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How to assemble Sprout cardboard cubby bins: modern, american-made, and eco-friendly kid’s product

Sprout cardboard cubby bins offer a modern look for your kid’s room. These bins are simple, American-made, and practical design and are perfect for organizing books or toys. Leonardo da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." Yes, we believe in simplicity.

These bins are not only kid-friendly, but eco-friendly. Sprout cardboard is 100% recyclable and sourced from up to 35% recycled post consumer content. See our Materials page for more detail.

These bins provide easy three step instructions on the bin where kids aged 3+ can easily assemble them by themselves. You can also find the assembly instruction here.

Give them a try and have fun with them! (Product Dimensions: 10" x 10" x 10") 

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Inspiring Olympic Athletes you can teach your children about.

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I don't know about you, but I love the Olympics! I love the national pride, the sportsmanship, the love and friendship you see between nations, and of course the awe inspiring athletic ability of these amazing athletes. I watch all of these overly talented people who do crazy things with their bodies and I can't help but think "what am I doing with my life? I'm so lame!" But even though I can't spin on ice with my knee touching my nose I have my own strengths. And even though I'll never be able to do a flip, whether on a snowboard or on a balance beam, that doesn't mean I can't take and/or teach lessons learned from the lives of these amazing Olympic athletes. These Olympic athletes are great role models for children and adults alike.

Missy Franklin

Missy Franklin

Missy Franklin was born in 1995 and is a dual citizen of Canada and America. Franklin has been swimming since she was 5 years old. She competed in her first international event when she was 14 years old and competed in the Olympics just 3 years later. Missy competed in 7 Olympic events in 2012, which is more than any other U.S. female swimmer in history.

Missy currently holds the world record in the 200-meter backstroke and various American records. Missy attended the 2012 Summer Olympics at the age of 17 and won 5 medals (4 gold & 1 bronze). While most successful Olympic athletes accept sponsors, endorsements, and prize money Missy doesn’t accept any of it. She loves competitive swimming so much she refuses payment in order to keep her “amateur” status in college so she can swim for UC Berkeley.  

Jesse Owens

Jesse Owens

Jesse Owens was the 10th of 10 children. As a young child he worked various jobs to support his family. He discovered that he loved to run but because he worked in his spare time he couldn’t attend track practice at his junior high. Jesse’s coach, Charles Riley, and who Jesse attributes his success to, allowed Jesse to practice before school instead of after. When Jesse was in high school he ran the 100-yard dash and long-jumped the same time and length of the world records of the time (9.4 seconds and 24’ 9.5” respectively).

Jesse competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics which were held in the “resurgent Nazi Germany”. Nazi propaganda promoted “Aryan racial superiority” which showed African Americans as inferior to their white teammates. Jesse Owens set the world record in long jump, which stood unbeaten for 25 years. Despite the racial perceptions that were against him both in Germany and America at the time, Jesse was the most successful athlete at the 1936 Summer Olympics after winning four gold medals.

Kerri Strug

Started competing as a gymnast when she was 8. When she was 13 she joined the US National Team and won a team bronze medal at the Barcelona Olympics when she was 14. She trained constantly during her teenage years in order to qualify for the 1996 Olympics. She made the team and was able to compete in her two strongest events- floor exercise and vault.

In 1996 the Russians had been the dominating team in gymnastics for decades and had never been won by the US. During the vault the US was in the lead but the Russians could easily have taken over the lead and won the gold again. During Kerri’s first vault she landed incorrectly which injured her ankle and because of the event and order in which she was vaulting she had to perform a second vault and land it in order for the US to win gold. Kerri successfully landed her second vault which guaranteed her team the gold medal. She was unable to walk to the podium to receive her medal and was carried by her coach. Because of her amazing performance through her serious injury she was a national sports hero.  

Wilma Rudolph

Wilma Rudolph

Wilma Rudolph was born in 1940 as the 20th child of 22. At the age of 4 Wilma got polio which caused infantile paralysis. She recovered but had to wear a brace on her left leg and foot until the age of 9 and then an orthopedic shoe for 2 more years. As a child Wilma also survived scarlet fever.

Despite her illnesses and handicaps of her childhood, Wilma was a natural athlete. Wilma played basketball and ran track for her high school and attended her first Olympic games in 1956 and won a bronze medal. At the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Wilma sprained her ankle during practice, but ran through the pain and during all of her races. At the 1960 Olympics in Rome Wilma won 3 Olympic gold medals and was considered internationally to be the fasted woman in the world. Wilma’s success promoted women’s track and also civil rights back in a racially divided America.

 

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DIY Paper Flowers: fun and easy crafts for kids & DIY home decor project

Here is a simple DIY project for you. Jeni is going to share how to make DIY paper flowers for us today. These fun and easy crafts add a vibrant touch of color to any room. 

Crepe paper flowers are "in," cheap, and easy to make - even with littles around. I used these kits to make the flowers, but I think it'd be just easy to whip them out without a kit. Just find your own crepe paper, scallop the edges (or not!), grab some pipe cleaner, and follow the same steps below.

First, lay four sheets of crepe paper on top of each other. If you want a smaller flower - one that's "less full" - use less sheets.

Fold the crepe paper back and forth, accordion style.

Wrap a 12" piece of pipe cleaner around the folded crepe paper, and twist it till its tight

Starting in the middle, unwrap the pieces of crepe paper one sheet at a time...

...until it looks like a flower. Ta da! Pretty and easy, right?

Thanks for letting me stop by today. Cheers to creating and sharing pretty little things!


Jeni blogs about young love (her love - for her man and her daughter), real good food, real life, and how to stay not only sane as a mama, but oh so happy. Find more of her here

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DIY Project for Kids: Recycled Cardboard Storage Box with Used Books

I feel bad throwing away old or ripped books. Books are my treasures and I can’t get rid of them just because. I found an easy DIY project for kids to recycle those old or ripped books and use them to make a cute cardboard storage box. I don’t have to throw them away and the box won’t take extra space.

Many people throw things away so easily these days. Things you can recycle are the best organizers for your kid’s room. I felt extra eco-friendly and made something cute and fun!

 

Tools:

  • Your Hands!

  • Brushes

  • Glue (Spray Glue is better)

Supplies/Ingredients:

  • Cardboard box of an average size (Use a recycled cardboard box If you want to be extra eco-friendly)

  • Used/ripped books

Instructions

Before you start, make sure that the floor is stable and find a room where you can do a fun DIY project. (The glue can be sticky. When kids touch nice furniture with sticky hands, you know what happens.)

 

1. Start ripping the book. (This is the hardest part. Don’t feel bad!) When you rip them, you can cut them neatly, but I just like ripping them with my hands. It gives them a nice edge.

2. Glue the box with a brush or spray glue. Also glue the corner of the ripped paper and put it on the box. Arrange them the way you like them. A little bit of layers and colors give a playful look.

3. Make sure that all parts of the box have pieces of paper glued on. You can glue the bottom of the box, but I didn’t do it.


You can have a fun DIY project for kids with things you can recycle! I hope you enjoy this DIY project as much as I did!

Image Source: Kristen Lisa Photography 

Why Sprout?

  • American Made Furniture American Made

    Sprout furniture is American made:designed & manufactured in the US. Our products are sourced from local materials.
  • Eco Friendly Kids FurnitureEco Friendly

    Sprout products are made from recycled pre & post consumer recycled materials. Local sourcing means less shipping and ultimately a cleaner earth.
  • Tension Lock Patented TechnologyTool-Less

    Our products require no tools, no hardware, and are simple to assemble. Tension Lock Tool-Less Technology uses the natural properties of wood to create a sturdy durable joint.
  • Furniture for Small SpacesSmall Spaces

    Sprout is great furniture for small spaces. If you live in an apartment, studio, or just a small house, sprout organization products help you use your space more efficiently. Collapse and store your products when not in use. 
  • Furniture for kidsFor Kid Brains

    Sprout is designed as a medium of creativity. A way of exploring & understanding the world around you. Build it with your kids. Let them see that they can do amazing things with our creative kids furniture.
  • Modular FurnitureModular

    Sprout Products are modular, meaning you can mix, match and reconfigure your products. Bins, art tiles, and frames are sized to work with various storage products.
  • DIY Kids FurnitureDo it Yourself

    At Sprout we see our products as a medium of creativity. Add your personal touch with art work.
  • Recyclable Kids Storage BinsRecyclable

    Sprout cardboard products & Packaging are 100% Recyclable. Help us be good stewards of our earth. Please recycle your packaging.
  • Modern Design

    At sprout we strive to design modern kids furniture that fits your style; furniture that you can use in any space. We believe that there is beauty in simplicity. Leonardo da Vinci said “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."