Each time I share my obsession with repurposing my trash into crafts, I become just a bit less embarrassed about it (and it now embarrasses me that I’m not embarrassed any more). I’ve been hoarding laundry scoops for years. I’d build up a big stack while trying to figure out what in the world to do with them. I have used them in organizing, but I’d never figured out that perfect craft for them, so usually I just threw my scoop stack in the recycle bin…and then start collecting them again. Finally, I’ve figured out my perfect and so fun craft for a recycled laundry scoop and I can’t wait to share it with you.
When I scheduled a craft date with my friend, J., I knew that I wanted us to craft with these recycled laundry scoops. In preparation for our craft day, I popped over to the craft store and bought some miniatures. If you grab your craft store coupons, these miniatures are reasonably priced. (Pay no attention to the plastic lid and gum container in the photo. We couldn’t figure out what to do with them. Plus, we were having plenty of fun decorating the laundry scoops)
Recycled Laundry Scoop
Laundry Detergent Scoops
Miniatures or Decorative Buttons – Be sure to check the measurements of your laundry scoops compared to the minatures.
We started by hot gluing batting to the bottom of the laundry scoop. J. figured out that pulling apart the batting gives a more wispy, snowy look. We ended up making some of the scoops with regular batting in the far back of the scoop and some with wispy batting. The wispy batting works best towards the front of the scoop to help hide the hot glue when you attach the miniatures.
If you want to turn your laundry scoop into a Christmas tree ornament, carefully poke a hole into the top of the scoop handle. Then thread a piece of ribbon or baker’s twine through to make a hanger for the ornament.
We used hot glue to attach the miniatures to the scoop and then carefully added the wispy batting to the scoop in front of the miniatures. You’ll need to be careful and hold the deer in place while adding the wispy batting since they only have small glue contact areas on each little hoof.
I found these adorable Nativity buttons. I had thought I’d have to clip the button loop off the back, but I ended up leaving the loops on the buttons. The loops made it easier to glue the buttons into place.
We added bows to these 2 scoops because these miniatures are so much smaller and needed a bit more to balance the space out vertically. I’d recommend taking a recycled laundry scoop to the store to shop for your miniatures so you can judge the size of the miniatures as they’ll look in the scoop.
Are these not just the cutest little decorations?! My kids were even oohing and ahhing over them when they came home from school. Who knew that an upcycled laundry scoop could look this good?
Shhh, don’t tell the other scoops, but this one is my favorite. It’s such a nostalgic scene and somehow still looks so charming in recycled laundry scoop. (The juxtaposition of the charming scene and the recycled trash scoop amuses me.)
I already told J. that as soon as I collect some more recycled laundry scoops, we’ll have another craft day and make a bunch more of these little cuties. Do you have a recycled laundry scoop I can have?
More of my repurposed Christmas projects:
You can make this sophisticated Upcycled Book Page Wreath using repurposed book pages.
Make personalized Christmas Decor from repurposed game blocks.
Make a charming DIY Advent Calendar from repurposed yogurt cups that’s perfect for deployed military or college students.