9. Decorate your garden
Much like Shrinky Dink-ready plastic #6 products, foam cups and containers also take on new shapes and sizes when heated for short periods. For example, those old foam takeout cups bear a striking resemblance to tiny flower pots after being heated in the oven for three minutes.
Crafts by Amanda blogger Amanda Formaro took advantage of this happy accident and used her takeout leftovers to create this fun summertime craft that will make an eclectic accent for any garden or patio. Just gather up the kids, and consult Formaro’s detailed tutorial for an afternoon of family togetherness.
10. Cook with the sun
Stumped for a family-friendly activity for your next backyard barbecue? Why not try creating solar s’mores ovens from old pizza boxes?
This creative idea from Family Fun magazine is sure to be a crowd-pleasr for both the young and young-at-heart. After all, who doesn’t love s’mores in the summer? All you’ll need is a few basic materials and their step-by-step tutorial to get the party started.
If your family lives a vegan lifestyle, opt for store-bought vegan marshmallows and chocolate bars for your summer treats. Or if you’re feeling ambitious, you can also make your own gelatin-free marshmallows using this clever how-to from Instructables.
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