Junk to Terrarium – Recycled Craft

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Photo Nov 09, 5 21 16 PMMy daughters became an avid recycler in the last few years. We always have a collection of boxes and plastic it seems. It’s our own little junkyard until it makes it to the recycling centers. So it was time to use some of the pieces we have for another project. We made a terrarium for some plants and some stuff we had in our recycling bin. Just like Anne does in Annedroids.

Annedroids is one of my daughters new shows on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Anne is a young scientist that lives in a junkyard where she creates androids and robots and other experiments. Anne and her friends learn all the through their failures and successes while they are experimenting together. The series spotlights how science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM) can inspire children to do great things. It’s also a great way for girls to get involved in STEAM activities. 

Photo Nov 08, 8 34 42 PM We used the bulk apple containers as the walls and a cardboard box as the frame. First we traced the size we would need to cut out of the box. Photo Nov 08, 8 35 08 PMWe then placed to plastic inside the box and taped it in place. We ended up using duct tape because it was stronger and would be water-resistant. The tape we used before just wasn’t going to cut it. Anne, the main character of Annedroids, was recently named one of TV’s Best Role Models of 2014 by Common Sense media. When faced with a problem, she sees only possibilities– no amount of failure ever dampens her spirit. Where most people see junk, Anne sees possibility.

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We continued around each side and then made the top a flip top that we had easy access to it. That was JaMonkey’s idea to make it a flip top and even showed me how to do it. Photo Nov 08, 8 36 37 PM copy

After that, I let JaMonkey color the white parts around the outside of the box to make it all her own artwork. 
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We then placed some moss into the bottom of the terrarium to create a carpet of color. We still need to layer it with rocks and rich soil.  Then, we are going to get a few more air plants and succulents to place in the terrarium also. We are also in the process of finishing the first season an Annedroids and can’t wait to see what Anne and her friends create next. 

What are you going to make for National Recycling Week?

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  1. What a fun idea for teaching recycling! I love how your daughter takes such interest. I feel like it can be hard to come up with fun ideas that kids love to do, so I’ll have to try this next time I’m at a loss for entertainment.


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