11 September 2015

Energizer Re-Imagination Challenge

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.

Binoculars
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.

199 comments:

  1. Fab ideas, we are toilet roll experts here too

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  2. An old chest of drawers i have!

    Ashleigh

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  3. I don't have it yet but I am always on the lookout for an old second hand side table to paint up!

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  4. Some battered old dining chairs that just need a lick of paint and varnish!

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  5. The table in my lounge

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  6. My bathroom cabinet :-) x

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  7. My TV Stand

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  8. I have a blanket box which is so old fashioned,I would love to upcycle that.

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  9. I have a solid wood wall corner cupboard, I want to decoupage it

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  10. I have already upcycled a side board I have my next project would be my tv stand :-)

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  11. I would like to upcycle our kitchen cabinets with chicken wire

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  12. We have an old clock on the mantlepiece that's quite old fashioned but my fiance doesn't want to get rid of it because we've had it since we first moved in together (aww he's a sentimental so & so!) - it would be lovely to upcycle it though & bring it more up to date as kind of a compromise!

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  13. An old 1960's coffee table, fab legs! I have some tiny mosaic tiles that I bought on ebay for 99p just waiting for hubby to sort a new base so that I can get cracking and make anew garden table.

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  14. My wardrobe, currently doors are a horrible blue colour.

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  15. I have an old pine bedstead that could do with an upcycle

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  16. I would upcycle an old ikea bookcase that no longer matches my decor.

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  17. An old coffee table

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  18. i would love to upcycle my dining room table

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  19. I have some old wooden bookshelves and an old chest I'd like to have a go at doing

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  20. I would love to do some clothes that i no longer wear but would love to reinvent them x

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  21. I'd love to upcycle the chest of drawers in my spare room!

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  22. My other half. I'm sure a good rub down with wire wool and a coat of varnish would take years off him!

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  23. I like a bit of upcycling and there's a few examples around the house but I have a chest of drawers in the spare room that I just can't think what to do with. It's really useful but so, so ugly!

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  24. My daughters old cot, I've love to make it into something more functional now she no longer sleeps in it.

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  25. Our living room - it's the room most people see!

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  26. A very cheap wardrobe with all my daughter's clothes in ....I'm sure it could look better and be more organised with a bit of upcycling creativity.

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  27. We are going to upcycle an old set of draws for my son new bedroom

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  28. mydining room table and chairs

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  29. My computer desk, it's quite old and needs a new look!

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  30. We have a table and chairs outside that could totally do with a revamp :-)

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  31. I'd love to upcycle an old wooden box for my little one

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  32. A Wobby hall table where we keep our telephone

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  33. my dining table x

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  34. KITCHEN CUboards

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  35. I was gifted an old Davenport - I know there is something clever I can do with it....just trying to decide what! Current plan is a dressing table

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  36. I recently upcycled a dressing table that I bought off a selling site. It was awful and I made it look amazing! Next, I'd like to upcycle my dresser.

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  37. My kitchen units, they have seen better days

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  38. My oven - it's seen better days!

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  39. I would like to make a mini greenhouse from plastic bottles but I have no woodwork skills and it needs a framework.

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  40. i have some chairs that would look lovely upholstered

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  41. My dining room table and chairs.

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  42. Pam Francis Gregory22 September 2015 at 19:58

    My sofas

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  43. I have an old ottoman i would love to turn into a toy chest

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  44. my dining table
    lisa ann tebbutt

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  45. My Couch, its certainly seem better days and could use a bit of an overhaul.

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  46. a chest of drawers that are now in the garage full of tools but they are lovely deep drawers which would store so much stuff

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  47. We have an old bath in the garden. I'd love to make it into some kind of chair or sofa (with some padding and cushions of course) but a bit scared of cutting it up!

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  48. The cat's massive scratching post/climbing frame thing that he has never used since I bought it 9 years ago!

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  49. My old chest of drawers#tallboy❇🔆👓🏉

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  50. An old table, its seen better days :) would love to turn it into something unique

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  51. I think my whole flat! I'd love to start on the wardrobes, they're all about 25 years old!

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  52. An old wardrobe and chest of drawers

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  53. Our chest of drawers is on the list

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  54. I have a corner unit that I use to display my candles on it would look awesome upcycled :) X

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  55. The dining room chairs. They are worn and buckled :(

    EJ Dunn

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  56. I'd love to upcycle an old 'nursing' chair I inherited.

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  57. My garden bench needs a good dose of upcycling

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  58. I have loads of old curtains I would love to use to upcycle

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  59. Our old desk chair that's falling apart

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  60. A Vintage mirror would be great!

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  61. I was only saying to my husband this week that our dining room table either needs upcycling or throwing away x

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  62. An old chest of drawers

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  63. Bookcase..... I love up-cycling ....

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  64. My shabby wicker bedside cabinet

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  65. My current plan is for old duvet covers and sheets into a throw

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  66. I have a Bentwood Chair which I would love to give the Annie Sloan treatment to match the rest of my furniture

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  67. I have an old wardrobe, which I like because it has lots of shelves in too, but it's looking very dated.

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  68. I would love to upcycle a chest of drawers in my bedroom

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  69. A shabby chest of draws that I like the idea of covering in fabric.
    @jaizduck

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  70. A big ottoman. it's orange velvet, we picked it up cheap in a second hand shop to upcycle and havent got round to it yet.

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  71. My bathroom cabinets

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  72. An old lampshade I want to do up :)

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  73. The old bunk beds in the spare room

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  74. Our diningroom table as the cats have scratched it to bits lol (we have 6 cats!!)

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  75. An ugly old wardrobe

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  76. The big, bulky shelving unit in the living room. I'd like to somehow have a pull down desk for my daughter integrated into it.

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  77. Our dining room table could do with some upcycling love

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  78. I would love to upcycle an old ottoman my nan left me :)

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  79. A chair which I would like to reupholster.

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  80. I am currently upcycling our old bedclothes into cushions and clothes for my little boy but would love to upcycle our old TV stand

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  81. I'm currently doing my living room TV stand and side board

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  82. My TV stand as it doesn't go with the rest of the furniture at all!

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  83. An old pine wardrobe and chest of drawers

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  84. A pine cupboard that my dear departed nan left me.

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  85. seeing as I have to downsize - bunk beds
    Spencer Broadley

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  86. My bedside tables

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  87. the built in cupboard in my bedroom, it's a lovely yellow gloss shade at the moment from when we moved in :(

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  88. My garden furniture that we were given by my mother in law

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  89. I want to upcycle one of my old 3 piece suites

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  90. I just turned a boring cheap plain mirror into a expensive looking driftwood mirror

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  91. I have an odd chair that could do with upcycling it's really old fashioned and would look great

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