up our yard for spring.

jennem said...

We went to our town's Earth Day festival.

Antoinette M said...

We take a long walk and pick up trash!

Jakes Movie Reviews said...

I dont celebrate earth day persay, but I do recycle bags, bottles and use my own totes for groceries.

Lisa Pecora said...

I do not do anything differently on earth day

tatertot374 said...

We planted some trees on the property. Thank you

alissa apel said...

We had a celebration at a park here. My husband did a stone carving demo, the kids climbed a huge tree, and we walked around to learn things our city has to offer to help the earth.

amanda whitley said...

we dont do anything on Earth day but try and do things for the earth year round such as recycling and planting trees.

Leela said...

I don't celebrate it.

Sue Hull said...

No I don't celebrate it.I pray for earth,so many things are destroying it. Thank you for the chance ☺

Colleen Maurina said...

On Earth Day I usually start preparing my gardens for planting. I like to plant both vegetables and flowers.

smeltzeramy said...

No but I always recycle at work and try not to waste electric and water. amysmeltzer21521 at yahoo dot com

Joni Taylor said...

I dont do anything specifically but we recycle, upcycle and reuse as much as we can. We stopped buying plastic water bottles and bought reusable ones instead

Misty said...

We planted our garden. We also planted some new trees. (jozywails@gmail.com)

Yona Williams said...

I wrote a dedicated post for Earth Day to spread the word.

Michelle D. said...

I don't do anything out of the normal. I keep on with my recycling and no plastic bottles life

Charlene S. said...

We recycle and reuse everything we can, but we don't do anything special for Earth day.

Lisa Voyce said...

I'm usually out enjoying the state or national parks.

Katrina Angele said...

We join in the local city clean up for Earth Day.

Suburban prep said...

We do in a way because it is my niece's birthday and she has usually had us outdoors.

From Furrin said...

I don't do anything formally for Earth Day. I use it the day though to assess where I am on making a smaller footprint and on how well I met last year's goal then I make new goals for the upcoming year along with a rough plan of how I aim to meet those goals.(Jennifer Pickett)

Susan Smoaks said...

I am vegan which is like making every day earth day. i don't do anything special on earth day.

Edye Nicole said...

We plant something.

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Jane McGregor said...

No I don't do anything!

kyl neusch said...

do not really celebrate earth day

LIDARKSIDE said...

We don't celebrate Earth Day, only the Creator.

sarah said...

I don't really do anything for Earth Day but if I wasn't renting I would probably do some planting.

Julie Waldron said...

No, we do not do anything to celebrate Earth Day.

lasian1 said...

I don't do anything!

msrodeobrat said...

We dont unusually do Anything, but We. Might next year
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Abigail Gibson said...

I have never celebrated Earth day.

nicky heim said...

we help clean trash off of our local beach

saturdaynightfever said...

It is another day to work in the garden!

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Jen said...

I don't usually do anything on Earth Day.

bac1 said...

i go outside but other than that nothing special

Jennifer Herman said...

We plant a garden.

DePro said...

Help clean up the beaches.

John Herman said...

We grow our own veggies.

April said...

We bought a few plants

cindy m said...

For Earth Day it's self, we don't do anything.

wen budro said...

For Earth Day- i try to pick up some trash and plant a tree when I can.

Angie Ford said...

I don't although I would like to!+

Kayla Klontz said...

We never did anything until this year, my children and I walked around picking up litter and made a plan to plant a tree next year!

Yipperbear said...

Sorry. There only so days in a month.

Kathy Pease said...

No I never even usually know when it is

Philip Lawrence said...

I consider every day as Earth Day so I do not do anything different on just that one day than I would do every other day.

Eve M said...

Just enjoy the earth

vegan4life said...

I don't do anything special on earth day try to do
something for the environment everyday.

Buddy Garrett said...

I don't do anything special on Earth Day. You don't hear anything about it here. I am earh conscious throughout the year by recycling and being energy wise.

Jenn Reed said...

I have not done anything special for Earth Day but love the project ideas.

Breanne said...

We planted flowers.

Rose Santuci-Sofranko said...

We don't really do anything special, but I love to sit and bask in the beauty of the 45 acres we live on. Thanks and God Bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol dot com

Gina Ferrell said...

I go for a nature walk to celebrate Earth day.

Tammy Iler said...

I don't really do anything. I always recycle plastic though

Christian A said...

We have great outdoor events in our city on earth day.

Heather Smith said...

Planted flowers

dvice12 said...

We celebrate Earth Day by enjoying nature and working on environmental projects

MichelleCat said...

While we normally do environmental clean-ups throughout the year, I specifically take my kids to Earth Day clean-up events.

Cassandra D. said...

I just conserve energy for 1 hour on Earth Day.

James Coyne said...

I don't celebrate earth day. I recycle all year round

Marinalane said...

We don't celebrate earth day at home. We used to do things - they especially did at school when the kids were younger. Now that they are in their teens, we don't usually hear much about it....

Danalee said...

We don't celebrate, but it might be good for our kids if we do.