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Pine Cone Ordainment

Kids getting cabin fever? Get them outside and have them collect some pine cones. When they get back inside, they can create a craft.

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Pine Cone Ordainments are easy to make. All you need are pine cones, glue, glitter, paint or other stuff in your art bin.

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You can make gifts for the wildlife outside by putting peanut butter on the pine cone and sprinkling seeds on it. Hang it up on the tree and watch the birds fly to the pine cone birdfeeder.

Plastic Knife Garden

It may be late for most people, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, to be thinking about gardening; but here’s an idea you can use for fall and winter gardening, or for planning your spring garden for next year!

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Using plastic knifes to mark garden items is a good way to reuse cutlery from summer picnics or lunch takeouts.

All you need for your plastic knife garden is a permanent marker to write with, and some cutlery. Knives work best, but you might be able to experiment with forks or spoons as well, or leftover popsicle sticks. Have you used other items to mark your garden with? Let us know!


Bleached Nature T-shirt

Bring part of the cottage or beach everywhere you go, with a bleached nature t-shirt.

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What you need
– Leaves
– Shirt
– Bleach
– Spray bottle
– Table or other flat surface
– Something heavy, like a book

How to do it
– Find some leaves on a nature hike
– Place the shirt on a table and put a sheet of paper inbetween the front and back (so the bleach won’t bleed through)
– Spray the leaf with some bleach on the more textured side
– Press down on the t-shirt
– Place a book ontop and let it sit for a while
– Rinse off the shirt before you try it on

Car Garden

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This isn’t the only non-traditional planter. In Toronto there is a car garden in Kensington Market.

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Does your community have a car garden? Making a car garden is a great project. You can learn more about how to create a car garden for your classroom, school, homeschool, church group, scout group or other community group here.

Plastic Jug Birdfeeder

Bring some birds to your backyard or local park with an upcycled plastic jug birdfeeder.

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What you need
– Milk jug, or some other plastic jug
– Utility blade
– Duct tape
– String
– Screwdriver
– A tree or structure to hang the birdfeeder from
– Birdseed

How to do it
– Cut holes in the jug using the utility blade
– Place duct tape around the cut marks you made (sharp edges may hurt the birds)
– Using the screwdriver, make a hole in the lid
– Make a large knot and thread through the lid, so the knot is on the inside of the jug
– Fill with birdseed and hang up your plastic jug birdfeeder

The birdfeeder in the image has sticks, which while not necessary, can help birds stand and eat more easily. If you want to add them, use a screwdriver to drill some holes and stick the sticks through.