Last year we did a whole six week lesson on Reuse, Recycle and Reduce. We have been trying to carry that over into this school year as well. Since we have been taking painting classes, this year, we decided that glass bottles and jars could be cleaned, painted and then reused. Wine bottles make great plant watering devices. One note if you try this, be sure to paint on the bottle upside down, so when it is actually in the dirt, the picture will be right side up. The two shown will be mine, because we didn't consider that, lol! I would like to be able to sell some of these things we paint, eventually. We have also made salt and pepper shakers, silverware holders all from glass jars and bottles. Night lights, and pencil holders also. The painting at the top here is DJ's painting of his backyard. The pool still needs water in it, and the swing set could use a swing or two, but he works on it each class. He is doing such a nice job. Caitlin made a jar, and a picture frame. My mom and I each did a bottle, then I used a glass jar that already had stars on it to make a drinking glass for DJ, with a 4th of July theme. My mom made one with Spring flowers for Caitlin;s drinking glass, since she was born in May on Mother's day. So with a little bit of thought you can reuse bottles and jars, and make some pretty unique things in the process.
After paint class we had some of our homeschool friends over for some swimming fun and pizza. A great day all in all.