Trash to Treasure: A Kid's Upcycling Guide to Crafts

Trash to Treasure: A Kid's Upcycling Guide to Crafts

by Pam Scheunemann




With easy step-by-step instructions, this book will help kids get creative and recycle and repurpose their trash into handmade treasures. All projects feature common everyday items to reuse in a fun new way. From bottle-top pop art to felted tin-can organizers, kids will love making useful crafts and helping the environment. Great tips and advice on reusing, garage sales, and spotting treasures are also provided. So start your upcycling with these fabric, paper, metal, glass & ceramics, and odds & ends projects. Book includes: visual supply & tool lists, step-by-step instructions and photos, fun advice & tips, and safety information.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938063183
Publisher: Mighty Media, Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/2013
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 Years

About the Author

Pam Scheunemann wrote her first short story in high school and couldn’t wait to see her name in print. She has worked in the graphic design and publishing industry since the early ’80s and has written over 100 books for young readers. Whenever she gets a moment, she enjoys indulging her other passion: making stuff. She has worked with many different mediums and continues to experiment and look for new craft ideas even in the most unlikely of places.

Table of Contents


A Fresh Look at Paper
Tools & Materials
Paper Toppers
Woven Paper Bookmark
Envelope Organizer
Paint Chip Pop Art
Scrap Paper Curtain
Magazine Roll Frame
Painted Paper Bowl

A Fresh Look at Plastic
Tools & Materials
Button Bouquet
A Credit to Your Wrist
Bag Tag Necklace
Jewel Case Frame
Bag for the Beach
Keyboard Calendar
Keyboard Journal
Bottle Top Pop Art

A Fresh Look at Glass and Ceramics
Tools & Materials
All Wrapped Up
Glass Jar Lantern
Remarkable Jar
On Pins & Needles
Terrific Tile Coaster
Bottle Bling
Tea Time for Birds
Cute Cupcake Tiers

A Fresh Look at Fabric
Tools & Materials
Earbud Wire Covers
Funky Yarn Scarf
Fabric Scrap Cards
Cool Coiled Baskets
Paint Splatter T-Shirt
Tie It, You'll Like It!
Felted Wool Headband

A Fresh Look at Metal
Tools & Materials
Get the Message
Tin Can Organizer
License to Write
Glittery Box
Can Tab Earrings
Earring Grill

A Fresh Look at Odds and Ends
Tools & Materials
Funky Dresser Tray
Cool Kitty Bed
Gorgeous Gazing Ball
Pencil Art
Swirly CD Art
Game Piece Jewelry
Super Screen Savers


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Trash to Treasure: A Kid's Upcycling Guide to Crafts 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ACS_Book_Blogger More than 1 year ago
Review: From the very young child to the adult, developing one’s creative self is important as a means of expression and an outlet for our creative abilities. To be able to do so at very little financial cost is a tremendous plus – especially in the home where the parent watches those dimes and dollars. So the use of various “trash” materials to be creative is a true benefit not only financially, but it allows us to utilize that which would end up in the landfill and generate a lifestyle of “upcycling.” In Trash to Treasure detailed instructions are provided with beautifully done photographs of the process for the making of a variety of items. Using a plethora of materials flowers, wall hangings, cases for various items, etc. can be created. I especially liked the “Button Bouquet” on pages 40-43. They are adorable and would delight a child to make for his or her mother for a gift or simply to decorate a room. This book would be a real plus in the home, school, or library and is sure to provide valuable instruction on activities that will fill down-time for kids. I recommend it. DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of Trash to Treasure was given to us by Scarletta in exchange for this review. Opinions are those of the reviewer. No compensation was received and a positive review was not expected.