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My cute homemade cat toys: go green and recycle old clothes


Here are two new soft homemade cat toys in my collection.

go green handmade toy cats

go green handmade toy cats

The bigger toy cat is a soft pillow cat. It is made out of recycled baby coat and it is stuffed with recycled stuffing used from an old toy that had to be thrown away.

The larger handmade toy cat holds a heart in its hands. This heart is made out of upcycled baby sweater crocheted over with recycled yarn.

go green handmade toy cats

go green handmade toy cats

The smaller handmade toy cat is made out of old baby sweater. These handmade toys are eco friendly and making them is a fun and easy way to go green. Both handmade toy cats are handstiched. Feel free to contact me at kievtranslator@gmail.com to order your custom made go green toy cat made out of recycled materials.

3 reasons to learn recycled crafts


 

 

recycling crafts plastic bottle flowers

recycling crafts plastic bottle flowers

From trash to beauty

I will not name the obvious reason for learning recycled crafts. It’s being eco friendly. There are some other great reasons to learn this type of crafting. Take a look at three of them here.

 

1. Recycled crafts offer you wide diversity of choice

There is almost limitless number of things you can craft learning recycled crafts. You can upcycle or recycle almost anything. At this most of the materials for recycling or upcycling are easy to work with. You may use anything from used coffee filters to plastic water bottles or aluminum cans or broken tiles for you craft projects. So, the choice of material and of the things you make crafting is limited only by your imagination.

 

Plus, you learn different crafting techniques, mastering recycled crafts. I have learned crocheting, decoupage on glass and plastic, paper-mache or working with cotton wool for my recycling projects.

2. Recycled crafts are easy to learn

Most of the recycling craft projects are easy to do. You can learn them quickly and finish them up in a matter of minutes or hours. For instance, you may make a plastic bottle crochet bracelet in less than 10 min. Or, you may make a cute little plastic bottle basket in just half an hour. You may do recycled crafts with your kids, teaching them to live green and to have and craft.

 

3. Recycled crafts are cheap

In most cases crafting takes some money. You need to buy the materials for your crafting projects. It’s not a problem with recycled crafts. For instance, I use old yarn for my projects. I recycle old sweaters or scarfs and use that yarn. In most cases, you may get glass bottles for decoupage, water bottles, cans, or cardboard for free. And, there is another advantage to consider. When you learn to craft, you get some chances of spoiling your first projects. With recycled crafts it’s not a big deal, as the materials are either cheap or free. And your material supplies can be easily refilled.

 

Hopefully, these reasons to learn recycled crafts are good enough for you to try them. Check out some of the ideas and how tos for recycled crafts on my blog.

 

Easy Christmas craft: making a Christmas tree out of yarn


It a real easy Christmas craft for kids. This yarn Christmas tree takes only 10 min to make.

handmade Christmas tree

handmade Christmas tree

Here is how you make it. You make a cone out of cardboard. I fastened it together with a stapler. Then use some glue to apply onto your cone. I got some light green yarn. So, after putting the glue on I just wrapped the yarn around the yarn and glued it down. Then I decorated the handmade Christmas tree with golden plastic bids and flowers.

Unique handmade Christmas gift ideas: cotton wool Christmas tree toys


Just few days ago I stumbled on one amazing handmade Christmas gift idea: handmade cotton wool toys for a Christmas tree. You may find a how to here.

Even though the video is in Russian, you may easily understand the technique. Here is what we’ve made with my kids.

handmade toys

handmade toys

It’s a mushroom made out of cotton wool.

handmade christmas gift ideas

handmade christmas gift ideas

It’s the top of the Christmas tree handmade mushroom.

Handmade Christmas bonny toy

Handmade Christmas bonny toy

We’ve called this toy a funny bunny. It’s a hare made out of cotton wool and decoupaged with a napkin. These handmade Christmas gift toys look funny and vintage. In Russia our grandmothers used to make such toys for Christmas tree decorations. These can make great handmade Christmas gifts for kids and even for adults.