In this issue, you'll discover some creative, developmentally-challenged artists who are helping the environment as they reuse materials to make beautiful mosaics, collages, and other art forms, and you'll find links to great resources in our Art and Reuse Web Sites' section.
We've added a Trash Matcher for the members' section. Now you can match trash with all the art activities found in the newsletters, the new Hawai'i section, Toys, Games, and Other Fun Stuff, and Holiday Art and Crafts.
You'll learn about crayons made from a plentiful, renewable farm crop, and to help you get a jump on your Christmas decorating, you'll see how easy it is to reuse a greeting card to make an ornament. Finally, take a shot at guessing how many T-shirts can be made from a 434-pound bale of soda bottles. The lucky winner will receive a cool prize.
The following are links to online resources you may find helpful in making art. Most are included because they encourage reuse and/or recycling of solid waste materials.
Fun with the Newspaper (Offline but still available at the Wayback Machine)
KinderArt (reuse section)
Linit Starch-N-Crafts Idea Site
Paper Mache Insects Sanford Art EdVentures
Crafts (Iowa Solid Waste Management site - Offline but still available at
the Wayback Machine)
Recycled Crafts at KidsDomain
Recycling Crafts at All Free Crafts
Renuzit Air Freshener Crafts
The Papier Mache Resource
Click on the star image to get a printable version of the star. Print the pattern on your printer, and cut it out. Place the front of a greeting card face down on your work area. Trace the star pattern onto the plain side of the card.
Make a mark in the center of the star, and use a ruler to draw a line from this point to the tip of each arm of the shape, as indicated by the dotted line on the pattern.
To pop up the star or to make it three-dimensional, it's necessary to slightly bend each arm. Scoring or drawing one blade of the scissors on each line you drew will make bending the cardstock much easier.
Lay the ruler on the line, and open the scissors so that you're using just one blade. Score the card, drawing the blade along each line. Cut out the star shape.
Turn the card over so that the front or patterned side is showing. To make the star three-dimensional, gently fold up the shape along the scored line.
Keeping the star in this “popped up” position, glue the shape to the other side of the card, and hold it in place for a short time. When dry, cut the star from the background paper.
Apply some silver or gold glitter to add more holiday sparkle to the decoration.
To make a hanging ornament, insert a loop of yarn or ribbon between the star shape and background cardstock before gluing.
Insert a long wire between the star shape and background paper to make a floral pick or an ornament that can be placed on your tree.
Make a garland by gluing lots of the shapes to a long piece of yarn or ribbon, leaving spaces between the stars.
Clothing is just one item that can be made by recycling plastic soda bottles.
What's your guesstimate about how many X-Large T-shirts can be manufactured from this 434-pound bale of bottles?
The Imagination Factory Member who is the first to submit a figure that's closest to the correct answer will win this cool birdhouse made of reused wood.
Submit your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 21, 2009.
This table takes you to lessons in the member's only area that found in newsletters and revised lessons from the non-members area.