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This month I’ve been participating in the Scott Naturals Test Drive.  It’s given me a lot of time to think about steps our family can take in becoming greener.  We already recycle (who doesn’t?), but there are so many little things we could do that might make a difference.

Repurpose.

I love that word.  The internet is filled with great ways to re-use your old stuff.  Repurposed clothing and furniture are my current fascination.  Of course, I never do any of the projects I see — only super women (men) have time for that.  I can barely get my clothes in bags and off to a donation center.

Today’s post focuses on re-using those paper towel rolls.

That “wrought iron” you’re looking at?…paper towel & toilet paper rolls.  No, I did NOT make this!  I found this over at Suzy’s Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom.  You really have to check the site out.  Suzy is an A-MA-ZING crafter! She actually makes this project look doable.

This is more my style.


Not quite as stunning, but my little girl and I had fun making them.  They’re super easy and give little ones a chance to practice those cutting skills.

1. Start with a toilet paper roll.  Mark a thick line going around the center of the roll.  I did this by drawing a circle 2 inches from each end.
2.  Draw vertical lines at 1/2 in increments all the way around the tube.

3. Cut along lines, stopping at center mark.

4.  Fold edges back. Flip over and repeat on opposite side.

5. Paint.
6. Add a colorful center by wadding up a piece of tissue paper. We had some bright green straws leftover from something that made the perfect stem.

The project was quick and easy.  The hardest part was drawing the lines.  An older child could probably eyeball this part.  It doesn’t have to be perfect — they’ll still turn out cute.

Now, for the fun part…

I have another Scott Naturals Test Drive Kit to give away this week!

Congratulations to Bernadette, last week’s winner!

To enter please visit http://www.ScottBrand.com/4WeekTestDrive and take the pledge.  Then leave a comment about how your family re-purposes items — it can be as simple as, “we take them to donation centers.”  I mean, really, someone’s clutter is another person’s treasure – anyone who has ever scoured consignment/thrift stores knows that.

This contest has ended.  Congratulations to Michelle S. – this week’s winner!

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on Sunday, May 1 , 2011 at 11:59 PM (EST).

Disclosure: I am being compensated by Scott Naturals and TheMotherhood for my participation in this program.

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39 Comments

  1. MOMZNITE on the May 1, 2011 remarked #

    Took the pledge today.
    This weekend we gave some outgrown equipment to a neighbor.

    momznite_at_yahoo_daught_com

  2. AMY DELONG on the May 1, 2011 remarked #

    took the pledge,we recycle our old electronics
    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. VALANCIA on the May 1, 2011 remarked #

    I took thee pledge.
    I use plastic pop holders, the ones that hold a six pack of soda pop together as cat toys, just tie them in many knots and toss to your fur baby. They’re strong enough they cant break them off and swallow them and they wont hurt their teeth as chew toys

  4. BECKY on the May 1, 2011 remarked #

    I love to donate to Goodwill, that’s about all because ummm well, I’m not crafty.

  5. KATIE S. on the May 1, 2011 remarked #

    We recently disassembled a DVD rack and repurposed it into cupboard shelves. We try to make use of everything before throwing it away, it disgusts me when our neighbors have 10 bags of garbage EVERY WEEK!

  6. JULIE L on the May 1, 2011 remarked #

    I took the pledge…we quit buying bottled water -got a water filtration pitcher ..we also recycle newspapers
    thanks

  7. ERICA BEST on the May 1, 2011 remarked #

    I took the pledge I reused boxes for other stuff.

  8. LINDA LANSFORD on the May 1, 2011 remarked #

    We donate what we don’t need and buy used

  9. PAIGE CHANDLER on the May 1, 2011 remarked #

    i TOOK THE PLEDGE – We have a garage sale and give the profits to our church.

  10. SARAH on the May 1, 2011 remarked #

    I took the pledge. We tear up nondonatable clothing to use for rags instead of paper towels. We also recycle paper through the printer.

  11. VICKIEB on the May 1, 2011 remarked #

    We take cans, plastic and such to the recycling center, clothes and household items to one of the local charities

  12. EMMA L HORTON on the May 1, 2011 remarked #

    I TOOK THE PLEDGE AND I RECYCLE, PLASTICS, PAPER AND GLASS

  13. CRYSTLE TELLERDAY on the May 1, 2011 remarked #

    i took the pledge and when we got rid of stuff we donated to a thrift store that gives the money to the veterans

  14. REBECCA on the May 1, 2011 remarked #

    We take clothes and other items to our local childrens center, and I do alterations when applicable for the children.

  15. CYNTHIA C on the May 1, 2011 remarked #

    I clicked to pledge and we are all avid recyclers.

  16. ASHLEY on the May 1, 2011 remarked #

    took the pledge.
    we recycle, donate to local charities, and to my friend’s classroom

  17. LAUREN CHAN on the May 1, 2011 remarked #

    I took the pledge. We recycle and donate clothing. :)
    lil_bunnie_goez_mewatyahoodotcom

  18. MARY ELDERTON on the May 1, 2011 remarked #

    I took the pledge and one of my favorite re-purpose/up-cycle projects is a set of pantry canisters that are actually fabric covered plastic coffee cans–they seal nicely and are shaped for easy handling–I’m thinking of making a set for various bulk beans.

  19. TAMMY DARLING on the April 30, 2011 remarked #

    I took the pledge and we donate outgrown clothes!

  20. BARBARA M on the April 30, 2011 remarked #

    I pledged.
    We live in an apt complex & we have a designated corner to put our reusables!
    Thank you.
    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

  21. JACOB on the April 30, 2011 remarked #

    I took the pledge and we repurpose things generally for storage purposes. Basically any box you get can be reused for storing things and old ice-trays can work to sort things like paints or beads. Our boy has a piggy bank made from old sale canister (the metal spout is where the money goes in and out)

  22. DEBRA HALL on the April 30, 2011 remarked #

    i have taken the pledge

  23. KIARA on the April 30, 2011 remarked #

    I took the pledge and I recycle everything.
    austma7@aol.com

  24. BEVEANNE MCKINLEY on the April 30, 2011 remarked #

    i took the scott pledge donate the stuff we cant use to the domestic abuse shelter use solar panels and use fans and swamp instead of a/c as long as possible

  25. SUE KING on the April 30, 2011 remarked #

    I pledged and visited website. I take items to donation centers instead putting them in the trash.

  26. SUSAN LADD on the April 30, 2011 remarked #

    I have taken the test drive and we are recycling more. But would love to win this sweep.

  27. PATRICIA on the April 30, 2011 remarked #

    I took the pledge and we recycle here and give to Goodwill items we do not use anymore.

  28. DEBBIE C on the April 30, 2011 remarked #

    I took the Scott Pledge. We donate used clothing and furniture to local charities. Some kitchen scraps are used for garden fertilizer.

  29. STEPHANIE LOCICERO on the April 30, 2011 remarked #

    I took the pledge and entered to win to help with my son recycle program at his school .

  30. MICHELLE S on the April 30, 2011 remarked #

    I took the pledge! I recycle everything that I am able to and donate items to the local rescue mission. I also have a compost pile for fruit and vegetable peels.

  31. STEPHANIE V. on the April 30, 2011 remarked #

    re-use – within our family or pass to another family

  32. SHANNON BAAS on the April 30, 2011 remarked #

    I took the pledge. We recycle.

  33. ERICA C. on the April 30, 2011 remarked #

    I took the pledge :) We recycle, use our old tshirts to make quilts, and donate a lot of our stuff to salvation army.

  34. ALICIA WEBSTER on the April 30, 2011 remarked #

    I took the pledge, and I repurpose items for my own use. I rarely get rid of anything, and I rarely buy anything. I just keep using the same old stuff forever. My tupperware is from the late 60’s that used to be my mom’s.
    Alicia Webster
    5webs@comcast.net

  35. TAMMY A. on the April 30, 2011 remarked #

    I took the pledge! I love Deborah’s idea. Could have used up all the rolls I been saving for projects for my grandchildren. In stead I used 20 oz. and 2 lt. pop bottles that I cut about a quarter of the way up from the bottom, drilled holes in the bottom, cut slits around the top piece so it could slide easier over the bottom piece after I filled the bottoms with potting soil and seeds. I discarded the lids. This acted like a greenhouse and I was surprised to see plants in 3 days after planting.

  36. DEBORAH ROSEN on the April 30, 2011 remarked #

    I took the pledge.

    One way I repurpose is to cut down our empty bathroom tissue rolls (and paper towel rolls), fold in a bottom and use them for seed starter pots. Since they’re biodegradable, all you have to do when you plant the seedlings is open up the bottom and drop the whole thing into the ground.

  37. ANNA SKAMARAKAS on the April 30, 2011 remarked #

    I totally would have believed the wall scroll work was yours :-)

    My girls have recently discovered the joys of paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls for playing, but I’ve always used them to wrap odd shaped gifts. A toilet paper roll makes a great place in which to nestle nail polish, slender bottles of perfume, several lip glosses, etc. Then you can wrap them quite easily with gift wrap!

  38. GENA on the April 29, 2011 remarked #

    I took the pledge and we “repurpose” things by incorporating them into art/craft projects. It helps kids’ imaginations and they can come up with some fun uses for what people would through away like toilet paper or paper towel rolls!

  39. VICTORIA LESTER on the April 29, 2011 remarked #

    I took the Pledge & entered to win a car while there. :)
    My daughter is in an after school recycling program.
    flophasit at yahoo dot com