There’s a reason why this is not a recipe blog or craft blog. I’m not a good cook nor am I very crafty. Martha Stewart I am not. However, this site was founded on the basis of human interest and social good, so when the opportunity to be crafty for the sake of social good came along I winced a bit and then jumped on it.
Recently I was a part of the Elmer’s Bag It Forward campaign where I filled a backpack filled with school supplies and donate it to a child with cancer through the Kisses for Kyle foundation. Now I am a member of the Elmer’s Glue Crew, a movement to recycle empty glue bottles and glue sticks in schools.
With classrooms from all 50 states participating, Elmer’s hopes to exceed their goal of recycling 3 million glue bottles and glue sticks this school year. Your school can participate too! Just go to http://www.ElmersGlueCrew.com/ to see how you can implement the recycling practices in your school. To help kick-start the glue recycling movement in our elementary school, I am making a recycling box to house empty glue containers. Here goes:
So you already know that I’m not super crafty. I tend to like clean lines and symmetry which does not always go well with the creativity involved in craft projects. With that said, I set out to keep it simple. I chose fabric to make the collection box interesting and stick on letters for ease of use (knowing that I can’t be mad at myself for coloring outside the lines if I use stick-ons).
Here’s what I turned it into:
You’re impressed, right? You can see more of my shopping and craft-making adventure at: https://intersect.com/stories/23Nkb7RBxnbF.
Actually, it was relatively easy and cost a total of $18. Let’s start with the basic cardboard box. After I taped the bottom together, I ironed the fabric to get the creases out. I fastened the fabric to one of the inside top flaps then folded the flap over, making a clean inside fabric covering. Next I did the same on opposite side. The last two sides had more fabric, so I just tucked them under a bit more, almost like an envelope. You can see what I mean below.So the box is done and it is time for the poster.
I started with a plain Elmer’s tri-fold board and then laid out the lettering. Knowing that it would be more time-consuming and perhaps frustrating to try to perfectly align the letters, I instead chose to stagger them. The I just took the backings off the letters and stuck them to the board. Oh, and the Elmer’s logos on the poster board? I cut it out from the label on the tri-fold package. Pretty crafty, huh?Next it was time to decorate the sides.
I created and printed the school logo and mascot which I glued to the left facing side of the board using a disappearing purple glue stick from, you guessed it, Elmer’s. Then, on the right side, I printed out an explanation of the glue recycling program so anyone who passes by the poster can read about the effort. One more time for my pride, here’s the final project.
Now, go recycle some glue, will you? By the way, if you want to participate in the Elmer’s Glue Crew Brigade with glue you have at home or use with a homeschooling program, you can simply take the empties to your local Walmart drop-off location. Each time you purchase an Elmer’s (or Krazy Glue) product with a registered Upromise card, a percentage will go to your Upromise account. http://www.elmers.com/about/special-offers
This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer’s #BagItForward #collectivebias. All opinions, insights and amazingly crafty ideas are my own.