Crafts: Eco-Friendly Tote Bags
Recycled craft projects for eco-friendly art lessons.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Decorate reusable canvas totes with fabric paint for a craft project that doubles as a hands-on lesson in conservation. A further green twist: DIY stamps using adhesive foam and recycled bottle caps and jar lids.
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What you'll need:
Reusable canvas tote bag
Recycled jar lids and bottle caps
Paper-backed adhesive foam
Pen or pencil
Non-toxic, washable fabric paint
Piece of recycled cardboard
1 Choose lid or cap to act as stamp base. Place base face down on the papered side of the adhesive foam and trace with a pen or pencil.
2 Draw or trace desired shape or letter within the limits of the traced stamp base. Letters should be drawn facing the correct direction.
3 Cut out shape or letter, peel off paper backing, and adhere to top of stamp base. Letters will be facing the "wrong" direction on the stamp base.
4 Place recycled cardboard inside tote bag to prevent paint from bleeding through to other side of bag. Next, load stamps evenly with paint using paintbrush and stamp as desired.
5 Let paint dry completely before using tote. Stamps can be washed clean and reused.