Monday, February 10, 2014

Recycled Entertainment

   I am always look for ways to re-use ANYTHING to make Monkey something to play with. Why? 1- We live in a camping trailer that is surrounded by a foot of snow and there is usually a wind chill that results in negative degree weather! Therefore, we don't go outside. I'm always trying to keep his VERY busy brain even busier and prevent cabin fever! 2- I'm a stay at home mom that's on a budget! Like most other mom's these days... So if I can make him something using things I already have laying around, perfect!
   He actually ended up LOVING this simple activity. He has always been a fan of dumping things out and putting them back in. By using yarn pom-poms it has become a much quieter game than
dumping out the utensil drawer or buckets of lego's. And he can throw them without getting in trouble! Win-win!!

My "lightbulb" happened when I was about to throw away this empty tub of Peanuts. My next thought was that I could go to the dollar store and buy a bag of something to put it in. Then I remembered that several months ago I had bought a GIANT bag of about 30 balls of yarn for less than 3 bucks. I also remembered seeing something on Pinterest about making your own pom-poms!

I chose some colors of yarn and decided to make 2 balls with each color.
I wrapped the yarn around my pointer and middle finger several times. I decided to wrap all the balls different sizes.
You'll need a piece of yarn that is about 5-6 inches long
Slide the yarn off your fingers keeping it in an "o" shape. Then tie the piece of yarn around the center so that the "o" turns into an"8".
You are going to want to tie a VERY tight double knot. An extra hand/index finger comes in really handy at this point, if you can find one!
You will now start cutting all the loops on each side. Make sure to search through get them all.
Fluff up your cute little pom-pom and trim all the pieces that are long so that everything is even!
Because I am not a fan of attempting to remove labels, I found a cute piece of scrapbooking paper that I already had in my stash. I measured and cut a piece to cover the Peanuts label. I used Elmer's craft glue to adhere the paper.

I think this fun activity turned out pretty darn cute! I'd love to hear what you think!

1 comment:

  1. I have an empty peanut container just like that. Now I know what to do with it! Thanks!