We don’t do a lot of juice around here, but in summer time those single-serving drink pouches are pretty handy for taking on trips to the park and zoo. I toss them in the freezer ahead of time and they help keep lunch cold; as a bonus they make a refreshing drink on a hot day when they thaw.
But what do you do with the pouches afterwards? It seems such a waste to add them all to the landfill.
We had fun making drink pouch change purses with them at one of our last Girl Scout meetings of the year. This recycled craft was a great way to teach the girls to use their resources wisely.
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This simple craft would be fun as a camp craft or as a lesson on recycling and reusing materials.
Recycled Craft: Drink Pouch Change Purse
- Empty Drink Pouch
- Self Sticking Hook and Loop (Velcro)
- Stickers (optional)
To make your own change purse you will first cut across the top of the drink pouch. Then cut a rectangle from the top half of the front side of the pouch. Be careful to only cut through the front layer!
(Sorry for the dark picture; the school cafeteria is not optimal for good pics!)
Next, wash the inside of the drink pouch with soap and water and dry thoroughly.
You will then fold the top half into a triangle and attach Velcro to make a fastener.
To ensure the Velcro on the top and bottom meet correctly, we put the pieces together and attached them to the top portion. Then we removed the adhesive from the bottom piece, closed the change purse and pressed down hard to get the bottom piece of Velcro to stick to the body of the change purse.
Of course girls like to give their crafts a bit of “bling.”
We used craft foam stickers to decorate the change purses. (A few REALLY got into this part!)
The girls were all very proud of their new drink pouch change purses and couldn’t wait to show them off to parents. It was one of their favorite recycled crafts that year.
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