When it comes to children and crafting, we could spend a fortune at shops buying craft items and things to use whilst creating our masterpieces. But this week, we have been challenged to create our own items using old and recycled products in the Energizer Re-Imagination Challenge to celebrate their brand new Energizer EcoAdvanced which are the world's first battery made with 4% recycled batteries.
Energizer EcoAdvanced batteries are the highest performing, most responsible alkaline batteries (vs. Energizer's other alkaline batteries) so you can enjoy great performance whilst creating less impact on the planet. Containing 4% recycled materials by total weight (which is nearly 10% of a key active ingredient), Energizer are hoping that by the year 2025, they can increase the amount of recycled battery material ten-fold to 40% to make them even better for our planet.
So, to enter the Energizer Re-Imagination Challenge, we were sent a box of craft items to help us on our way to re-imagining something. And for this, we went for household products and empty containers. Do you realise just how many boxes and tubs are wasted once they are emptied? I think nearly every day we throw away a box in our house. Okay, it goes in to our recycling bin but I've now realised that we can put these to good use by creating something with them.
One of the items that features the most... the toilet paper inner tube...
This is an amazing little cardboard tube that we use to create so many different things which you'll see below. We decided to create our own little pirate world, with swords, binoculars and animals to spy on too. Check out our photos to see how these came out.
Creating with household items is so easy. Just grab whatever you can salvage and get to work. Some of the things we have used are toilet roll and kitchen roll inners, buttons, milk cartons and cereal boxes.
You can't be a pirate without a pair of binoculars, so we got creative and made our very own pair. 2 toilet roll inners were painted and then we connected them together by stringing up some buttons and putting small holes in the sides of the tubes. Whilst the paint was drying, the boys enjoyed an ice lolly each so that we could then use the sticks as part of the design. Painting them and sticking them to the top with a pompom acting as the zoom in/out button. And there you have it, binoculars fit for any pirate.
Octopuses, Bats and Crabs
We used a kitchen roll tube to make the octopus. By painting it and then sticking on the face with some decorative items. We then cut out thin lines at the bottom and curled them outwards slightly to create 8 tentacles adding sequins at the bottom to give it a shiny gleam.
The boys loved making the bird the most. We painted the whole tube and then cut off about an inch of the toilet roll tube which will be used for the body. We then used the rest of the tube for the wings by cutting it down the middle and laying it flat. We drew and then cut out the bird wings, sticking them to the body with glue. Adding small buttons for eyes, some pompoms that we cut in half for its fluffy head and feather sequins on the wings.
For the crab we used the bottom of an old milk carton. Cutting off the base and painting it red and then adding eyes and a mouth using craft supplies. I did want to make it choppers with card but the boys refused, saying he was a friendly crab and needed little fluffy feet instead. And then we were ready to go on our pirate journey, spying on creatures and sword fighting along the way. What a super way to use up household boxes and unused items to create something fun.
Now For The Competition
Along with the release of the new EcoAdvanced batteries, Energizer are holding a campaign to encourage the nation to get involved in Energizer’s Re-imagination Challenge and attempt some upcycling at home. The #reimagiNATION challenge is super fun and 2 entrants who come up with the most imaginative creations will win a fantastic overnight stay at the Science Museum in London along with a GoPro camera, so they can film the whole experience, how cool is that?!
To coincide with this creative competition, I am giving away a £100 voucher to spend at Remade In Britain in my own giveaway. With a whole host of recycled products to choose, from homemade candles in jam jars, wooden coasters, clocks and storage crates to gifts and wedding decorations.
For a chance to win, you just need to post below and tell me one thing in your house that you would like to upcycle (and enter through the Rafflecopter app so I have your details if you win) and like Energizer on Facebook. You will then open up another set of entry methods, you do not need to do these but will gain extra entries for doing so.
Ends midnight 30th September 2015
Please remember to check our full T&C's here. This giveaway is open to the UK only and any entries left that do not follow the required entries will be disqualified. After any mandatory entries, others will open up to give you extra entries. You do not have to enter by all methods but these will give you extra entries into the competition if you do.
And please, if you are commenting on the blog as 'anonymous' can you please write your name in the comment otherwise I cannot count your entry.