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Bag Holder Tutorial and Oak Meadow Giveaway

Our friends at Oak Meadow Curriculum and School recently asked families how they define  “citizenship.” Over 700 varied and thoughtful responses focused on kindness, stewardship, personal responsibility, compassion, and cooperation.  Yet, the most often mentioned tenets of good citizenship were recycling and taking care of this Earth that we all share. With that in mind, here’s a practical and charming craft to share with the children in your life (and a great way to corral plastic bags for reuse!). For more ideas and inspiration on how to cultivate citizenship at home, visit Oak Meadow’s recent issue of Living Education.   

Tree Saver Plastic Bag Holder


  • Large empty tissue box
  • White glue
  • Twigs
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Light brown poster paint
  • Dark brown poster paint or marker
  • Newspaper to cover your work surface



  1. Take a walk and collect several twigs in assorted lengths. Look for twigs with interesting branching patterns.
  2. Paint the outside of the tissue box with light brown poster paint. Let dry.
  3. Use a darker shade of poster paint or a dark brown marker to draw wavy bark patterns on the tissue box. Let dry.
  4. Draw a bird on a sheet of construction paper. Cut out smaller pieces of brightly colored construction paper and glue them to the bird to make bright feathers, eyes, and a beak.
  5. Stand the tissue box on one end. Arrange the twigs and construction paper bird on the front of the box. Glue in place.
  6. Cut out leaves, butterflies, a bird nest, or anything else you want from construction paper and glue them to the front, sides, and top of the box.
  7. Tack the box in a convenient corner of the kitchen and enjoy it every time you need to grab a plastic bag.



Oak Meadow Curriculum and School has generously offered a complete homeschooling curriculum package for one grade of your choice (preschool through 8th grade). That’s a value of $120-$420! Simply visit Oak Meadow’s latest issue of Living Education, a quarterly journal that inspires and informs home learning with strategies, tips, and crafts.

Leave a comment here with feedback and/or suggestions for future issues and you’ll automatically be entered in the giveaway! We will pick one lucky Living Crafts winner on Tuesday, September 4th.




Posted by Living Crafts on Aug 25, 2012 06:22 AM | 464 Comments

464 Responses to “Bag Holder Tutorial and Oak Meadow Giveaway”

  1. Cate deCossy says:

    I really like the craft ideas presented in issues of Luve
    Education that I have read.

  2. I would be so grateful to win a curriculum from Oak Meadows! I would love to see an article on homeschooling and finding personal time to pursue personal development and home based careers. Thanks so much! Jo Ann

  3. Maria says:

    It’s really great that Oak Meadow and Living Crafts are working together.
    I like the Citizenship theme; it’s nicely developed.
    I’d enjoy an article (or an issue) with inspiring ideas for creating wonderful spaces in which to learn, and with homeschool organizational tips to help get our homes sorted.
    It would be lovely to win this!

  4. Laurie says:

    Great project and terrific offer!

  5. Bethany says:

    I did not know that there was such a publication. Having used other Waldorf based curriculums, it it useful to see another way to incorporate the lessons into life. I like the ideas of lessons in cooperation with iEARN. I would love to see more in future publications about smoothing out everyday life of a home schooling family as well as ways to help make your home a better environment for teaching.

  6. mamajen says:

    We are using Oak Meadow & love it! It would be so lovely to win curriculum for next year!!! Thanks for the generous giveaway!

  7. Morgan says:

    love the simplicity!!!!!!

  8. Nunutsi Otterson says:

    This is just wonderful. Thank you Oak Meadow for your great and substantive curriculum offerings. The tree saver idea is also very nice and one I want to try. Thank you Living Crafts for this valuable offer.
    Nunutsi Otterson

  9. Jayne says:

    Lovely Earth-caring ideas! Perfect for my homeschooling on the farm here in Indiana!

  10. Meg says:

    Thanks you – I enjoy the seasonal inspiration each issue has to offer

  11. Erica says:

    This curriculum has always looked very interesting to me – would love to give it a go.

  12. MamaQ says:

    I’m glad to have access to that Oak Meadow Journal – I found the theme of citizenship to be pertinent, especially to our family living in washington dc. The article on kindness was inspiring and I’m excited about incorporating those values into our home learning next month. Perhaps some future issues could address subjects on multi-generational mentorship, creating apprenticeship opportunities, involving the entire family (extended too!) in education, and how to partner with local institutions (museums, etc.) to provide a well-rounded curriculum for children.

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