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Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Recycling Fun

I do love recycling, and by that I don't mean just tossing things into a recycling bin. I also mean re-using and upcycling, or turning old things into something new. I wish I were a super-skilled crafter, but I'm really only a Basic-level. That doesn't stop me from having fun and giving projects a try! And thanks to a recent email from the folks at Elmer's Glue, I've learned that crafting with kids, even for only a short time every week, can have great benefits. But more on that later.

For now, here's an easy craft that transforms those tiny plastic connectors from glow-sticks into custom beads. 


  • Glow sticks with connectors
  • Colorful, patterned duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Cord

Choose your favorite pattern of duct tape. Peel away just enough to place the connector on the stick side of the tape. Cut the tape and roll that connector in tape. There's your bead. Repeat! 

You can make necklaces, bracelets, anklets, bookmarks - anything that uses cool custom beads. 

easy beads glow sticks

What are your ideas for re-using plastic glow-stick connectors? What upcycling projects have you created?

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