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A Dozen Cracking Easter Craft Ideas

 

 

 

As Easter fast approaches, you may be looking for fun ideas to create and craft Easter items with your children during the Easter school holidays. Below are 12 fun activities you can do with children of all ages.

Easter Blog picture table

Activity 1

How to blow out eggs for decoration to be used in other activities in our Easter blog.

Keep egg cartons for use in another activity in this blog.

http://hodgepodgecraft.com/how-to-blow-out-eggs-for-easter-decorations/

Activity 2

Hen bag for Easter egg hunt/decorated eggs.

http://randbconsultants.co.uk/2014/04/15/collect-your-easter-eggs-in-this-lovely-hen-bag/

Activity 3

Here are 20 different ways to dye or decorate your blown eggs.

https://www.parentmap.com/article/20-fantastic-ideas-for-dyeing-and-decorating-easter-eggs?

Activity 4

Novelty springy toilet paper roll bunnies.

http://childmadetutorials.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/paper-roll-easter-bunny.html

Activity 5

How to make a weaved Easter basket made from cardboard boxes. Any excess cardboard from these can be used in other activities in this blog.

http://www.craftstylish.com/item/44094/how-to-weave-an-easter-basket-from-recycled-boxes/page/all#comment_list

Activity 6

Egg carton hatching chicks.

http://www.craftymorning.com/egg-carton-hatching-chicks-kids-craft/

Activity 7

Quick and easy toilet paper roll bunnies.

http://www.redtedart.com/2014/03/04/quick-toilet-paper-roll-bunnies-east-crafts-kids/

Activity 8

Cute Easter bunny bookmarks. Do you love reading, then you’ll love these.

http://joyfullyweary.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/bunny-bookmarks.html

Activity 9

Blown eggs dyed with old silk ties. A novel and unique way to make use of old silk ties.

http://mommyknows.com/silk-tie-dye-easter-eggs-tutorial/

Activity 10

Rocking Easter chicks made from a plastic milk carton.

http://mylittle3andme.co.uk/rocking-easter-chick-recycled-craft/

Activity 11

Cardboard eggs made using decorated cardboard and twine which is all biodegradeable, so if they do not all get found no harm will come to any wildlife. Handy to hide for a treasure hunt and collect in your Easter bags/baskets to swap for Easter treats after the hunt.

http://b-inspiredmama.com/recycled-art-easter-eggs/

Activity 12

Easter bunny and chick mask templates which can be printed out on plain or coloured paper and then decorated using crayons, felts or paint.

http://www.itsybitsyfun.com/easter-masks.html

 

The Reuseful UK team wish you a happy Easter.

Please note that the Reuseful UK office will be closed over the Easter weekend including the Bank Holidays (3rd-6th April 2015)

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Resource Event 2015

Well what a busy week we've had...!!

Reuseful UK at short notice were invited to the resource event at The ExCel in London from 3 - 5th March 2015. A LOT of preparation in a short space of time...! 

We needed to resource and create an exhibition stand to make the most of this great opportunity to show the business community what we have to offer.

Resource is the largest free to attend circular economy event with 11,000 people attendeding to view and listen to 90 exhibitors, and 120 speakers, including businesses such as Marks and Spencer, Barratt Homes, Jaguar Land Rover. As well as policy and decision makers such as Laura Sandys, MP for South Thanet, and Josefina Lindblam, the Policy Officer for the European Commission and of course our two trustees Karen Cannard - The Rubbish Diet  and Gilli Hobbs - BRE.

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Nip it in the bud

 

Gloucester Scrapstore, a treasure trove of scrappy delights which we raided for a craft table at E's birthday party. Families can pay £7 for an annual membership and fill up a Tesco bag with materials for £5 each time they visit (community groups can fill a trolley for £12). It's a much more creative (not to mention cheaper) way of crafting with kids. E was easily occupied with buckets full of bottle tops while I had a rummage through fabrics and rolls of paper.
If you're short on ideas there's a whole page of downloadable craft leaflets on their website. The Scraptstore is open Tuesdays 10 – 7pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 – 5pm and occasional Saturdays.

Many thanks to Nic from 'Nip in the bud' blog for writing this blog post.

If you would like to write a blog post for us, please email info@reusefuluk.org 

Click here to view more blogs on on Nics' page

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 Well what a busy week we've had...!!
 
Reuseful UK at short notice were invited to the Resource event at The ExCel in London from 3 - 5th March 2015. A LOT of preparation in a short space of time...! 
We needed to Resource, and set up a stall pretty sharpish, given the great opportunity to show the business community what we have to offer.
The event itself was pretty huge... 11,000 people attended to view and listen to 90 exhibitors, and 120 speakers, including businesses such as Marks and Spencer, Barratt Homes, Jaguar Land Rover... and names such as Laura Sandys, MP for South Thanet, and Josefina Lindblam, the Policy Officer for the European Commission. 
Particular interest in Reuseful UK came from IKEA, Caterpillar, the Evening Standard, Screwfix, Canon and Nestle... all great companies who would be great to have on board and supporting / donating... maybe even funding.
 
 
With only days to prepare, all hands were on deck to source materials for the stand at the exhibition. Picture frames were donated and picked up from local stores, hand painted by members of CCORN to house photos of scrap materials, which looked stunning. Flyers and business cards were continuously printed to hand out to businesses, companies and members of the public (of which we are proud to say left us with only two remaining), and backs were broken to set up the actual stand.
Having to travel back and forth between March and London every day, starting out at 6am, dealing with the stress of the daily commute, and making sure everything ran smoothly. This had taken its toll on the whole team working up to 50 hours in a week 35 more than scheduled, but the results were worth it...
 
frames
 
A huge thank you to all that helped over the three days, especially the Resource team who supported us being there, and for giving Reuseful UK the opportunity to speak at the conference. Our stall was decorated by a large, crafted bee, made by recognised and highly respected artist Michelle Reader... a beautiful piece of work caused such a buzz, that people made a beeline straight for us...
 
    bee and girl
 
All the efforts have paid off due to an abundance of interest from businesses, companies, and the public, but the hard work really starts now...