We have found a lot of ways to repurpose our extra greeting cards! We’ve made boxes, used the front of a folded card as a postcard, and now turned cards into boats. Here’s how we did it.
For the bottom of the boat, we made a box (see this post on making greeting card boxes).
Then I used the front of the card to design a mast and sail piece. Take a peek at the pictures below, it shows you the shape I cut out. I cut out the shape, and then folded along the lines to create the mast (the sails automatically “fell into place”).
That’s about it. Pretty easy, in my book. You could also cut individual pieces and tape or glue them to a pipe cleaner if you wanted to do so. But the method I’ve explained here worked well for us.
Toby had lots of fun playing with his boat after we attached the mast and sails to the bottom (using scotch tape).
He did move the mast around several times, and I wouldn’t count on this craft being too durable… depending on how rough your child plays with the toy it might not last long.
But that’s the beauty of repurposed crafts like this toy boat. It doesn’t matter if it falls apart, or if it doesn’t last very long. It was made from something that would’ve otherwise been thrown away. It gave new life to an unneeded greeting card. It was eco-friendly, and promotes creativity rather than consumerism.
Here are a few more pictures of the toy boat… yes, Toby used Little People from the Little People Christmas set #afflink. We’ve gotten more use out of that Christmas nativity set; I love how it ends up being used throughout the year and doesn’t have to be put away once Christmas has come and gone.
Creative Eco-Friendly Activities for Kids
This post is part of the Creative Activities for Kids monthly blog hop.