Recycling items and finding new purposes for them is not only beneficial for the environment, it's also beneficial for your pocket, as it allows you to save money on items that you may have purchased. If your family eats Pringles chips, save the empty cans, put your imagination to work and find new uses for them.
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Use your empty Pringles cans as vessels for marble painting. Roll up a piece of paper and slip it into the can. Place a few drops of paint into the can, as well as a few marbles. Replace the top on the can and roll it around; as you roll the can, the marbles will move around, spreading the paint across the surface of the paper. Remove the paper and you'll find you've created an abstract work of art.
Turn empty Pringles cans into musical instruments. Wrap the outside of the can with construction or decorative paper and use markers, crayons, stickers or any other craft item to decorate the surface of the paper. Fill the can with dried beans, dried rice, coins, popcorn kernels or any other item that will make a sound when shaken. Place the top back on the can, shake the maracas and make your own music.
Save up your coins for a rainy day with a coin bank made from an empty Pringles can. Glue paper around the outside of the can, or remove the existing label from the can. Use stickers, faux gemstones, sequins, glitter glue and paint to decorate the outside of the can; you can even decorate the container to resemble a pig, if you wish. Use a knife to cut a slit in the lid of the can and place it back on the container. You can stuff your spare change and even dollar bills into the slit on top of the can.
Make a decorative accessory for the outside of your home by turning an empty Pringles can into a windsock. Cut the bottom off of the can and remove the lid. Use different types of craft materials to decorate the surface of the can; construction paper, markers, paint, beads and buttons, for example. Cut lengths of crepe paper streamers and glue or staple them around one of the openings of the can. Punch two holes in either side of the can opposite the side you attached the streamers. Cut a piece of yarn, insert it through the holes on the can and tie it into a loop, creating a holder for the windsock. Hang the completed craft outside and watch as the wind makes it dance.
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