Mini Eco is a great resource for finding fun eco friendly crafts for all ages. Turning trash into crafty treasures is always fun while instilling creative ways to repurpose the most unassuming things. This weeks tip is showing how to reuse toilet paper rolls, plastic containers from a large yogurt, milk carton, tomato sauce, really anything.
♥ Plaster of Paris (one cup)
♥ Water (one cup)
♥ Powdered tempera paint
♥ Recycled container
♥ Parchment paper
♥ Empty toilet paper rolls
♥ Masking tape
Seal off one end of the toilet paper roll with the masking tape. Line the inside of the roll with parchment paper. If you are using silicon ice cube trays or molds you will not need to line with the parchment paper.
Mix together the water, plaster and powdered paint in the recycled container. Starting with the water then sprinkling the plaster on top (generally its a 1:1 ratio but check the instructions on the packet). Slowly adding 1 tablespoon of powdered paint to the mixture and stirring until completely combined. Add more paint if desired.
Stand each toilet roll taped side down on a flat and level dry surface that is out of the way. Carefully pour the mixture into the tubes. Lightly tap the sides of the rolls to get rid of any air bubbles.
After 2-3 days passes check to see if the plaster rolls have throughly dried, you can do this by removing them from the rolls and paper. If it still looks a little wet, wait one more day.
TIPS: If the toilet roll tube is a too big around for your taste, you can split the tube, overlap, and tape to reduce the diameter.
Remember not to pour Plaster of Paris down any drain!
Plaster of Paris can get quite hot when setting so make sure little ones are properly supervised.
Thank you Mini Eco for the wonderful crafting idea! Pinterest is also a great resource for fun and imaginative chalk activities. Remember Reuse, Reduce, Recycle and Repurpose!