I must definitely have some kind of “craft sickness” because I cannot bear to throw away anything without trying to make it into something else totally different and worthwhile (or crafty). (Of course, there are some who might say I’m just a little weird, instead. Perhaps true, but I still have fun.)
Maybe it goes back to my childhood, where we were as poor as poor-house dirt. Many a time our evening meal was nothing more than a piece of Mama’s humble cornbread with milk poured over it. We just didn’t have many creature comforts, and had to make do with what we had.
Mama never had any formal art training but she could make something into nothing any time of day. She’d cut the good parts from worn-out clothing and piece them together into cozy, warm quilts. We loved to visit craft shows together, find some things we liked, then go home and make our own unique, but different, designs for pennies.
Today, Mama is gone, and I’m sure she’s busy up there teaching the angels how to make something pretty from their cast-off feathers. Still, her earthly talents live on -- in me.
Most of us accumulate a flock of odd containers, leftover from yogurt, cream cheese, margarine and even small cans from other assorted goodies. And sadly, most of these ubiquitous vessels get chunked into the trash – and landfill.
But like I said, I hate to throw anything away without trying to create something from it. Plus, my favorite thing is fooling the eye by making a unique object that never reveals its original purpose.
Birds Nest Ornaments are one of my favorite projects.
These are so easy to make, and also perfect for keeping children occupied (though an adult should do any dangerous parts ahead of time, such as punching holes in the cups).
What materials will you need? First, gather the containers, and you can use just about anything small and plastic, including yogurt cups, sour cream cups, margarine and cottage cheese containers, and even small metal cans such as Vienna Sausage cans. And just think, there is an added benefit -- you're helping save the planet by keeping all these things out of the landfill.