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Eco-Friendly Mother’s Day Gift (and craft project)

This mother’s Day, I worked with my kids (ages 6 & 8)  to make my mother clothes poles for her clothes line.

8′ wood dowel
Kool-aid packets or liquid Rit dye
Empty plastic containers (from your recycling bin)
Foam brushes

We had to buy 8 foot dowels from Lowes.

Then I used a jigsaw to cut the divot in one end.

To decorate it, the kids and I made “poor man’s stain,” which is Kool Aid mixed with 1/4 cup of hot water. The color is not extremely saturated. To get a richer look, spend a few dollars on Rit liquid dye.

This a unique, environmentally friendly Mother’s Day gift which kids can contribute to. Do you have any other eco-friendly gifts you’re thinking of giving this year? I’m thinking about making a clothespin holder to go with the poles!

Here’s a bonus: At the end of the season, keep your clothes pole in reach. They are great for hanging strings of holiday lights in your tall, outdoor trees. Just put the light strings in the clothesline divot and stretch the pole up to the tree branches. Hook the lights onto the branch and remove the pole. Repeat until the lights have been placed around the tree.

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

3 Responses to Eco-Friendly Mother’s Day Gift (and craft project)

  1. Jennie Louise May 7, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    very sweet and creative… The simple ideas are the best!
    I wonder if you would like to link up with my craft party too. Perfect for craft and artistic people like yourself. I choose my fave and then try out next week. :-)
    Jennie. x

  2. Jennie Louise May 7, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    Thanku Cristin for linking up at today’s CRAFT party. Please be sure to visit me anytime, come say hi, link up etc. I’ve pinned your creation to my Pinterest Board if that’s ok with you?
    Jennie. x


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