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DecoArt Earth Day Craft Challenge

I’ve got something really fun to share with you today.  I’m partnering up with one of my all time favorite bloggers, Marie of Make and Takes, to present you all with … drum roll please… The DecoArt Earth Day Challenge.  “What in the world is that?” you might be thinking.  Basically it’s our call to action to get up and do something with the kiddos to commemorate Earth Day this year.
Of course every good challenge has to have a prize and thanks to our lovely sponsor DecoArt, this one will have six!  On April 20th we will randomly choose three winners from MPMK and three winners from Make and Takes, each of which will receive a fabulous DecoArt paint prize pack.  The challenge rules are simple.  All you have to do is complete some type of project that centers around the principles of reducing, reusing, or recycling.  Our parameters are incredibly broad, so much so that we’ve broken the challenge up into two categories, and today we’re each sharing projects appropriate for our respective topics.
If you’d like to submit a craft project using recycled materials, you can do that over at Make and Takes.  Marie is there today sharing a clever tutorial using tin cans and, of course, paint to create kid-friendly mini musical drums.

And if you’d like to submit a project designed to encourage your kids to become more Earth-friendly, you can do that right here.  I’m using paint to jazz up some reusable shopping bags and providing you all with some cute printables for setting up Earth Day stations at home (details further down this post).
You can submit as many projects as you like in each category and they can be old or new – as long as you’re showing kids the importance of going green, we’re happy.  To enter, simply leave a comment here or at Make and Takes with a link to a photo of your project (a photo must be included in order for your submission to be eligible for the prize).
Over the next week Marie and I will be pinning all of the entries from each site onto a collaborative pinterest board.  Which means that even if you don’t win some of that lovely paint, you still have the chance to garner quite a bit of exposure for your project.
Have I sold you on the challenge yet?  Great!  Click through for a little more inspiration and some free printables.
Did you guys ever make apple prints as a kid?  I did and that is exactly what inspired today’s project.  Since we didn’t have any apples on hand, though, we decided to go for it with carrots instead.

Once we gathered our paints and produce, I let C loose on one of our much-loved reusable shopping bags.  He thought being allowed to literally play with his food was just about the coolest thing ever and I have no doubt his eyes will light up the first time we get to use our “carrot bag” at the store.

I used one of our clamp style hangers from Target to let our bags dry and while they were hanging there inspiration hit.  See, despite my best intentions and owning multiple reusable bags, I often forget them in the mad dash to get both kids into the car and through the store before someone gets hungry or needs to pee.
Staring at the drying bag, I had an epiphany.  What we need is a highly visible “reusable bag station” located right next to the back door so I can grab and go on my way to the car.  So I whipped up a cute printable, cut and glued, and our new station was born.
Of course, one cute printable just wasn’t enough so I also made one for a “recycling station” and a “composting station”.  If you’d like to print your own, you can get them here. (Also, for more info. on our previous ventures into the world of recycling and composting, check out our trash diet series).
Now it’s your turn.

RULES for Earth Day Challenge:
  • Simply leave a comment with a link to a blog post, pinterest page, facebook status/photo, something with an image of your recycled craft.
  • Share your recycled crafts link/photo at Make and Takes and/or share your recycling solution projects with link/photo here at MPMK.
  • It can be an old or new project, just something with an Earth Day or Recycled theme.
  • You can enter as many times as you’d like if you have multiple recycled projects. Enter a new comment for every idea/link.
  • The contest will end at midnight EST on Thursday, April 19th, 2012.
    *Comments without a link to an image will not be included in the giveaway*
We have DecoArt giving away 6 prize packs of paint, 3 winners here at MPMK and 3 winners over at Make and Takes! You have 6 chances to win. We’ll each choose our winners at random, so no favorites, just get creative!
We’ll be adding all of your ideas to our Craft Challenge Pinterest page so you can see all the projects. Happy Crafting!


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letters numbers and book oh my! April 12, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I have a series of post called reduce reuse and recraft where we’ve taken items and reused them not sure if they count since they aren’t earth themed so to speak but they are recycled. Anyway you can pin any here is the labeled post:



Roopa April 12, 2012 at 3:25 pm
Dalton April 12, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Use your extra pantry goodies (rice, beans, lentils, seeds, etc.) plus some peanut butter and a pine cone to make a bird feeder. Great kid-friendly project. My 2 year old had a blast!


Kerry April 12, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Upcycle Your T-Shirt into an Infinity Scarf & headband. So easy and free!


MaryAnne April 12, 2012 at 9:56 pm

We turned a cardboard box into a space shuttle – complete with lights!


Lori Sutton April 12, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Turn cardboard boxes and toilet paper rolls into arcade games the whole family can enjoy!

“Rolly Rocky Holey” – The Homemade Arcade Game


http://livingatthewhiteheadszoo.blogspot.com/ April 12, 2012 at 10:03 pm
http://livingatthewhiteheadszoo.blogspot.com/ April 12, 2012 at 10:04 pm
LiEr April 13, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Hurrah for Earth Day! I’m sharing my most recent cardboard thing – this barbie house –



Michelle DuPuis April 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm

What a great way to celebrate Earth Day! Here’s a few of my recycled projects:

Turn mom’s old pants into new pants for baby: http://rustsunshine.blogspot.com/2012/01/recycled-pants.html

Make festive coasters from Mardi Gras beads: http://rustsunshine.blogspot.com/2012/02/mardi-gras-coasters.html

Turn a vintage sheet into a hand-tied baby blanket:

Recycle ugly glass ornaments into colorful paper mache balls: http://rustsunshine.blogspot.com/2011/12/12-days-of-christmas-ornaments-day-9.html


Brooke April 14, 2012 at 9:04 pm

My girls made some dollhouses for their miniature dolls out of old shoeboxes: http://letkidscreate.blogspot.com/2011/11/shoebox-lalaloopsy-house.html


craftyklass April 17, 2012 at 4:09 am

My pre-k class of 18 will visit our Fernbank, eat in the botanical gardens, and reuse our drinking bottles for bird feeders and make earth day hats with our paper bags. Afterward we will use our hats as border paper for our learning centers.


Heather@ Creative Family Moments April 17, 2012 at 4:25 pm

We are recycling scratched up, useless CDs and DVDs as well as milk caps to make awesome Earth Day Spinners!


glimmersnaps April 17, 2012 at 5:42 pm

This is a project that encourages kids to be conscience of recycling

Thanks for the challenge!


Marnie @ Carrots are Orange April 17, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Love this idea. I am hosting an Earth Day Play Date this weekend. I am definitely going to set up a “design your own” reusable shopping bag station. What material is your bag in the above photo. Is it canvas? What material do you think would work best? Thank you!!


Steph at ModernParentsMessyKids.com April 18, 2012 at 12:52 am

Hi Marnie,

The bag is canvas and these SoSoft fabric acrylics from DecoArt are perfect for the job:


Have fun!



Marnie Craycroft April 17, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Oh and here are my earth day/recycled crafts and activities links! Thanks!


I also did a guest post on The Lone Home Ranger with a resist Earth:


Best, Marnie (Carrots Are Orange)


ps April 20, 2012 at 10:30 am

recycle old cardboard boxes into a green car.


vixen Made April 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm

These are great!! I had to share them on my blog here: http://www.vixenmade.com/2012/04/free-printable-friday-earth-day.html


safdar ali May 12, 2012 at 11:26 am

So nice celebration of earth day. This is so best.

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