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Recycled materials

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Cupcake-Paper Carnations

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Piggy Bank

Steps:11
Save up your dough with this bottle-fashioned piggy bank.
Materials
  • 2-liter plastic bottle
  • Egg carton
  • Masking tape
  • Ear template
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Newspaper torn into strips
  • Electric fan (optional)
  • Sanding block or sandpaper
  • Craft glue
  • White acrylic paint
  • Black construction paper (optional)
  • Craft knife
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No-Sew Tote Bags

Steps:8
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Beach-Towel Bag

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Cardboard Village

Steps:6
Turn everyday cardboard into a whimsical winter wonderland with this step-by-step process.
Materials
  • Village template
  • Tree template
  • Transparent tape
  • Double-sided tape
  • Large pieces of cardboard (at least 32 inches long)
  • Box cutter and/or craft knife
  • Paint and glitter in desired colors
  • Glittering glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Clear vellum
  • Two strings of floral LED lights and batteries
  • Reusable adhesive putty
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Handmade Holiday Gift: Papier-Mache Pull Toys

Steps:13
Materials
  • Elephant template
  • Squirrel template
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Craft glue
  • Papier-mache mix (Activa Fast Mache or Celluclay)
  • Creative Paperclay
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Acrylic paint in a variety of colors
  • 1/4-inch wooden dowel
  • Nontoxic water-based polyurethane
  • 1/2-inch poplar board
  • Craft saw
  • Drill
  • Wood wheels and axles
  • Wood glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Additional items for the elephant: Two wooden circles for ears
  • Wire
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Bandanna Apron

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T-Shirt Bag

Steps:3
Turning an old T-shirt into a reusable shopping or grocery bag is a simple, clever craft to help everyone be "green." 
Materials
  • Heavy-weight cotton T-shirt
  • Sewing machine
  • Medium-size bowl
  • Water-erasable marking pen
  • Scissors
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Animal Silhouette Pillow

Steps:9
Make a decorative linen pillow adorned with charming felt animals -- perfect for any child's bedroom.
Materials
  • Farm animal template 1
  • Farm animal template 2
  • Farm animal template 3
  • Sea animals template 1
  • Sea animals template 2
  • Laser printer
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • 100 percent wool felt in a variety of colors
  • Sharp fabric scissors
  • 1 yard cotton canvas fabric
  • Fabri-Tac fabric glue
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Machine-sewing thread in same color as canvas
  • 18-by-18-inch pillow form
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