Gold medal in sports crafting

We are moving on to round two in the recycle old sports trophies and medals and such project. So as not to set the bar too high, we are tackling another easy one, upcycling (trendy word for taking old junk and making it into new junk) medals into magnets to use on the fridge or any other metal surface. This is so stinking easy! If this were a Learn to Skate program, it would be appropriate for the third group–the kids that can barely stand up and try to suck their thumbs through the helmet cage. Read the rest of this entry »

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Win first place in the trophy re-use category

A selection of trophiesWe live in very real danger of being impaled by a sports trophy. Hockey, baseball, softball and soccer trophies hang out in the house alongside important things like the TV remote and the Waterford pitcher we got as a wedding gift (surprisingly still in one piece). After nixing the idea of adding a trophy wing to the house, we instead moved to cull the herd of gold figurines and got rid of anything that wasn’t a first place finish or individual award. Yet still they lurk in small gangs–on bookshelves, dressers, from closets, the mudroom, the living room–staring expressionlessly, stuck in an unnatural frozen pose, feet moored to a base of plastic.

It kind of creeps me out.

As I have mentioned in the past, I am not the crafty domestic sort. But I am a believer in making something out of nothing and not being wasteful. So after consultation with the winners of these trophies, we are moving to dismantle the collection and put the trophies, or at least parts of them, to good use. Some time spent surfing Pinterest yielded a few doable ideas, and since you probably have a treasure trove of trophies and medals at your house, I’ll post the results of my efforts– successes and failures.

This week, I broke out the craft supplies and got to work on Project #1. We are going to make decorative wine stoppers from trophies. Project #1 involves wine, looks super easy, no sewing involved and I get to use the cordless drill. Seemed like high potential for success and I needed a confidence boost, so that’s why we picked this for the first project. Read the rest of this entry »


Sock it to me! Oh, what to do with all those hockey socks.

If you’ve had a hockey player in the house for any length of time, you are probably in danger of being buried by hockey socks. These innocuous tubes of knit polyester appear to be completely harmless, yet seem to have the reproductive capability of rabbits. Seriously. Hockey socks spontaneously generate in our locker room, appearing in colors unworn by any of our teams, in singles and in pairs, threatening to disrupt the natural ecosystem like so many Asian carp.

As the old saying goes, when life gives you hockey socks, make, uh, make other stuff. Reduce, reuse, recycle, right? With just a little imagination, you’ll find that hockey socks have a multitude of uses that have absolutely nothing to do with hockey or socks. I think it goes without saying that you should wash the socks first, but there, I said it anyway. Here are a few of our favorites: Read the rest of this entry »


Save the cellphones!

Has your kid ever come home from practice or a game with a phone that looked like this?

Broken iPhone screen

Stepped on? Really?

After a couple smashed sunglasses and cracked iPod and cellphone screens, I started to wonder what the heck was going on. Turns out, the kids throw their equipment bags on the floor or ground at practice, just like they do at home. And then, just like at home, other kids step on them. Go figure.

Obviously, this could not be allowed to continue. After some trial and error, we can up with a pretty good, and pretty cheap solution.

The Pretty Good, Pretty Cheap Solution

We took an empty lunch meat tub and washed it out, then put the cellphone and sunglasses in it and snapped the top on. Lo and behold–a protective case!

repurposed lunch meat container

A pretty good, pretty cheap solution.

It’s big enough to hold all the stuff, yet lightweight and fits in a baseball bag. It’s also fairly watertight. And when it gets stepped on, it may crack but, so far, the contents have been fine. We just replace the tub with another one and carry on. I’ve thought about lining it with bubble wrap or some leftover packaging materials but haven’t tried that yet. If you want to make it really secure, a wrap of hockey tape would do it.

I like the recycled aspect of this solution, and the cheap part as well. And the fact that I’m not at the Verizon store as frequently. Putting that one in the win column.