Upcycle Crafts – LI Summer News 12

Elizabeth Hashagen (News 12 Long Island) and Anne Caminiti ( Momee Friends of Long Island ) show you how to turn an old t-shirt into a durable bag and how to make fun necklaces for anyone to wear out of washers.

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Upcycling is so much fun. Turn the old into new in a few simple steps. I bet you will not be able to stop making these once you give these crafts a try!

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Pool Noodle Boats

I love using Pool Noodles to craft with and during the summer months the dollar store has them in a variety of colors. These Pool Noodle Boats are fun to craft and play with in the water. Fun for kids of all ages.

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Pool Noodle Monsters

This is a fun craft and activity that turns your dollar store pool noodles into not so scary Pool Noodle Monsters.

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Once you make one Pool Noodle Monster your kids are going to want to keep making more. See how to make one:

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Firework Art for the Fourth of July

Red, White and Blue Fireworks for the 4th of July!

Kids will have fun using straws to paint these fireworks.

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I saw this idea on Pinterest and just had to have my daughter, Mia create using this idea of a straw stamper.

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DIY Bug Jar for Kids

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Since Mia could walk around we have been going on little explorations. A child is never too young to learn to love and respect nature.

These explorations started in our backyard and then we started going to all of the nature preserves/ parks on Long Island to see what else we could find.

“Children see magic because they look for it.”    
―     Christopher Moore,    

Mia loves to explore outside and she is not afraid of bugs. In fact she loves them so much she usually will pick them up to check them out.

I decided to make her a jar so she can view the bug more closely without hurting it with her super 2 year old strength. Also, I made sure the bug will be able to still breathe in the jar.

Once we are done viewing the bug then we let it go back into its natural environment. At the bottom of this post is a list of bugs you can find in NY state. Have you seen them all?

All you need to make your own Bug Jar is:

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Seashell Crafting is Fun

Mia and I love collecting little “Treasures“, when we went to the beach we collected seashells.

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Mia loves to color so we got out the crayons and Mia added color to some of her shells.

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As Mia is coloring, I thought to myself… why not make some cute little turtles with these shells.

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