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25
Mar
31
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Easter Blog

 

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.

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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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06
Mar
35
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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 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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18
Feb
21

Nip it in the bud

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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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Click here to view more blogs on on Nics' page

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08
Dec
13

12 Days of Christmas

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As we are all preparing for the festive season ahead, we thought that we'd round off the year with our 12 Days of Christmas Crafts

Have a Happy Christmas, Pancha Ganapati, Hanukkah, Yule, Kwanzaa, Hogmanay, Malanka, Dongzhi Festival, Newton Mas, Quaid-E-Azam if you celebrate and last but not least, we wish a fabulous 2015!

The Reuseful UK Team

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For Christmas, my scrapstore gave to me;

  1. Fingerprint Christmas Lights
  2. Diary Wreaths
  3. Initial Ornaments
  4. Sassy Snowmen
  5. Toilet Paper Roll Stars
  6. Ice Queens
  7. Woven Finnish Stars
  8. Christmas Tree Garlands
  9. Magical Christmas Lanterns
  10. Pop-Up Christmas Cards
  11. Christmas Stars
  12. Christmas Rag Wreaths
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03
Dec
13
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When I first started working at Reuseful UK last year it was as a volunteer. Volunteering had always been something I wanted to do. Having a new focus and feeling good about giving something back to the community. I learnt so much in only a matter of days about the secret world of scrapstores and all the amazing work scrapstore members do for their communities.

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19
Nov
15

Pawsitively Pawesome Pet Activities

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Are you a crafty person and an animal lover like us at Reuseful UK? 

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Here are some fantastic activities for you to try- mixing both your passions for animals and crafts! 

Doggy Dino Tank Top (AKA Jurassic Bark):

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28
Oct
15

Remember, Remember! The Fifth of November!

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Reuseful UK wants to put a spark into your Bonfire Bonanza.

Here are five great creative activities for you to try with your friends and family. 

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14
Oct
14

Frightfully Good Resources

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Reuseful UK want to put a spell on you this Halloween!

We have the pick of the patch for you. 13 frightfully fangtastic Halloween activities! 

 

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02
Oct
24

Percy's Festival of Thrift Adventure

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This blog comes courtesy of Percy Middlesborough. They also have Facebook and Twitter.

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The bubble bike

Last year we were invited to the first "Festival of Thrift" at Darlington. No-one knew what to expect.

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12
Aug
20

40 Days of Summer Part 2

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 Summer is doing it's usual British thing

With the weather being as awful as it is, do you need ideas for activities to keep your children busy during the bad weather? Reuseful UK is here to help! We have here 20 more activities to keep you busy and having fun this summer!

Remember to visit our directory for your nearest scrapstore to stock up on all the resources you need to get creative this SUMMER!

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24
Jul
14

40 Days of Summer Part 1

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Summer has ARRIVED!! 

Wondering what to do this summer? Reuseful UK is here to help! We have here 20 activities to keep you busy and having fun this summer!

Remember to visit our directory for your nearest scrapstore to stock up on all the resources you need to get creative this SUMMER!

 

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25
Jun
29

New Scrapstore In Sheffield Opens It's Doors

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Our guest blogger is Yanina Koszalinski who is the scrapstore co-ordinator for Sheffield Out of School Network

 In February, we opened our new Scrapstore at Edmund Road Business Centre. The scrapstore collects suitable waste materials donated by local businesses and manufacturers which then makes it available to individuals, groups and organisations that work with children and young people, diverting waste that would have gone to landfill or incineration to be reused for children’s play and creative activities

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On Wednesday 4th June 2014 we joined scrapstores around the country to “open our doors” as part of Greek Week to raise awareness of who and what scrapstores are all about.  Throughout the day over 90 visitors from community groups, schools and businesses that have donated materials, came along to meet our staff and volunteers and see the wide variety of materials we have in the scrapstore and how they are used for children’s play and creative activities.  There was also an opportunity to take a look behind the scenes in our warehouse, where we store larger items and resources used in Scrapstore PlayPods™ based inschools across South Yorkshire and further afield.

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17
Feb
15

Organise Your Own Creative Recycling Event

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Our Guest Blogger Jenni Wraysbury is a former Travel Writer, who now freelances and has a huge interest in environmental issues.

 

Organise Your Own Creative Reusing Event!

As well as running scrapstores, members of Reuseful UK (formerly known as ScrapstoresUK) also get involved in organising all kinds of community events. The aim is to get more people of all ages discovering the fun of being creative – and turning 'rubbish' into something worth keeping. One recent event was Oxford's first 'swap'n'fix' event, where scrapstore charity Orinoco had a stall and showed how to turn an old video cassette into a new yo-yo!

If you have a passion for arts and crafts, it is a lot of fun to arrange an artistic happening and enthuse others. It could be something as small-scale as a coffee morning at your home for a few friends to try out new craft ideas. Alternatively, you may want to stage a full-scale fair or fete with artists and teachers demonstrating a whole range of artistic activities, from spinning recycled yarn to building giant junk models and collages.

There are many different possibilities to choose from, and you might want to tie your event in with Voluntary Arts Week, which will be held from May 9 to 18 in 2014. This year's VAW will include a national Craftbomb drive, with the idea being to decorate open areas of your local town or village with colourful temporary creations to inspire and excite the community. Of course, it is essential to get permission from the relevant authorities before going ahead with this.

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06
Feb
25
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Our Guest Blogger, Karen Cannard joined ReusefulUK as a trustee in November.  She is the creator of The Rubbish Diet, which is described as the UK’s first slimming club for bins and in January was listed in the Top 10 of the most influential people in the Resource sector.   Here she invites Scrapstore organisers and customers to join in the fun.

 

The Rubbish Diet began when, as a housewife on a mission to reduce my waste, I signed up to our local council’s ZeroWaste Week challenge.  I used the blog as an independent diary to record my creative attempts at improving my recycling, reducing my food waste and reusing what was left.  When Zero Waste Week came, all we threw away was a plaster after a couple of sweet wrappers had been repurposed for some toddler junk art.

The Rubbish Diet provides a real focus for anyone who’s curious about reducing their waste.  Last year the blog was developed into a website, where anyone can now sign up for the 4 week diet plan.  Over 1000 people have slimmed their bins with us so far.  After working out the top 5 things that fill your rubbish bin, you have four weeks to try and eliminate them.  Weekly emails help you improve your knowledge of local recycling, save money by reducing food waste and show off your reuse ideas before attempting the ultimate challenge of a zero waste week.

Most people who take The Rubbish Diet reduce their waste by around 50%. It’s a great personal challenge as well as an opportunity to promote your scrapstore to the community and media as part of the reuse message.  To take part, sign up at www.therubbishdiet.org.uk and if you’d like any info about encouraging your community to join and support you, do get in touch with The Rubbish Diet team via the website.

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02
Oct
23

Making Friends at RWM

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Whilst I was off relaxing and enjoying my holiday, Nikki was slaving away back at the office preparing for our exhibit at the RWM.

I jetted back and straight onto a train for the long journey to Birmingham. Once arriving our adventures began, setting up our stand, preparing drinks (its thirsty work getting the REUSE word out there) and preparing Ollie the owl for his adoring fans.

Even though the RWM was very hard working, talking to people who were amazed and enraptured by the work of scrapstores and resource centres made it fun. Ollie the Owl, Shelley the Snail and the Toadstools (Look with your eyes not with your hands!! -The times we had to repeat this, Argh!!)  were particular crowd pleasers as was expected. Everyone enjoyed playing our game of guessing what they were made of.

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