This month, Frannie wants to focus on the second R - Reuse. One way we can reuse things is by repurposing them or upcycling them. Upcycling is the process of taking something that would normally be thrown away and making it new and usable again. Upcycling is a great way to reduce our waste and conserve water!
How does upcycling reduce waste and conserve water?
Upcycling reduces the need to use new, raw materials when making a new product. By using old materials instead of new materials, less energy and water is used. Furthermore, air pollution and water pollution are reduced!
Over the next four weeks, Frannie is going to share some of her favorite holiday upcycling projects! All of these projects are made from common items you may find around your home.
This week's project:
Upcycled Clothing Pin Snowflake Ornament
Frannie was looking through her home for fun items to upcycle when she came across some broken clothing pins. With some creativity (and the help of Pinterest), Frannie decided to make a snowflake ornament out of her broken clothing pins!
- 8 clothing pins (or 16 halves of clothing pins)
- white paint
- paint brush
- Gather together your 8 clothing pins. You'll need both halves of each clothing pin for a total of 16 pieces.
- Paint each clothing pin white.
- Glue the clothing pin halves together as shown in the photo. You should end up with 8 snowflake pieces. Thread a string through the hole in one piece.
- Glue four snowflake pieces together into a "+" shape as shown in the photo.
- Glue the final four snowflake pieces into the corners of the already glued pieces, making sure the snowflake piece with the string is located where you would like the "top" of your snowflake to be.
- Congratulations! You have just made an Upcycled Clothing Pin Snowflake Ornament! Hang it up as a winter decoration or wrap it up to give as a gift.
Get creative! Add color to your snowflake or a touch of glitter. Write a special message on it or have all the girls from your troop sign their names on it. Have fun!