Introduction: Recycled Plastic “I Spy” Jar
I am an environmental science teacher and a tennis coach. I go through a lot of tennis string, which is mostly plastic. I wanted to come up with a way to recycle that plastic. I also wanted to make something my kids could play with. This also doubles as a “sensory” bin as long as you don’t let littles eat it seeing as it looks like sprinkles.
What you see is the clipped string for about 25 rackets. I string over 120 a year. You can use other substitutes as long as you can chop them up easy into small pieces, like straws.
Step 1: Find Your Medium
Whatever you are going to use, make sure you can get a lot of it. I picked tennis strings cause I can get a lot of them. I used small clippers (spring loaded works best) but you can use scissors too depending on how hard your plastic is.
Step 2: Clipping the String
I clipped it in a larger bag so the pieces wouldn’t fly everywhere. I clipped them “sprinkle size” length.
Step 3: Choosing a Container
Like I said in the intro, I like to recycle. I chose an old water bottle. Make sure your container is clear and not too large (or you’ll give up before you clip enough). I lot of old excercise plastic bottles work good too.
Step 4: Adding Clipped Strings to Bottle
I just roll up a paper and use it as a makeshift funnel. I pour it straight from the bag.
Step 5: Choosing “I Spy” Pieces
My wife loves Christmas so she picked out a bunch to make a Christmas Jar. You can order any type of small buttons or charms from a major online retailer or get some at your local craft store. Maybe you’ve got some around the house you can reuse.
Step 6: Finish
Add your “I Spy” pieces to the jar and screw the lid back on. If you want it permanent, super or hot glue it on. I also use the materials as a sensory bin for my kids.
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