Junk To Art!

Got lots of old junk lying around your house? Well you're in luck, because we've got tons of fun things for you to make out of that trash!!

Floppy Disk Photo Cube

Perfect for Mom or Dad's desk - at work or at home!

You Need:

  • 6 Old 3.5 Inch Floppy Disks
  • Blank Index Stock
  • 6 Photos You Can Cut
  • Low Temp Glue Gun
  • Double Sided Tape

Instructions:

Lay one disk face down on your work space. Use a low temp glue gun to attach one disk to each side, and a disk on the top.

Cut 6 pieces of Index to 2-1/8" x 2-3/4". Use Double Sided Tape to attach one to each floppy. Cut photos to 1-7/8" x 2-1/2". Use double sided tape to attach photos in the center of the Index, leaving a white border around each picture.

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Secret Safe for Dad

Outside it looks like an ordinary trinket jar, but inside is a secret safe for valuables.

You Need:

  • Medium Size Wide Mouth Jar (Salsa Jar etc.)
  • Twine
  • Vinyl Letters Spelling "DAD"
  • Low Temp Glue Gun
  • Nuts and Bolts
  • Empty Toilet Paper Tube
  • Scrap of Cardboard

Instructions:

Cut the empty cardboard tube to the same height as the jar. Cut a circle out of cardboard that will fit inside the jar and rest on the bottom of the jar. Glue the cardboard tube on end to the middle of the cardboard circle. Set inside the jar.

Fill all around the tube with nuts and bolts leaving the tube empty.

Glue twine all around the edge of the jar top beginning on the bottom side of the lip. Continue gluing and wrapping twine until the top is completely covered. Glue on the vinyl letters to spell "DAD".

Photo Business Card Holder

Made from an empty cassette case!
Lots of possibilities! This one is made with rocks, but you can choose anything to match your photo. Makes a great gift for Mom or Dad.

You Need:

  • Photo
  • Empty Cassette Case
  • Glue Stick
  • Card Stock
  • Scissors
  • Low Temp Glue Gun

Instructions:

Open up empty cassette case and fold top all the way back as shown. Business cards will fit in the pocket created by the open top.

Mount photo on card stock and cut it out in an interesting way. Hot glue to the lid flap. Hot glue rocks or other decoration to the front.

You can also use silk flowers with a spring photo, sand with a beach scene, trinkets with a dress up photo. Just use your imagination!

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Rainstick

According to South American legend, rainsticks are played to serenade the Gods as a reminder that rain is welcomed. Rainsticks are traditionally made from hollow cactus wood, thorns, and pebbles. This version is made from a cardboard tube, tinfoil, and popcorn kernels.

You Need:

  • Cardboard Tube
  • Tinfoil
  • Cardboard for End Caps
  • Popcorn Kernels
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Markers
  • Scissors

Instructions:

Trace around end of tube onto a piece of cardboard. Cut out 2 pieces. Glue one of these onto one end for a cap. Tightly roll pieces of tinfoil into a long snake about twice as long as your tube, and about 1/2" in diameter. Push tinfoil snake into tube, zig-zagging it back and forth to fit. Pour 1/2 Cup of pop corn kernels into tube. Cap off remaining end with cardboard.
Decorate however you'd like!

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CD Photo Frame

Cool Frame for your Desk!

You Need:

  • Old Compact Disk
  • Flour/Salt Dough
  • Photo
  • Scissors
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Adhesive Backed Felt
  • Tacky Glue
  • Paint
  • Scrap of Cardboard

Instructions:

Use Flour/Salt Dough to mold a base for your photo frame. Make sure that it is at least 1" deep and 2" around. Make it any shape you want. Use cardboard or a table knife to make a slot in your base. Go at least half way down through the base, and wiggle it back and forth slightly to widen. Bake or air dry, then Paint.

Cut photo into a 3" circle. Attach it to CD with double sided tape. Cover the back of the CD with sticky back felt. Use tacky glue to secure it into slot in base.

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Ball Catchers

These are great for children that are too young to catch a small ball. The detergent bottle catchers worked as well for us as the ones that you purchase in a store!
Parental supervision is recommended. Caution: The milk carton or soap container can be hard to cut, so you should have an adult or parent do it for you.

You Need:

  • 2 Plastic Milk Cartons or Laundry Detergent Bottles
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Colored Electrical Tape or "Painters" Paint Markers
  • Ball to Catch

Instructions:

  1. Wash and let dry the milk cartons well before starting. Note: It may be easier to cut the bottom off of the containers first.
  2. Use the sharp scissors to cut the milk carton or detergent bottle. First cut off the bottom, then cut a U-Shape under the handle. Make sure you don't cut into the handle so you can hold the catcher.
  3. Use the colored electrical tape or "Painters" paint markers to decorate milk cartons.
  4. Have fun playing catch and toss with these fun toys.

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Mancala Game

This game originated in Africa. It can be easily made from egg cartons.
Parental Supervision is Recommended.

You Need:

  • Cardboard Egg Carton (Dozen Size)
  • 2 Tuna Cans; Washed, Rinsed, Dried
  • Craft Paints
  • Paintbrush
  • 48 Marbles, Tiny Rocks, Beads, Beans, etc.
  • Game Rules (see below)

Instructions:

  1. Paint the egg carton the desired color. Let dry.
  2. Paint the tuna cans on the outside. Let dry. (If you paint the inside, the paint will chip off as you play the game)
  3. Paint designs on the side of the egg carton and tuna cans if you wish. Let dry.
  4. Write down Game Rules

Game Rules:

Object: 2 players compete against each other to collect as many marbles as they can before one of the players clears his side of the egg carton of all its marbles.
Setting up the game: Place the egg carton between the 2 players, lengthwise. The cups closest to you is your side of the board. The Mancala (tuna can) to your right is yours. Place 4 marbles in each of the cups. Choose a player to go first.
Playing the game: The first player picks up all the marbles in one of his cups. The player then starts to the first cup to the right and starts dropping one marble in each. If he reaches the end of his side, he is to drop one marble in his Mancala, then continue around to the other side of the board. He is not, however, to drop a marble in his opponent's Mancala.
If the player places his last marble in his own Mancala, the player gets to play again. Example: If you start the game, a good play may be to choose the cup that is located 4th from the right. You would pick up 4 marbles, dropping one in each cup and ending in your Mancala. This gives you an extra turn.
If the player drops his last marble on his side of the board in an empty cup, he captures all the marbles in his opponent's bin directly across from that bin. All captured marbles, plus the capturing marble, gets put in the player's Mancala.
Players are not allowed to touch marbles in order to count them. If you touch your marbles, you must play that cup.
Winning the game: The game ends when one player runs out of marbles on his side of the egg carton. When the game ends, the other player gets to take all his stones from his side of the egg carton and place in his own Mancala. Strategy sets in by determining whether it is wiser to go out, or play longer, depending on how many stones are in the opposing players cups.
Note: The game rules for Mancala vary, so if you would like to find other variations, check with your local librarian who may be able to find you some additional rule books.

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