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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. kellee oshea says:

    Such a wonderful giveaway! A lucky person will win, for sure!!

  2. Sarah Cramer says:

    Thank you so much for the chance! We are just setting up our homeschooling/craft area – would love to see an issue devoted to keeping an organized homeschooling room!

  3. Tracy Brooks says:

    Love Oak Meadow. My kids use it. Kids crafts would be good for your next issue. Always looking for different things to do.

  4. Colette says:

    I would LOVE to win a curriculum package!!! Homeschooling 5 little people, it would certainly come in handy!

    I love the suggestion for the issues to come out earlier.

    I would love to see articles on: homeschooling multiple children, gifts for kids to make, finger knitting/french knitting projects and weaving projects.

    Thanks a bunch!!!

  5. Rhia says:

    What an inspiring gift to win! As Waldorf School supporters, this material is right up our ally! I home school and would love this source for material for teaching.

  6. Kim Lyons says:

    I’m using Oak Meadow for the first time this year. So excited to embark on this adventure into homeschooling.

  7. Audrey Rixford says:

    We are currently using the Oak Meadow kindergarten curriculum and loving it! I love that it incorporates so much nature based craft making and will definetely add the Bag Holder craft to our list of crafts. I would really appreciate an article about other families using OM and how to contact them. This is my first year homeschooling and although I know this is definetely the right decision for our family, I would like to read about how other OM families are using the curriculum. Thank you OM!

  8. alexandra giguere says:

    I would love to do OM with my homeschooled son! Articles on simple ways to make wooden manipulatives, sorting toys, etc would be so lovely.

  9. Stacy L. says:

    I really love using using Oak Meadow and would LOVE to get ahead for next year. I’m challenged everyday on how to balance outside activities, house duties, and educating my 3 children. I feel confident to be an at home educator and use to think I didn’t need the help I’m now asking for. I would love to have some insight on how to balance this load through the day and how to teach across the different levels I have. I think it would be nice to have some ideas from OM or families on how they pull it all together with different levels in the home and still achieve all the work that is required.

  10. Katie T. says:

    Your magazine is new to me, but am so looking forward to exploring the website and hopefully enjoying future issues. Would love to win the Oak Meadow curriculum to homeschool my daughter for kindergarten. : )

  11. Dee says:

    I have been researching for a balanced homeschool curriculum for the past two years for my now 5-year-old child and I have to say no other curriculum appeals to me more than Oak Meadow. I have used other Waldorf curriculum and felt bound and restrictive by them. Oak Meadow seems so natural, inspiring and chalked-out. In today’s hurried pace of life, I feel my child should be observing the nature more and not be sucked into early academics with no room to explore. Oak Meadow offers just the right yin and yang. Living Crafts is the perfect supplement for more handwork and other crafts. Thank you for this opportunity!

  12. Kim says:

    I would love to use Oak Meadow for my 4th grader. I love the programs and having a syllabus and teachers manual along with each class is awesome!

  13. Anna T. says:

    I really enjoyed reading the journal and would love for it to come out more often! <3

  14. Heather B says:

    Oak Meadow is wonderful! I’m glad their FB page lead me here……..this looks like a great resource too!

  15. Rene says:

    I loved the article on fostering kindness in your children. Of course this is an ongoing conversation in our house, but it’s so wonderful to have some fresh ideas for presentation, especially in a house with four kids who on occasion quite enjoy to push one another’s buttons! I’ve just started my son in OM first grade, but we need both second and third grade in our house by the spring when we move from Germany to Alaska, as I’ll be pulling my daughter from Grundschule a few months early and will at that point begin homeschooling her as well. It would be such a relief to win one, to help decrease the hit.

  16. Jodie says:

    I so would love to try Oak Meadow as something very different from what I currently use. It would be a breath of fresh air. I have only a couple of years left before my daughter hits high school, this would be such a great way to share our lives together.
    Thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway.

  17. jess says:

    Fantastic amount of ideas both here and in the Living Education magazine. I’ve been eying the Oak Meadow curriculum for my daughters, it looks very cool, and I’d certainly love to win!

  18. Michelle DeFields-Gambrel says:

    I really like the emphasis the Waldorf has on kindness and compassion in the world, so I like those types of articles on Living Education – how to help our children be more kind and compassionate human beings (as well as well-rounded academically). This is a great giveaway, thanks!

  19. Tori Evans says:

    What a wonderful thing to win!

  20. Tamara says:

    I love that “kindness” is a included in thier newsletter! Oak Meadow is a great curriculum and a great company!

  21. Tara says:

    I would love a 2nd grade curriculum!

  22. Elicia says:

    As a mom of a baby with special needs, who is experimenting with homeschool this year for my older daughter, I was glad to read so much in this issue about kindness to others and diversity. I thought the journal was easily navigable on the internet and I liked reading about student accomplishments as well. Overall I was very impressed.

    Excited to get the chance to win a curriculum!

  23. Brandy says:

    Incredible giveaway! Thank you

  24. Maggie says:

    I am a teacher of disabled 3 and 4 year olds. I know the Oak Meadow guide for children going to kindergarten would add so much sunshine to the curriculum I currently use.

  25. Darra Ray says:

    I homeschooled my 2 daughters during the late 80′s and 90′s. I wish I’d found Oak Meadow back then – from what I’ve seen it would have made my life a bit easier. I built most of my own curriculum and Oak Meadow is very much inline with my ideology. My grandchildren are beginning school and I would love to use Oak Meadow with them. Thanks for such a great magazine that highlights such wonderful ideas!

  26. Malena Hatcher says:

    I love Living Crafts and am planning to use Oak Meadow as our curriculum this year–thanks for this opportunity!!

  27. Barb says:

    I love the Oak Meadow approach. Thanks for the chance to win. As for future issues, keep doing what your doing.

  28. Megan Reamer says:

    Love the Oak Meadow curriculum! Happy to share it with my children.

  29. corinna szymoniak says:

    I have used an Oak meadows syllabus in the past and my daughter and I both enjoyed it very much. Just as much as getting inspired by Living Crafts magazine!

  30. Carrie says:

    What an incredible offer! Thank you so much!!

  31. Liza says:

    What a great opportunity! I’d love to see seasonal crafts come out earlier so we can make them in time.

  32. Meredith Field says:

    I Really enjoy living crafts magazine. I am already a pretty crafty person but I am always finding some new idea or inspiration. It is so nice to have so many craft ideas to share with my child as well, simple and beautiful. Thank you.

  33. Sara says:

    Wonderful crafts! Love this issue on citizenship.

  34. Tiffany says:

    What a fantastic curriculum.

  35. Erika says:

    I would love to win an Oak Meadow curriculum. I really enjoy reading this blog. It inspires me to be a better mom and homeschooler!

  36. sarah says:

    oh this would be a godsend given we are about to start homeschooling…my fingers are crossed!

  37. sasha says:

    I think it might be kind of cool to introduce a student/s of the month/season in future issues of Living Education. It could offer OM families a look into how other families homeschool and incorporate the curricula into their lives – offering ideas, inspiration, and a sense of connection. And oh yeah, I’d love to win! ;)

  38. Amy R. says:

    I wish that Oak Meadow was more clear on what their educational philosophy is. Having that information somehow incorporated into the issue, either as a slogan or made more readily apparent in the articals content would be very helpful. I appriciate that the values of recycling and personal creative construction are so clearly supported in their craft tutorial!

  39. Amy says:

    This would be a wonderful resources for my family!

  40. Rebecca Cork says:

    Living education is life education.

  41. Rachel says:

    The Oak Meadow curriculum would be a wonderful tool to use!

  42. Lori Jarvis says:

    I love Oak Meadow! I used it the 9th grade year my daughter homeschooled. I now have another daughter entering 8th grade. She desperately wants to homeschool, and this would make the decision for us! Love it, it is exactly the way we feel instinctively to teach.

  43. Savannah Palma says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! Would love a chance to win!


  44. Lisa says:

    Thank you so much for the chance!

  45. Annielaurie says:

    Excellent give away! I have 2 in school and 2 more at home. I need something to keep my 4 and almost 2yos inspired with. :)

  46. Angie says:

    I enjoy Living Crafts Magazine, and have used Oak Meadow for years. I highly recomend it to anyone thinking of following a curriculum, or simply having it to reference throughout the year. I’d love to win!

  47. Ann says:

    As a previous poster noted, I would also love to see advice and ideas on natural-materials based storage and organization for craft and homeschool supplies. This is an ongoing challenge. Also, I love the magazine, but am disappointed when the issues and projects focus heavily on knitting, as this is a skill I do not posses.

  48. Renee says:

    We used Oak Meadow last year for fifth grade and liked the integrated English/U.S. History.

  49. Shana says:

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

  50. Serena says:

    I am very new to OM but find it interesting and wonder if it would be a better route for us. I have no clue what previous Living Education issues there are (except the Winter one on Writing), so… How about one/another one on Math, Creativity, Gratitude, Stewardship (stepping lightly upon this Earth and working to reduce our footprints), volunteerism, or self assessment, evaluation, and reflection.

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