Category Archives: children’s crafts (recycled materials)

Aluminum Can Butterfly Room Décor, Mobiles, Ornaments and More

After you cut out your own butterflies out of aluminum cans, you can use them in many creative ways. Here are a few ideas.

Lavender Butterflies on Wall

These butterflies were made by a middle school student. She is working on making a collection of them to flutter up her wall. Lavender Butterfly

She choose to paint hers. Don’t they look sweet? Add antenna if you like.

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Make them into a mobile. This was made by a friend.

Can Butterfly resting on finger

Use them as ornaments. Here is one I made and it seemingly rests on my finger.

Can Butterfly attached to Ceiling Fan Pull

I attached some to my ceiling fan pulls to help remind me which is the fan and which is the light.

I like the idea of using them in the garden as garden art. Further, they can be attached to trees to help one navigate down a winding forest path.

To learn more about how these were made, you may want to see my post: aluminum-can-butterfly-candle-holder.

 

MYO Aluminum Can Butterfly Decorated Candle Holder

Home Made Can Butterfly candle holder

Can Butterfly Decorated Lamp Make your own fun fluttery butterfly candle holder this summer. I love the way the aluminum can butterflies create shadows on the table or walls. I’m really pleased how well this project turned out. What do you think? I used aluminum cans found during one of our local roadside clean-ups. I see possibilities in trash.

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Wash your aluminum cans. Cut the bottom and top off. Also cut along the side so you can lay the metal flat.CuttingCanO

(Older children can do this project. My 13 year old, in the photo above, was able to make very nice butteries on her own.)

Next, gently fold the metal to accommodate a stencil or to draw on a butterfly the desired size. Keep in mind that if you fold with the color on the inside, then you will have the color on the top side of the butterfly like in the picture.

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Cut out the butterfly; I designated an old pair of scissors for this job. You can also get metal cutting shears from the hardware store. Don’t use your favorite pair of paper scissors!

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Gently unfold the metal. Be careful because this seam has a tendency to break if you over work this edge. These can be painted if desired.

 

Table Cloth For Two With Matching Napkins Made From Dad Button Down Shirts

Make a handsome reversible table cloth and two napkins from two of dad’s old button down shirts. Or choose a variety of red white and blue shirts to make Fourth of July placemats and napkins.

Dad Shirt Table cloth and napkins for two

This little table cloth with matching napkins is a perfect beginner project for those new to using a sewing machine or a quick project for experienced sewers. It would make a terrific Father’s Day gift from his little girl. Then celebrate with tea for two.

Supplies: two dad button down t-shirts or one dad button down t-shirt and a piece of scrap fabric of a complimentary color and approximate size. This should be a shirt that dad doesn’t want anymore. Often stains can be worked around. Alternatively, substitute a large second-hand shirt. Bigger shirts make bigger table cloths so the bigger the better.

1. Cut up the shirt and Iron the pieces.

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2. Cut the squares out for the table cloth and napkins. Make the largest squares that your shirt will make. Save the back of the shirts to use for the table cloth or placemats.

3. With good sides facing, sew the two sides of the tablecloth together. Make sure the good sides are touching. If making placemats, you will want to cut your fabric into rectangles instead of squares. Sew almost all the way around. You need to leave a hole in which to turn your cloth right side out again.

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4. Clip the corners off.Clip Corners

5. Turn right side out and Iron flat.

6. If desired, sew a few strips. This task is a lot easier if the fabric is striped or plaid and you can follow the lines on the fabric.

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7. Hand or machine stitch the hole closed.

To make the napkins, simply fold over the fabric twice and pin. Ironing the folds now is helpful but not necessary. Use a sewing machine to sew down the folds.One side should already have a hemmed edge from the shirt.

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My daughter sewing the hem.Sewing button down shirt napkins

You may have fabric left-over from your shirt to make a pouch to carry your tablecloth.

 

Valentine Photo Holder Made From Recycled Materials

 

 

 

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The corks are re-purposed as well as the hooks. I saved these hooks from when I purchased some socks. Use two hooks just flip one over and make a heart. I think it is so cute. I’ve been wanting to share this simple project for a few years now.

Photo Holder Made from recycled materials