This school year, one of our family goals is to make a bigger effort to reduce, reuse and recycle. We want to enjoy the world around us and we can’t do that if we are swimming in stuff or our landfills become full so we have come up with some easy and fun ways to recycle! Find our tips and how to make our Easy Recycling Station as well as our recycled Fairy Garden below!
- It’s never to late to start recycling! Make Recycling part of your routine with the new school year!
- Set up a recycle station in your home to make it easy to recycle! Put it in a convenient place. The easier you make it on yourself to recycle, the more likely you will be to do it! The Recycle station below can be made for just a couple dollars in a few minutes!
Easy Recycle Station
You will need:
- Two laundry baskets from the dollar store
- The words Plastic and Paper typed on a piece of cardstock
- a laminator and laminating sheet
- a hole punch
- zip ties
Cut out the words and laminate them separately.
Cut the words out again and punch two holes into the top of each one.
Use zip ties to secure the labels. Put the recycle station by your trash can or somewhere else convenient to help remind you and your kids to recycle!
- Remember to rinse your recyclables– If things become moldy they often can’t be recycled. So avoid this by rinsing things out before you toss them into your recycle bin.
- Do recycle aluminum cans, food cans, glass bottles, cereal boxes and food boxes, juice cartons and milk jugs. Newspapers, junk mail and magazines. Aluminum foil and cardboard.
- Don’t recycle but try to donate ceramics, glassware and pots and pans.
- Find a place to recycle your batteries.
- Avoid items that are hard to recycle- Items such as plastic forks and knives can be really hard to recycle so use regular cutlery instead.
- Find programs to recycle other items. Most curbside collections don’t take plastic grocery sacks but a lot of grocery stores do! Save them and bring them back to the store.
- Look for ways to reuse the things you have. My daughters really wanted a fairy garden but instead of running to the store and buying more things that might end up in a land fill later on, we created a fun and colorful fairy garden using things we have on hand! Find the instructions for our Fairy Garden below.
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Plastic Bottle Fairy Houses
This fun and colorful Fairy Garden was so easy to make and I LOVE that it used things that we already had. Upcycling is one of my favorite ways to get creative!
You will need:
- plastic bottles emptied and dried
- spray paint or acrylic paint and a foam brush
- hot glue
- buttons or gems
- a lighter
Start by cutting the bottom off of the water bottle. Cut the top off the bottle leaving a section of plastic from the middle that you can use for flowers. Cut a design on the bottom edge of the top of the bottle. Some design ideas for the bottom edge include a zig-zag, a rounded petal pattern or even long tulip like leaves.
Cut a door in the bottom section of your water bottle. You can cut a circle or a square out, whatever is easier for you. Paint the bottle with either spray paint or acrylic paint and a brush.
After your fairy house is dry from the paint, add a line of hot glut around the bottom party of the house and then place the top of the house on. This will glue the two pieces together. Now you can make fun flowers and decorations for your house!
For the small flowers, cut a circle out of the extra plastic you had left over from making the house. Add fringe to the circle by making a cut every so often in the circle. Use a lighter to melt the edges so they curl in on themselves. Spray paint the flower and then add a gem or a button to the center.
For the large red flower, cut the bottom off of another water bottle. Paint it whatever color you want and then add a button or gem to the middle of it. I absolutely love these second flowers because they are SO easy to make!
What things do you do to make recycling easier in your house? You can find more ideas on how to get your family and schools excited about recycling here!
Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh says
These are great ideas. I love those little fairy houses, and my daughter would love making them too. Such a creative idea.
Doesn’t get any easier to recycle. You have a wonderful and easy recycling bins
Marcie W. says
Fun suggestions, especially since recycling is so important. Having the kids make a few of those fairy houses to place throughout my inlaws garden would be a super cute surprise!
vanessa palma says
I love these fairy houses. What a great way to recycle! I need to make these.
Ruth I. says
I love all your ideas! We practice recycling here and teach the kids to do the same. I want to do the plastic bottle fairy house, so cute!
Jaime Nicole says
Your fairy houses are so cute! My girls would just love to make those – thanks for all the recycling tips!
Amy D says
I love the fairy houses! I’ll totally make some of these with my girls!
What an easy enough and fun enough way to make recycling a bit catchier for the whole family! I will have to try this as we do recycle our stuff!
Liz Mays says
Great ideas! I think with an organized and efficient system like this, we could do a lot better. The fairy houses are cute!
Mimi Green says
We are avid recyclers, we have more recycling than regular trash.
Your Plastic Bottle Fairy Houses are adorable. My daughter would love to make something like this.
Tomi C says
We have donated plastic bottles to the kids’ school for projects in our community garden. The kids are pretty creative and the teacher / volunteers always plan some great projects which encourage the kids to recycle. Like the seed starters, a personal favorite.
Annemarie LeBlanc says
I also have different baskets, but they are not labeled so I still have to spend time sorting whatever is in the baskets. I will do as you did. It will make sorting recyclable items really easy. I hope my boys READ the labels though. 🙂
Chubskulit Rose says
Oh my gosh, those are really cute fairy house. I would definitely love to do this with my daughter to put in our fairy garden.
Victoria Heckstall says
Those recycle looks so adorable especially the stylish Plastic bottle fairy houses.
Nikka Shae says
Your so crafty and great ideas! We recycle at our house too. We just have one bin for all paper and plastic.
Tina Butler says
Your bins are perfect for kids and perfect to keep organized. Recycling is all about placement to make it easier. If it is not in an easy access place then I just hate doing it. We have our right next to our trash can so it makes it easier for everyone.
Definitely recycling is advised to everyone. This is our own way to help our environment. I am starting to recycle the plastic bottles and turning it into garden pots too. I didn’t realized it can be created like this. Another idea I got from reading your post.
Terri Beavers says
I need to start reycling more items to help the grand kids learn how important it is. They’d love to make some of those fairy houses and so would I.
Reusing things is a great way to recycle. I love that fairy garden, very creative! I think recycling is also an important lesson to teach our kids about. We have to be good stewards so there is something for the next generation to enjoy!