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18
Feb
20

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.

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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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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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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
18

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
27

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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02
Oct
22

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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18
Mar
28

Crafty Cardboard Owls

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It does seem that Owls are very fashionable at the moment, they are everywhere. The ones we'll focus on handmade from waste materials which after all is what scrapstores are all about.

As this is the first of these Owl blog posts I think we'll start with cardboard owls as it's one of the easiest materials to get hold of and as you'll see it can be adapted to be used in lots of different ways.

To start us off here's an idea introduced to by a Scrap Magic member. A quick internet search of Toilet Roll Owls brought up lots of pictures of different ways to decorate the toilet rolls but I quite liked the ones from in this picture.

This is definitely a child friendly idea to do at work or with children at home. All you would need to buy would be some paint and glue and the rest can be anything you have lying around or from a scrapstore to decorate. The only limit is your imagination with this one.

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Moving on to something a little more 'wise owl' are these gorgeous little creatures made from rolled up corrugated cardboard. Basically thick cardboard packaging is usually two layers of cardboard stuck together and if you split thick card apart you'll have two sheets each with a smoth side and corrugated side, unless you're lucky enough to find some that's already corrugated. Cut a strip roll it up secure together, make a smaller one, stick that on top of the big one and make a little face with small bits of cardboard and buttons, don't forget the hat and eyebrows - hey presto!

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Do you remember the book Owl Babies? Well even if you don't these ice lolly stick and cardboard cut out owls are great as little puppets with or without the story book. A few little bits for eyes and feathers and you've a great little craft activity for even the youngest Brownies.

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Finally a few small pieces of coloured card, glue and some cup cake cases and you're ready to make these beauties. I know Milton Keynes scrapstores stock cup cake cases if you want to do a big batch of these.

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Well that's all for now folks but don't worry, owl be back ;)

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