By Donna Sangwin, Founder and Executive Director of ReCreate
This year to celebrate Earth Day we challenge you to create a face from a laundry detergent bottle.
These bottles are great for faces because the handle makes a natural nose for your project. Before you start, go on a scavenger hunt for items to create your funny face. For this project I had some pen lids lying around that made great hair and an extra jar and bottle lids to make the eyes and mouth.
I cut my bottle to make a mask, but you can also re-purpose your face to be a plant holder. These projects look great with a plant as the “hair” for the container. To do that, carefully cut away the bottom of the container. Place the lid on the container, and then turn it upside down to craft your face. Fold two milk jug lids in half, they look like closed eyelids. You can even draw on eyelashes and other facial features with a sharpie.
Finally, add dirt to the container and plant a grass or hanging plant to be the hair on your “jug face”.
We hope you enjoy this Earth Day craft. We encourage you to think of every day as Earth Day, and to pledge to be an “Environmental SuperHero”. Make a difference each day by:
- Making it a habit to use a reusable water bottle and reusable coffee cup.
- Instead of choosing single packaged snacks, buy in bulk and put into reusable containers
- Buy second-hand clothing – or avoid trendy styles that won’t last past a season. Avoid impulse purchases.
- Follow the waste hierarchy – Reduce (Make less waste as your number one action, Reuse (Seek out sustainable habits to avoid single-use waste), Recycle should be your third option – NOT your first.
- Shop / donate to creative reuse centers. They are all over the world – diverting clean usable materials no longer wanted / needed by businesses and individuals. In Roseville it is ReCreate. (recreate.org)
- Compost food waste and your garden will love you for it!
If you make a JugHead at home, be sure to post a picture to ReCreate’s facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/recreate.org. All posted pictures will go into an entry for prizes like a family four-pack to their drop-in craft studio at ReCreate. ReCreate will also be offering this art project as a family workshop in April. For more details visit https://recreate.org/event-registration.