Sunday, July 22, 2012

Keep Calm and Teach on Recycling Craft & Giveaway

Right now most of us are hopefully pretty relaxed, but sooner than we wish, this phrase will become very fitting for us teacher folks!


These are some containers I made by recycling Christmas tins. Cool, huh? If you'd like to win one of these, scroll down and enter my giveaway. If you'd like to make your own and keep Christmas tins out of landfills, just keep on reading!

These are the "before" pictures for the above containers. I got these for $1 at Goodwill, but I'm sure you can just search through your attic and find a few.

What else you might like to have on hand:
1) Rust-oleum Clear Enamel
2) 3M Super 77 Adhesive (Caution: This sticky stuff will not leave you alone!)
3) Rust-oleum Universal Primer & Paint (amazing stuff)
4) Some kind of paper to wrap around the tin. I printed out digital scrapbooking paper from JW Illustrations Jungle Pack.
5) Keep Calm & Teach On Graphics (No worries, I have them already made for you at my TpT store here. :))

What to Do:
Apply several coats of Primer/Paint to the tin.
I kept the lid on because I'm worried about the paint chipping everytime you close the lid. But by doing so, you will still see the Christmas background when you open the lid.

Paste the graphic on the lid.
To do so:
1) Download the graphics from my TpT store or make your own.
2) Measure the diameter of your lid.
3) Insert your graphic into Power Point or whatever design program you're familiar with for resizing.
4) Resize your graphic to a little bit less than the diameter of your lid.
5) Print and paste (I used the 3M Super 77. I tried Mod Podge and had serious elephant skin issues because the paper was too thin. But you Mod Podge experts can probably do it fine.)

Add paper to the side.
I printed this paper and cut it into several strips based on the dimensions of the tin. I like using stripes because you can line up the strips fairly well without telling where one strip ends and one begins.

Add a protective sealant coat.
You could probably use Mod Podge once the glue has completely dried, but I took no chances. I added several coats of Rust-olem clear enamel. The more you coat, the glossier it gets. Any type of acrylic glaze or sealant I'm sure would do great.

Ta-dah!! This tin makes me happy.

GIVEAWAY:
So, if you would like one of the three tins above mailed to you (they are super cute but not perfect in condition):

* Do one OR MORE of the following and comment on this post:

4) Write one thing you do or are planning on doing to reduce/reuse/recycle in your classroom.
5) Link as many posts of your own that involve recycling here at this blog by clicking on the header "By Area" or "By Material."

* Be sure to list each action as a separate entry.

* Three randomly chosen winners will be announced next Sunday night, July 29th, 2012.

* Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize.

 
Keep calm and RECYCLE on!

53 comments:

  1. I am following you on interest. Love the tins! :D Hoping to find some great ideas for my own classroom. Thanks!

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  2. I follow your blog. I love the tins!

    Lorena
    lorena.delgadillo@gmail.com

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  3. I follow The Green Classroom blog!

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  4. I like the Green Classroom FB page!

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  5. I follow The Green Classroom on Pinterest!

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  6. 1) Follow The Green Classroom blog.

    I follow The Green Classroom Blog!!!

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  7. I pinned your blog!

    http://pinterest.com/pin/124693483403501212/


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  8. 2) Follow The Green Classroom FB's page.

    I follow The Green Classroom FB page!

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  9. I love reusing items all the time.

    I reuse small items as counters or to use in crafts.
    I reuse crayons by making them into new shapes when we are ready for new ones.

    redmist100@gmail.com

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  10. 3) Follow The Green Classroom Pinterest board.

    I follow The Green Classroom Pinterest Board!

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  12. 3) Pin The Green Classroom blog.

    http://pinterest.com/pin/220957925438591012/

    I repinned!

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  13. 4) Write one thing you do or are planning on doing to reduce/reuse/recycle in your classroom.

    I made a flip chute out of an old orange juice carton. =)

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  14. I linked up to my website about stuff I made out of a french fried onion container and donated note pads.

    learningisahoot.weebly.com

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  15. I linked up to my website about a large story parts owl I made out of a large piece of cardboard from my husband's work!

    http://learningisahoot.weebly.com/ideas-and-inspirations.html

    learningisahoot@gmail.com

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  16. I linked up to my website about reusing paper boxes for storage!

    http://learningisahoot.weebly.com/my-classroom-2011-2012.html

    learningisahoot@gmail.com

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  17. I follow The Green Classroom on Facebook!

    I also recycle boxes into storage bins and old magazines into "Word Banks" for poems or collages!

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  18. I follow you on FB!

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  19. I follow you on Pinterest!

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  20. I pinned you under my Classroom Resources!

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  21. Write one thing you do or are planning on doing to reduce/reuse/recycle in your classroom.

    We recycle our paper, plastic, and aluminum products in my classroom! We have a blue bin by the front door and empty it into the Recycle Bins at our school every Tuesday.

    mgorham78@gmail.com

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  22. Those are awesome! I just started following you on Pinterest, and your blog. Thank you!

    aceemae@yahoo.om

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    1. Oops, did not do it in separate posts.

      Followed your blog.

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    2. Re-pinned the giveaway.

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    3. Liked you on Facebook.

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  23. I liked you on facebook

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  24. I have followed you on facebook.

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  25. I am following you on pinterist.

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  26. I am following the Green Classroom blog.

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  27. I followed you on pinterest!

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  28. I pinned your blog

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  29. As the Student Council sponsor on my campus we have host a contest for Earth Day. We have the upper grades as a class create different projects using 90% recyclable materials. They are then judged and voted on. Winner gets a pizza party. The students had a blast with the contest. The projects are then donated to a local retirement center.

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  30. I am absolutely loving your tins!!!

    I bring home paper from my classroom to recycle ... with all the cutting and glueing that we do, it's a shame to have all that extra paper go to waste.

    This upcoming school year, I am planning on utilizing a "station notebook" where students record their answers in a notebook instead of me copying everything.

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  31. I follow your blog!

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  32. I follow you on Fb!

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  33. I follow you on Facebook. cow_stitcher@hotmail.com

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  34. I follow your blog. cow_stitcher@hotmail.com

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  35. I reuse containers to use in my classroom. cow_stitcher@hotmail.com

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  36. I follow your blog. I hope you will follow me back! emfranklin82@gmail.com

    Erin
    First with Franklin

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  37. I "Like" your Facebook page! emfranklin82@gmail.com

    Erin
    First with Franklin

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  38. I follow you on Pinterest. emfranklin82@gmail.com

    Erin
    First with Franklin

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  39. I pinned the tins from your blog! emfranklin82@gmail.com

    Erin
    First with Franklin

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  40. We recycle paper, cardboard and plastics in my classroom. My students are taught at the beginning of the year which tub to put each thing in and then I personally take it to the recycling center (our town still doesn't have recycling pick-up). emfranklin82@gmail.com

    Erin
    First with Franklin

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  41. I just recycled my tea tins from Starbucks - it wasn't easy though. I wish Starbucks wouldn't use such an intense glue!
    Laura
    Mrs. Castro's Class

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  42. I follow your blog
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  43. http://pinterest.com/bobbi07/ideas-for-my-teachers/
    I pinned your blog
    Bobbi
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  44. I follow you on Facebook
    Bobbi Storseth Capwell
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  45. We recycle the print cartridges and paper and lunch trays. Each grade takes a week to be in charge of the recycling. It is a great competition.
    Bobbi
    bcapwell@ccisd.net

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  46. I follow your blog!
    Liz
    Come check out my new blog Teaching in Valley

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  47. I liked you on facebook!
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