With the rains ever-so-often threatening to wash away holiday plans in Singapore, we realise that we all need to have some indoor activities planned for the times we are forced to (or choose to) stay home. While outdoor activities are our daily dose of exercise and fresh air, indoor activities allow our kids( and the the kid within us) to unleash their creative sides and try their hand at something new. (Of course, there are a lot of fun indoor games too!).
Over the years, we’ve always liked to put our trash to good use by either recycling or reusing them – a few definitely were kept aside for ‘best out of waste’ crafts with our young ones. Here is a compilation of some of our tried and tested crafts – that turned out the way we hoped they would, rather than just pipe dreams pinned on our pinterest walls! Do your kids and you prefer the outdoors? Check out the upcoming outdoor eco-events in Singapore on Secondsguru’s curated calendar.
Waste Material Crafts: Egg Cartons
Every week, one will have one or two egg cartons that come home and eventually go for recycling. If you have a green thumb, definitely put them to use for germinating seeds as they are biodegradable and no stress about re potting the baby plant!
# If you don’t have a green thumb, worry not. You could use it to egg-cellent succulents – pretty succulents made out of egg cartons.
# All kids love imaginative play and dragons are an integral part of their dramatic stories! Learn how to make a dragon by repurposing an egg carton.
# Never too early to start planning for Christmas? Well, this could be a practice session for the final tree made by egg carton craft. Here is how you can make your own X-Mas tree using egg cartons.
Waste Material Crafts: Paper
We strongly recommend using both sides of paper – for kids colouring and scribbling activity, reuse one sided printed paper. Paper could also be used to create fun things through origami.
# Be it a birthday or festival, after any celebration there is always an excess of pretty wrapping paper lying around. Try and re-use the paper if carefully remove. And the rest can be used to try out these wrapping paper craft.
# Why buy wrapping paper when we can make our own using block printing and newspaper? An easy, quick craft using old newspaper in your home.
Waste Material Crafts: Cork
Another regular culprit that we find lying around in our homes are cork coasters, bottle stoppers or pan holders. If you have any of these lying around, here are few craft ideas with cork.
# Old cork coasters or pan holders lying around and looking not so good – just give them a fresh coat of paint and see them lead a new life. Here is how you can upcycle cork coasters.
# Collect those wine corks and convert them into cute characters that kids can play with. Just refer to our wine bottle cork crafts compilation for more ideas.
Waste Material Crafts: Toilet Paper Rolls
Who would have thought that toilet paper rolls would have a more dignified life once the paper roll on them had finished? They are great craft items and can be used to make a variety of things from wire organiser to telescopes.
# With all the excess wires that we have in our lives today, a wire organiser is pretty useful thing to have. Here is how we made a wire organiser using toilet paper rolls.
# Toilet rolls can also be made into great candy holders. While we tried it during Halloween, one could actually make them for any festival or even as birthday party favours. Take a look at our easy guide to making your own Halloween candy holders.
# Everybody loves a surprise! This birthday advent calendar made using toilet paper rolls is a fun activity – get the kids to make their own calendar and you could just add in the clues when the time comes and finish it up.
If you want to make your own games with materials lying around here and there, we have two ideas for you.
# This travel game box has 3 games in one box– and it’s a perfect travel companion! So, follow the instructions and make your own DIY game box. Who knows, you may come up with a game or two that can be added to it!
# Create your own play area for the kids with these indoor games for a rainy day ideas. All you need is some tape and cans (and a few other things) and you have 3 indoor games ready!
# Well, this last one is not a game – it’s about repurposing preloved games and stationery that are lying around to craft something new. Instead of just throwing away old toys, game boards or those bit of crayons, repurpose them with these wonderful ideas.
We really hope you will try some of these crafts out and if you do, please share a photo on our FB page or tag us on Instagram. And if you have some fun and unique ideas on best out of waste crafts, feel free to write into us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Till then, happy crafting from Team Secondsguru!