Looking for something fun to do with your child WHILE doing something good for the environment?
Here is a fantastic project to do just that.
Duct Tape Juice Pouch Wallets
Let’s gather some supplies. You will need:
- 2 empty juice pouches
- duct tape
- velcro (not pictured above)
Start by cutting across the top of each juice pouch (where the straw goes), wash, and allow to dry.
Now it is time to cut the duct tape into strips.
You will need 4 shorter strips (the length of the shortest sides of the pouch- approx. 4″each) and 2 longer strips (the length of the longest sides-approx. 6″each). I cut them to size and then halved them by making a small slit, and ripping the tape. It ripped in a straight line every time.
Lay the tape on the table, sticky side up, and place the pouch edge on top of it.
Now fold up the tape. Repeat for the bottom of pouch. You will want to leave one pouch top not taped.
They should look like this. Now, trim off the excess tape.
Take the pouch with the two ends taped, and fold like this:
You will want the side that faces the correct way to be slightly lower than the other side.
Take the other pouch and insert it like the photo above, with the untaped side inside.
At the crease, place your last 4″ piece of tape to keep the two pouches together.
This is how it should look on the other side.
Fold up the upside down end, and tape the long sides now, so it forms a pouch.
Make sure to trim the excess tape.
If you have velcro dots, make sure to follow the instructions on the package. Take both dots and place them together (sticky sides facing out) and stick them on the flap. Then press down so they also stick to the body of the wallet.
Our dots needed to set for 24 hours closed and untouched.
After that, you are done. You can use your wallet!
*My tip on collecting juice pouches when your family doesn’t drink them: ASK EVERYONE! Camps, schools, family members, friends. It is amazing how many we collected after we started asking around. People actually saved them. We ended up with about 200!
My son is a collector of just about anything that catches his eye but he always seems to be in full gathering mode whenever we are out in nature. Giving him containers to sort and house his “treasures” is a must.
I love re-using large and medium containers that are often found holding things like yogurt or sour cream. Not only are the containers the perfect sizes for re-purposing but the print often comes off with household supplies and elbow grease leaving a blank canvas to great creative with!
The great thing about this project is that younger kids can partake in the decoration aspect and older kids can do the entire thing on their own. Alternative methods to the magic eraser mentioned in the tutorial should be tackled by a parent only.
– Plastic containers
– Permanent markers or other decorative materials
– Magic eraser or similar product to remove print from the container (optional if containers have no print)
You can remove the print on many containers with nothing more than repeatedly rubbing a magic eraser over the area. 100% Acetone (nail polish) applied using a rag also removes the print with less elbow grease. The latter is something that should be done only by an adult wearing gloves in a well ventilated area. It might take longer using a magic eraser but overall it seems like the more convenient option to me. No need to take special precautions and kids can help with the task!
Removing the print on some containers may prove more difficult than others. The marshmallow fluff containers I had leftover from making a cake filling gave us quite the workout but eventually we got a nice clear surface. Sometimes no matter how much you rub there will still be a faint impression left over instead of a perfectly white surface. I’ve found that once you re-decorate the container the impression is not noticeable at all.
Containers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes so get creative with what you use. Even clear containers are great for this project!
We used permanent markers in an array of colors to decorate the containers. Anything can be used that will adhere to the plastic. Permanent markers, paint, stickers (ideal for smaller kids that you might not want wielding permanent markers), and even decoupage would all be great mediums to use.
That is it! Sometimes the simplest projects are the best projects. Not only are you recycling but the re-purposed containers are great for a multitude of uses.
Be sure to also save the lids for enclosed storage.
Even without a lid the containers can be used for supplies of all shapes and sizes.
Of course they are also perfect to be used outside for the collector!
May The 4th Be With You! It is Star Wars Day and oh boy, we have something fun for you. We showed you how to turn your boys pants into shorts for the summer and now we have a project to use up all those pants legs. Check out our Rebel Alliance Pouch tutorial and then make sure to download your very own Rebel Alliance Printable.
I used the printable to make this really cool Rebel Alliance patch. I printed it out on transfer paper following the packages directions and ironed it onto some white muslin.
Grab one of those leftover pants legs and let’s get to work.
Turn the pant leg inside out and stitch along the open end.
Finish off the edge so it won’t unravel. I used my serger, but you could also use a zig-zag stitch.
Attach your patch if you made one, or you could make a freezer paper stencil to add the logo.
Right under the hemline stitching you will either add buttonholes or grommets (like I did) to thread your cord through.
Fold the hemline to the inside and press, stitch right under your buttonholes or grommets to form your casing. Using a safety pin, thread your cord through the casing.
Make sure to DOWNLOAD your very own Rebel Alliance Printable to make a pouch for your very own little Jedi. There are two sizes in the PDF file for your convenience.
We would love to see anything you make using the tutorial or the printables. Tag us with #sewingwithboys on social media.