Frugal Earth Day Crafts for Kids
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Frugal Earth Day Crafts for Kids

Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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EarthNeed a fun Earth Day craft for your kids to do? Start by looking at the recyclable items that are already in your home. You can turn things that were headed for the recycle bin into Earth Day art! This means you won’t have to spend a lot of money on these fun art projects.

Earth Day is April 22. It is an excellent opportunity for parents to teach their kids about recycling, repurposing, and other things that are good for the environment. Make the lesson fun by helping your kids create these awesome Earth Day crafts.

Toilet Paper Roll Trees
You can do so many art projects with a repurposed empty toilet paper roll! This one is extremely simple to do and would be good for younger kids.

You will need 1 empty toilet paper roll and one piece of green construction paper. Cut out a tree-like shape, and attach it to the roll. (Parents may need to help with the cutting). In a short time, your child will have made his or her very own paper tree. What better way to teach that paper comes from trees than by making one out of paper? This idea came from Enchanted Learning.

Cereal Box Notepads
Infarrantly Creative has step-by-step instructions on how to create cute notepads from empty cereal boxes. First, raid your recycle bin for empty cereal boxes (boxes that once held cookies or pasta could work, too). Next, follow the instructions in the blog. Basically, you will be using the stiff cardboard as the cover of a notebook. Use a pack of notecards for the paper. Bind it by using Mod Podge.

Repurposed T-Shirt Necklaces
Got some old t-shirts laying around, that aren’t quite good enough to donate to a thrift store? Repurpose them into necklaces! The Petite Elefant blog has step-by-step directions for you to follow. Cut the old t-shirts into strips. Collect up all the beads that you have leftover from other projects (or pick some up at a dollar store or craft store). Kids that have the skill to tie knots and to string beads will have fun with this project.

Found Object Mobiles
This Earth Day craft will use up all the little leftover odds and ends that you have lying around the house. Start with some old rulers that your child used at school last year. Or, you could use some paint sticks, instead. You will need some string. Start a string that has several items tied to it, and attach it to the ruler. Plum Pudding has some awesome pictures that show how colorful this craft can become!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.