Create out of waste


Recycling is a simple and creative way for children to let loose their imagination
Nandini P.


In the age of rising pollution, climate change and global warming, the mantra for promoting eco-friendly and sustainable living is recycling waste. This involves reusing and recycling materials/waste generated at home so that you reduce the amount of trash your household generates.

Pen Stand/Flower Vase
Materials
• Newspaper
• Thin wooden stick (skewer stick) or stiff plastic straw
• Craft glue
• Flat brush
• Wood primer (optional)
• Acrylic paints (optional)
• Varnish (optional)

Method
- Cut a sheet of newspaper in half.
- Place the stick on it, and start rolling the paper inwards.
- As the stick disappears, keep pulling it out and continue rolling till the end.
- Pull out the stick and paste the edge to form a neat roll.
- Prepare about 30 rolls.

In fact, recycling is a simple and creative way for children to use their imagination! You can re-use/recycle newspapers, cardboard cartons, magazines, empty bottles, etc.
Here’s how you can make a pen stand (it can also be a flower vase!) using ordinary newspaper.

Making the base
- Take one roll, flatten it, and apply paste to one side. Roll it tightly into a coil.
- Take another roll and continue to make the coil bigger by pasting this one where the other one ends. Do this, until you have a good base, about the size of a coaster.

Making the sides
- Stick the rolls against the side of the coaster firmly. When about ten are stuck, hold them in place for a few minutes till they are well stuck, then place them against a wall or object, and allow to dry.
- Then make more rolls until the glue is completely dry (about 15 minutes).
- Then paste the remaining rolls. You can place a bottle or similar object in the middle to give the rolls support until dry.
- After it is dry, flatten two rolls to paste around the container.
- Check the size and cut the rolls to fit.
- Paste one near the top and one near the bottom to strengthen the container. Let it dry.
- If you want to keep the container as it is, you can. If you want to create a different finish, proceed as outlined below.

Colorful finish
- If you want to make the container hardier, mix three tablespoons of craft glue with one teacup of water and blend well.
- Coat the container with this mixture using a big, flat brush.
- After it is dry, coat with wood primer, then paint with acrylic colours and decorate as you like.
- Finally, coat with varnish and your pen stand/flower vase is ready to use!
- Incidentally, it makes a wonderful, handmade, personalised gift too.


The article was published in the print version of ParentsWorld February 2018 issue.