In fifth grade, my all-white school put on an Earth Day program. The highlight was us rapping about ways to save the environment. It was the early 90’s, there was puffy paint involved, and I might have worn an item of clothing backward.
I’d say every day since then has been a disappointment.
But with Earth Day just around the corner (or Monday, specifically), I’m trying to recreate that magical feeling of saving the Earth while bustin’ some tight rhymes. And, folks, it’s harder than it sounds.
Here are some ideas I’ve been inspired by recently:
Crafting with my kids is hit or miss. I tried the easiest craft of all time on Sunday (see: Cheerio bird feeders) and it was not happening. For the full story, check out my Instagram (@themarygraham), but this project turned into an eating contest to see who could shove the most cereal in her mouth at one. Winner: Harper Kimery.
Other kid-friendly options: soup can or orange bird feeders, rice crispie globes, DIY drums, and dirt pudding! Okay, those food options aren’t really Earth-friendly, but gummy worms and crushed up Oreos?! What’s more amazing than that? Happy Earth Day! Let’s eat some pretend dirt!
I’ve been obsessed with the story rocks that are all over Pinterest—we’ve started collecting rocks already. I’m thinking a mix of letters, numbers, and pictures for ours. Although, I have no artist ability whatsoever so I can see this failing miserably.
Repurposing is big on my list right now. I’ve got some old windows around the house already, but one is hiding in the basement with some broken glass. A little fabric could turn that baby around in no time. Or maybe old license plates into wall decor or old maps (probably books, in my case) into some pretty globes. I love the idea of old spools into a heart (or maybe a G?). My walls would look so pretty with a few of these projects on them.
Adding some greenery is my favorite way to make a house more eco-friendly and putting together a few terrariums or adding some fresh flowers to an old can makes me happy. The terrariums link is with kids so if your kids are a little older than mine, this would be a great project to do with them. I’m sure mine would just eat the dirt.
What about you, have you done any repurposing, recycling, or Earth-friendly DIY lately? Or perhaps some Earth rapping? There’s no shame in it, really.