Wow! The world is really changing! People are becoming more and more aware of the fact that we, as people, create entirely too much garbage. Now many people are making serious efforts to recycle things rather than toss them in the trash can. Do your part to clean up the world by never throwing away a juice can lid again. There are just so many things that can be made out of them, things for your kids, things for your home.
No young child would guess you didn’t purchase a memory game when you make it from juice can lids. Paint the lids – or not – and use stickers or other items to create the images. You’ll need an even number of lids but that number can be ten or higher. For small kids use less lids; older kids will be challenged if you use many more lids. For each one you create make an identical one to match it. Use decorative paper, fabric, paint markers and similar items to make the pieces. Turn the pieces, face-down, on a table and let kids choose two. If they match, they keep them, but if they don’t match they’re turned upside-down again. When all the pieces are matched up the kid with the most matches wins.
Cut out pictures from magazines or use school photos to make magnets for the fridge. After attaching the picture glue on ruffled lace or ribbon around the can lid. Add a piece of magnetic sheeting to the back side. Or, create an array of pictures on a few lids and use double-sided tape to hang them on a wall. Spell out a child’s name or even make a holiday welcome from the lids.
Paint the can lids gold or another color, glue several together in a stack, and use the finished stacks to display candles, small pictures and more. Instead of stacking them on top of each other, glue a small dowel between each of them, and you can make a tiny stand for thimbles or other small items.
Take a juice can lid and glue a large-diameter dowel to one side, in the middle. This makes a cute table for a dollhouse. Or, glue a small mirror from a craft store to the center of a lid to make a nice mirror for the dollhouse.
Take a slab of Styrofoam and some juice can lids to make a desk organizer for notes. Turn one lid on its side and push it into the Styrofoam. Do this again and again leaving a space between each indentation. Now glue a lid into each groove and the organizer is finished! Paint it or leave it as-is.
Decorate the lids in any number of ways to make Christmas tree ornaments. Glitter, sequin, buttons, bows, cloth pictures and paper pictures are just some of the things you can use to create the unique ornaments.
Good for you! You’re aware of the fact that we’re all creating too much trash and you’re doing your part to cut down on that. You’ll enjoy your juice every morning, make new things for your family and your home, and do a service to the world. Now, that’s a busy day!