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Recycled Crafts Book: Sock Puppets, Cardboard Castles, Soap Jug Guitars

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Corrugated Castle. Fancy Foil Fish Mobile. Paper Bead Bangles. Braided Rag Coasters. Old Shoe Flower Pots. Puppy Dog Sock Puppet. With a little imagination, just about anything we think of as trash can be transformed into an art project good enough to give as a gift or to keep and treasure yourself. Master crafter Laura C. Martin shows kids how to make art out of the paper, plastic, metal, and cloth we usually consign to the recycling bin or ...

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Corrugated Castle. Fancy Foil Fish Mobile. Paper Bead Bangles. Braided Rag Coasters. Old Shoe Flower Pots. Puppy Dog Sock Puppet. With a little imagination, just about anything we think of as trash can be transformed into an art project good enough to give as a gift or to keep and treasure yourself. Master crafter Laura C. Martin shows kids how to make art out of the paper, plastic, metal, and cloth we usually consign to the recycling bin or the garbage can.

The way Martin sees it, just about everything around us holds artistic possibilities. Plastic picnic plates can be cut up to make a bouquet of flowers that will never wilt (and don't need watering). Roll leftover gift wrap into tight tubes and cut it into small sections to make one of- a-kind beads. Decorate the sides of old paint cans with acrylic paint and tie sturdy rope to the handles to make a pair of stilts.

Along the way, Martin offers sidebars on the history of rubbish and profiles of artists whose medium is junk. She passes along important lessons about being a good steward of the Earth. But the lessons are light and fun—never preachy.

Fun for kids, perfect for involved and homeschooling parents, and ideal for schoolteachers who have seen their art supply budgets slashed, Recycled Crafts Box shows budding artists how to make something beautiful and save the planet at the same time.

Discusses recycling and provides information and instructions for making art projects from a variety of recycled materials.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Great for Earth Day or any day, this colorful, inviting, and well-organized book is a wonderful choice for instilling environmental awareness or encouraging creativity.” –School Library Journal

“Discover hidden art supplies in your recycling bin with tips from “Recycled Crafts Box…” –Indianapolis Star

Publishers Weekly
Kids can turn trash into treasure with Recycled Crafts Box by Laura Martin. Martin (Nature's Art Box) encourages creativity and environmental awareness with more than 35 projects such as "Paper Bead Bangles" made from wrapping paper and drinking straws, a "Fancy Foil Fish" mobile made from disposable pie tins or take-out containers, and a "Dancing Tin Can Man" made from... you guessed it. The paperback book also contains recycling tips and Web sites, as well as brief interviews with artists who regularly incorporate recycled materials. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This cute and colorful volume is the second crafts book by Laura Martin for Storey Kids. In her introduction, the author says that even more than having fun with the crafts, "it is my hope that ...you will begin to think creatively about all the ways you can reduce the number of things you throw away." To this end, in addition to directions for 40 craft projects, Martin includes what amounts to a brief history of trash. For each of the four main materials used—paper, plastic, metal, and fabric—there is information on that material and how it is recycled, a "How You Can Make a Difference" box, and a few paragraphs featuring an artist who specializes in art made from that recycled material. Some of the projects described in the book have been around for years (like paper beads) or even centuries (like braided rag items), but may be new to this generation. Sometimes, however, Martin goes a bit overboard in her zeal to recycle. Is an African violet potted in an ancient sneaker really a "boot-i-ful...garden?" And what happens when the sneaker starts to rot? This book, like most craft books, is likely to appeal to more to girls than boys and seems to be designed with that in mind, though it may work for the artistically and/or ecologically inclined boy. All in all, it is a good educational approach to fun that is attractively packaged. 2003, Storey Kids/Storey Publishing, Ages 8 to 12.
—Dawn Elizabeth Hunt
School Library Journal
Gr 1-6-From its cover with raised letters that look as though they are made of various recycled materials to the helpful back matter (including a list of books and Web sites on recycling), this title is attractive and informative. Divided into sections dealing with paper, plastic, metal, and fabric, the book tells how these materials are made, traces their history, and explains how they can be recycled, emphasizing benefits to the environment. Tips on how youngsters can make a difference appear throughout, and interviews with artists who work with recyclables are included as sidebars. Scattered circles contain information about the inability of various substances to break down. Several art projects are provided for each type of material. These activities produce items that children will enjoy making and using, such as jewelry crafted from paper beads, dolls created from plastic yogurt cups, stilts fashioned out of empty paint cans, and planters made from old shoes. The finished items are shown in full-page color photos. The procedural steps are clearly written, well numbered, and illustrated with clear pencil drawings. Great for Earth Day or any day, this colorful, inviting, and well-organized book is a wonderful choice for instilling environmental awareness or encouraging creativity. Bobbe Needham's Ecology Crafts for Kids (Sterling, 1998) is another excellent title.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580175227
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 738,222
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.38 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura C. Martin has been writing about nature, crafts, and gardening for 25 years. She has served as garden editor for Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles and Georgia magazines. She is the author of 18 books, most recently The Art and Craft of Pounding Flowers, which was featured on the Discovery Channel. Her lectures and workshops on crafts and gardening delight audiences across the United States.

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Table of Contents

A Note to Readers x
Trash? Or Treasure? 1
Paper 7
Milk Carton Cottages
Corrugated Castle
Shoe Box Treasure Chest
Encore Envelopes
Paper Bead Bangles
Plastic 27
Picnic Plate Flowers
Yogurt Cup Girls
Buzz the Bottle Bug
Bottle Cap Shaker & Soap Lid Maracas
Plastic Jar Drums & Laundry Soap Jug Guitar
Metal 49
Fancy Foil Fish
Dancing Tin Can Man
Scenic Stilts
Fabric 65
Porch Pals
Rag Coasters and Bowls
A Boot-i-ful Shoe Garden
Socks the Puppy Dog Puppet
Appendix 83
Resources
Glossary
Index
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